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Michael Lavelle, Jr. - Class of 2008

Mike Lavelle, Jr. graduated from Holy Trinity in 2008 and began his road in becoming a doctor at the Albany Medical College Program at Siena College.  During his first 4 years at Siena College he had many successes:

  • graduated Siena College Summa Cum Laude (3.97 cum);
  • inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha, the school’s highest award for students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated an awareness of the problems facing society & a sincere concern for others;
  • member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society & Albany Medical College;
  • ranked #1 in class after his 1st year of medical school and received an Alumni Award for Academic Excellence.
He has also volunteered at home (at Emmaus House in Albany, run by Trinity alumnus Fred Boehrer; in an Adult Home for adults w/developmental delays; as a student coordinator for HIV/AIDS education program and student coordinator for an intramural basketball program) and abroad (mission trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2011).

Holy Trinity’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Joe Conefry remembers Mike well.  “The first time I met Mike Lavelle he was 16 years old and he looked like he was 12.  He was a junior on the first team that I coached at Holy Trinity and I thought there was no way in the world he would play for us.  He went on to hit a game tying shot in my first win as the coach of the Titans and became a solid player for us as a junior and a very good player as a senior.  I learned very quickly not to underestimate Mike Lavelle.  His tremendous accomplishments are no surprise to me or anyone who knows him.  I have been coaching basketball for 17 years and I have been around a lot of young men, Mike Lavelle is among the finest young men I have ever met.”

When asked about his successes, Mike reflects that “none of it would have been possible without Holy Trinity. It was during my time on Cherry Lane that I first learned the value of volunteering and giving back to others, in addition to an academic preparation that allowed me to seamlessly transition to college and, eventually, medical school.”

And he goes on….

During my experiences with the basketball team (at Trinity), I learned way more about life and what it means to be a member of a team than I ever learned about basketball (don't worry, Coach Conefry, I learned a lot about basketball, too). 

Reflecting on the years since my graduation from HTHS, the experience that fills me with the most pride came during the summer of 2011, when I spent six weeks working with the underprivileged in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The Good Samaritan Inn, which was run completely by Sr. Babs of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, provided an amazing service to the poor, rural communities of the Dominican Republic. In such a small and growing country, the only place to get adequate treatment for certain conditions like cancer is in the capital, Santo Domingo. For the poor members of the rural communities, access to these services is not an option due to price, location and lack of adequate public transportation.  Sr. Babs is able to provide these people with housing, food and, most importantly, money for medical expenses while they are receiving treatment in the capital. In between my junior and senior years of college, I was fortunate enough to assist Sr. Babs in the day-to-day operation of the Good Samaritan Inn and the memories still bring a smile to my face and a warm feeling to my heart.

In short, Holy Trinity instilled in me a litany of skills that I have used on the path to becoming a medical doctor.  

I would not trade my four years at Trinity for anything in the world.

 

Created on 12/10/2014 - Last updated on 2/5/2015  

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