Six Seniors Recipients of Archdiocese Summa Scholar Awards

May 8, 2017

In recognition of their superior academic performance, seniors Caroline Berberian, Abigail Kelly, Elizabeth Lamont, Sara Martin, Alysse Mastriano, and Catherine Valloso were recently honored with the Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Award at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Dr. Michael S. Griffin, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, recognized each student personally for their academic excellence, and each student 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. Faculty members selected: Allison Bass (English), Kathryn Gniadek (Math), Richard Marino (Social Studies), Kathryn Nunez (Spanish), and Sibani Sengupta, Ph.D. (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 fall:

Caroline Berberian honored Sibani Sengupta. Caroline will attend Davidson College.
Abigail Kelly honored Kathryn Gniadek. Abigail will attend Brown University.
Elizabeth Lamont honored Kathryn Gniadek. Elizabeth will attend Vassar College.
Sara Martin honored Richard Marino. Sara will attend the University of Georgia.
Alysse Mastriano honored Kathryn Nunez. Alysse will attend Boston College.
Catherine Valloso honored Allison Bass. Catherine will attend Fairfield University.

“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 teachers from the Archdiocese on this well-deserved recognition,” offered Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76.

Please enjoy the article in the online Catholic Transcript and note that Sara Martin ’17 was quoted about faculty member Rich Marino.

Photo Credit: Catholic Transcript

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