Catch up with Classmates

Mark Wesseler - CHS Class of 2001

What did you do after graduation?  I attended Radford University on a full ROTC scholarship and majored in Criminal Justice.  After college, I joined the Army, became a 2LT in the Medical Service Corps and was assigned to the airborne unit in Fort Richardson, AK.  I deployed to Iraq for 15 months with that unit as a medical operations officer.  Upon redeployment, I took command in San Antonio and then enrolled in Army's Masters of Social Work Program.  I finished my licensure in Northern VA at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir.  I am now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.  I am a part of a Global Reaction Force that is on constant two hour recall, where at any moment we can be called in and asked to respond anywhere on Earth with the promise that we will be there within 18 hours.  My job is to provide mental health treatment to our Active Duty Paratroopers and their families.  It is a very rewarding and stressful job that I love.   My wife, Donya and I recently celebrated our nine year anniversary.  We have two beautiful, twin girls, and are expecting our third in February 2015.
What clubs / activities were you in during high school?
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School encourages you to become involved unlike any other school.  I played soccer and lacrosse for four years, swam and wrestled one year and was in Drama for two plays.  I was also one of the founding members of the German Club when Frau Laroussi began teaching at Catholic.  Because of Catholic’s service program, I fell in love with volunteer work.  The experience really led me to my career within the military and also helped me to receive the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  
What is your favorite memory of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School?
I have a lot of fond memories.  The lacrosse team won the state championship my senior year.  That was an awesome experience.  I loved playing soccer and spending time with my dad, who was the coach, and remember my Mom cheering me on.  It was an honor to be selected Male Athlete of the Year as a senior.  I will always remember hanging out with friends after school and over the summers.  
What does being a Crusader mean to you? 
Honestly, the education that I received at Catholic has served me well.   I will always remember reading Shakespeare and Watership Down;  Latin class with Monsignor Pitt;  speaking German with Frau; and writing papers that I never thought that I would finish.  It really prepared me for college, my Master’s degree, and soon my Ph.D.  I am always thankful that Catholic was an option made available to me by my parents, and made memorable by the friends, coaches and teachers at the school.  

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