When thinking of a family that emulates Falcon Pride and has been along with Christian Brothers for the long haul, the Marty/Pierson clan instantly comes to mind. If you have attended CB within the last half century, you are more than likely to have had a class with or have heard the name of ‘Marty’ […]
When thinking of a family that emulates Falcon Pride and has been along with Christian Brothers for the long haul, the Marty/Pierson clan instantly comes to mind.
If you have attended CB within the last half century, you are more than likely to have had a class with or have heard the name of ‘Marty’ or ‘Pierson’ in the halls. With CB alum Tim Pierson ‘81, Joey Marty ‘12, Alex Marty ‘17, Paul Marty ‘78, and Bill Pierson ‘72, the family basically bleeds blue at this point.
Having a tight relationship with the Piersons myself, I always wondered what it would be like to have so many relatives at one school. For many of us, seeing cousins and even siblings at school is a rarity, but for them, it is all too familiar. I consulted with current students, Hannah Pierson (‘18), Patrick Pierson (‘20), and Ellie Marty (‘21) to find out just what they thought about attending school with family.
Patrick specifically enjoys being able to joke around about everything that goes down around campus, whether that be a funny teacher encounter or a joke that only a student would understand.
“The best part is when we all get on a topic and just go on and on with it” he says, “We’ll always laugh so hard.”
Ellie appreciates being able to confide in Hannah and Patrick to get her through her Freshman year. Advice from the people that know you best is always more personal and helpful, so going to her older cousins for help with homework or to seek guidance has made her first year here smooth sailing.
“I’d say the best part for me as the youngest has been being able to get advice and stories when it comes to teachers and CB in general,” she says “It was super relieving to know I’ll always have someone to talk to at school”
As for Hannah, she loves that extra eight hours with her brother and little cousin. The simple things like drives to and from school and casual run-ins make her day.
“The highlight of going to school with my family is always knowing they are there since we’re all so close,” she says “Sometimes just running into them in the hallway will completely change my mood”.
When it comes to downsides, the trio quickly agreed that the only con is carpooling, especially with the conflicting schedules. Because Hannah drives, she was first to admit that waiting and coordinating to leave school was a bit of a pain.
“The only downside is when they aren’t at the car when I tell them to be,” she says. “But the car rides home are usually always filled with laughter and sharing stories about what happened during the day, so it’s worth it”.
Since Hannah is heading off to Sacramento State in the fall, the trio is approaching their last few days going to a school together, possibly forever. The younger two both had similar answers when asked what they’d miss about seeing Hannah’s smiling face around campus next year.
“I’m definitely going to miss seeing Hannah every day on campus and our car rides home together along with a lot of other seniors she’s introduced me to this year that have really made my first year at CB comfortable and fun,” Ellie says.
Patrick also admitted that he would most definitely miss attending school with his big sis too.
“I’ll really miss being able to mess with Hannah at school. I’ve always loved how we can joke around with each other because it makes our relationship all the more special. It’s cool that we can be friends on top of siblings”.
The Martys and Piersons are just one family out of a handful that have created an ongoing legacy here at Christian Brothers. It is families like these that truly prove CB is the place to be and a second home to thousands.