May 28, 2014

Catholic high school students serve on D.A.’s Youth Advisory Board



(Photo courtesy of Leslie Perreault)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – On May 22, students from Cathedral High School (CHS) and Holyoke Catholic High School (HCHS) were acknowledged for their two-year commitment and participation in Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni’s Youth Advisory Board. 

Students who served on this board met twice monthly and were trained to provide a series of instructional presentations and discussions at local elementary and middle schools in Hampden County on Internet safety. The goal was to help the younger students avoid potentially dangerous situations online. 

In addition, the student advisory board members conducted surveys of high school students to prevent truancy and dropout rates.  

Pictured in the photo above are (left to right), HCHS students Michaela Calabrese and Julia Hiney; CHS student Jennifer Callahan; District Attorney Mark G Mastroianni; CHS student Evan Landers; Tony Simmons, an employee of the district attorney’s office; and CHS student Rachael Mahoney. 

“Working with third- and fourth-graders in this program only reinforced my decision to pursue a degree in elementary education,” said Cathedral High School senior, Jennifer Callahan.