Leo McGrath is a student at Drake University in the Journalism Program. He is currently in his junior year, majoring in News Media. He has served as the copy editor for the Times Delphic newspaper and as a staff writer for the Drake Magazine.
Leo is originally from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was born in 1998 to Kevin and Mary McGrath in Milwaukee. He has two older brothers, Patrick and Max, and one younger sister, Mia (pictured below right). His family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in 2004 and has lived there ever since.
Leo attended Mount Michael Benedictine School, an Elkhorn all-male boarding high school. Mount Michael was originally a seminary, but now serves as a joint high school and Benedictine Abbey. He graduated Mount Michael in 2016 with high honors and a full presidential scholarship to Drake University.
During his time at Mount Michael, Leo also completed his Eagle Scout achievement. He had been a member of the Scouts BSA since before moving to Nebraska, and remained an active member throughout that entire time. For his Eagle Scout project, he built two raised planter beds for a local nursing home at which he also volunteered in a program called “Rocksteady Boxing.” This is a nationwide organization that uses boxing exercises as a way for Parkinson’s-affected people of all ages to retain strength and mobility despite the disease. Leo helped with this effort for two years before moving away from Nebraska.
In 2016, Leo began his attendance at Drake and now resides in Des Moines, IA. In his sophomore year, he joined the Times Delphic staff as the copy editor. He would read each article and correct grammatical or spelling mistakes before each issue. He is now working for the Drake Magazine, as staff writer and recipe creator. He is also currently in talks for creating an online food blog for Drake Magazine.
He also has experience as a student fundraiser for Drake University Phonathon, where he would call Drake alumni to raise funds for Drake scholarships to incoming students as well as general upkeep for the campus. Upon his departure, he was one of the most senior members of the student fundraising group.
Leo currently works at Raccoon River State Park as a scorekeeper for adult recreational softball and kickball leagues. He also works in Ankeny, Iowa, at The Playground for Kids, an indoor amusement house for birthday parties and open recreation.