By participating in the Immaculate Heart Academy Christian Service Program, students apply their Catholic Christian values by practicing them in projects that expand the students’ awareness of God, others, and themselves. To recognize the efforts of numerous community members who give back in so many ways, we hold an annual Service Awards Assembly. The 2019 Service Awards were held Wednesday, May 8.
Seniors gave 3.5x their required service hours and 30,605 hours total in their four years at IHA. Our girls are required to do an average of 18 hours per year, and, this year, we averaged 67.9.
We honored 125 students for achieving the President’s Volunteer Service Award - 83 at the Bronze level (100-174 hours per year), 17 at the Silver level (175-249 hours per year), and 25 at the Gold level (250 and more hours per year). Congratulations to the top three service hour earners: Gianna Niece’21 (714), Ashley Brombauer’21 (803), and Regina Garvey’19 (846). Below is the listing of all President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients, in order of hours earned. All recipients earned more than 100 hours of service in a calendar year.
Other special Service Award recipients included:
Exceptional Service in Immigration - Katilyn Brown’19 and Myra Chaudhry’19
Exceptional Service to the Hungry - Gabriella Raia’19
Exceptional Service to the IHA Community - Cristina Lenoci’19 and Isabella Haines’19
Exceptional Service in Education - Ella Doda’21 and Gianna Niece’21
Exceptional Service to the Homeless - Elizabeth Encke’20 and Sophia Ruggier’20
Exceptional New Project - Courtney Driscoll'19
Exceptional Service to the Elderly - Ava Sciubba’20 and Grace Mendolia’20
Spirit of Service Awards were distributed to students in each grade “whose very spirit makes them eager to serve others and the community.” Congratulations to:
Class of 2022 - Caitlin Croci’22
Class of 2021 - Christine Ajao’21 and Abigail Auty’21
Class of 2020 - Grace Mendolia’20
Class of 2019 - Cristina Lenoci’19
Last but most definitely not least, the Servant Leadership Award is usually given to one student “whose service and leadership have radically transformed the culture of the IHA community.” This year, for the first time in IHA history, the award was given three worthy seniors, Regina Garvey’19, Emily Ash’19, and Victoria Bertussi’19. Thank you to Mrs. Sarah Shutrop, director of campus ministry, for leading our girls in their passion to serve. Congratulations to all of our generous, kind-hearted, compassionate, amazing students! Your dedication to service makes your IHA family so incredibly proud.