The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced the 22 recipients of its 2011 Eagle of the Cross Award.
It is presented to teens in the six counties of Northeastern Ohio that comprise the Diocese of Youngstown who model discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities.
This year’s candidates were chosen from 63 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community involvement of 51 youths. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese.
The recipients of the 2011 Eagle of the Cross Award, as well as all of the nominees, are commended for their positive witness to their Catholic Christian faith and the value of youth involvement in parish, school and community.
The following 22 teens will be presented the award at the 13th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Wednesday, April 13, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Youngstown.
The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy, which begins at 6 p.m., is open to the public.
The 2011 Eagle of the Cross Award recipients from Mahoning County include:
Emily Gabriele, senior at Boardman High School (St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman); Madeline Kopper, senior at Cardinal Mooney (St. Nicholas Church, Struthers); Nicholas Merhaut, senior at ECOT (St. Michael Church, Canfield); Corey Patrick, senior at Cardinal Mooney (St. Nicholas Church, Struthers); Jeff Podolsky, senior at Ursuline (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Austintown); and William Wainio, senior at Ursuline (St. Luke Church, Boardman).
For more information, call Cindee Case at 330-744-8451.