Every day of every year, amazing educators at Cardinal Gibbons are working their hardest to ensure our students are given myriad opportunities to serve, to lead, to succeed – and the 2016-2017 school year was no exception.
This year, two of our educators – Gabi Burn '08, science educator, and Kathy Stephens, business manager – were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Gibbons school community at the recent end-of-the-year educator dinner held in downtown Raleigh. They are among the many educators at our school who inspire us with their innovation, commitment, and generosity.
Gabi Burn '08, who received the Susan Scott Daly '76 Excellence in Teaching Award, has taught at her alma mater for four years. She is the tenth Gibbons educator to receive the award. Burn joins colleagues Pam Heyl, Dan Porter, Dice Hodge, Diane Ripollone, Darsey Williams, Mark DeLaRosa, Michael Friedman, Joan Troy, and Angie Melcher.
Commenting on receiving the award Burn said: "I am completely shocked and humbled by this award. This school has given me everything - my friendships, my values, my work ethic, my relationships, and my job. I work every day to give back as much as I can to show how grateful I am for this place and all of the people in it. This award means more to me than anything, and it is because my colleagues, who I love and respect with all of my heart, selected me..."
Stephens, who has been the school's business manager for over 15 years, received the Outstanding Staff Award. Stephens is the sixth person to receive the staff award, which started in 2012. She joins Julia McCallum, bookstore and spiritual life assistant, Dale Foushee, former head librarian; Michael Curatolo, assistant principal for student life, Edward McKinnie, facilities maintenance supervisor, and Lesley Coe, director of technology.
When asked how she feels about receiving the award Stephens said: "I am honored to be this year's recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award. It is with much gratitude that I accept this recognition. I work with so many equally qualified colleagues every day. They make my job more enjoyable and are the reasons Cardinal Gibbons is the school that it is. Thanks to those who nominated me for this award."
Alumna Susan Scott Daly '76, a former educator, and her husband, Bob, established an endowment fund to ensure support of these important awards on an annual basis. The couple's four sons are Gibbons alumni.
Fellow classroom and office educators nominate honorees for both awards. The awards recognize educators for their contributions to the furtherance of our school's mission and demonstrated commitment to the enrichment of the school community.
Principal Curtis has said the awards recognize the school's dedicated educators as well as the Dalys' commitment to Catholic education.
Photo: Kathy Stephens and Gabi Burn '08, above center, flanked by the Daly family.
At the second annual All-Crusader Awards Show (ACAS), the Cardinal Gibbons community recognized varsity student-athletes, coaches, and educators for living out the school's mission in the classroom, community, and competition. The ceremony, modeled after ESPN's ESPY Awards, featured skits, performances, videos as well as the presentation of awards honoring service, leadership, team culture, athletic achievement, and even social media prowess. The awards range from the Spirit of Sport Award and Most Encouraging Athlete to the Most Supportive Team and the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
The event, held on a recent Sunday evening in the Main Stage Theater, is hosted and produced by students. It also included a pre-ceremony gathering of all invited guests, replete with live interviews with award nominees. Masters of Ceremonies Joe Mann '17, Jack Sabye '17, and Julia Ryan '17 kept the show moving at a quick pace. The evening, however, belonged to the student-athletes and their achievements this year.
The goal of the event, noted Athletic Director Todd Schuler, is to celebrate all of the great mission, program-building, and leadership activities we've been working on this year with our students. "It's a rare night when all of our teams get to come together and celebrate each other," Schuler added.
The highlight of the ACAS, he continued, is the presentation of the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to athletes who personify the ideals and mission of our athletics program. This year's recipients of the award are Annie Pierce and Gage Trenum.
Pictured above from left, Caroline Kimel '19, Women's Lacrosse student-athlete, All-Crusader Awards host; Gage Trenum '17, Baseball student-athlete, Spirit of Sport award recipient; Dean Monroe, Director of Athletic Leadership and Legacy; Annie Pierce '17, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field student-athlete, Spirit of Sport award recipient; Todd Schuler, Athletic Director; and Catherine Field '19, Women's Lacrosse student-athlete, All-Crusader Awards host.
Below is the list of all honorees:
Father Thomas F. Price "Spirit of Sport: Award
Annie Pierce, Gage Trenum
Most Encouraging Student-Athlete
Emily Bradfield, Brandon Henderson
Service Project of the Year
Men's Tennis (Biltmore Hills Clinic)
Most Supportive Team
Swimming and Diving
Best "Only at Gibbons" Moment
Hillside (Durham) HS Women's Basketball Performs at Coffee House
Female Athlete of the Year
Jordan Lappin (Finalists: Elizabeth Galush, Zachyre Lane)
Male Athlete of the Year
Connor Lane (Finalists: Noah Campbell, Anton Stoneking)
Funniest Action Shot
Emmy Duerr (Women's Soccer)
Best Educator/Parent Outreach
Dance Team (Parent Dinner & Dance, Dance Revolution)
Newcomer of the Year
Maddie Reid (Women's Basketball/Soccer)
Social Media Guru
Best Media Contribution
Connor Leff, Nick Schnittker
Service Project of the Year
Game of the Year
Football versus Southern Durham
Vincent H. Bode Volunteer Award
Julia Ryan, Kristen Ryan
Sarah Boney, Jordan Lappin, Grace Nelson
Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
2016-17 "Scholar-Athlete" Award Recipients
Baseball: Connor Leff
Men's Basketball: Alex Fitzgerald
Women's Basketball: Emily Bradfield
Cheerleading: Mary Austin Macko
Men's Cross Country: Connor Lane
Women's Cross Country: Kathryn Dudash
Field Hockey: Clare Ennis
Football: Alex Kopp
Men's Golf: Jackson Hering
Women's Golf: Hailey Freedman
Men's Lacrosse: Chris Wozencroft
Women's Lacrosse: Caelyn Barrett
Men's Soccer: Nelson Zimmerman
Women's Soccer: Meghan Kast
Softball: Clare Zureich
Men's Swimming & Diving: Michael Hughes
Women's Swimming & Diving: Clare Zureich
Men's Tennis: Chris O'Donnell
Women's Tennis: Lindsay Strickland
Men's Track & Field: Alex Kopp
Women's Track & Field: Madeline Baker
Volleyball: Ryan Shannon and Erin Westberg
Wrestling: Henry Brooks
Students aren't the only ones asked to meet with the principal. Freshman parents recently were invited to hear Principal Jason Curtis speak about the 2016-17 school year and what's ahead for next year. The hour-long presentation, called "Connect with Curtis," also provided parents with the opportunity to chat informally with him and to ask questions, as well as to meet fellow freshman parents.
The annual event, sponsored by the Cardinal Gibbons Family Association, was offered on May 17th in two sessions, one at 8 a.m., the other at 7 p.m. Freshman parents hosted light refreshments before and after each presentation, which took place in the Studio Theater.
Topics Curtis spoke to parents about included: service and leadership opportunities, arts and athletic programs, the strategic plan, college counseling, technology, scheduling, and how both students and parents can become joyfully engaged with the Gibbons community. He also devoted time to a question-and-answer session and stayed after the presentation to field additional questions from parents.
Some 175 freshman parents attended the event. One of them was Christy Rodri whose son, Jason, is a Gibbons freshman. His older son, Joseph, graduated from Gibbons in 2016.
"Despite the fact that I have had a child matriculate through Gibbons, it is helpful to find out any new ideas and possible changes that might be going on at the school," Rodri said of attending the event.
First-time Gibbons parent Nanci Jordan, whose son, Reilly, is a freshman, also attended the event. She said the message that resonated with her was, "parents have a role at Cardinal Gibbons and if we've not found it, we need to explore it."