Many years ago, the Mullane family established a scholarship at DeSales in the name of their father Jack, a graduate of DeSales Catholic High School and the University of Notre Dame, and a longtime supporter of Catholic education. This generous gift, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to a DeSales student who will be attending a Catholic high school. In sponsoring a DeSales graduate through this scholarship, Jack Mullane’s memory and generous spirit are honored.
Current DeSales 8th Grader, Parker Karaszewski was named this year’s Mullane Family Scholarship recipient. Parker is involved in DeSales soccer, DeSales basketball, DeSales Track & Field, Destination Imagination, National Junior Honor Society and a valued member of the DeSales St. Francis Society. “Parker exemplifies the characteristics we hope a DeSales graduate possess. He is kind, hardworking, conscientious, and filled with faith. We are grateful to the Mullane family for allowing us the opportunity to recognize such a deserving student,” Principal Karen Judge Rahill, DHS ‘87 said about Parker and this annual award.
Parker described his time at DeSales; “DeSales has been like a home to me ever since I was in preschool. I have grown up with a strong set of friends, been educated by the best teachers and experienced so much. By participating in athletics, I learned the importance of sportsmanship, I developed exceptional skills in teamwork through STREAM and in St. Francis Society the importance of volunteerism. I look forward to continuing my Catholic education in high school.”
Parker is the son of Brian and Darleen Karaszewski of Lockport. Upon his graduation from DeSales, Parker will attend St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.