NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — In 2004 when Dr. Stephanie Payne and Dr. Joseph Capua were looking for an elementary school for their eldest son, the North Attleborough parents knew that the school would need to align with their Catholic values along with providing a nurturing and safe environment. The reputation of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in North Attleboro quickly became apparent through word of mouth, and soon “SMSH” became the second home to both sons.
Quickly enough, their younger son, Dylan, was in middle school and it was decided that he would attend Bishop Feehan High School, following in his older brother’s footsteps. From experience the family knew that St. Mary-Sacred Heart School would have provide ample preparation for the rigorous academics at Bishop Feehan. Dylan excelled in seven AP courses in his junior and senior years, enabling him ultimately to become the class Salutatorian. His cousin, Ava Mitchell, also placed in Bishop Feehan’s top 10, and also attended St. Mary-Sacred Heart School. For the class of 2023, four of Feehan’s top 10 are graduates of St. Mary-Sacred Heart.
Lisa Serak, principal of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, said, “As a former teacher at Bishop Feehan High School, I am keenly aware of what students need to be successful as a Shamrock. So for that reason, one of my most immediate goals as the new principal was to ensure that we are truly preparing our Saints for the academic rigor that awaits them on their academic journey. As guides of learning, we understand that some students may need some additional assistance, and others, like Dylan, need a bit more to be challenged — knowing that all students may want the opportunity for a Catholic high school education. And most of all, SMSH forms students spiritually by integrating the Catholic faith into all teachings. Ultimately, this serves as strength for our students as they navigate through the challenges of life.”
Tim Sullivan, President of Bishop Feehan High School said “At Feehan, we always love our students who come to us from our diocesan partner schools St. Mary-Sacred Heart, St. John the Evangelist (Attleboro) and St. Mary’s Mansfield. These students are consistently well-prepared academically, excel in our classrooms and really embrace all that Feehan has to offer. Dylan and his Class of ’23 SMSH classmates certainly reflect that perfectly.”