The Carson Scholars Fund has announced the 2015 Carson Scholars. This year, after reviewing thousands of applications, 526 students from all fifty of the United States and Washington, D.C. have been named Carson Scholars. These students were nominated by their schools based on their high academic achievement, 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and demonstration of humanitarian qualities in their school, church, and community far exceeding that generally required of students. They have the commitment to their fellow man and the academic discipline required to positively impact the future of our country.
First-time Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 college scholarship. A medal and a certificate are presented at regional award banquets held yearly, our Pittsburgh Chapter’s took place on May 24,2015. A trophy nameplate is sent to the student’s school to be added to their Carson Trophy. Previous Carson Scholars who maintain the high standards of the scholarship program, achieve recognition status, a recognition pin to attach to their medal, a certificate, and an invitation to an awards banquet.
On May 24th, St. Vitus School’s Matthew Moore was named a recipient of this prestigious honor. The Carson Award is based equally on exceptional academic achievement and humanitarian service. This straight-A, high-achieving student exemplifies this balance of academic drive and need to serve his fellow man. Therefore, St. Vitus School is proud to have had the opportunity to nominate Matthew in this, his eighth grade year. Matthew Moore is planning on attending New Castle High School. Last year St. Vitus School’s 2014 Carson Award winner was Emily Coglio. She is presently attending Kennedy Catholic High School.
History of the scholarship: Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, who grew up in poverty and was raised in a single parent home, struggled through elementary school. His mother challenged her son to strive for excellence, so he persevered and eventually became one of the most famous neurosurgeons in the world, directing pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 29 years. Realizing the gift of this challenge, Dr. Ben and his wife, Candy Carson, began the Carson Scholars Fund is to encourage academic excellence and concern for humanity in our nation’s youth.
The Pittsburgh Catholic and the Secretariat for Education each year partner to recognize students who represent the holistic nature of Catholic education. The primary characteristic being honored is the individual’s devotion to the faith and living out our Catholic mission. We were pleased to nominate Nicholas Voytko for this honor.
St. Vitus School is pleased to nominate Nicholas Voytko as St. Vitus School’s Outstanding Catholic Student. Nicholas is a good student who has been an altar server for many years at Mary, Mother of Hope Parish. He readily volunteers to serve at our St. Vitus School Liturgies and has mentored younger altar servers serving with him. Nick sings in our school Liturgy Choir. His Religion teacher, Lillian Betts, finds him to be very knowledgeable in his faith. A Boy Scout, Nick is pursuing his Eagle Scout status and always mindful of his faith, selected a landscaping project, building a bird and butterfly garden, at his home parish rectory. He won a second place award in this year’s Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Region IX and was part of the school Forensics team. This senior participated in three sports at St. Vitus School: Archery, Basketball, and Cross Country. Nick, the son of Richard and Lisa Voytko, will attend Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage this fall.
3-6th Grade Catholic Math Competition Winners
Third Grade: 1st Place: Olivia Caminiti, 2nd Place: Abigale Measel, 3rd Place: Mackenzie Sheridan
Fourth Grade: 1st Place: Griffin Thomas, 2nd Place: Brett Enscoe, 3rd Place: Savanna Nelson
Fifth Grade: 1st Place: Kayce Wills, 2nd Place: Skylar Vansovich, 3rd Place: John Burick
Sixth Grade: 1st Place: Noah Moats, Amanda Mazur, 3rd Place: Patsy Fiello, Brandon Enscoe