This week, Cardinal Newman Academy’s families and teachers gathered to officially conclude the 2019-2020 academic year with our annual Awards Ceremony. I was pleased to announce the Honor Roll for the first and second semesters, and address our community upon the completion of our third academic year and my first as Head of School. I spoke to our students about the importance of recognizing the truth, particularly in confusing and difficult times, and challenged them to focus on continue growing in the intellectual virtues and in their pursuit of the truth.
Cardinal Newman Academy is a young school still developing its traditions and awards. This year marked the inception of two major awards. The Newman Award is named for our patron and awarded to the student who best embodies the many ideals of the school. This award considers not only academic performance, but also a student’s social attitude and overall demeanor. This award tells the winning student: “Well done! You have done what the school has asked you to do and you have done it with a smile.” This year’s award went to rising-sophomore Jane Whitaker.
Monday also marked the first recipient of the Euclid Award, which will be annually awarded to the student who best displays excellence in the field of mathematics. This year’s award went to rising-senior Joseph Lagarde.
Besides the two major awards, students were also awarded prizes for their scores on the National Latin Exam.
Congratulations to the winners and to all of our students for their hard work during the 2019-2020 academic year! And a hearty thank you all of our faculty, families, and benefactors who made this year a success!