Elisa Palmieri —2017 Mother Clelia Merloni Award Recipient
June 6, 2017
Senior Elisa Palmieri was presented with the distinguished Mother Clelia Merloni Award at the recently held Honors Convocation. This award, named for the foundress of the Apostles, is given each year to the senior, who, in the opinion of the Sisters at the Academy, consistently exemplifies the ideals of love, service, and reparation–the three hallmarks of the the Apostles. The recipient is an outstanding Christian woman an best exemplifies the charism and vision of Mother Clelia and the Apostles.
“Elisa is an outstanding Christian woman…she is the quintessential Sacred Heart Academy student, known for her dedication and commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of the Academy and the Apostles. Administrators, faculty members, and fellow students alike have witnessed her compassion for others, her leadership ability, and her passion for service,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71.
Elisa was a member of Key Club, Pro-Life Club, COR Team Leadership, as well as the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. She was involved in Student Council, serving as a homeroom representative freshman and sophomore years and as a member of the executive board junior and senior year. During the summer before senior year, Elisa participated in the Clelian Heights Mission Trip to Greensburg, Pennsylvania, working with special needs children and adults. She was a member of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams and was a Kairos Retreat leader. Special honors during senior year included the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the Four Year Honors Award. Elisa served as a volunteer at many events both here and at her parish.
“I was shocked when I heard my name called as the recipient of the 2017 Mother Clelia Merloni Award…I am so honored and humbled to be thought of in such high regard and to receive an award named for someone so holy, honorable, and charismatic as Mother Clelia. I am thankful to my parents, and the Sisters, faculty, and staff for instilling in me the Academy’s core values and teaching me what it means to be an Excelsior Woman,” offered Elisa.
In the fall, Elisa will attend The University of Scranton as a neuroscience major in the pre-med track. She was invited into the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program where she will minor in philosophy and theology. She hopes one day to become a clinical neurologist.