May 28, 2019

Key awards highlight Christian Service efforts at Badin High

“Serving God, Serving Others” is the unofficial motto of Badin High School, and BHS students lived up to that attitude in a substantial fashion during the 2018-19 school year.

“We have made a concerted effort to make service an intentional part of what we do, and our students have truly embraced the opportunities,” said Mrs. Megan Halverson, Badin’s director of Christian Service. “We are excited for our students to see the difference they can make in the world around them today so that helping attitude stays with them as adults.”

Four major faith and service leadership awards were given to Badin students at various events:

Senior Luke VanSteenkiste earned the Spirit of St. Julie Billiart Award, given to a graduating student who lives the Hallmarks of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and exhibits the goodness of God in all that they do.

Senior Sydney Long earned the Sister Dorothy Stang Award, given to a graduating student for being involved in service in all aspects of their life. Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, was martyred in Brazil in 2005 while working on land reform.

Kateri Wielgos, a junior, earned the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Academic Excellence Award. This new honor will be awarded to an outstanding junior who excels both in the classroom as well as in their faith life.

Kaitlyn Robinson, a junior, earned the Service Learning Book Award. This award goes to a junior who is continually active and shows leadership in the service program at Badin.

Badin students are also eligible to earn National Community Service Awards that recognize young people’s contributions to the Global Goals of the United Nations. A total of 134 Badin students – more than 20 percent of the student body – earned these awards.

Those included: 10 students receiving the Ambassador awards (at least 100 hours of service with 12 or more service activities); 28 students receiving Honor awards (at least 40 hours of service with 8 or more service activities); and 96 students receiving Merit awards (at least 20 hours of service with 4 or more service activities).

In addition, 24 Badin seniors were eligible to wear red cords to various graduation events, signifying that they have donated blood at least three times during their high school careers.

“All of these important efforts add up to a serious impact,” said Mrs. Gina Helms, Badin’s director of Campus Ministry. “We’re proud of our students for living their faith and understanding the value of service to the community.”

Badin students will take three Mission trips this summer – to Guatemala in early June; to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia in late June; and to Solsberry Hill in Indiana in July. The trips are organized through the Christian Service office.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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