Thirty Teens to be Honored with Eagle of the Cross Award
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:01

 

     The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces the recipients of the 2014 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 98 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 2014 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 2014 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 16th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy celebrated by the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Name                                        Grade   High School                               Parish/City

Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in the parish and larger community:

 Ashtabula County:

David Bookbinder                       12         Jefferson                                   Sacred Heart, Rock Creek

Gabriel J. Kovats                        12         Grand Valley                             St. Mary, Orwell

Kathryn Paskey                         12         Grand Valley                             St. Mary, Orwell

 Columbiana County:

Alana M. Chronister                   12         East Liverpool                            Holy Trinity

Joseph W. Mercer                      12         East Liverpool                            Holy Trinity

Elaina Zehentbauer                    12         United Local                              St. John the Evangelist

 Mahoning County:

Nicholas Crescimanno                12         Canfield                         St. Michael

Matthew Hetzel                          12         Boardman                                 St. Charles Borromeo

Marcus J. Masello                      12         Boardman                                 St. Charles Borromeo

 Portage County:

Alfred J. Beckstrom                    12         Aurora                                       Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora

Alexander J. DeHoff                    12         Crestwood                                 St. Joseph, Mantua

Clare Rahill                                12         Aurora                                       Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora

 Stark County:

Douglas J. Hutnick                     11         St. Thomas Aquinas                   St. Anthony/All Saints, Canton

Alexandra R. Mercorelli              12         North Canton Hoover                  St. Michael the Archangel, Canton

Cynthia Scheetz                        12         Glen Oak                                  St. Anthony/All Saints, Canton

Trumbull County:

Alexa M. Goffos                         12         Lakeview                                   Blessed Sacrament, Warren

Dillon D. Marx                            12         Hubbard                                    St. Patrick, Hubbard

Marisa A. Pipino                        11         John F. Kennedy                        Blessed Sacrament, Warren

Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school:

Canton Central Catholic High School: (Stark County)

Emily C. Bagnola                       12         Canton Central                           St. Michael the Archangel, Canton

Noah Miller                                11         Canton Central                           St. Mary/St. Benedict, Canton 

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)

Jack Higham                             12         Cardinal Mooney                        Holy Family, Poland

Monica S. Mattiussi                   12         Cardinal Mooney                        St. Joseph, Austintown

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

Eric Bofenkamp                         12         John F. Kennedy                        Blessed Sacrament, Warren

Maura A. Dixon                          11         John F. Kennedy                        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Warren

Saint John Catholic High School:(Ashtabula County)

Evelyn G. Andersen                   11         St. John                                    Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula

Michaelangelo Zullo                    11         St. John                                     Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula 

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

Leslie E. Flynn                          12         St. Thomas Aquinas                   St. Paul, North Canton

Matthew Miller                           12         St. Thomas Aquinas                   St. Louis, Louisville

Ursuline Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)

Joseph Carrier                           12         Ursuline                                    St. Christine, Youngstown

Patrick O’Brien                          12         Ursuline                                    St. Christine, 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 .