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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.


Ricky Clark – CMHS Class of 2012

Education, Experience & Honors

Ricky graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in May 2016. He was a double major in Information Technology Management and Political Science. While at Notre Dame, he held several internships, including a summer internship in the Cincinnati Reds’ baseball operations department. Ricky was also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor societies.

In September, Ricky will begin his second year as a political science Ph.D. student at Columbia University, with a focus on International Relations and International Political Economy. His goal is to become a professor once he completes the program.

Mooney Reflection:

Ricky’s fondest memories from Mooney are from his time on the golf and speech and debate teams.

He was a three-year letter winner in golf. During Ricky’s senior year, the team qualified for the state golf tournament; they were the first Mooney team to do so in some time. Playing for Mr. Banks and with his teammates was an experience he will never forget. Ricky played on the club golf team at Notre Dame and still plays golf often.

Ricky also participated in speech and debate for three years at Mooney; his category was U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking. His senior year, Ricky finished third in the nation in U.S. Extemporaneous at the NFL national tournament in Indianapolis. Speech was his introduction to studying politics, leading him to where he is today. Ricky noted that the public speaking experience he gained through speech has been “invaluable.”


Personal Life & Interests:

Ricky currently resides in New York City. When he is not studying, his main hobbies include golf and following Cleveland sports teams.