2019 Finalists

Meet the 2019 Mary Award Finalists

Meet the 2019 Mary Award Recipients

MA Academics Laughlin

ACADEMIC: Lauren Laughlin

Creekside High School
St. John's Cathedral

Lauren is her class Valedictorian, Captain of Varsity Golf and Junior Varsity Captain of the Basketball team, President of the National Honor Society, Link Crew Leader, Yale Young Global Scholars Program recipient, National Metric Commended Scholar, Mu Alpha Theta member, Hispanic Honor Society member, English Honor Society member and Art Honor Society member. She volunteers with Best Buddies, Saint Augustine Youth Services, Robotics Camps, Flagler Hospital, Mission Trips to Vero Beach and New Orleans and Junior Ladies. Her nominator said, “I can see that she loves helping others with their studies and inspiring them to love learning as much as she does.” Lauren’s endorser mentioned “Lauren is an exceptional young lady who is happy to work hard to help those around her who may not be able to help themselves. She is an upbeat and joyful young person who is an asset to her community in too many ways to count.”
MA Athletics Wadsworth

ATHLETICS: Haley Wadsworth
Middleburg High School
First Baptist Middleburg

Haley has served on the Middleburg Baptist student ministry, FCA, Varsity Soccer, Weightlifting team, BETA National Club, VyStar Academy, National Honor Society, Student Council and was captain of the Volleyball and Tennis teams. She has been recognized as Channel 4 Vystar Athlete of the week and Middleburg High School Student of the Month. She volunteers with the Special Olympics, First Baptist Church and Miriam’s Basket. Her nominator mentioned, “Haley has demonstrated amazing leadership skills on the volleyball court through her example, her encouragement and her determination. She has taken advantage of her time with her teammates to share her faith and has made it a priority to claim that as one of her mission fields.” Haley’s endorser noted, “Haley uses her involvement in sports as a ministry opportunity and seeks to be a light on her campus.”


MA Leadership Hejmanowski

LEADERSHIP: Gracie Hejmanowski
Bishop John J. snyder High School
Sacred Heart Fleming Island

Gracie has been recognized as President of the Student Government Association, Graduate of Youth Leadership Jacksonville, District Winner of Modern Woodmen Speech Contest, Cardinal Award Recipient, Advanced Placement Scholar Award Recipient, Award of Excellence Recipient and Christian Service Award Recipient. Gracie has served as President of the Science National Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa and National English Honor Society. She volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul Society, Bishop Snyder Mission trips, Urban Plunge, St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, L’Arche Harbor House and the Jammes Home for the Disabled. Her nominator said, “She is a servant leader by word and example.” Her endorser noted, “Gracie’s belief in the dignity of every human person is deeply rooted in her Catholic faith.”
MA Philanthropy Macchi

Bishop Kenny High School
San Jose Catholic Church

Lucia is a National Hispanic Scholar, Honor Roll Recipient and National Merit Commended Student. Lucia was recognized as Bishop Kenny High School Girl of the Year, Most Outstanding Student, NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Nominee, U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and Rowing Club Leadership and Most Valuable Rower Recipient. She serves at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Westminster Woods and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Lucia has also attended Leadership Jacksonville. Her nominator said, “In her own words, ‘I was given the unique ability to lead and motivate others to perform, and I try to use this gift wisely for the glorification of God and the betterment of my community’.” Lucia’s endorser said, “She excels in the classroom, is a strong leader and has a strong commitment to service flowing her commitment to Catholic Social Teaching.”

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