30 Teens to be Honored with Eagle of the Cross Award
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:42

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces the recipients of the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of extraordinary high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for Church and society. The award is presented to teens in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown who model Christian discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities. While a limited number of recipients are chosen for the Eagle of the Cross Award, they represent many admirable young people around the diocese.

This year’s recipients were chosen from 83 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community involvement of the youths. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese. The recipients of the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award, as well as all of the nominees, are commended for their positive witness to their Catholic Christian faith and the value of youth involvement in parish, school and community.

The following teens will be presented the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 15th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is open to the public.

Name                       Grade        High School                              Parish/City

Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in the parish and larger community:

Ashtabula County:

Nathaniel Dedek            12         Grand Valley                             St. Mary, Orwell

Sarah Renee’ Flacke      11         Grand Valley                             Sacred Heart, Rock Creek

Joshua M. Kovats         12         Grand Valley                             St. Mary, Orwell

Columbiana County:

Diana Bernet                 12         United Local                              St. Philip Neri, Dungannon        

Carlie A. Merlo              11         Columbiana                               St. Jude, Columbiana

Mark Anthony Ortega     11         East Palestine                           Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine

Mahoning County:

Austin Kennedy             12         Ursuline                                    St. Brendan, Youngstown

Bridget Ann Wagner      11         Howland                                   Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Youngstown

Elizabeth Marie Wagner 12         Howland                                   Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Youngstown

Portage County:

Caitlin Chartier               12         James A. Garfield                     St. Joseph, Mantua

Santino Dominic Palma 12         Aurora                                      Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora

Abigail Smith                12         Aurora                                      Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora 

Stark County:

Luke Boswell                 11         McKinley                                   St. Anthony/All Saints, Canton

Hannah L. Grow 12         Central Catholic                         St. Anthony/All Saints, Canton

Kelly Varn                     12         Glen Oak                                   St. Anthony/All Saints, Canton 

Trumbull County:

Marquette Gasser          12         Hubbard                                   St. Patrick, Hubbard

Andrew James Mitcham 12         Lakeview                                   St. Robert Bellarmine, Cortland

Alexandra Zubyk           12         Hubbard                                   St. Patrick, Hubbard

 Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school:

Canton Central Catholic High School: (Stark County)

Victoria Barnhouse                    12         Canton Central                          St. Joan of Arc, Canton

Jenna Marie Humphries              11         Canton Central                          St. Michael the Archangel, Canton

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)

Justin Burk                                12         Cardinal Mooney                       Holy Family, Poland

Maureen Driscoll                       12         Cardinal Mooney                       St. Charles, Boardman

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School: (Trumbull County) 

Katherine Groner                       12         John F. Kennedy                       Blessed Sacrament, Warren

Kyle Patrick Jones                     11         John F. Kennedy                       St. Mary, Warren

Saint John Catholic High School: (Ashtabula County)

 Rae Ann Benedict                      11         St. John                                    Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula

Alicia Lewis                               12         St. John                                      Assumption of the Blessed Virgin                                                                                                          Mary, Geneva

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School: (Stark County)

 Angela Ann Grosswiller              12         St. Thomas Aquinas                  St. Louis, Louisville

Seth L. Lamp                            12         St. Thomas Aquinas                  St. Louis, Louisville

 Ursuline Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)

 Marina Bermann                        12         Ursuline                                    St. Christine, Youngstown

Anthony Joseph Rohan             12         Ursuline                                    St. Maron, Youngstown

 

The parents, nominators, teachers, mentors, pastors and youth ministers of these youth are also congratulated for inspiring such outstanding teens.

For more information on the Eagle of the Cross Awards, or other programs of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, contact Cindee Case, Director, at 330-744-8451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .