HAMDEN – Senior Perry Bowers of Guilford has received the distinguished 2014 Mother Clelia Merloni Award. This award, named for the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is given each year to the senior who, in the opinion of the sisters at the academy, consistently exemplifies the ideals of love, service and reparation – the three hallmarks of the order. The recipient best exemplifies the charism and vision of Mother Clelia Merloni and the Apostles.
“Perry is an outstanding Christian woman – a leader who always rises to a challenge. She is the quintessential Sacred Heart Academy student, known for her dedication and commitment to the mission, vision and core values of the academy and the Apostles,” said Sister Sheila O’Neill, president.
“Administrators, faculty members and fellow students alike have witnessed her compassion for others, her leadership ability and her passion for service,” she said.
Miss Bowers is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin and Math national honor societies, Key Club, Student Council and Peer Connection and participated in the musical. Additionally, she served as a Kairos Retreat leader, traveled to Appalachia on mission trips, volunteered at Columbus House in New Haven, visits nursing homes as an Irish step dancer and was an altar server at her parish. During junior year she was presented with the Smith College Book Award. Special honors during senior year include the President's Award for Educational Excellence, Outstanding Senior in Latin Award, Four-Year Honors Award, and the Archdiocese of Hartford Summa Scholar Award.
"There are so many of my fellow classmates who are deserving of this honor. Sacred Heart Academy instills in its students compassion, integrity, social justice, excellence, and Catholic community, and I could not be more appreciative of the environment these values provide. I am extremely thankful to be the recipient of the 2014 Mother Clelia Award.”
The daughter of Dr. Peter Bowers and Dr. Jean A. Stadalnik, she will attend Boston College.