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Director’s Awards celebrate student achievements

The format may be different, but this year’s Director’s Awards are still a “big deal,” said Director of Education David Hansen.

Six hundred elementary students – 12 from each of the board’s 50 elementary schools – are being recognized this month for outstanding achievements in academics, service and Stewardship of Creation.

“It’s great that throughout this whole pandemic we are able to continue this recognition of excellence and it’s really important that we celebrate excellence,” said Hansen in a videotaped message to the award recipients.

The student awards program was established many years ago to recognize excellence at the school level. The first, the “Catholic School Mission/Vision” award, is presented to a student who models the virtues of Catholic education, specifically, working for and promoting a more just, caring and peaceful school community. The next award – for Academic Excellence Award – is given to the student who best excels in the overall core areas. The third award, “Excellent Effort in the Pursuit of Learning,” is presented to a student who demonstrates personal responsibility in the pursuit of learning and strives for continuous improvement, while the “Stewardship of Creation/Environmental Award” acknowledges student efforts in creating a greener and more environmentally sustainable school community.

The last award category recognizes academic proficiency in the subject areas of Arts, Religion & Family Life, Language, Science/Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies/History/Geography, Health & Physical Education, and French as a Second Language.

Twelve students from each school will receive awards.

The awards are not a big deal in themselves – you get a certificate and maybe a picture with your principal – what makes them a big deal is that they are recognition from your principal and your teachers that you are making a difference at your school.”

“You are what’s great about Catholic education,” said Hansen.

Congratulations to all the student award recipients:

Catholic School Mission/Vision:
Antonio Salinas
Excellent Effort in the Pursuit of Learning: Levi Snider
Stewardship of Creation: Mia Antonelli
Academic Excellence: Aaron Joseph
Arts: Samantha Lipinski
French as a Second Language: Savanah Pacheco
Health & Physical Education: Aaron John
Language: Abigail Bruzzese
Mathematics: Julia Sayej
Religion & Family Life: Olivia Bielecki
Science & Technology: Mykah Suva
Social Studies/History/Geography: Leo Ferritto