Former journalist/Catholic School graduate speaks at NCCS

Submitted Photo Principal Andy Ludwig (left) welcomed Mike Igoe (right) to Northern Chautauqua Catholic School during a Professional Speaker Series presentation.

Catholic Elementary and High School graduate, Mike Igoe, recently spoke to students from Pre-K 3 through 8th grade at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School. Igoe is a recent Presidential Award for Excellence recipient at SUNY Fredonia, professor, and retired reporter for Buffalo News Channel 2.

Igoe graduated from Blessed Sacrament Elementary and Cardinal McKloseky High School, both in Albany. He spoke to the student body, faculty, and several parents of NCCS about his days at Catholic School and how the level of respect and exceptional English grammar and instruction shaped his life and career.

Before Igoe discussed his teaching experience in China, an informative and lively video was shown that highlighted his career as a news journalist. From breaking news events to llamas and snakes, students learned what made Igoe a respected and top-notch broadcast journalist.

Igoe spoke passionately as he discussed China and its Great Wall, cost of living, religious oppression, and the Chinese language. An extended Q&A session followed with even the youngest students in Pre K 3&4 and kindergarten asking thought provoking questions regarding Igoe’s Catholic Schooling, professional career, and life in China.

A round of applause echoed throughout the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Auditorium as the day’s Professional Speaker Series came to an end when Principal Andy Ludwig thanked Igoe and delivered the final question, asking if Igoe would return and visit the students once again. Igoe promised to do so and will remain connected to NCCS and his Catholic School roots, for a lifetime.