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HAMDEN – In recognition of the 100th birthday of Sister Ursula Bongiovanni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who lives Hamden, Sacred Heart Academy has established the Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni Musical Award, which recognizes a senior who displays an exceptional passion for musical theater. Kayla Roddy of West Haven was chosen as the first recipient.
Sister Ursula is best known for her many years of directing the school’s musical, one of three traditions celebrated each year since the academy's founding in 1946. During her 25 years as director and producer, Sister Ursula established a reputation for musicals that crafted the essential combination of music, dance and drama in high school students.
On Sister Ursula's 100th birthday, Miss Roddy met her for the first time. They talked about Kayla's plans for the future, her decision to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall and her goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Sister Ursula urged Miss Roddy to continue to work hard in her studies and not to forget her many friends at Sacred Heart Academy.
Other students, faculty and staff, as well as staff and residents of Sacred Heart Manor, later joined in this milestone celebration with Sister Ursula.
A Pennsylvania native, Sister Ursula entered the congregation in 1947, when the provincial house was located on Green Street in New Haven. She now concentrates on a ministry of prayer at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden.
From left in front are Tyler Rodriguez and Michael Martin. In second row are, from left, Hayley Iannantuoni, Alyssa Gaskin, Veronica Ramirez, Abby Carissimi, Stefani Rosado, Anna Guay and Francesca Chieffo. In back row, from left, are Candace Smith, Molly Murphy, Robert Lockwood, Courtney Spillane, and Michael Iannantuoni.
The inaugural event was designed as an opportunity to reward those considered outstanding seniors.
Eileen Regan, school president, and Anthony Azzara, principal, praised the seniors for their loyalty and support of the school. They also awarded special T-shirts and roses to the honored guests and their families.
Samantha Bowman, a seventh-grader at St. Stanislaus School in Meriden, describes artifacts on loan from the New Britain Youth Museum to first graders during a recent World Tour Exhibition at the school. Sixth- through eighth-grade students took an item or artifact from another nation to school along with an international food or beverage. The exhibition was open to parents, teachers and all students. The middle school students gave tours of the exhibit. The museum loaned an array of items from around the world, including a Chinese dragon mask, cowrie shells from Africa, lederhosen from Bavaria and coconut shell bowls from Brazil. (Photo submitted)
BLOOMFIELD – Thirty-seven students from eight Catholic high schools have been honored with Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Awards in recognition of their superior intellectual ability and academic performance.
It is the highest academic honor a student can receive from the Archdiocese of Hartford, said Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of schools.
The awards were presented in April at a ceremony at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.
The award requires a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 4.3, or 98 percent, in grades nine through the second quarter of 12th frade in a Catholic high school in the archdiocese.
Lukas Zelechowski and Kacper Raczkowski, kindergartners at Sacred Heart School in New Britain, experiment with a physician’s assistant’s stethoscope during a recent career day at the school. New Britain Mayor Timothy O’Brien, Connecticut State Trooper Al Gorski, Archdiocese of Hartford schools superintendent Dale R. Hoyt and other adults represented various fields of work at the annual event. Also there were a tradesman, business owner, university professor, firefighter, health care professional and cake decorator. (Photo submitted)