Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Honor Presented to Five Students

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Honor Presented to Five Students

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Troy Hill is looking to reinvent itself with a new school, new curriculum and a new scholarship program.

The school, which will be moving into a new building in Cranberry for the 2014-15 year, has introduced the Cardinal Wuerl Scholar Awards for incoming freshmen.

The recipients are: Anna Rutkowski, David Eppley, Emma Cullo, Joshua Hen and Steven Spotts.

Each will receive a total of $26,000 throughout their four years in high school. Tuition for the school is $9,700 a year, which means that the scholarship will cover more than half the cost of an education at the school

Also, these students will serve on a school council that will meet with the administrative team, they will attend the annual Positive Life Seminar at the Duquesne Club and will participate in a yearly council roundtable luncheon with Bishop David Zubik.

For years, the scholarship has been on the mind of Joseph Wilson, the director for business affairs. Now, with the school moving 20 miles north into a new building next year, he said the time was right for his vision to come to fruition.

"For many years we always wanted the top talent to come here and I felt like this would be a prime way to get it," Mr. Wilson said. "We just felt like we couldn't pass it up."

All scholarship recipients had to attend a Catholic middle school, have at least a 3.5 GPA and be recommended by their principal. Based on this criteria, 40 students were invited to submit an essay, which asked them to describe a group with which they identified, such as their church, Scouts or their family, and then to describe a moment of pride in that group that showed mentorship or being mentored.

For her essay, Anna, 14. from Pittsburgh, wrote about her silver project for Girl Scouts. On Saturday mornings, Anna cooked breakfast for students who attended tutoring sessions Northview Heights. …

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