“We are so grateful to the Academy for their assistance during the years our five children went here that we wanted to pay it back and perhaps at the same time pay it forward,” said Dick Weinzierl in a visit to the school. The Weinzierls lived in Emsworth when their local Catholic school closed its doors, forcing a change for grade 7 that was unexpected.
“As a mother, safety was my first concern,” added Audrey. “The academics were a big draw for me,” said Dick. The financial support the Weinzierl children received helped make SA a possibility that became a life-changing opportunity. The personal interest that Academy teachers took in their children, each one distinctly different from their siblings, and the excellent college guidance they were given made the experiences they had here and the choices they made in college and beyond the basis for successful professional lives.
The Weinzierls are justly proud of their five children (Jeanne ’78, Linda ’80, Amy ’81, Steven ’82, and Cheryl ’85) and their careers in science and math, physical therapy, teaching, and art therapy. With the foundation they received at the Academy, their children went on to earn a number of advanced degrees, and each one remains a life-long learner.