Student Testimonials

“High school is the place where students find their academic passions, meet new people, and discover themselves as individuals. Above all, high school is about the education, and the teachers at MCC have truly helped me to reach my highest potential as a student. Hours of study and personal dedication are required (of course) but when you are in a small class with an engaged teacher, academic success becomes that much more attainable. In addition, the committed teaching staff and guidance counselors at MCC have aided in my college application process tremendously. Without them, I would not have taken the classes that now have allowed me to apply to highly ranked universities. However, many high schools offer students the academic prerequisites for a bright future. Melbourne Central Catholic takes it a step further and forms young men and women not only as good students, but as good people.
For me, attending a Catholic school has been nothing new, beginning in a Catholic elementary system, yet I can attest to the overwhelmingly positive impact it has had in my life and in the lives of my closest friends. Being at MCC has encouraged me to become involved in school life, join clubs, and become invested in community service. The same can be said for the friends that I have made. However, it is important to note that a heavily-focused Catholic education is, realistically, not always popular among teenagers. Yet the thing about MCC is that even if some students take nothing away from the daily religion classes, masses, or service days, they are all a part of the same unique atmosphere on campus. There is a mentality to make friends and forgive mistakes. There is a mindset to succeed and work hard. Overall, I believe that the students share a spirit of willing determination for wherever they are aimed in life. While I am ready for college and new experiences as a senior, I couldn’t have imagined attending high school as anything other than a Hustler.”

Samuel Hennessy, MCC Valedictorian, 2018
University of Florida Honors College, Freshman, Fall 2018
Major: Coastal/Civil Engineering

“Having attended a Catholic school for my entire schooling life, I have been blessed with many opportunities that are not granted to every individual. Not only did I develop a fire for my faith through extensive education, but I also learned the very traits of being a responsible, well-mannered citizen through discipline and examples from others. I was mentored through my schooling with compassionate teachers and a healthy and positive learning environment that gave me the ability to explore in safe parameters. It is an experience I wouldn’t give up for the world and I will most definitely be sending my children to Catholic school.”

Madeline MacDonald, MCC, Valedictorian, Class of 2018
Georgia Institute of Technology Honors College Freshman, Fall 2018

“Every school carries with it a set of principles which are expressed either directly through stated goals or indirectly through the ideals of its teachers, staff, faculty, and students. These principles range from academic excellence to honor to physical fitness, and, although not always obvious, the principles of a school can be found by asking what the school means to the students. As a student of Melbourne Central Catholic High School facing this question, I have thought back over my education and discovered that of the many principles that MCC embodies, the overarching theme is support for the students. From my calculus teacher staying after school to prepare the class for the national exam to my guidance counselor stopping me in the hallway to tell me about an opportunity she found, my education at MCC has been supported by teachers and faculty going beyond their job requirements because they care about my success. So, to answer the question, to me an MCC education has meant four years of achievement made possible by teachers and faculty.”

Bryan Wells, MCC Valedictorian, 2018
Virginia Polytechnic University, Freshman Fall 2018

“My four years at Melbourne Central Catholic have been comprised of so much more than just an education. On top of the committed staff and teachers, the curriculum is diverse and challenging and the unique one-on-one relationships in the classroom have allowed me to discover my personal strengths and weaknesses as a student. Not only I have learned valuable information that will help me succeed in my future career as a physician’s assistant, but I have also strengthened my faith and understanding throughout my high school education. MCC is such a tight-knit community and they helped me realize the value of community service and faith-filled actions. MCC not only educates but they teach moral values and life skills that would otherwise be difficult to learn on my own. The magnitude of my school’s influence on my life means I am able to be a competent leader in all aspects of my life.”

Andrea Zavalla, MCC Valedictorian, 2018
University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College, Freshman Fall 2018

“MCC instilled in me values and habits that have greatly contributed to my success in college and now medical school. The importance of hard work, discipline, and friendship are principles I will carry with me throughout the remainder of my education and into my future career.”

Mariel M. Mclaughlin, MCC Class of 2012
University Medalist, Louisiana State University Class of 2015
LSU Soccer Three Year Letterman
SEC Academic Honor Roll 2012-2015
MD Candidate, University of Florida College of Medicine, Class of 2020

“My MCC education provided me with the tools to succeed as a student, a professional, and a community leader. I learned ethical decision making based on values of integrity, compassion, and humility which are now at the core of my practice.”

Angela M. Mcneight, D.M.D., M.S.
MCC Class of 2004
Emory University, Double Major in Neuroscience and Behavioral/General Biology
University of Florida College of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Cum Laude
Master of Science, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

“The foundation I received at MCC has greatly attributed to my success in the classroom, in Air Force ROTC, and socially. Learning in a challenging environment where success was celebrated and my peers and teachers wanted to see me succeed, helped me achieve all that I have today.”

Mike Magill, MCC Class of 2014
Junior at Virginia Tech
In the Air Force ROTC Corp of Cadets
Majoring in Meteorology
Awarded Air Force Pilot Slot
Scabbard and Blade Honor Society

“MCC taught me the importance of personal growth in all aspects of oneself, spiritually, physically, and academically which has been a critical component of my success at West Point. The tight knit faculty-student community pushed me to succeed further than I even thought possible.”

Benjamin Laird, MCC Class of 2014
United States Military Academy at West Point Class of 2018
International History Major, Counterterrorism Minor
Honor Graduate, United States Army Air Assault School

“My education at MCC provided me with habits and skills that helped me succeed in college and are now benefitting me in law school. Along with demonstrating the importance of good study habits and hard work, MCC taught me the value of serving others, and the true meaning of integrity. These values will benefit me as a student, future lawyer and steward of our faith.

Alexandra Milliard, MCC Class of 2012
University of South Carolina Class of 2016, Magna Cum Laude
Major in Political Science
Candidate for J.D. Candidate Class of 2020, Ethos of Excellence Scholar
University of Florida Levin College of Law

“MCC surpassed my expectations as a college preparatory school. The competitive academics and extracurricular leadership opportunities at MCC gave me the tools to excel in my undergraduate college career, which in turn allowed me to pursue a veterinary degree at one of the top veterinary schools in the world.

Karen Riebsame, MCC Class of 2012
Berry Honors College Class of 2016
Major in Animal Science
Veterinary Medicine Candidate Class of 2022
University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine

“Melbourne Central Catholic inculcated the importance of dedication, teamwork, community service and integrity; which has left a positive impression on my life.  I have carried the values MCC instilled throughout my undergraduate and dental school careers and these principles will continue to mold my life as I begin practicing dentistry.

Kaitlin Donovan, MCC Class of 2010
Nova Southeastern University
Farquhar Honors College Class of 2014
Major in Biology
Doctorate of Dental Medicine Candidate Class of 2018
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Published in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2016
Published in SAMPAM, 2016
Published in BIOS, 2014

“MCC highlighted in my own life how important it is to remain faithful and persevering through spiritual and life challenges. It reinforced my own values of integrity, humility, and solidarity, which will remain central to my practice as a professional in the real world for the rest of my life.

Luis Perez-Mena, MCC Class of 2011
University of South Florida Honors College Class of 2014
Major in Biomedical Sciences
M.D. Candidate Class of 2018 
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

“MCC truly prepared me for all aspects of my life after high school.  I was not only challenged and motivated through a strong didactic education but learned how to be my best self through teachings of spirituality, ethics, and integrity. 

Stephen Haidet, MCC Class of 2011
University of Florida Class of 2015
Major in Health Sciences
OD Candidate Class of 2019
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society President
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

“The foundation of spiritual values ingrained into my MCC education have shaped me into someone who wants to serve others throughout my future career. The academics provided the challenge needed to excel at a higher level, and the skills to achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Ariana Zanganeh, MCC Class of 2012
University of Florida Class of 20​16​
​M​ajor in Exercise Physiology 
DPT Candidate Class of 2019
University of Florida
College of Public Health and Health Professions

“MCC afforded me many experiences that prepared me for college and beyond.  I know that the values of academic excellence and moral integrity that MCC instilled in me enabled my success in a competitive undergraduate environment and helped me develop a moral compass that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

Lauren Stiehle, MCC Class of 2013 
Vanderbilt University Class of 2016
Major in Medicine, Health, and Society
Vanderbilt University Three Year Dance Team Member
PharmD Candidate Class of 2021
Belmont University College of Pharmacy

“MCC prepared me not only for academic challenges, but also for the hardships faced in life by establishing a solid platform of faith. This foundation, along with the values of community service and leadership that were strongly emphasized, have enabled me to achieve my academic goals and are skills I will take with me to my future career.”

Amy Wells, MCC Class of 2012
Virginia Tech Class of 2017, Summa Cum Laude
Double Major in Neuroscience and Psychology
MD Candidate Class of 2021
University of Florida College of Medicine

“The education that I received at Ascension and Melbourne Central Catholic High School has given me a solid, well-rounded foundation to pursue my goal of attending an Ivy League university. Both schools provided me with challenging academics and enrichment opportunities. The schools also allowed me to grow in my faith and to develop a strong moral character which will benefit me for the rest of my life. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to attend these Catholic schools that have allowed me to reach my full potential.”

Robert Batista, MCC Valedictorian, 2011, Yale University junior

“What I have learned in my education at Our Lady of Lourdes and Melbourne Central Catholic High School will stay with me for a lifetime. Not only was I challenged to succeed in a stimulating academic environment, but I was also inspired to grow spiritually. I discovered the importance of compassion, responsibility, and independent thinking. Catholic schools have provided me with a complete education – one that has encouraged my mental, spiritual, and physical development.”

Jennifer Leggett, MCC Salutatorian, Class of 2011
University of Florida, Summa Cum Laude, 2015, College of Journalism and Communications
Outstanding Public Relations Scholar
Florida Public Relations Association Award
Dean’s Cup for Scholarship—Top academic award for graduating class