A traditional start to the end of the school year was held on Wednesday, May 2 as the CJ community gathered for the annual Service Awards. In addition to recognizing students for their service throughout the school year, students involved in service-oriented organizations were also honored.
At the award ceremony, students involved in F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) and L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience) were first recognized. Then, a special award from by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was presented.
“For the Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award, the recipients must be nominated by someone from their community,” began Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. “The group being honored does not know they were even nominated.”
The eight members of the Senior Capstone group, Got Veggies? - Andrew Buchanan, Cole Breeding, Evan Eichenauer, Samantha Evans, Sarah Hartley, Katie Kohnen, Clayton Mathile, and Nicole VanVoorhis - were honored with the special award. Throughout the school year, Got Veggies? gleaned more than 16,000 pounds of fresh produce that was then given to Catholic Social Services’ food pantry.
Following the special award, another special moment happened on stage as the “Big Sibs,” current CJ juniors and seniors, and “Little Sibs,” students from St. Benedict and Immaculate Conception elementary schools, were introduced to the audience.
The event also included the presentation of the bronze, silver, and gold service awards. Each category (bronze being 25-49 hours, silver being 50-99 hours and gold being 100 or more hours) represented service that was done above and beyond each student’s religion requirement. In total, 50 students received bronze awards, 34 received silver awards, and 16 received gold awards.
Abigail Tracy ‘18 was recognized as the senior who completed the most service hours out of her class during her four years at CJ with 600 hours of service. In total, nearly 8,200 service hours were completed by CJ students above and beyond their required service this school year.
“According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $24.69,” Kinnear noted. “This means the CJ community’s service has contributed $201,809 to local, national and international communities!”
Several others in the CJ community were recognized during the service awards including:
- Carissa Myers ‘18, Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award
- Alexandra Murray ‘19, Sister Ruth Ann Service Award
- Lyndsey Carter ‘20, George Early Scholarship
- John Gutendorf ‘00, Faculty/Staff Founders Award
The award ceremony concluded with students and chaperones attending summer mission trips being blessed by the CJ community.
Posted May 8, 2018