BERWYN’S NEXT GEN: KERI MIRABELLI, FRESHMAN BERWYNNER AT ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL

You’ve heard it before—our children are the future. Well lucky for Berwyn, we have some of the neatest kids around. Meet Berwyn’s Next Generation! These kids are working hard, whether it’s on the field, in the classroom or at work. Get to know more about the phenomenal young people making Berwyn a better place for their peers and for their community, enjoy!

Age: 14
Hometown: Berwyn, IL
Current Residence: Berwyn, IL
All About Keri: My name is Kerilyn Mirabelli. I’m 14 years old and from Berwyn, Illinois. I live with my parents and two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. I graduated from Freedom Middle School in South Berwyn last year. My favorite subject at Freedom was English/Language Arts because I was able to express my emotions through writing and speaking. During my time at Freedom, I was very active in sports. I played basketball, softball and volleyball, while maintaining a minimum 4.0 average academically all three years! Throughout my years of middle school I was in the National Junior Honors Society where I completed more than 60 service hours. Today, I am a proud Charger at St. Joseph High School and I plan on being just as successful in both sports and academics.

About St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph High School is a co-ed, Catholic, college-prep. As a Lasallian school, its mission calls for nurturing of all levels of learners. Located at 10900 W Cermak Rd, St. Joe’s is home to many young Berwyn scholars! In addition to rigorous academic courses, St. Joseph provides extracurricular opportunities including Music Ensemble, Yoga Club, Newspaper, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and more. They also have a range of sports opportunities available to students such as Golf, Volleyball, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, Dance Team and Cheerleading.

Describe yourself using 3 words.

I think 3 words that describe me are dedicated, perfectionist and focused. All of these describe the work ethic I try to exhibit every day in all aspects of my life. I feel they show the traits of a successful person and a leader. I hope to have these traits both in high school and beyond.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by people in my life who have worked hard and reached for the stars in their everyday lives. I have seen coaches, teachers and relatives go through challenges and when they conquered them and were still able to lead others to be their best—I found them so inspiring. My basketball coach, Coach Drew Winston, inspires me to be the best player I can be and to be a better person. He practices with me every Sunday for extra practice. He can be doing other things, but he is always willing to help me get better.

Tell us something that people might not know about you.

People may not know that I am actually quite shy about being in the spotlight. I work very hard to be the best I can, but being recognized for that work is very difficult for me. I do what I do because I feel it’s the way I should be no matter what. Being recognized for what I honestly feel I should be doing is a very uncomfortable feeling for me sometimes!

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I had always wanted to be a veterinarian. I had a love for all types of animals and I loved to help others, so it seemed like the perfect match for me. I had 3 dogs, a cat, and a bird growing up so I was always surrounded by animals.

What makes you laugh?

My sister makes me laugh almost every day. She is three years younger than me and has Down syndrome. Her outlook on life is very simple. She sees the good in everything and makes everything fun. I am so glad that she is in my life to keep me laughing, even when I am busy or frustrated.

What gets you through a rough day?

My friends get me through the difficult days. If I am frustrated by a class or have challenges at home, my friends help me and keep me moving forward. Most of my friends are in sports with me and share my philosophy of hard work and good grades so they make staying focused easy. I think that surrounding yourself with good friends who work hard is the secret to being successful.

Where is your favorite Berwyn hangout spot?

My favorite hangout spot would have to be Janura Park. I was able to play different sports with friends, including basketball at the courts.

What is your favorite food?

Calamari and octopus! Whenever I eat it, it brings me back to every Christmas Eve dinner I had with my grandparents.

Would you rather meet your ancestors or descendants?

I think I would rather meet my ancestors than my descendants. It would be wonderful to see where I came from and who made me who I am. I’d like to meet my Grandpa Paul, who passed away before I was born. I’ve heard many stories about him, and he seemed like a great man.

Interested in learning more about St. Joe’s?

  • Visit an open house on Sunday, October 29, 2017; Sunday, November 19, 2017; and Sunday March 25, 2018.
  • Participate in a shadow day! Register via phone call or online for any Friday during the school year.
  • Mark your calendars for the entrance exam on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Register for the test at stjoeshs.org under the Admissions tab.

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