High School of Saint Thomas More honors priest, volunteers

CHAMPAIGN — At a recent Donor Appreciation Brunch “Showcase of Thanks,” The High School of Saint Thomas More honored Father Steve Willard with its 2010 Paideia Award and Greg and Martha Taylor with its Volunteer Service Award. The event followed a Mass celebrated by Father Robert Lampitt, chaplain, and Msgr. Albert Hallin, and included an alumni message presented by Rob Foreman (Class of 2004).

Father Willard, who received his award from principal Tim Millage and Msgr. Hallin, is the pastor of Holy Cross Church in Champaign and president of the STM Pastors’ Board.

School officials said he has been instrumental in moving The High School of Saint Thomas More forward and described him as “a pillar of strength,”
someone who does not waver when difficult decisions must be made.

“His passion for Catholic education is constant, and he is committed to bringing young people closer to Christ,” according to the award citation. “He understands graduates of our schools will not only be the future leaders of our church but also individuals on a journey to holiness and witnesses of Christ in the community.”

The Paideia Award is given in recognition of an active commitment to Catholic elementary and secondary education, substantial contributions of time, talent or treasure to the educational community in the Champaign vicariate, and leadership in spreading the good news of Catholic education.
Father Willard presented the STM Volunteer Service Award to the Taylors, who were honored for their outstanding service and unwavering commitment to the school.

Calling them “the best stakeholders you could imagine,” school officials said Greg and Martha Taylor are a constant in the STM community.

“They are the first to volunteer for the many projects associated with every aspect of our school. If you need something done or want to discuss an idea, call the Taylors,” they continued.

“Our high school is a better place because of Greg and Martha Taylor,” according to the award citation. “They will always be considered a part of the core of our Catholic high school community.”

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