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Awards ceremony celebrates “Excellence in Catholic Education”

An annual awards ceremony hosted by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board on June 4 was not only an opportunity to recognize student achievement, but to honour and celebrate a commitment to excellence – a long-standing tradition at the board and one of the pillars upon which Catholic education was built.

More than 100 students were recognized for excellence in academics, Christian service, Catholic leadership, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and/or the arts.

The “Celebrating Excellence in Catholic Education” awards ceremony was established several years ago to recognize and honour students and teams who demonstrate excellence through their talents and hard work, and who, by their commitment, serve as role models to other students in their schools and communities.

“Tonight we celebrate excellence in Catholic education and we recognize the talents and gifts of so many of our students,” said Board Chairperson and Emcee Patrick Daly.

“It is our hope that the awards and scholarships presented this evening will motivate and encourage students to bring their energy, enthusiasm and generosity to building a Catholic community within their schools, and to shaping the vision of Catholic education in Hamilton-Wentworth.”

He added that the event was designed to recognize honour individual students and teams, as well as the families and school communities who have supported and assisted them.

“Your families, teachers, principals, teachers, staff, advisors and coaches share in your joy and are an important reason for your success,” he reminded the award recipients.

Addressing the award winners, Director of Education David Hansen stressed how very proud he was of their achievements.

“Committing to excellence is one of the most important elements of success in life,” he stated.

“And while the accomplishments are yours, never forget that there’s a team behind you that lifts you up.”

“Your success began at home and is part of your family life, for sure, but was also nurtured by your faith, supported by your school, and most importantly, was embraced by you.”

He added that while it’s important to celebrate excellence and the model it provides for others, the real reward happened in gyms, on stages, in competitions, on fields and in classrooms.

“Your reward wasn’t tonight’s ceremony,” stressed Hansen. “It was the journey that got you here, and for that, we congratulate you.”

The awards were presented in five categories: board awards; Living the Spirit awards; Science & Athletics awards; special presentations; and Stewardship of Creation awards.

In final congratulations, Chairperson Daly thanked the students for their achievements and for the recognition that they have brought to Catholic education, to their families and to their schools.

“We wish you all the best as you continue to strive to fulfill your dreams and to serve Our Lord Jesus, the centre of our faith and our schools. You have used the talents and gifts God has given you to the fullest.”

“May God continue to bless you.”

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

BOARD AWARDS

St. Thomas Aquinas Centre for the Arts Foundation Scholarship

Louise Concepcion – Bishop Ryan CSS

James L. Daly Award of Excellence
Tarryn Smith – St. Marguerite d’Youville CES
Isabella Schneider – Cardinal Newman CSS

Presidents’ Council Bursary
Hillary De Guzman – St. Thomas More CSS

Sister Maria Cordis Music Awards
Megan Kelly – St. Eugene CES
Samantha Jesam Acierto – St. Joachim CES
Abby Giannini – St. Gabriel CES
Azaliah Alonzo – St. Ann (Hamilton) CES
Olivia Tryburski – St. Thomas the Apostle CES
Hannah Mathew – St. Vincent de Paul CES

Jim Hansen Spirit of Community Award
Alessia Pontillo – St. Clare of Assisi CES
Samantha Kemperman – St. James the Apostle CES
Meghan Jeckell – St. Mary CSS
Marc Marcelli – St. Thomas More CSS

LIVING THE SPIRIT AWARDS
Emelia Pasher – Canadian Martyrs CES
Kayetan Protas – St. Joseph CES
Erica Ciraolo – St. Lawrence CES
Jessica Marie Dekker – St. Mary CSS
Jared Gado Castillon – Holy Name of Jesus CES
Jessica Sheweli – St. Ann (Hamilton) CES
Teresa Van – St. Eugene CES
Amaya Angelini-Nelson – St. John the Baptist CES
Paige Wallace – St. Patrick CES
Melaina Malcew – Cathedral High School
Madison Bianco – St. Agnes CES
Rebecca Vrsaljko – St. Luke CES
Abigail Odimuko – Blessed Sacrament CES
Brando Farruggia – St. Anthony Daniel CES
Clariese Ryan – St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES
Isabella DeGregorio – St. Margaret Mary CES
Jovie Wilson – St. Teresa of Calcutta CES
Gabrielle Kehl – Our Lady of Lourdes CES
Liam Delapaz – Sacred Heart of Jesus CES
Samantha Talosi – St. John Paul II CES
Sarah Gollan – St. Marguerite d’Youville CES
Amedeo Musharbash – St. Michael CES
Romeo Fricano – Sts. Peter and Paul CES
Zuzanna Wolos – St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS
Claire Daly – Annunciation of Our Lord CES
Grace Evans – Corpus Christi CES
Alice Okpere – Regina Mundi CES
Joshua Santos – St. Teresa of Avila CES
Maria Morcone – St. Thérèse of Lisieux CES
Hannah Mathew – St. Vincent de Paul CES
Alayna Concetta Inrig – St. Thomas More CSS
Massimo Paletta – Immaculate Heart of Mary CES
Alex DiFrancesco – Our Lady of Peace CES
Felicia Lopez – Our Lady of the Assumption CES
Anthony De Bellis – St. Clare of Assisi CES
Juliana Pusztay – St. David CES
Alexander Brown – St. Francis Xavier CES
Mia Persia – St. Gabriel CES
Matthew Jovanovic – St. James the Apostle CES
Ethan Simunic – St. Mark CES
Luka Cepuran – St. Martin of Tours CES
Avery Atanas – St. Matthew CES
Niko Jurincic – St. Paul CES
Aidan Perry – Bishop Ryan CSS
Sarah Schneider – Cardinal Newman CSS
Julia Dias – Guardian Angels CES
Simona Febbraro – Holy Name of Mary CES
Matia Lee – Immaculate Conception CES
Madelaine Pomeroy – Our Lady of Mount Carmel CES
Ella Jazvac – St. Ann (Ancaster) CES
Kathleen Farnand – St. Augustine CES
Sarra Presta – St. Bernadette CES
Jorja Galama – St. Joachim CES
Dominic Szot-Wiseman – St. Thomas the Apostle CES
Vincent Barbon – Bishop Tonnos CSS

SCIENCE & ATHLETIC AWARDS

BASEF – Canada Wide Science Fair Trip Awards

Tavian Augustus – St. Augustine CES
Christopher Lamont – St. Margaret Mary CES
Anthony Saturnino – St. Margaret Mary CES

BASEF – Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Trip Awards
Joseph Saturnino – Bishop Ryan CSS

OFSAA Gold Medals
Swimming – Dion Renaud, Cathedral HS
Girls’ Wrestling – Ellise Daynes, Bishop Ryan CSS
Girls’ Wrestling – Serena DiBenedetto, Bishop Ryan CSS
Boys’ & Girls’ Combined Wrestling, Team Champions – Bishop Ryan CSS
Girls’ Wrestling, Team Champions – Bishop Ryan CSS
Senior Boys’ Football, Western Bowl Champions – St. Thomas More CSS
Track and Field – Joshua Bowen, Liam Ford, Justin Irobun, Vincent Irobun, Marqus Rookwood-Hodge & Ike Usifo, St. Thomas More CSS

Mike Morton Bursary
Teethlac Lam – St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES
Fernando Bonilla-Sarmiento – St. Teresa of Calcutta CES
Julia DeFederico – Bishop Tonnos CSS
Daniel Graham – St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Presentation to Robotics Clubs

Celt-X Robotics Team – Bishop Ryan CSS
MakeShift Robotics Team – St. Mary CSS

Presentation to Vocal Ensemble/Individual Music Awards
BR Xpression – Bishop Ryan CSS
Elle Delizo – Bishop Ryan CSS
Matthew Saddler – Bishop Ryan CSS
Halle Williams – Bishop Ryan CSS
Benjamin Xamin – Bishop Ryan CSS

STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION
Olivia Content-Renauld – Bishop Ryan CSS
Rachiel Chirara – Bishop Tonnos CSS
Serena Giacoboni – Cardinal Newman CSS
Dustin Fox-Guy – Cathedral High School
Nolan Babin – St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS
Matthew Clayton – St. Mary CSS
Juanita Leguizamon – St. Thomas More CSS





Hillary De Guzman from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School is awarded the Presidents' Council Bursary by Director of Education David Hansen, left, and Chairperson Patrick Daly at the annual
Hillary De Guzman from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School is awarded the Presidents' Council Bursary by Director of Education David Hansen, left, and Chairperson Patrick Daly at the annual "Celebrating Excellence in Catholic Education" awards ceremony at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School on June 4.

Trustee Phil Homerski presents Matia Lee from Immaculate Conception with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Phil Homerski presents Matia Lee from Immaculate Conception with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Patrick Daly presents Melaina Malcew from Cathedral High School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Patrick Daly presents Melaina Malcew from Cathedral High School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Mary Nardini presents Alexander Brown from St. Francis Xavier with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Mary Nardini presents Alexander Brown from St. Francis Xavier with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Mark Valvasori presents Jessica Marie Dekker from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Mark Valvasori presents Jessica Marie Dekker from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Louis Agro presents Niko Jurincic from St. Paul with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Louis Agro presents Niko Jurincic from St. Paul with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee John Valvasori presents Hannah Mathew from St. Vincent de Paul with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee John Valvasori presents Hannah Mathew from St. Vincent de Paul with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Joe Baiardo presents Jovie Wilson from St. Teresa of Calcutta with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Joe Baiardo presents Jovie Wilson from St. Teresa of Calcutta with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

Trustee Aldo D'Intino presents Juliana Pusztay from St. David Catholic Elementary School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'
Trustee Aldo D'Intino presents Juliana Pusztay from St. David Catholic Elementary School with a Living the Spirit Award. The award is presented to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who exemplifies the qualities of the Board's logo, 'Believing, Achieving, Serving.'

This year's recipient of the St. Thomas Aquinas Centre for the Arts Foundation Scholarship was Louise Conception from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. The scholarship, presented by Sandie Richardson, Isabella Lanza and Mary Jane Demsar, is to be used for post-secondary studies in the Arts.
This year's recipient of the St. Thomas Aquinas Centre for the Arts Foundation Scholarship was Louise Conception from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. The scholarship, presented by Sandie Richardson, Isabella Lanza and Mary Jane Demsar, is to be used for post-secondary studies in the Arts.

The St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School Senior Boys' Football Team was recognized for repeating as OFSAA Western Bowl Champions.
The St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School Senior Boys' Football Team was recognized for repeating as OFSAA Western Bowl Champions.

The BR Xpression Vocal Ensemble was recognized for its recent success at the  Worldstrides Heritage Competition in Boston this past May, which included a gold medal in the Contemporary Choir category, along with four Maestro Awards for solo performances.
The BR Xpression Vocal Ensemble was recognized for its recent success at the Worldstrides Heritage Competition in Boston this past May, which included a gold medal in the Contemporary Choir category, along with four Maestro Awards for solo performances.

Tavian Augustus, a Grade 7 student at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, was one of three HWCDSB selected to represent the region at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton where he won a bronze medal. Tavian was recognized by Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David  Hansen at the annual board awards night on June 4.
Tavian Augustus, a Grade 7 student at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, was one of three HWCDSB selected to represent the region at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton where he won a bronze medal. Tavian was recognized by Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David Hansen at the annual board awards night on June 4.

St. Mary MakeShift Robotics was one of two secondary robotics teams from the HWCDSB to qualify for the World Robotics Competition where it won the Detroit World Championship Judges' Award.
St. Mary MakeShift Robotics was one of two secondary robotics teams from the HWCDSB to qualify for the World Robotics Competition where it won the Detroit World Championship Judges' Award.

Presenting the James Hansen Spirit of Community Award on behalf of his late father, Director of Education David Hansen congratulated Marc Marcelli from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School for being a
Presenting the James Hansen Spirit of Community Award on behalf of his late father, Director of Education David Hansen congratulated Marc Marcelli from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School for being a "builder of community."

Mike Morton presented Fernando Bonilla Sarmiento from St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School with a bursary in recognition of demonstrated athletic involvement and leadership.
Mike Morton presented Fernando Bonilla Sarmiento from St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School with a bursary in recognition of demonstrated athletic involvement and leadership.

Former Director of Education Jim Daly presents Isabella Schneider from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School with the James L. Daly Award of Excellence, awarded annually to one elementary and one secondary student
Former Director of Education Jim Daly presents Isabella Schneider from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School with the James L. Daly Award of Excellence, awarded annually to one elementary and one secondary student "for the responsible use of their God-given talents and skills for the good of all society."

Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David Hansen presented Azalia Alonzo from St. Ann (Hamilton) with a Sister Maria Cordis Music Award. is given to one grade eight student from each of the seven secondary feeder schools who has shown a passion for music and has indicated that he/she will pursue music studies in high school.
Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David Hansen presented Azalia Alonzo from St. Ann (Hamilton) with a Sister Maria Cordis Music Award. is given to one grade eight student from each of the seven secondary feeder schools who has shown a passion for music and has indicated that he/she will pursue music studies in high school.

Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David Hansen present Olivia Content-Renauld from Bishop Ryan with a Stewardship of Creation Award. Presented to one student from each secondary school, the award was established by the Board’s (SERE) Social and Ecological Responsibility in Education Committee to celebrate and honour students who exemplify respect for their Creator by their stewardship of His creation and who, by their example, invite others in their community to share in this stewardship.
Chairperson Patrick Daly, left, and Director of Education David Hansen present Olivia Content-Renauld from Bishop Ryan with a Stewardship of Creation Award. Presented to one student from each secondary school, the award was established by the Board’s (SERE) Social and Ecological Responsibility in Education Committee to celebrate and honour students who exemplify respect for their Creator by their stewardship of His creation and who, by their example, invite others in their community to share in this stewardship.