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2019 St. Michael’s School Alumni Award Recipients
The Sixth Annual St. Michaelâ€™s School Alumni Mass was held on Saturday, June 8.Â Four individuals were recognized who have made a lasting contribution to the school, upholding the ideals established by its founders, and serving as advocates to the larger community. These individuals have been wonderful examples and have been instrumental in living out the schoolâ€™s mission.
The Monsignor Michael Coughlan Founders Award was presented to Matt and Mary Jordan. The Jordans have been members of the St. Michaelâ€™s School community for the past 11 years. Mary was active as a scout leader at St. Michaelâ€™s School and Matt served on the School Advisory Council for six years helping coordinate school facilities repairs and upgrades including the Gaga Pit, the Kiln Room, the new Gym floor, the Preschool play structure,Â bathroom renovations, carpeting, and paint.
The Sister Celestine Callaghan Excellence in Catholic Education Award was presented to Mrs. Kathy Gamp. Kathy served St. Michaelâ€™s School for 20 years as a second grade teacher and influenced hundreds of students throughout her tenure. She retired in 2018, but still continues to help the school as a member of the Scrip Team. The most memorable events in Kathyâ€™s second grade class were the neighborhood project, learning about Saints, and First Holy Communion.
The Spirit of St. Michael Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Armando Carvalho. Armando graduated from St. Michaelâ€™s School in 2004. He went on to attend St. Augustine High School, received his Bachelorâ€™s Degree from Georgetown University, and his Masterâ€™s Degree from Loyola Marymount University. While at St. Michaelâ€™s, Armando was a dedicated member of the Academic Decathlon Team. He is currently a Catholic school principal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Sister Celestine CallaghanÂ Memorial Fund
Sister Celestine Callaghan, who was christened Eileen, was born in County Sligo, Ireland. She joined the Sisters of Mercy, and along with many religious sisters, came to the United States to help establish Catholic schools.
In her honor, we have established theÂ Sister Celestine Callaghan Memorial Fund, so that she may continue to help scores of Catholic children grow in faith, knowledge, and character. She has passed the torch to us, and we cannot let it falter.
Well done, good and faithful servant. May you rest in peace.
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