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Distinguished Graduate Award

The positive impact of a Catholic education is most clearly embodied in our graduates, as they carry out their faith and commitment to the Catholic Church throughout their adult lives. 

Distinguished Graduate Award

On behalf of the National Catholic Education Association, St. Catharine School recognizes a graduate from its school with the Distinguished Graduate Award. The positive impact of a Catholic education is most clearly embodied in our graduates, as they carry out their faith and commitment to the Catholic Church throughout their adult lives. Catholic elementary schools can point with pride to many graduates who are role models for the children who are currently attending the school. In recognizing these graduates, we emphasize those qualities that make Catholic Schools so different from other schools. SCS has participated in this award since 1997 and successfully identifies a person who has in some way shared their God given gifts with others.

Award Criteria

  • Must be a graduate of St. Catharine Elementary School.
  • Should have graduated from the school at least 10 years ago.
  • Recipient should have made some significant contribution to American society and/or the Catholic Church, which reflects on the education the person received in Catholic elementary school.

Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients

2012 Bridget Bernadette “Bonnie” Manzi
2011 Kevin Dugan
2010 Assembly Woman Caroline Casagrande
2009 Thomas MacBride, Jr. (deceased)
2008 Ambassador Maureen Quinn
2007 Deacon Edward Jennings
2006 Sharon Elizabeth Cox
2005 Dr. Dorothy M. Pietrucha
2004 Mayor Tom Byrne
2003 None
2004 Thomas White
2001 Marianne Kelly
2000 Sister Mary Jo Kearns, RSM
1999 William E. Simon
1998 Dr. Walter Judge
1997 Reverend Michael Heine

Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

If you would like to nominate a graduate for this award, please provide:

  1. name of the nominee,
  2. their address,
  3. date of graduation from SCS,
  4. reasons for selection,
  5. your name,
  6. your address, and
  7. your phone number/email.

Please mail, email or drop off nomination information at the rectory office:

St. Catharine School
Distinguished Graduate Award
2nd & Salem Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Attn.: Karl Ciak
Email: kciak@stcatharineschool.net