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Catholic High School Students Receive Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Awards, 9 Are From Hamden

The 2013 Summa Scholars pose with Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Dale R. Hoyt. (Archive photo).
The 2013 Summa Scholars pose with Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Dale R. Hoyt. (Archive photo).

Sixty three students from eight of the high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be honored for achieving a caliber of excellence typified by the maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 4.3 and a 98% average throughout four years of high school. They will receive the Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Award, recognizing their superior academic performance, during a ceremony on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, in Bloomfield.

The students from Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden are: Perry Bowers, Courtney Clark, Molly Duffy, Olivia Kelly, Caroline Kohnert, Rachel Korolyshun, Demery Ormrod, Madeline Ross, and Sydney Sullivan.

What makes the award even more compelling is that each student has selected one teacher who has most inspired them during their Catholic school career. They will present that teacher with a certificate of appreciation.  “It is always very moving to see the Summa Scholars express their appreciation for the mentor teachers who have motivated them and served as their academic and spiritual role models for several years,” said Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

The resumes of the Summa Scholars reveal outstanding accomplishments and present eloquent testimony to the quality of their educational experiences.  For example, Bridget Oei of East Catholic High School was recently awarded seven prizes for her scientific research at the annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.  Her exceptional high school performance has earned her both Nutmeg Scholar and Stamps Scholar status at the University of Connecticut if she chooses to attend that college.  Her classmate, Ryan Corl, earned a perfect 800 on his critical reading SAT and was accepted at all nine colleges to which he applied.   Summa Scholars belong to the National Honor Society in addition to other academic honor societies, and have pursued important service projects to promote social justice like Notre Dame High School senior William Corey Moore who created a video presentation about youth violence for use by the New Haven Police Department, and Sacred Heart Academy’s Perry Bowers who traveled to Appalachia on a mission trip.

The Summa Scholars will be greeted by Cary Dupont, President and Chief Administrator of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol and the 2013-2014 Archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator.  Mr. Dupont has also been honored with the 2014 Educational Excellence Award from the National Catholic Educational Association, and he serves as an inspiration to the Summa Scholars as they pursue life after high school and higher education. 

The Summa Scholar Award is a bronze medallion engraved with the crest of the Archdiocese and the quote, “May you find truth through faith, knowledge, and wisdom.”  It was established in 2011 by Dr. Hoyt who says, “The award gives us the opportunity to formally recognize both outstanding students as well as remarkable educators, while celebrating the academic excellence that has always distinguished Catholic schools in this Archdiocese.  Since we partner with parents and guardians in the education of these fine students, we also share their pride in the superlative performance of the Summa Scholars and the promise they exhibit for a bright future.”


Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Milford: 

Caroline Auger, Emily Castagna, Kaitlyn DeLallo, Carly Fabbri, Megan Fickes, Ann Marie Guzzi, Abigail Janik, Katherine Logan, Elizabeth Renehan, Ellen Tein, Jeanne-Claire Vincent, Taylor Whittaker


East Catholic High School, Manchester:

Jessica Barnes, Austin Barselau, John Bollash, Ryan Corl, Marissa Dembek, Leah Franzluebbers, Paul Guardino, Kaitlin Hollinger, Kayla Horan, Lucie Jacobson, Emma Johnson, Jessica Leary, John Mantese, Jonathan Ockert, Bridget Oei, Kaitlyn Sabin, Zachary Schelhorn, Mason Stalph, Katherine Trymbulak, Emma Willett

Holy Cross High School, Waterbury:

Leah Azab, Kate Breiner, Kyle Broderick, Elizabeth Czapor, Nicholas DeBiase, Kristina Dibble, Cristina Mancini, Rachelle McKeown, Alexa Pomerleau, Austin Smith, Taylor Stone

Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford: 

Grace Deneen, Sarah Pranaitis, Margaret Rose

Notre Dame High School, West Haven: 

Joshua Amoro, Nicholas J. Bilcheck, William Corey Moore

Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury: 

Stephanie Amato, Mary Donato

Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden: 

Perry Bowers, Courtney Clark, Molly Duffy, Olivia Kelly, Caroline Kohnert, Rachel Korolyshun, Demery Ormrod, Madeline Ross, Sydney Sullivan

St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol: 

Felicia Knight, Anthony Leone, Austin Sokol


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