SMA Alumni, Joie Dillon, 2013
Congratulations to St. Mary's altar server Joie Dillon who received the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Service Award a the Cathedral of the Holy Cross last Saturday. The award acknowledged four altar servers in the archdiocese who have exhibited exemplary character of service to God and His Church. Joie has been an altar server at St. Mary's for e ght years and is a leader in our youth ministry. A Girl Scout since second grade, she is a recipient of the Bronze and Silver awards and has volunteered regularly for the Sisters of Notra Dame and the Wenham Museum. As an honor student and active campus minister at Bishop Fenwick High School. Joie started the program, Healing Hearts, which provides prayer squares for the Kaplan Family Hospice House. She is currently teaching both students and faculty members how to knit prayer squares. Congtaulations, Joie, and thank you for your wonderful example of stewardship to your parish, school and local community.
Alumni, 2012 Amy Geraghty
On Nov. 19, Amy Geraghty — now the Gloucester High Marine Corps JROTC program’s executive officer and its second in command behind her friend and commanding officer Abigail Francis — will receive an award that recognizes how far she has come in the corps and school alike. She will be presented with the Region 1 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for achievement.
The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Marine Corps ROTC cadet, recognizing the student’s academic standing and a demonstration of “exemplary military leadership,” according to a national listing of JROTC honors.
It is also an honor presented to just one cadet per district, with Region 1 — one of five districts across the country — covering programs in more than 58 high schools from Maine to the Virginia-North Carolina line, noted Richard R. “Gunner” Muth Jr., a retired Marine Corps chief warrant officer who is now in his 20th year of leading the acclaimed Gloucester High JROTC program.
“It is a very special honor, and she is a very special cadet,” said Muth, whose current corps includes 106 Gloucester High students, and who has led more than 2,800 cadets through the program over the last two decades. (taken from the Gloucester Times)