‘New way’ Honors Assembly recognizes 2019-20 achievements

Many members of the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart community were recognized for outstanding achievements this school year during the June 10 Honors Assembly. This 161th annual distribution of awards was done virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Highlights included presentation of the 2019-20 Woodlands Award, the highest honor that can be attained at Woodlands Academy. Based on the votes of faculty and students, this award recognizes outstanding service, leadership, character and scholastic development. This year’s recipient is Jadah Auguste.

The Distinction in Studies Award was presented to Annika Swanson for maintaining the highest scholastic average during her four years of high school. She is the Class of 2020 valedictorian. 

The second-highest grade point average after four years of high school was achieved by Elizabeth Coughlin who is this year’s salutatorian.

The Frances de la Chapelle Excellence in Teaching Award, established in 1992 by the Lawrence Haggerty family to honor the former Woodlands Academy principal, acknowledges and promotes excellence in teaching. Typically this award goes to one person chosen by a vote of the faculty and administration from among faculty members nominated by students. However, it was decided to bestow this year’s honor upon all of Woodlands’ 2019-20 Sacred Heart educators to recognize their efforts in making the switch to remote learning due to the pandemic.

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 Miracle Tapia. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, a strong leader both in Sacred Heart schools and the Religious of the Sacred Heart, was a woman of courage, conviction and faith and had a great love for children, nature, poetry, sports and creative writing.

Other Major School Awards honorees included:

2020 Global Scholar Hanna Asare whose diploma and transcript will include the designation of “Global Scholar” in recognition of her successful completion of this Center for Global Studies program.

Áine Heaney, 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.

Margaret Doheny, 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.

Elizabeth Coughlin, recipient of the American Legion Award in recognition of courage, character, leadership, honor, and service to the community and country based on voting by both faculty members and fellow students.

An impressive achievement by the entire Class of 2020 was announced during the virtual assembly. Woodlands Academy’s 36 graduating seniors have been awarded more than 100 scholarships exceeding $1 million in total value.

Congratulations to all our 2019-20 honorees!