The High School of Saint Thomas More bestows awards

Each year The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign hosts “Showcase of Thanks,” a donor appreciation brunch to honor its loyal and committed supporters. Two people came away from last month’s event with awards recognizing their commitment and service to the school.

The 2009 Paideia Award was given to John May, who was called “the mover and shaker for this high school.” It was presented by Father Stephen Willard, pastor of Holy Cross Parish and president of the STM Pastors’ Board, and Msgr. Albert W. Hallin, vicar of the Champaign vicariate.

Carla Grady received the Carl D. Stewart Volunteer Service Award, which was presented by Tim Millage, principal.

The Paideia Award, given on behalf of the Champaign vicariate of the Diocese of Peoria and The High School of Saint Thomas More, is presented to an individual who exemplifies the concept of paideia or education through an active commitment to Catholic education by significant or sustained contributions to the local educational community and leadership in spreading the good news of Catholic education.

May’s dedication was credited with making The High School of Saint Thomas More a reality and “your continued support has helped ensure the STM spirit will live on for generations,” according to the award citation.

The award Grady received recognized her “outstanding service and unwavering commitment to The High School of Saint Thomas More.”

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