Matt McDonnell and Robert Martin became friends when they were only boys at St. John of the Cross Parish School. “We were in many of the same classes and we hung out nearly every weekend.” SJC has had a significant impact in their lives and is the foundation of their academic career. Matt tells SJC that he still takes classroom notes using the style that Mrs. Rice taught him in fifth grade Social Studies. After SJC, Robert and Matt attended high school together at Benet Academy, and they are currently students at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Matt and Robert recently competed in a competition sponsored by Price Waterhouse Cooper. “The Challenge Case Competition” tasked the boys with building a model that forecasted the quality of life for employees in three different cities that a theoretical company would consider moving. The boys developed a complex excel model that ranked different aspects of quality of life. They used this model to assign each city a score based on each of the company’s needs. Not only did the boys develop the model, they presented their project to a panel of Price Waterhouse Cooper’s employees. Their dedication proved successful as the boys place 1st out of over 40 teams.