Steven Jones, MLS Class of 1972, will be honored with the Schott in The Arm Award at this year’s Spring Soirée. Growing up as a “Queens guy,” Steven enjoyed being a part of a small school that was Christ-centered. After graduating MLS, Steven attended Boston University and studied Accounting. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer & Administrative Officer at Project Renewal, a non-profit organization in New York City that “helps homeless and low-income men and women by providing everything they need to reclaim their lives with renewed health, homes, and job.”
Q: Steven, what are some of your favorite memories from your time at MLS?
Steven: I enjoyed being a member of the basketball teams. As my life has progressed, I have really come to value the religious instruction I received. One of my favorite classes was a Comparative Religion class.
Q: Have you stayed in touch with other Alumni since graduating?
Steven: I recently went to a Knicks game with the first person I met in my Freshman year. Mark Hoffacker and I had Latin I together, and we have stayed in touch since. It is nice to get together with some alumni a few times a year for dinner or drinks.
Q: Based on your experience, why would you say that MLS is the “Small School – Smart Choice?”
Steven: MLS is absolutely a small school in terms of numbers. But, for those students that are serious about education, there are resources that can make your high school years a success and people who care about you that can help you succeed. MLS can turn your school years into pivotal years of your life.
Q: What is some advice you can share with students currently attending MLS?
Steven: It is hard when you are a student to realize how important it is – if you can really put 100% of your effort into your education, that time you devote will benefit you on the other side exponentially. Be serious about what you are doing.
Q: What is some advice you have for students looking at colleges or deciding on a path to choose after MLS?
Steven: When you are looking at college, focus on a college's specific program that interests you, not necessarily the school name. If you have interests in a certain discipline, find the school that has a program that suits you and your skills and aspirations. Be thoughtful and serious about your future and then go after it.
Q: Why would you recommend attending MLS to a family looking for a new school?
Steven: There is great value in a Christ-centered education. It remains an anchor for you throughout your life. That is the most important thing. When you are in MLS’s environment which is small, you can find the teachers that will be able to invest their time into you as long as you are willing to invest the time in yourself.
Q: We want to congratulate you on your Schott in The Arm Award. We are very excited to have you at this year’s Spring Soirée. What does this recognition from MLS mean to you?
Steven: It is sort of a testament to all of the hard work that has been done by the teachers and staff on my behalf when I was a student at MLS. It means more to me to have the opportunity to serve, than to be recognized.
We want to thank Steven for taking the time to reflect on his years at Martin Luther School. We are thrilled to recognize a member of our Alumni who has done such incredible work for our school and the community.
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