Alumni Profiles

Minemyer Family

Achievement seems to run in the family for the Minemyers—and it all began with an education at Saint Achievement seems to run in the family for the Minemyers—and it all began with an education at Saint Benedict School (one of our grade school partners), followed by Bishop Carroll. Anna Marie Minemyer is an alumna of Saint Benedict herself and is the mother of four more alumni and one current student. She speaks proudly of her children, all of whom—except her youngest of course—attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

“I’m very proud of my kids—they’ve done well for themselves,” Anna Marie said.

Barry, 30, attended Penn State Altoona and earned a full academic scholarship to SUNY Binghamton where he received his PhD. He is currently in his second year of a three-year postdoc at Ohio State University as a math professor. He has two daughters, Natalie and Alexis, with his wife Kathryn.

“Barry actually had some work published in the Journal of Topology and Analysis,” Anna Marie revealed. “I was very impressed.”

Jeffrey, 28, excelled at athletics and received a full athletic scholarship to play football at Rutgers University. He graduated with a business degree and now is the Director of Human Resources and Safety for Montgomery Truss and Panel. He and his wife Roxanne have one son, Colton.

Eric, 24, followed in Jeffrey’s footsteps, receiving a full athletic scholarship to play football for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. In 2014, he was their starting right tackle. He graduated with a degree in public safety administration and now works as a prison guard in Gettysburg, PA.

Anna Marie’s daughter, Sara, 18, excelled at Bishop Carroll and was the valedictorian of the class of 2015. She is now a freshman at Pitt studying Neuroscience. Her Catholic education prepared her well, as she achieved an impressive 4.0 GPA in her first semester!

Kimberly, Anna Marie’s youngest daughter, is in fifth grade at Saint Benedict and will likely follow in her siblings footsteps and attend Bishop Carroll.

Anna Marie went to Saint Benedict herself—in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. When it came time to send her children to school, she chose Saint Benedict because of her close ties to Catholic education.

“I was born and raised Catholic, and when the boys were little, we lived within walking distance of the school,” Anna Marie said. “I believe in the core values of the school. Not only are students taught academics, but they receive a well-rounded education and the teachers can reinforce what you’re teaching at home.”

She feels strongly that Saint Benedict was instrumental in positioning her children for success at Bishop Carroll and beyond.

“It gave my kids a well-rounded education, which allowed them to easily move from grade school to high school, and then the transition to college was pretty seamless,” she said.
In fact, each of her four children who attended Bishop Carroll excelled in advanced classes.

“They had already developed their study habits. None of my kids floundered in college whatsoever,” she said.

“I believe faith, academics, and athletics go hand in hand,” her husband Charles (Barry) added. “They complement each other to make the recipe for success.”

“I think Catholic school also helped them make good decisions and stay away from drugs,” Anna Marie said. “Being able to pray in school and talk about things openly helped them make the right decisions, and they have all kept their faith.”

She also believes her kids’ education helped them be able to adapt to different types of situations.

“Take my son Eric, for example,” she said. “We put him on a plane and flew him down to Boca Raton, Florida for college, and he didn’t know anyone. It took him a few days to get adjusted but he made it.”

Congratulations to the Minemyers for all their accomplishments and for being excellent representatives of Bishop Carroll, as well as Saint Benedict School.

This story was originally featured on www.benedictpride.org. Click HERE to receive news from Saint Benedict School.

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