Seniors Named Summa Scholars

April 30, 2015

Seniors Danielle Beam, Lauren Davis, Erinn Halasinski, Jane Lockery, Isabella Siegel, and Cassidy Tobin of were recently honored with the Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Award in recognition of their superior academic performance at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Dr. Dayle R. Hoyt, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, recognized each student personally for their academic excellence, and students in turn honored the teacher they considered most influential to their success. These six students, all of whom met GPA criteria, were asked to speak about that educator, making the award even more compelling. These students selected faculty members: Math Department Chair Kathryn Gniadek (Math), Richard Marino (Social Studies), and Dean of Academics Sibani Sengupta (Science).

According to the Archdiocese, “The resumes of the Summa Scholars reveal outstanding accomplishments and present eloquent testimony to the quality of their educational experiences.” Summa Scholars received bronze medallions engraved with their names, the crest of the Archdiocese and a prayer: “May you find truth through faith, knowledge, and wisdom.” Students presented certificates of recognition to inspirational teachers.

Our Summa Scholars, the educators they honored, and where they will enroll in the fall:
Danielle Beam honored Richard Marino; she will enroll at Stanford University
Lauren Davis honored Richard Marino; she will enroll at Bentley University
Erinn Halasinski honored Richard Marino; she will enroll at Fordham University
Jane Lockery honored Kathryn Gniadek; she will enroll at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Isabella Siegel honored Sibani Sengupta; she will enroll at Haverford College
Cassidy Tobin honored Kathryn Gniadek; she will enroll at Georgia Institute of Technology

Principal Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81 offered, “I had the privilege of seeing these exceptional young women honored as Summa Scholars for their superior academic achievement and to hear the inspirational stories of so many gifted Catholic school teachers. Congratulations to all the students and their inspirational teachers on this well-deserved recognition.”

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