Magazine article Momentum

NCEA Recognizes Significant Support to Catholic Education

Magazine article Momentum

NCEA Recognizes Significant Support to Catholic Education

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Five St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards and one President's Award were presented to outstanding supporters of Catholic education during NCEA's 18th annual Seton awards dinner and ceremony Oct. 6. The event was held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The Seton award is NCEAs highest honor, given in recognition of significant philanthropic or leadership contributions to Catholic education. The award is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), who is regarded by many as the founder of the U.S. Catholic school network. The NCEA President's Award recognizes a teacher who has challenged and transformed educators to reach a higher level of professionalism or, in this year's case, to honor an educational program that has been a gift to Catholic educators in a remarkable way.

Recipients of the 2008 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award are:

* Most Rev. Thomas Rodi, archbishop of Mobile

* Father Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas

* Anthony and Suzan Giancristofaro, benefactors from New Jersey

* Virginia Piper Charitable Trust

* George and Mary Kremer Foundation Abraham Foxman, executive director of the anti-Defamation League, accepted the President's Award on behalf of the Bearing Witness program, a nationwide professional development program for Catholic school educators to explore the roots of hatred, violence and prejudice.

Recipient biographies and accomplishments were featured in the September/October issue of Momentum.

A scholarship is awarded in the name of each Seton recipient to a student in a school designated by the honorée. This year's Seton Scholars are:

* Dailey Brannin, a senior at Our Lady Academy, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, the Archbishop Thomas Rodi Seton Scholar

* Joseph Dejesus, an eighth-grade student at Perth Amboy Catholic School, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the Anthony and Suzan Giancristofaro Seton Scholar

* Trinidad Miller, an eighth-grade student at St. …

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