Senior Photos Spotlight: Joey Mullen, Central Catholic
The Value of Hardwork
“My parents are my biggest inspiration. They have taught me the value of hard work. They have shown me that hard work and commitment provides the solid foundation. ”
Joey Mullen is a Senior at Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio. Joey is nothing short of a champion. It is the very values his parents have inspired that has shaped Joey’s Athletic and Academic career. A few of his many achievements include:
State Champion 50 Free Swimming, 5th place overall Butterfly State Championship Meet, 1st Team Stark County Sophomore – Senior Year’s, Academic All American Swimming, National Honor Society, Buckeye Boys’ State, all while holding a 4.55 GPA
Joey will be attending Xavier University and will swim competitively for their Division 1 men’s swim team. He will double major in Physical Therapy and Psychology. They positive impact of his swim career has motivated him to possibly be a high school swim coach after college. Joey chose this field since he saw many supportive physical therapists during his swim career.
Sometime we have no control of circumstances and obstacles that try to prevent us from reaching our goals. It is the process of dealing with it, and pushing through the obstacles that will allow for growth.
“I had a swim team coaching change my senior year that was not expected. I did not have much time to adjust. I had set goals for myself and decided to focus on these. Losing focus would hurt my goals and college search. I looked to adults in my life to help guide me. I learned to be self-reliant. I realized my passion for swim and love of school was what was important. I was thankful for the help and guidance.”
Joey has been dedicated to his swim career, however he still finds time for personal time. One of his favorite hangouts with friends is local coffee shop Muggswigz. He enjoys music from the 70’s and 80’s, and is an avid Cleveland Browns Fan. Joey also ran Cross Country for Central Catholic High School his senior year as well.
” My favorite senior memory was winning the 2019 State Championship in 50 Free and going to the State swimming championships with my relay teams. They are all good friends of mine and I enjoyed competing with them”
Joey has had some really awesome school memories at Central Catholic High School . Some of his favorite memories where in his High School Honors English Class. One funny moment he recalls is the time he accidentally spent the night to get a reserved parking pass and then found out he did not need to since it was already reserved and held.
Advice to 2020 Seniors
Joey urges his underclassmen to utilize and enjoy high school. He believes his generations greatest strength is their technological advantage. However he also feels that his generations weakness is the need for instant gratification through social media, text, and online shopping. We asked Joey what advice he would give to his underclassman and he said:
“Enjoy your senior year. Make memories. Work hard but have fun. For parents – enjoy all of the small moments along with the milestone moments. Senior year went by so quickly and the memories can go by just as quickly. !”
Krystal Scheetz Photography specializes in modern senior photography in the Akron/Canton, Ohio area.