Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

BLOOMFIELD – Teachers shared the spotlight with 63 exceptional Catholic high school seniors during the fourth annual Superintendent’s Summa Scholars award ceremony at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary May 5.

The ceremony recognizes students from Catholic secondary schools in the archdiocese whose GPA is 4.3 or higher or who have maintained a 98 percent average over the first three years and into their senior year. 

Inspiring teachers also attended and received the thanks of grateful students.

Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, who inaugurated the awards here in 2011, praised the efforts of teachers, parents and guardians, and students.

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To the teachers, he said, “Education isn’t a profession but an attitude.”

To parents and guardians, he said, “Pope Francis reminds us that the hallmark of a great Catholic school is that it functions as a catalyst, a place of encounter and convergence of the entire educational community with the single objective of shaping and helping students to grow as competent persons who know how to love faithfully, who know how to live their lives as a response to God’s call and their future professions as a service to society.”

And to the honored scholars, he said, “It is intelligence that shapes and directs the turning of the world. Your intellect and the way you influence others will have a tremendous impact on our world.”

The medallions the scholars received are engraved with the crest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, with the phrase, “Give me courage through faith, wisdom and knowledge.”

Eight Catholic schools were represented, including St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol; East Catholic High School in Manchester; Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford; Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford; Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden; Holy Cross High School in Waterbury; Notre Dame High School in West Haven; and Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.

Kathy DeLallo, mother of summa scholar Kaitlyn DeLallo of Lauralton Hall said, “She’s been an A student for four years. She’s done a lot of community service, over 100 hours over the past year. I’m very proud, very proud. She’s a great student, a great child.” Kaitlyn will attend Boston College in the fall.

Kim Amato, mother of Stephanie Amato, a student at Sacred Heart High School, said, “She’s been a straight-A student all her life. She’s taking several AP classes. She’s just an excellent student, great grades, excellent work study ethics.”

Stephanie’s father, Alan Amato, added, “I’m very proud of her. She earned it.” Stephanie will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall.

Tom Duffy, father of Molly Duffy, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy, said, “She studies very hard, always has.” He said Molly especially loves history. “She’s going to be going to Texas A & M, and she’s going to be in the Mays School of Business. She’s going to study finance. Very proud.”