Students Honored at the 2017 Service Awards

For the 11th year, the CJ Ministry & Service office recognized students for serving in the Dayton community and beyond at the Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 3.

"Pope Francis has said, 'The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.'", Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear, told the students. "It is not easy to be counter-cultural in our world today; it is not easy to be counter-cultural as a teenager in our world today.  But so many of you are doing this through your selfless service and your giving hearts - putting love and service before success, power and popularity." 

Each student completes a certain amount of service hours, which varies based upon their grade level, as part of their religion requirement. Nearly 120 students, however, volunteered their time above and beyond their required religion requirement. Students who completed 25-49 additional hours were awarded the bronze service award, students who completed 50-99 additional hours were awarded the silver service award, and students who completed 100 or more additional hours were awarded the gold service award.

"Our whole school community has given a total of 9,400 hours of service to the broader community over and above any required service," Kinnear noted. "According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $24.14. This means the students' service has contributed $226,916 to our local, national and international communities."

Andrew Holmes '17 was recognized as the student who accumulated the most additional service hours in his class, with 570 hours throughout his four years.

Other students who were recognized during the awards ceremony were FLIGHT members, leaders of the Marianist LIFE Community, community service homeroom reps, Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement students, and students in the Little Sibs program, who were joined on stage by their "littles." 

The Service Award Ceremony was special this year, as six members of the CJ community will retire at the end of this school year with 228 years of service total. Jim Brooks, Cindy Budde, Ellen Downer, Charlie Hollis, Charlene Wheeler,  and John Zaidain each received a platinum award for their years of service.

Students were also announced as special award recipients during the awards ceremony. The LaSertoma Youth Service award, given to a student for being a leader in service, was given to Dani Ostendorf '17.

The Sister Ruth Ann Service Award, given to a junior who exhibits the commitment and spirit of Sister Ruth Ann Bange, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, was given to Katie Kohnen.   The George Early scholarship, given to a sophomore who has distinguished him or herself as a servant leader, was given to Joseph Allaire. Jim Brooks was presented with the faculty/staff Founders Award.

At the end of the ceremony, students who will embark on a mission trip this summer were blessed by the CJ community. Students will be representing CJ in Solsberry, Indiana, Taos, New Mexico and Belize, Central America this summer.

Posted May 4, 2017