16 outstanding seniors receive St. Timothy Award
Sixteen high school seniors involved in various forms of youth ministry and parish and school service received the St. Timothy Award – the highest award the Archdiocese of New Orleans can bestow upon a young person – April 21 from Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Louis Cathedral.
The national award recognizes outstanding youth who exemplify Christian service, Catholic leadership and good moral standards.
Kerstin Augillard, St. Paul the Apostle, New Orleans, is a leader and not a follower. She is a Junior Daughter of the Knights of Peter Claver, youth group officer and member of the liturgical dance team, Imani Team and Teen CROSS.
Joshua Bartholomew, Blessed Sacrament-St. Joan of Arc Parish, New Orleans, said “leadership is about allowing God to use one for his mission to serve others.” He has served as president of his parish CYO and high school student council. He is an altar server, Teen CROSS representative and dedicated pro-life advocate who has led initiatives at school as well as at the national March for Life.
Devin Camese, St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero, said “doing all things through Christ will help you go a long way. Getting involved in the church community will help you get closer to God.” Camese is a member of the Imani Team and Teen CROSS and is involved in liturgical ministries at his parish, at the National Catholic Youth Conference and in the Junior Knights of Peter Claver.
Keeyan Davis, St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero, said, “I can’t do anything without first giving God all the praise; I must thank him.” She has served in Habari Gani, represented the archdiocese at National Catholic Youth Conference, volunteered at Bridge House and Ozanam Inn and served in various liturgical ministries.
Katie Drez, St. Angela Merici, Metairie, said her leadership opportunities have left her humbled because “there is nothing greater than being a part of someone’s growing closer to the Lord.” She was altar server team captain, a Youth Ambassador for Life, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and a Vacation Bible School instructor.
Bonnie Dupre, Divine Mercy, Kenner, said, “I am so proud to be Catholic, and I am enthusiastic about learning about my faith.” Dupre sings in the youth choir, is a core team mentor for the middle school youth ministry, a member of the pro-life club, Teen CROSS and is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion.
Reid Frances, St. Peter, Covington, said “if you just put yourself out there for God, you will be rewarded and God will be looking out for you.” He is a member of the CCRNO youth retreat team and has served in pro-life advocacy through the Joshua Leadership Institute and the March for Life. He is a service project leader at school and parish youth ministry council member.
Alex Gasser, St. Dominic, New Orleans, said, “My faith has grown through all of the great things God has blessed me with. I know that through God all things are possible.” She has served as a member and president of the youth board, an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, Teen CROSS representative, student ambassador president at school and CLI team member.
Abbey Hotard, St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge, “discovered that leadership is using my God-given gifts to help others discover and use their gifts as they grow closer to God.” She has served as parish CYO president and as a member of the TEC retreat team, CLI team and Teen CROSS. She has done volunteer projects on homelessness and repaired houses during the summer.
Katherine Hymel, Holy Family, Luling, said that “to lead is to be an embodiment of Christ in everything you do.” She helped rebuild her parish CYO, serving as music ministry coordinator and as a member of the peer leadership team. She is student council vice president at her school.
Lauren Landry, Blessed Sacrament-St. Joan of Arc, New Orleans, said she relies on her faith every day when confronted with tough choices “to do what is right even when no one is watching because God knows.” She has served in liturgical ministry at her parish, tutored at a charter school, been a member of the Imani Team and Teen CROSS and is an officer for her parish youth ministry.
Courtney Mesman, St. Mary Magdalen, Metairie, said God was calling her to do whatever she could to bring others as close to Christ as she possibly could. She has served in two parish CYOs, with Teen CROSS and the TEC retreat program. She has been parish youth ministry president.
Peyton Palermo, St. Dominic, New Orleans, said “a true leader is one who can stand up for their beliefs and values in front of their peers without fear and with an inner strength that comes from God.” She is a member of the CYO Peer Ministry Team, youth ministry board, Teen CROSS, CLI team and is a track team captain and extraordinary minister of holy Communion. Her youth minister said “she is willing to take a public stand as a witness to her Catholic faith.”
Marissa Ramsey, Divine Mercy, Kenner, said “being a true leader involves being a servant to the ones being led.” She is a member of her parish’s youth ministry planning team, middle school youth ministry team, Teen CROSS and CCRNO youth retreat team and also helps with liturgical minstries.
Megan Schmidt, St. Charles Borromeo, Destrehan, said “leadership is bringing people together for them to become closer to God and one another and helping them reach their goals.” Schmidt has served as youth ministry service chairperson, peer ministry team retreat leader and gone on several mission trips to Mexico. She is a member of Teen CROSS.
Elizabeth Steen, St. Angela Merici, Metairie, said “it’s important to be a model of Christian faith to others. It is an honor and responsibility to live life in accord with what the church teaches.” She is a member of Teen CROSS, CLI, campus ministry at school and is CYO president.