St. Jude School eighth grade graduation liturgy was recently held at the parish church.
Rev. Joseph Evanko, Pastor, was the principal celebrant and provided the homily. Deacon Gene Kovatch, Pastoral Outreach at St. Jude’s Parish, and Deacon James Atherton Permanent Deacon, assisted. Mrs. Jeanne Rossi, Principal, presided over the awards ceremony. Diplomas and awards were conferred by Rev. Evanko, assisted by Mr. Lester Kempinski, St. Jude faculty. Refreshments were served and a video presentation was shown in the school cafeteria following the liturgy.
The following awards were presented at St. Jude School of the Holy Redeemer System -
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholar Award is presented to those eighth grade students who achieved an exemplary score on the Diocese of Scranton’s Placement Test for entrance into ninth grade for the 2014 -2015 school year. The students who received this award were Makenzie Savner and Maria Strish.
The Holy Redeemer Scholar Award is presented to those students who earned the top scores on the placement test regardless of the elementary school that they attend. The Holy Redeemer Scholars and recipients of scholarships were Benjamin Koshinski, Makenzie Savner, Maria Strish, and Sean Wills.
The PTG Award for Academic Excellence, given to the student with the highest overall average was presented to Makenzie Savner.
The PTG Award for Academic Excellence, given to the student with the second highest overall average was presented to Maria Strish.
The PTG Award for Academic Effort, given to the student who has shown considerable effort in his/ her school work, was presented to Morghan Murphy.
The Religion Award, sponsored by Mr. And Mrs. Robert Perkins, for two students who have excelled in the area of religion, was presented to Kaylee Kotsko and Sean Wills.
The Joseph H. Schmidt VW Engine Award is given for the third highest average to be used toward continuing education in a Catholic school. This year there was a tie for this award, which was presented to Brianna Phillips and Sean Wills.
A scholarship award is donated by Mrs. Albina Czapowskyj, in memory of her son Lt. Andrew Czapowskyj. It is awarded to a well-rounded student with a sense of discovery who will be attending Holy Redeemer High School. The partial scholarship of $1000 was awarded to Brianna Phillips.
The Attorney Gary F. Yenkowski Memorial Scholarship, a $500 award, is presented to two students who will attend Holy Redeemer High School, have the highest language arts and literature averages for grades six through eight, and have been active in service to the school and community. This was presented to Makenzie Savner and Maria Strish.
The Karen Lavan Excellence in Music Award is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated high interest and aptitude in music through outstanding performance, attitude and participation in music class and other programs, and will continue this through high school. This award was presented to Maria Strish.
The following award is given anonymously to recognize students who have participated in basketball and have shown continual effort in academic achievement. It was presented to the following students –Morghan Murphy for girls’ basketball, and Sean Wills for boys’ basketball.
The following student was awarded a certificate for Perfect Attendance –Brianna Phillips.