Twenty-six Teens to be Honored as Outstanding Christian Leaders at the Diocesan “Eagle of the Cross Award” Mass and Banquet
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00


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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor


FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  April 10, 2017
SUBJECT         26 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 2017 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-six recipients were chosen from 67 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 2017 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 2017 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 19th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 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. 

2017 Eagle of the Cross Award Recipients:

Name, listed alphabetically                 Parish/City
Grade                                                  High School

Adam Joseph Bryan                           St. John the Evangelist, Summitville
Senior                                                 Carrollton High School

Olivia Christopher                               Holy Family, Poland
Senior                                                 Cardinal Mooney High School

Ryan Deskar                                       Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora
Senior                                                  Walsh Jesuit High School

Robert Eckart                                     St. Joseph Calasanctius, Jefferson
Junior                                                 Jefferson High School

Jonathan Feigert                                 St. Patrick, Hubbard
Senior                                                  Hubbard High School

Celeste Ana Gonzalez                        Assumption, Geneva
Junior                                                  St. John High School

Chloe Jones                                        Little Flower, Canton
Senior                                                  Glen Oak High School

Carly Koewacich                                 St. Charles, Boardman
Senior                                                  Ursuline High School

Thomas Laveck                                  Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula
Junior                                                  St. John High School

Anastasia McLeod                              Blessed Sacrament, Warren
Junior                                                  Lakeview High School

Elizabeth Ann Mintus                          St. John Paul II, Warren
Junior                                                  John F. Kennedy High School

Katrina Marie Neff                              St. Brendan, Youngstown
Junior                                                  Austintown Fitch High School

Gabrielle Tina Olivieri                         St. Michael the Archangel, Canton
Senior                                                 Central Catholic High School

Emily Elise Paul                                  St. Joseph, Massillon
Senior                                                 Central Catholic High School

David J. Puzder                                  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora
Senior                                                 Aurora High School

Mark A. Ricciardi                                St. Charles, Boardman
Senior                                                 Cardinal Mooney High School

Megan Roden                                     Little Flower, Canton
Senior                                                  Hoover High School

Therese B. Rose                                 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Youngstown
Senior                                                  Mother of Grace Homeschool

Casarra Ann Rosenberg                     Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Niles
Senior                                                  John F. Kennedy High School

Kevin Ruppert                                     St. Joseph, Massillon
Senior                                                  Jackson High School

Patrice Rose Rutherford                     St. Paul, Canton
Senior                                                 St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Frank Vincent Sobnosky, Jr.               St. Rose, Girard
Senior                                                 Ursuline High School

Alex Solorzano                                   Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula
Senior                                                 Lakeside High School

Nathan Steadman                               St. Joseph Calasanctius, Jefferson
Senior                                                  St. John High School

Dominic A. Tedde                                Basilica of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Youngstown
Senior                                                  Hickory High School

William John Thompson III                 Blessed Sacrament, Warren
Senior                                                 Mineral Ridge High School

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 .