CULLMAN, Ala. – High school students at St. Bernard Preparatory School gathered in the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center with friends and family to be recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the 2018-19 academic year. Headmaster, Fr. Linus Klucarits, served as master of ceremonies, opening the evening with prayer and presenting the awards alongside guidance counselor, Mary Mayo, and other teachers.
Faculty, students, parents and friends were enthusiastic in their applause as eight representatives from colleges and other organizations awarded more than $4.6 million dollars in scholarships to this year’s senior class of 29 students. Students received a variety of awards for their hard work and dedication in all academic disciplines.
In addition to academic awards, a number of students were acknowledged for their dedicated service to the St. Bernard community. Fr. Joel Martin, SBP president, honored the Knights of the Altar, giving particular recognition to Supreme Knight, Gavin Whaley, for his willingness to coordinate the servers needed for the many liturgies celebrated over the course of the year. Whaley introduced the 2019-20 Supreme Knight, rising senior John Christian Rose, who will lead the Knights beginning next fall.
The Christian Service Award is the highest non-academic award that St. Bernard Preparatory School can bestow upon a student. In order to be nominated for the award, a student must be of outstanding character, striving to faithfully embody Christian values through selflessly working for the good of both individuals and the community. Important qualities include, but are not limited to, goodness of character and behavior, respect for all people and the generous giving of time and talent. The Christian Service Award for 2019 was presented to Mya Agnello.
In closing, Father Joel thanked the parents for entrusting their sons and daughters to St. Bernard Prep and for their generous support throughout the school year.
A reception concluded the events of the evening.