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.
Education-Experience & Honors
Andrew Armstrong is a junior in the School of Education at Syracuse University where he received a full scholarship. A starting linebacker on the Orangemen football team, he has been selected for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Honor Roll and the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Andrew is a two- year letterman and has played in every SU game since he was a freshman. He was named Pro Football Focus’ All-Conference defensive linebacker in week 2 of the 2018 season. Currently, Andrew serves as the treasurer for the Syracuse University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.
The Syracuse Orangemen had a stellar 2018 season, earning a trip to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on December 28, 2018, where Syracuse came away with a big win over the West Virginia Mountaineers! Syracuse ended the season with a 10-3 record, finishing second in the ACC.
Some of Andrew’s fondest memories center on Mooney – Ursuline games and “game days” in general! While at Mooney, he earned a three-star rating and was ranked the No. 44 outside linebacker (No. 2 O LB in Ohio) in the class of 2016 by Scout.com. In addition, he was a two-time All-Ohio Division IV First Team selection, earned the Associated Press Division IV All-State Special Mention in 2014, and AP Division IV All-State First Team honors in 2015. In many ways, the Cardinal Mooney football program helped prepare Andrew for the D1 football he is playing today, with an emphasis on a strong work ethic, commitment to self and team, and self-discipline.
While at CMHS, Andrew also played baseball and basketball. He was a power forward for the basketball team, averaging more than 20 points a game as a senior and he set the Cardinal Mooney single-season record for ERA (0.81) as a pitcher for the baseball team.
Andrew notes that he is often approached by people who live outside of the Youngstown area, who admire and respect Cardinal Mooney. In addition to being respected for the boys’ and girls’ sports’ programs, Mooney is also well respected for its academic programs. Andrew credits Cardinal Mooney’s faculty and well-rounded curriculum for preparing him for the rigors of college academics, especially for the discipline and study skills required to be a successful student athlete.
Andrew is also very proud of the American Diabetes Association walk that he organized as a junior at Mooney. He is grateful to all of his CMHS classmates who proudly gathered as “Army’s Army” to help him raise over $5000 at the event for ADA.
Andrew was diagnosed a Type 1 diabetic his junior year of high school. He actively supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Central New York.
When he is not on the field or in the classroom, Andrew loves to be at the beach enjoying the sun, sand, and waves!
Andrew, the son of Jim & Donna Armstrong, has a sister Sydni, who will graduate from CMHS in the class of 2020.