Hundreds of students crossed the stage in the CJ auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 to be honored for their current and future service to the Dayton community and beyond.
The annual Service Awards recognized groups of students including F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience), and Big Sibs/Little Sibs.
Additionally, for a second year in a row, a Senior Capstone group was honored with the Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Seniors Grace Jackson, Maria Scaccia, Courtney Schaefer and Kelsey Wolf were the organizers behind CJ’s Green Week in March and the writers of a proposal to obtain new trash and recycling bins for the school.
Students who volunteered above their required service hours were also recognized at the ceremony. The students who earned this honor were recognized as bronze (25-49 hours) silver (50-99 hours) or gold (100 or more hours) recipients. In all, 56 students received bronze awards, 30 received silver awards, and 25 received gold awards.
Katie Zopff ‘19 was recognized as the senior who completed the most service hours out of her class during her four years at CJ with 430 hours of service. In total, more than 8,560 service hours were completed by CJ students above and beyond their required service this school year.
“According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $25.43,” Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service noted. “This means the CJ community’s service has contributed $217,706 to local, national and international communities!”
Several others in the CJ community were recognized during the service awards including:
- Elena Muir ‘19, Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award
- Erin McGraw ‘20, Sister Ruth Ann Service Award
- McKenzie Reid ‘21, George Early Scholarship
- Emily Saunders, Faculty/Staff Founders Award
The award ceremony concluded with students and chaperones attending summer mission trips being blessed by the CJ community.
Posted May 1, 2019