Dominican Students Among Honorees at Youth Leadership Celebration

At the annual Youth Leadership Celebration and Awards presentation held at St. Louis Cathedral, 14 Dominican students were among the honorees recognized for their commitment to their parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. There were 39 parish youth ministries represented, with 102 teenagers receiving Outstanding Parish Youth Awards. The national St. Timothy Award for leadership, at both the parish and archdiocesan levels, was presented to 15 high school students.

Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond said, “It is always encouraging to witness the joy with which these young women and men share their faith with their families and friends. It gives me great hope for our Church!”

Abby Hassinger received the Matt Hill Award, given annually by the Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to a young man and a young woman who have excelled in the Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Athletic Leagues and also exhibited leadership qualities and a desire to serve others. Described as more than simply an athletic award, the young people who are honored are well-rounded members of their church parishes who witness to the gospel by their lives.

Among the Outstanding Youth Award honorees were Halle Briede, Saheba Cuccia, Shannon Daly, Alexis Daugherty, Rose Doskey, Abby Hassinger, Chloe Lemoine, Morgan Muscarello, Emily Piglia, and Meghan Rotolo. The award recognizes the honorees’ leadership and service in their Church parish.  

Halle Briede, Emma Duckworth and Lucy Hood were among the recipients of The St. Timothy Award, the highest award the Archdiocese of New Orleans can bestow upon a young person. The national award recognizes, on a diocesan level, outstanding youth who exemplify Christian service, Catholic leadership, and good moral standards. The youth who receive this award are not only outstanding in their church parish, but also in the larger archdiocesan community. These individuals have displayed high ideals and have grown spiritually while offering their time and talents in the service of the church parish and the community at large.


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15 teens are named St. Timothy Award recipients