Project caps year for Mt. St. Joseph seniors

Instead of poring over textbooks preparing for finals, senior Dan Salmon spent his last two weeks at Mount Saint Joseph High School sorting and cataloging clothing.

The Catonsville resident teamed with three classmates for a Senior Project, for which they held a clothing drive at the school that brought in 2,800 articles of clothing.


The all-boys Catholic high school in southwest Baltimore allows select seniors to skip finals by taking part in projects involving academics, community service, vocations or the arts.

"It's a lot of fun, really fulfilling," Salmon said. "It really just ties us together as brothers at the Mount."


Salmon worked with fellow seniors Luke Councell, Mike Brathwaite and Brendan Preis on the project, which drew nearly twice as many articles of clothing than anticipated.

The drive at the school on Frederick Avenue asked students to bring in gently used clothing and school polo shirts.

The used clothing was to be picked up by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which sells clothes to thrift shops and uses the proceeds to benefit programs it sponsors.

Salmon's team donated the 159 polo shirts they collected to the school's incoming freshman who are on financial aid, he said.

"It'll tie my class with their class, even though I'll never get to meet them," Salmon said, noting most of the polo shirts donated came from the senior class.

Salmon will study political science at Lehigh University or the College of William and Mary in the fall.

The school's principal, Barry Fitzpatrick, introduced the Senior Project in 2000 as a mandatory part of graduation, according to a release from the school.

In 2003, the school changed the Senior Project to a voluntary program for seniors with a good disciplinary record and a C or better average in all courses, the release stated.


Of the 243 students in this year's senior class, 206 took part in the Senior Project. Of that number, 22 are from Catonsville.