St. Joseph’s Academy recognized students in each grade level for exceeding the requirement for service during the 2017-2018 academic year. The recognition ceremony was held April 30 in the Activity Center.
More than 600 students went above and beyond the call to serve, topping the requirement of 50 or more hours.
“Service is the free gift of one’s time, talent and treasure to help another, expecting nothing in return,” said Sister Chris Pologa, CSJ, the Academy’s pastoral care minister and service coordinator. “Our role models are our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, along with the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded St. Joseph’s Academy in 1868. Our charism theme, Relationships: Sacred Threads that Connect, has guided our service endeavors this year to the dear neighbor. Relationships are essential to community building. For it is in relationships that we learn to value and respect each person’s unique dignity. These personal encounters call us to stand in solidarity with one another as we encircle our global community with love.”
Senior class President Megan Gremillion and senior theology teacher Sister Joan Manuel, assisted by senior theology teachers, called forth the 129 seniors with more than 50 hours of service this year.
Seniors who dedicated 50 or more hours to service during each of their four years at SJA will be recognized at the 2018 Honors Convocation on May 18.
Junior class President Trystan Tate and junior theology teacher Kayla Moscona, with assistance from junior theology teachers, introduced the 146 juniors with more than 50 service hours this academic year.
Sophomore class President Angelle McCormick and sophomore theology teacher Sheri Klemm, along with sophomore class theology teachers, recognized the 143 sophomores with more than 50 hours of service this year.
Freshman class President Rhianna Bickham and freshman theology teacher Dana Murray, assisted by freshman theology teachers, called forth the 151 freshmen with more than 50 service hours this year.
Student Ambassador co-moderators Stacy Rennhoff, Catherine Durnin and Mandy Hoffman, along with Ambassador President Megan David and Vice President Mallory Casseri, thanked the Ambassadors for their dedication and service to SJA. During 2017-2018, Ambassadors worked more than 300 hours at events during the school year and the summer.
Jill Abadie, Stacia Andricain and Lisa Knotts recognized the senior peer consultants who work in SJA’s Writing Center for their work in helping students improve and develop as writers.
Krysia Duplessis honored the student technicians who work in SJA’s Help Desk. These students work on SJA’s tablet computers after school and during holidays, and they donate their time to mission trips and service initiatives.
Members of the class of 2018 ended the program by performing the annual Senior Farewell. The comical presentation touched on the highlights of the seniors’ four years at SJA. Readers were Megan Gremillion, Emily Shore, Emily Boudreaux and Hannah Miletello. Other participants were Adelisca LeBlanc, Gabrielle Taylor, Abigail Cazes, Sarah Hill, Infiniti Rogers, Emma Callegan, Kennedy Benjamin, Camille Fruge and Sophia Marchiafava.
Senior Alyssa D’Agostino closed the assembly with the singing of the Alma Mater.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine