The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced 30 recipients of the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for church and society. The award is presented to teens in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown who demonstrate Christian discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities. While a limited number of recipients are chosen for the Eagle of the Cross Award, they represent many admirable young people around the diocese. This year’s recipients were chosen from 83 nominations highlighting parish, school and community involvement of the youths. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese. The 15th annual Eagle of the Cross Awards liturgy and banquet will be Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy, which begins at 6 p.m., is open to the public. For more information, contact Cindee Case, director, at 330-744-8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in the parish and larger community:
Nathaniel Dedek, St. Mary Church in Orwell, senior at Grand Valley High School, Ashtabula County.
Sarah R. Flacke, Sacred Heart Church in Rock Creek, junior at Grand Valley High, Ashtabula County.
Joshua M. Kovats, St. Mary Church in Orwell, senior at Grand Valley, Ashtabula County.
Diana Bernet, St. Philip Neri Church in Dungannon, senior at United Local, Columbiana County.
Carlie A. Merlo, St. Jude Church in Columbiana, junior at Columbiana, Columbiana County.
Mark A. Ortega, Our Lady of Lourdes in East Palestine, junior at East Palestine, Columbiana County.
Austin Kennedy, St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, senior at Ursuline, Mahoning County.
Bridget A. Wagner, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown, junior at Howland, Mahoning County.
Elizabeth M. Wagner, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown, senior at Howland, Mahoning County.
Caitlin Chartier, St. Joseph Church in Mantua, senior at James A. Garfield, Portage County.
Santino D. Palma, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora, senior at Aurora, Portage County.
Abigail Smith, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora, senior at Aurora, Portage County.
Luke Boswell, St. Anthony/All Saints Parish in Canton, junior at McKinley, Stark County.
Hannah L. Grow, St. Anthony/All Saints Parish in Canton, senior at Central Catholic, Stark County.
Kelly Varn, St. Anthony/All Saints Parish in Canton, senior at Glen Oak, Stark County.
Marquette Gasser, St. Patrick Church in Hubbard, senior at Hubbard, Trumbull County.
Andrew J. Mitcham, St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Cortland, senior at Lakeview, Trumbull County.
Alexandra Zubyk, St. Patrick Church in Hubbard, senior at Hubbard, Trumbull County
Recipients demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school:
Canton Central Catholic High School in Stark County: Victoria Barnhouse, St. Joan of Arc Church in Canton, senior; and Jenna M. Humphries, St. Michael the Archangel Church in Canton, junior.
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Mahoning County: Justin Burk, Holy Family Church in Poland, senior; and Maureen Driscoll, St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, senior.
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Trumbull County: Katherine Groner, Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, senior; and Kyle P. Jones, St. Mary Church in Warren, junior.
St. John Catholic High School in Ashtabula County: Rae Ann Benedict, Our Lady of Peace in Ashtabula, junior; and Alicia Lewis, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Geneva, senior.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Stark County: Angela A. Grosswiller, St. Louis Church in Louisville, senior; and Seth L. Lamp, St. Louis Church in Louisville, senior.
Ursuline Catholic High School in Mahoning County: Marina Bermann, St. Christine Church in Youngstown, senior; and Anthony J. Rohan, St. Maron Maronite Church in Youngstown, senior.