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.
This will be the first time we are proudly recognizing siblings in our Alumni Spotlight series.
JOAN REARDON, Class of 2017 &
SHANNON REARDON, Class of 2018
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, & HONORS
Sisters Joan and Shannon Reardon both attend The Ohio State University.
Joan is earning a B.A. in history, with a focus on American politics. She is an honors student and has made the Dean’s List for both her semesters at OSU. Additionally Joan is a Gerry D. Guthrie Award
and Provost Scholarship recipient. As an honors student, Joan has been selected to be a peer mentor for OSU freshmen. This dynamic Mooney alumna was also selected by Ohio State’s branch of the St. Thomas More Newman Center to participate in the ESTEEM Leadership Program, which provides training and mentorship to young Catholic leaders.
After graduating, Joan plans to attend law school with hopes of returning to the Youngstown area so she can contribute to the revitalization of the Mahoning Valley. She also aspires to run for political office so she can represent the community as a Congresswoman or Senator.
Shannon, is a 2018 Cardinal Mooney graduate. With equal aspirations, Shannon, an honors student, begins her work this semester towards a B.S. in biology with emphasis in bioethics. Shannon is looking forward to volunteering at the Columbus Free Clinic and James Cancer Hospital this year. Upon graduation, Shannon hopes to attend medical school while specializing in hematology and oncology.
Joan & Shannon will always have very fond memories of their time at Cardinal Mooney. The Reardons had very accomplished careers with the CMHS Speech and Debate team. Shannon, coached by Karen Wright and Joan, coached by Jennifer Gonda, were both district finalists as well as state & national tournament qualifiers multiple times. Both are thankful for the guidance and confidence that their coaches instilled in them. Joan proudly recalls publishing a study on gender disparity in “debate” judging in Ohio Speaks Magazine with her Speech and Debate teammates, Grace Haddad (’17), Alexis Santor (’19), and Carley Francis (’20).
Shannon and Joan believe in the value of block scheduling and the significance of the AP curriculum at Mooney. Shannon credits AP Chemistry teacher Mrs. Kenner for preparing her for the tough chemistry workload at Ohio State. “Mrs. Kenner was able to take a subject that was difficult for the majority of students and teach it in a way that was approachable and not intimidating.” Shannon also recalls that Mooney’s block scheduling facilitated more dynamic discussions of topics that may otherwise be limited or confusing. Joan & Shannon are grateful that Mooney’s challenging AP curriculum provided them both with the opportunity to enter OSU as sophomores!
Mooney’s three pillars of sanctity, discipline, and scholarship will guide and support the Reardons throughout their college careers. Joan states, “As a student at Mooney, I learned the importance of letting Christ guide me in all aspects of life and in giving back to the community.” Since high school, the Reardons continue their journey of faith through their volunteering efforts at local hospitals and participating in Catholic leadership mentoring and training.
PERSONAL LIFE AND INTERESTS
Joan and Shannon are the daughters of Tim (CMHS ‘85) and Suzie and have a younger brother Timmy (’23), who is looking forward to officially joining the Mooney Family as a freshman next year. The Reardons consider The Ohio State University their home away from home. Not only do they share the same dorm building, but their cousins Sheila Christopher (‘14) and cousin AJ Schiavone (‘95) and his family, live in Columbus as well. The Reardons are huge fans of OSU football and truly enjoy cheering on the Buckeyes.
Shannon and Joan share an interest and passion for government, and they are thrilled to be living in the state capital. Shannon plans on helping OSU Votes, a club designed to increase voter turnout rates in college students and inform voters on how to be an active participant in their democracy. Joan is the co-founder of The Scarlet Historical Review, a digital publication outlet for Ohio State history students who have completed research. The Review is due to release its first issue this fall.
Shannon is a member of Ohio State’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association which provides its members with hospital based volunteer opportunities as well as exposure to many clinical courses that build core medical skills.
Joan will also be volunteering this semester with the Columbus Catholic Social Services Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, working with immigrant children and teaching them how to speak English. She credits her Spanish teacher at Mooney, Señora Bassile, for helping her to prepare for this valuable and impactful volunteer opportunity!