ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Richard Springer ’18

“My time at St. Patrick taught me to be a diligent scholar always trying to learn as much as I can and expand my horizons.”

Those are the words Richard Springer has learned to live by since graduating from high school. Springer graduated from St. Patrick in 2018. During his time on campus, Springer was actively involved in a multitude of clubs and organizations, including the Fighting Irish Band, Mu Alpha Theta, the Drama Guild, Science Olympiad and Student Council. 

“While at St. Patrick, I learned the importance of being compassionate in all things, meeting new people with perspectives different from my own, and getting out of my comfort zone,” Springer continued. “Had it not been for my friends and teachers at St. Patrick, I don’t think I’d be where I am, getting to pursue really amazing opportunities each day. 

Along with being selected for the Hall of Fame, Star Student, and National Merit Award; Springer also served as the class of 2018 Salutatorian.  

Springer is now in his senior year at the University of Mississippi. He is currently majoring in Mathematics and Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in General Business. Like during his time at St.Patrick, Springer is actively involved on the UM Campus. Along with serving as the Student Body Vice President, Richard is also in the UM Marching Band, the Columns Society, and the Co-Director of Public Relations for the Student Activities Association. 

“Serving in all of these very different roles has given me the opportunity to give back to this university for as much as it’s given me,” Spring said.  “I would highly encourage any student thinking about college to give UM a try – it is a wonderful place with amazing people and limitless opportunities.”

Even though he is no longer a student at St. Patrick, Richard Springer has some words of wisdom for the current students. 

“Do everything you can to enjoy your time in high school! Be your genuine self, learn as much as you can about things that interest you, and just take it all in. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is incredibly unique, so do as much as you can to take advantage of that!”