Many students along with one faculty member were recognized for numerous accomplishments this school year during the Honors Assembly June 8, the 157th annual distribution of awards.
Highlights included presentation of the 2015-16 Woodlands Award, the highest honor that can be attained at Woodlands. Based on the votes of faculty and students, this award recognizes outstanding service, leadership, character and scholastic development. This year’s recipient is Madelyn Morris.
Also of special note, the Distinction in Studies Award was presented to Molly Carmody who has maintained the highest scholastic average during her four years of high school. She is the Class of 2016 valedictorian. The second-highest grade point average after four years of high school went to Bridget Carmody who is this year’s salutatorian.
The Janet Erskine Stuart Award, which is given to a senior boarder who consistently fosters the building of community through her leadership, service and generosity, went to Erika Rodriguez. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, lived in England in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She had a breadth of vision, served others generously, and was a strong leader both in Sacred Heart schools and the Religious of the Sacred Heart.
The Frances de la Chapelle Excellence in Teaching Award, established in 1992 by the Lawrence Haggerty family to honor the former Woodlands principal, acknowledges and promotes excellence in teaching. The winner of this award is chosen by a vote of the faculty and administration from among faculty members nominated by students. Mary Gramins, Theology Department chair/coordinator of campus ministry, is this year’s recipient.
Other honorees included:
· Elizabeth Franclemont, recipient of the Woodlands Academy Service Award in recognition of her passion for service and dedication to the poor and marginalized of our society in the true spirit of Goal III.
· Arminda Downey-Mavromatis, recipient of the Peggy Haggerty Award in memory of the Class of 1971 alumna who modeled the Sacred Heart values of “courage and confidence” and “generosity and gratitude” leaving behind a rich legacy of strong leadership, service to others and good humor.
· Catherine Andrade, recipient of the Four Year Perfect Attendance Award for never having missed a day of school while at Woodlands Academy. “This is an amazing accomplishment,” Principal Madonna Lee Edmunds said. “We do not often have a Four Year Perfect Attendance Award.”
· Catherine Slaughter, who had just been named ISL Player of the Year in softball.
An impressive achievement by the entire Class of 2016 was announced. Woodlands Academy’s 46 graduating seniors have been awarded a total of 121 scholarships worth $2,064,943 million.
Congratulations to all of our 2015-16 honorees!