The recipients are young adults who bring to life the philosophy of our school in their academic and extra-curricular involvement, in their moral actions and attitudes at school, in their interaction with their peers, in their parishes, and in their local communities. The Judge faculty and staff nominate seniors for this prestigious award.
The two seniors selected are truly incredible young adults. Both have worked exceptionally hard at their studies, in fact, both will graduate with weighted GPAs of over 4.0. Both boast enviable lists of co-curricular involvement. Both are dedicated and reliable volunteers. Both have blessed our Judge community with their convictions and faith, and with a true compassion for others. Both have a sense of their place in this world, and more impressively, an understanding of their responsibility to be worthy of that place. The two seniors selected have contributed to the life of our school in many ways. Adjectives used to describe both are compassionate, intelligent, thoughtful, and giving. Both have served as role models to others with their kindness, commitment, humor, and enthusiasm.
The young lady is described as a model of integrity, responsibility, and reliability. She is a dedicated student who demands that her teachers push her to the best of her ability. As a result, she has excelled in the classroom and is one of our First Honors graduates. She shines in the co-curriculars in Peer Ministry, soccer, golf, Bulldog Press, and Student Council. She demonstrates remarkable leadership abilities with a compassion and care that belies her age. She is dedicated and determined, with a giving and generous soul. She is destined for success.
Of the young man we honor, one faculty member called him a breath of fresh air. He is described as honest, enthusiastic, creative, and a natural leader. His academic work has been commendable as he graduates with honors. He possesses an extraordinary talent in the arts: visual, performance, and fine arts. His service work has been exemplary, and his leadership this year is testament of his commitment to service to others. He has shown us all how to live life to the fullest, possesses a smile that lights up the room, and has a bright future limited only by his boundless imagination.
To sum it up, both of these graduates are models of the verse in Corinthians featured in tonight’s program: “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” With that scripture, you can sum up the reason they are being honored today. It isn’t always easy being a teenager these days, but these two have found a way to do that with grace and dignity, and by staying true to their convictions. They are joy. They are light. They are, quite simply, faith in action.
Both of our honorees have a moral compass and a sense of self that has served them well through their high school years, and that we pray will guide their words and actions as they move on to their respective colleges – one to the University of Portland and one to Cleveland Institute of Art.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Judge Memorial Catholic High School, we announce the recipients of our 2015 Christ the King Award: Caroline Holyoak and Ross Brunetti.
Presented at Baccalaureate, The Cathedral of the Madeleine, May 28, 2015