After the celebration of the Eucharist and a beautiful rendition of “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” performed by Loyola Chorale, Assistant Principal for Student Services Mrs. Lauren Bonner presented a number of awards to students and faculty members.
—Maroon and Gold Award—
The Maroon and Gold Award acknowledges a student from every grade level and a faculty or staff member who have chosen to live their lives as women and men for others. These individuals choose to live their life—at Loyola Academy and beyond—as people who exude joy, a strong work ethic, and who have made a “commitment to get better every day.” They improve every group they are a part of. This award is about leadership it celebrates those who create community and give without counting the cost.
The students who have cultivated our Rambler culture this year are:
Freshman: Casey Lyons
Sophomore: Hawa Diabor
Junior: Francesca hill
Senior: Zio Martin-Hayes
The adult Maroon and Gold winner makes a tremendous impact on our school community: Mrs. Lynn Gorman, administrative assistant for the Admissions Office. “When she sees a need in our community, she fills it—quietly and without any fanfare,” Bonner said of Gorman. “She is ever an advocate for students in our community who need a little more.”
—The Michael Rebarchak Memorial Award—
The Rebarchak Award is presented annually to a senior student who has modeled service to our school community. This award honors the memory of Michael Rebarchak, an outstanding member of the Class of 1979, and it recognizes the substantive yet unheralded contribution made to Loyola by a senior student who quietly makes things happen through his or her involvement in and around the school. The 2019 Rebarchak Award winner is Courtney Carreira.
“She is a ‘top notch scholar’ and a ‘tirelessly happy Rambler’,” Bonner said of Carreira, quoting her theology teacher. “She pushes boundaries and breaks ceilings; her impact will have a lasting impression on those who will walk the halls long after she has graduates. When gifts are given to her, she gives them away to others.”
—The Fausone Medal—
The Dumbach Scholars Honors Program annually presents the Fausone Medal, which recognizes one of our most inspirational students, Molly Fausone, a member of the Class of 2008. Despite a traumatic accident before her sophomore year, Molly excelled in the classroom, on sports teams, and as a key contributor to the Dumbach Scholars. The Fausone Medal winner is awarded to a member of our community who inspires us. Prior Fausone Medalists have inspired with their perseverance, their activism and their heroism. This year’s winner represents the ideals of this award by showing determination and resilience. The 2019 Fausone Medal recipient is Lauren McPartland.
“In her senior showcase, she shared her story and her profound insights,” said Loyola Academy Principal Mr. Charlie Heintz as he presented the award to McParland. “She stated, ‘It’s easy to get caught up in planning what’s to come, that you begin to ignore the time you have now.’ You see, almost exactly a year ago, Lauren was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Somehow, some way, she never made it about herself. She never complained. She never stopped smiling. She’s courageous because she modeled for us how to handle a set back with grace. And that’s why she has been an inspiration to this community and why so many faculty and staff members nominated her for this award.”
Congratulations to the senior class and all of our 2019 award recipients!
The Sending Forth Mass was streamed live on RamblerStream, Loyola's free and HD window to Masses, athletic events and more. Watch the Mass here.