2017 SCC Scholar Leaders— Katherine Mackey ’17 and Caitlyn Napierkowski ’17
April 4, 2017
The Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) recently hosted its 23rd Scholar Leader Banquet. Forty-six scholar leaders, two from each member school, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and communities. Katherine Mackey ’17 and Caitlyn Napierkowski ’17 were selected to represent Sacred Heart Academy.
Katherine Mackey ’17
Katie truly embodies our motto—Excelsior—as she constantly strives to grow as a scholar, a leader, and a person who lives the core values of our school.
A serious student, Katie has challenged herself every step of the way and has taken five AP and four ECE classes. She has earned high honors all four years and is a member of National Honor Society, and the Latin and Science National Honor Societies. In her junior year, Katie was selected to represent Sacred Heart at the Connecticut Science Fair.
The word at Sacred Heart is, “if you need something done, ask Katie.” Active in Student Council all four years, this year Katie serves as president. She is also a member of Key Club, serves as yearbook editor, coordinated the selection of our new school mascot, and founded our dog therapy program.
Katie has volunteered with Cooperative Educational Services in the occupational therapy department and as a camp counselor at the Franciscan Life Center and Cheshire Lutheran Church. She has participated in several sports including varsity indoor and outdoor track (hurdler), freshman/jv volleyball, and freshman basketball.
“Katie is everything we hope for…kind and compassionate, a friend to those who need one, a voice for those who cannot express their own, and a young woman not afraid to speak her mind, but always in a respectful manner, ” offers Director of Guidance Kerry Alexander.
Still awaiting decisions from many colleges, Katie hopes to enroll as biology major in a pre-med program in the hope of becoming a pediatrician.
Caitlyn Napierkowski ’17
Kate is someone who leads by example and, while sharing her gifts, empowers others to also be the best version of themselves,” shares Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76.
A natural leader, Kate serves as senior class president and varsity softball captain this year. As class president, Kate is respected for representing all members of her class equally—the theatre kids, the smart kids, the quiet kids—she is truly an advocate for all. A four year varsity softball player, Kate plays center field. She is anxious for the season to begin and hoping to again make the state tournament.
People are naturally drawn to Kate, who is exceedingly charismatic. She doesn’t think twice about wearing the school’s shark mascot costume to create school spirit and was co-founder of our Spirit Club. As a member of Key Club, she acts as an ambassador to assist in admissions and at her church, Blessed Sacrament, she serves as a lector, usher, and volunteer.
Outside of school, Kate has held a job at a law firm since junior year and is trusted with their most sensitive information.
Whether in the classroom, on the field, or serving others, Kate works tirelessly, always giving 100 percent. She will attend the nursing program at Quinnipiac University in the fall.
We are most proud of Katie and Kate.