HRS 8th graders take home awards at grad ceremony

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School 8th grade students celebrated their graduation with a commemorative field trip rock climbing and picnic before their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 28. Pictured are graduates (front, from left) Emily Barnett, Kaylee Reeder, Brianna Rutt, (back) Kyle Hintz, Joshua Ramirez, and Will Urtuzuastegui. (Submitted Photo)
When Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School celebrated their students who graduated from the eighth grade on May 28,  it did so with a special Mass, a reception in their honor, and an awards ceremony.
 
The awards the six students received are:
Presidential Academic Excellence Award - Brianna Rutt. This award recognizes students who maintained at least an A- average since fourth grade.  
 
President's Education Awards for Outstanding Achievement is given to students who have maintained on the A or B Honor Roll, improved their grades, and gave great effort toward succeeding in their learning. The recipients of this award are Emily Barnett, Joshua Ramirez and Kaylee Reeder.
 
Citizenship Award was given to Joshua Ramirez and Kaylee Reeder in recognition of their involvement in civic programs outside of school.
 
Anne Beatty Award is an award given in memory of Anne, the daughter of Leonard and Kathy Beatty who died in a farm accident in 1974 when she was in eighth grade at HRS. Criteria for the award are to be a student with a good academic record, participate in HRS sports and athletic programs, and practice Christian values and be dependable. Brianna Rutt and Kaylee Reeder each received this award.
 
Kevin Flicek Award is given in memory of Kevin, the son of Glen and Marge Flicek who died in 1988.  The award, determinted by the faculty, is given to graduating HRS young men who have a good academic record, participate in sports and athletic programs, be social and active with peers, and be dependable and good to others, practicing Christian values. Kyle Hintz and Joshua Ramirez won this award.
 
HRS Spirit Award. Brianna Rutt won this award, which is voted on by classmates, because Rutt reminds all of them of how an HRS student should act: caring, giving, kind, and faith filled.
The Young Christian Woman Award went to  Emily Barnett for exemplifying Mary in her kindness to others.
The Young Christian Man Award went to Will Urtuzuastegui for being like Joseph and caring for others.
Students were also honored for their service as Altar Servers, the Singing Angels choir and weekly support of the area food shelf. 
 
“We watch as former Most Holy Redeemer students continue to excel academically, take on leadership roles, and serve others after leaving HRS,” said Principal Mindy Reeder. “We are proud of the young men and women the 8th grade students have become and look forward to seeing them shine in high school.”
 
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School alumni who finished this senior year continue to represent HRS well. The graduating TCU class this year had HRS alumni who are a Kolacky queen and princess, honor roll members, music award winners, and top GPA, letter, and scholarship winners. Reeder said they saluted this year's seniors and HRS alumni Amber Balfe, Maggie Colwell, Matthew Holicky, Taylor Houn, Kristen Jindra, Kayla Malecha, Chelsey Skluzacek, Joshua Skluzacek, and David Trcka.