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Alumni Spotlight

The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”.  With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.

Gianna Parella- CMHS Class of 2013

Education- Experience & Honors

Gianna graduated from CMHS in 2013 and is currently a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will graduate in June 2017 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Economics. Following graduation, she will spend some time traveling before starting a full-time position as a Strategy Analyst with Accenture, a global consulting firm in Boston. She hopes to work with clients on issues concerning operations and business optimization.

Mooney Reflection

Gianna’s fondest memories at Cardinal Mooney stretch across activities including athletics, speech and debate, and academic courses. She participated in three sports at Mooney: swimming, tennis, and lacrosse, through which she gained self-discipline and a competitive attitude. She carried her athletic experiences with her to college, joining the varsity openweight crew team. This has been one of the most challenging (both physically and mentally), yet rewarding experiences she has had at MIT, and she really appreciated learning how to balance athletics with academics and other extracurricular activities during her time at Mooney.

Other fond CMHS memories include the numerous nights and weekends spent preparing for debate tournaments in Mrs. Mastro-Nard’s classroom. Gianna spent her first two years in Lincoln-Douglas debate, followed by two years in Public Forum debate. This, along with the AP classes taken at Mooney, provided her with ample preparation for a rigorous academic load at MIT. She also remembers fun times in Mrs. Kandray’s photography class.

Personal Life & Interests

Gianna’s family, including her three younger siblings, still resides in the Youngstown area. Gianna currently lives in Boston, MA and enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and baking in her free time.  At MIT, she served as the President and Director of Client Relations of the MIT Consulting Group, co-chair of her Senior Ball Committee, and Marketing Director for the MIT Energy Club; she also worked as a tour guide for three years. She has had internships with Accenture and the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) and research positions at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  Gianna enjoys connecting with current students and alumni, both in Youngstown and the Greater Boston area.