The Catholic Transcript | Summa Scholars 2012
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Twenty-three students from the Archdiocese of Hartford's four diocesan high schools were honored April 30 along with teachers the students selected for recognition. Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, presented the Superintendent's Summa Scholar Award to the students at a ceremony at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, president of St. Joseph College in West Hartford, was the guest speaker. Each student chose a teacher from either a Catholic elementary or secondary school to be recognized for having dedicated his or her life to Catholic education and for making a significant impression on the student’s exceptional academic accomplishments. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)
Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, addresses the 23 Summa Scholars at the awards ceremonyMaria Maynard, assistant superintendent of Catholic Schools, addresses the students.Darcy Cogswell, a senior at East Catholic High, thanks Ann Marie Ward, a teacher who inspired her.Kayvon Ghoreshi, of East Catholic, thanks his mentor, James Cooper, a teacher who inspired him.Kerry Driscoll, a senior at East Catholic, expresses gratitude to her teacher, Lisa Kirsche.Meaghan McGeary of East Catholic thanks her teacher, Lesa Milas.Elyssa Schwendy of East Catholic High School accepts congratulations from Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools.Michael Ragazzi of East Catholic High School accepts the Summa Scholar medallion from superintendent Dale R. Hoyt.Elizabeth Allen, a Summa Scholar from Northwest Catholic, thanks the teacher she said inspired her the most, DeborahAgata Harabasz (Northwest Catholic) and John Cusson, her teacher/mentor.Seunghui (Ashley) Han, a senior at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, thanks her mentor, James O’Connell (not shown).Mark Mossberg (Northwest Cathoilc) and Richard Luddy, the teacher who inspired him to excellence.Emily Archacki (St. Paul Catholic) and Susan Vassiliou, her mentor.Sylvia Olejnik of St. Paul Catholic and Judith Dunn of Pope John Paul II School.Nolan Villani of St. Paul Catholic and Norma Kendrick, the teacher he chose to honor for inspiring him.Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, president of St. Joseph College in West Hartford, tells the Summa Scholars that great achievements are possible when parents and teachers instill confidence.Michael Petit Jr. (St. Paul Catholic) and Raffaele Aliberti, a teacher who inspired him.Father Mark R. Jette, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven and the 2011-2012 Archdiocesan Distinguished Elementary School Pastor, gives the benediction at the close of the ceremoniesSome of the scholars gather for photos

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