Eight Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart students (two from each class) and one staff member received third-quarter Sacred Heart Awards on Feb. 9 in recognition of living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way.
Goal Five, “Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom,” was chosen by the Woodlands Academy student government as the basis for these awards.
Woodlands Academy students recognized for their efforts in living out this goal were: freshmen Kate Marlowe and Valeria Santoyo, sophomores Chloe Mensah and Irene Poole Ruiz, juniors Vanesa Tellez and Saira Thomas, and seniors Sapphire Bankston-Hunter and Mary Largay.
The adult community Sacred Heart Award recipient was receptionist/cashier Mrs. Christine Grasenick.
Sacred Heart Awards are given based on a vote of the students and ratified by advisors in recognition of good conduct, good spirit, helpful influence and leadership. They serve to remind the entire Woodlands Academy community of the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria.
The Woodlands Academy tradition of Sacred Heart Awards traces its roots to an older Sacred Heart tradition called Primes, where medals were given for politeness, order and excellence in various academic subjects. Several years ago, Woodlands brought back the tradition of awarding ribbons to which St. Rose Philippine Duchesne medals are attached. This tangible symbol reminds the entire community of the spirit of the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria and what the community most values in its members. The ribbons were very much the ancestors of the current Sacred Heart Awards.
Pictured (L to R) are Mary Largay, Sapphire Bankston-Hunter, Saira Thomas, Chloe Mensah, Irene Poole Ruiz, Vanessa Tellez, Valeria Santoyo and Kate Marlowe.
Not pictured: Mrs. Grasenick