Twenty-nine Teens to be Honored as Outstanding Christian Leaders at the Diocesan “Eagle of the Cross Award” Mass and Banquet
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 00:00

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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  April 5, 2016
SUBJECT         29 Teens to be Honoredas Outstanding Christian Leaders at the
                          Docesan "Eagle of the Cross Award" mass and Banquet

MORE INFO     Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 330.744.8451 

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces the recipients of the 2016 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 twenty-nine recipients were chosen from 88 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community youth involvement.  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 2016 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 2016 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 18th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 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., which begins at 6:00 p.m., is open to the public.

2016 Eagle of the Cross Award Recipients:

Name                                      Grade  High School                            Parish/City

Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in the parish and larger community:

Ashtabula County:
Paul Philip Calaway III           12        St. John                    Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula
Madeline Kochevar                11        St. John                    Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula
MiKayla A. Searles                12        Homeschool              Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula

Columbiana County:
Cheyenne Rose Carr             12     Columbiana                               St. Jude, Columbiana
Bridgette R. Chronister          12     Steubenville Catholic Central    Holy Trinity, E. Liverpool
Michael Sabitini                      12     Beaver Local                             Holy Trinity, E. Liverpool

Mahoning County:
Jenna Ann Binsley          11     South Range           St. Charles Borromeo, Boardman
Elsa Buehler                   12     West Branch            St. Charles Borromeo, Boardman
Hannah Feeney              12     Austintown Fitch       Immaculate Heart of Mary, Austintown

Portage County:
Steven-Joseph Farhat         12        Ravenna                                 Immaculate Conception,
Rebecca Mackenzie Rowe   12        Bio-Med Science Academy    St. Joseph, Mantua
Megan A. Ryser                   12        James A. Garfield                   St. Ambrose,

Stark County:
Elizabeth Bossler                   12        Tuslaw                           St. Barbara, Massillon
Thomas W. Germak               12        GlenOak                        Little Flower, Middlebranch
Lucy Noel Peloso                   11        GlenOak                        St. Anthony/All Saints,

Trumbull County:
Taylor Kathleen Horn        12        Lakeview            St. Robert Bellarmine, Corland
Olivia M. Kochunas           12        Champion           St. William, Warren
Jonathan Mahan               12        Champion           St. William, Warren

Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school:

Canton Central Catholic High School: (Stark County)
Gabrielle Butz        12        Canton Central Catholic       St. Michael the Archangel, Canton
Dan Platek             12        Canton Central Catholic       St. Joan of Arc, Canton

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School: (Mahoning County)
Michaelina Appugliese           12        Cardinal Mooney            Holy Family, Poland
Gino Ginnetti                          12        Cardinal Mooney            St. Paul, New Middletown

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School: (Trumbull County)
David Robert Mintus              11        John F. Kennedy        St. John Paul II, Warren
Adrianna K. Placanica           12        John F. Kennedy        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,

Saint John Catholic High School:  (Ashtabula County)
Vincent Nolan                         11        St. John                         Corpus Christi, Conneaut

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School: (Stark County)
Johnathan Lawrence Kungle  12        St. Thomas Aquinas        St. Paul, North Canton
Anna Marie Moeglin               12        St. Thomas Aquinas         St. Peter, Canton

Ursuline Catholic High School:   (Mahoning County)
Stephen Listisen                     12        Ursuline                           St. Christine, Youngstown
Christopher John Metzinger   12        Ursuline                           St. Joseph, Austintown

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 .

Editors:  Media is welcome and encouraged to cover the Liturgy on April 14, 6:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown. More than 200 people will be in attendance, including 20 priests concelebrating with Bishop Murry.