Awards Night is a special evening held each year in order to honor those who do exceptionally well in class, have earned scholarships, have perfect attendance or have reached an exceptional amount of service hours.
By: Katie Pileggi, Social Media Editor
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Saint Pius X held its annual Awards Night in the Activity Center at 6:30 PM. Only a select few were given invitations to attend this prestigious night.
“[Awards Night] is held for academic classroom excellence, service and perfect attendance. Awards go to students who are at the top of their class, have 200 to 300 service hours and any of those who go above and beyond every day,” said Office Manager, Mrs. Kerry O’Malley.
This event is held every year to celebrate those who might not be recognized throughout the rest of the school year for academic excellence.
“It is nice to give spotlight to academic and service accomplishments in our school community,” said Sophomore Theology teacher, Mr. Ringel.
How it works is: the students with perfect attendance and extraordinary service hours are automatically in the running, as well as students receiving scholarships of any kind. Teachers also get the chance to nominate specific students who shine in their classrooms. Yet nominations are totally objective by scores. .
“It is usually very difficult to draw the line in recognition, there are so many ways to recognize excellence,” said Ringel.
Sophomores Gabby Fatino and Rosie Gurera were award nominees and have won in the past.
“All kids should be recognized for doing more. Whatever you do, go out of your way to do great things and you could be rewarded, like scholarships. I guess you could say you get what you give,” said O’Malley.
Now wouldn’t it be fun if this was all reversed and the students could nominate some teachers who really go above and beyond?
“[I would nominte] Mr. Bond because he is just so funny and he needs to get out there and get appreciated a little more,” said Fatino.
“The nominees do not know what they are nominated for or why, so that brings a new level of excitement to an event like Awards Night,” said O’Malley.
One of the major Award Winners from this event included Luke Ross who won a total of eight awards, two being the Glory of Missouri Intelligence Award and the Missouri 100 Scholars Award. Other winners included: Senior Rachel Fox, Junior Nolan McMichael, and Sophomore Rachel Kolich.
The St. Pius X “Awards Night”, as always, was a tribute to many of our students who have performed and achieved well, whether it be over one year or four years. Let us appreciate and honor these young people, and may this serve as an inspiration for others to work and improve in their academics, athletics, and community service – Mr. Murphy
Katie Taylor Dena McMillin Award
Andrea Monge Eddie Garcia Award
John Liberto Father Hager K of C Award
Andrew Cangelosi UNICO
Claire Jackson Nicco Salazar Maple Woods Superintendent’s
Sydney Routh KC Star Scholar Athlete Award
Rachel Fox US Marines Scholastic
Jacob Cummings US Marines Distinguished
Allison Malott Athlete Award
Patrick Doherty US Army Scholar Athlete
Annelise Nissen Univ of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Science Award
Madeleine Quinn Univ of Rochester Frederick Douglass / Susan B. Anthony Social Science Award
Alec Tapia Univ of Rochester Young Leaders Award
Zach Elling NKC Rotary Speech Contest Award
Glory of Missouri Awards
Luke Ross Knowledge
Nicholas Ferrara Liberty
Maria Torres Equality
Benjamin Schmidt Fraternity
Gabrielle Chirpich Education
Rachel Fox Honor
Hannah Bateman Truth
Sydney Routh Virtue
Alexis Cox Enterprise
Emma Meinking Charity
“Missouri Bright Flight” Award
Amelia Bresette Peter Boos Gabrielle Chirpich
William Gerstner Sydney Routh Luke Ross
“Admission into University Honors Program”
Amelia Bresette University of Missouri
Gabrielle Chirpich University of Missouri
Alexis Cox University of Missouri
Morgan Storm University of Missouri
George Washington Carver Awards
Luke Ross Alexis Cox Sydney Routh
Amelia Bresette Rachel Fox Gabrielle Chirpich
Savanna Ott Alayna McGary Hannah Bateman
Missouri Scholars 100 Award
Boys State / Girls State Recognition
Caroline Ramsey Tristan Ott Nolan McMichael
Underclassmen Citizenship Awards
Juniors: Lendi Krizogono Caroline Ramsey
Sophomores: Andrew Hipp Rachel Kolich
Freshmen: Thomas Ross Sophia Torres
Timothy Michael Werkowitch Award
Dr. Kenner Mathematics Award
Prudential Community Merit & Achievement Awards
Nolan McMichael Savanna Ott Sarah Koster
College and University Scholarship Awards
Missouri Western State University: Serena Stoetzer
Northwest Missouri State University: Gina Tarantola
Truman State University: Hannah Bateman Joseph Niblock
Teresa Deters Luke Ross
Benjamin Schmidt Savanna Ott
Dr. Kenner Math Award
National Merit Finalist