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This Ireton senior does a little bit of everything

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“At Bishop Ireton, I’ve tried to spread myself out — I've done it all,” said Kevin McNerney. The senior’s resume is a kaleidoscope of activities: drama, sport, academics, retreats. “I've always tried to push myself as much as I possibly can,” he said. “I felt that (if) I was never quite the best of anything, then I should do the most.”

McNerney, a graduate of Corpus Christi School in Falls Church, attends Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church in Arlington with his family. While at Ireton, he’s participated in service trips to Camden, N.J., and has attended the Kairos retreat twice, once as a leader. He spent a week in Brooklyn, Mich., with other Catholic school students as part of the Salesian Leadership Camp. 

“It was a really amazing experience — a week of being with a whole bunch of really interesting people you have no way of meeting otherwise,” he said. Those opportunities, in addition to the witness of school’s students and faculty, have helped him go deeper in his faith life. “The reason I love Ireton so much is that the community is really built around that faith,” he said. 

McNerney is captain of the school’s Ultimate Frisbee Club. One day his sophomore year, McNerney saw people playing Frisbee on the field, so he went over and joined. “I realized I was actually kind of good at it because you just have to jump really high and run really fast and catch,” he said. This year, the club was part of a league that competed against other schools. 

McNerney’s other love is drama, especially musicals. Right now he’s acting in a play called “Zombie Prom.” He also was involved in the Pro-life Club and the Environmental Club. He doesn’t have a favorite subject but he enjoyed history because of a favorite teacher: Andrew Curtin. McNerney took several AP courses, but was intrigued most by psychology, which he hopes to study in the future.

In the fall, McNerney will attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. His parents are both alumni and he’s followed its football team for years. “To go there is a lifelong dream and it’s finally being fulfilled,” he said.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018