The 15 finalists for the prestigious Josephine Bahlinger Award for 2019-2020 were recognized at a special breakfast in their honor on January 18 at St. Joseph’s Academy. The eighth graders were accompanied by their parents and elementary school principals.
The merit-based award is named in honor of St. Joseph’s Academy’s first graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877. It provides $4,000 toward their freshman-year tuition to five incoming 9th grade students based on outstanding academic performance in elementary school; a history of standardized test scores in the 90th percentile; service to school and/or community; exemplary conduct record; active participation in co-curricular activities; and an essay and interview.
This year’s finalists are Caroline Cashio, St. Aloysius School; Susana Cuadra, St. Jude the Apostle; Mary Dardis, Mother of Divine Grace Homeschool; Angelique Deville, Central Middle School; Amelia Fargason, St. Aloysius School; Brooklyn Flowers, St. Jean Vianney; Emma Graves, Sacred Heart of Jesus; Maria Hargrave, St. Jude the Apostle; Alexandra Hulse, Our Lady of Mercy; Sophia Manuel, St. George Catholic School; Corinne Moreau, Holy Family School; Shelby Soileau, Our Lady of Mercy; Claire Waggenspack, St. George Catholic School; Caroline Wallace, St. Thomas More; and Katherine Winchester, St. Aloysius School.
The visitors heard from Director of Admissions Meredith Smith, President Jan Breen and Principal Stacia Andricain. The five award recipients will be notified in their acceptance packets in late February.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine