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Holy Cross College Students to be Honored

Holy Cross College Students to be Honored

NOTRE DAME, IN (March 20, 2014) — Holy Cross College will publicly recognize four student award recipients during the college’s annual Academic Honors Convocation. This is also the time where all students that have achieved academic honors (3.5 GPA or above) during the spring 2013 and/or fall 2013 semesters, are acknowledged. The ceremony will be held March 28, at 6:00 p.m., in the Driscoll Auditorium on the campus of Holy Cross. The public is invited to attend.

Holy Cross College awards the St. Thomas Aquinas Award for Academic Excellence to the student who most clearly exhibits a clear record of academic excellence, a serious approach to scholarly endeavors, a sincere sense of intellectual curiosity and an authentic appreciation for the liberal arts. The 2014 recipient of The St. Thomas Aquinas Award is senior, Lavarr Barnett (Ford Heights, IL), a business major, with a 3.89 GPA. Barnett is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, preparing to study law at the University of Notre Dame this upcoming fall. Lavarr completed his service learning at Holy Cross College by serving in Take Ten, a program designed to teach children about conflict resolution without the use of violence. Educating youngsters on the idea of “Talk it Out, Walk it Out, Wait it Out,” Barnett worked to instill in students the ideals of peaceful resolutions and cooperation through ethical debate and the understanding of different values and points of view. In addition to taking his studies very seriously, Lavarr is employed at Teachers Credit Union in the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Department. He is also the proud father of a three-year old son, Jayden, whom he adores.

The St. Joseph Service Award is awarded to the Holy Cross student who most clearly exhibits a sincere dedication to serving others. The 2014 Recipient of the St. Joseph’s Award is Molly White (Silver Spring, MD). Molly is a senior with a 3.5 GPA, majoring in business and psychology, with minors in communications and marketing. During her time at Holy Cross, Molly has served as a member of the Psychology Club and a Student Ambassador. In addition, she has been on the Student Government Association for four years, serving a term as the President of the Social Concerns Committee, a term as the Executive Board Secretary/Treasurer, and a term as Executive Board President. While on SGA, she has helped with raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer, and participated in the Ghosts and Goblins Children’s Halloween Festival, the preparation and delivery of Thanksgiving Food Baskets, the Toys For Tots Auction, and the Easter Eggstravaganza event for community children. Molly completed her Service Learning Experience at the Juvenile Justice Center for St. Joseph County as a mentor and tutor for girls at the facility. This past May she traveled to Ghana, Africa as her Global Perspectives Trip, where she witnessed first-hand the ministries of the CSC Brothers and taught in local schools. During her final semester at Holy Cross, Molly serves as student body president and is an honorary chair for the annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk and Run.

The college’s St. Sebastian Champions of Character Award is awarded to the student athlete who most clearly exhibits the characteristics associated with the highest purposes of athletic participation, and those of overall character development. The 2014 recipient of the St. Sebastian Award is Senior, Nikolas Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia). Jelicic has a 3.4 GPA, majoring in psychology, while earning minors in both business and sports management. He is a four-year starter of the Holy Cross men's soccer team, having served as captain for three of those years. During his tenure at Holy Cross, Niko has received numerous athletic and academic awards, including First Team All-Conference and Academic All-American in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). This past season, Jelicic helped guide the Saints to a program-best 14 win season and a spot in the CCAC championship. Jelicic was invited last summer to play with the Ottawa Fury of the Premiere Development League, and was recently named to the inaugural Tourbeau’s Sports Soccer Evolution Academy. Nikolas Jelicic has enjoyed his time at Holy Cross but states that, “Above all, I am most thankful for my significant growth as a Catholic, thanks to Holy Cross College.” Niko plans to become a sports psychologist after pursuing a career in professional soccer.

The All Saints Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service is awarded to the student who most clearly exhibits the characteristics associated with the holistic educational mission of Holy Cross College. The 2014 Recipient of the All Saints Award is senior, Thomas Lyons (Valparaiso, IN). Thomas is majoring in business, with minors in communications, marketing, and sports management. He is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society with a 3.82 GPA, and has been named to the Dean’s List seven consecutive, of his eight, semesters at Holy Cross College. During his time at Holy Cross, Thomas has been actively involved with the numerous student events including the college’s annual Thanksgiving Food Basket initiative, the Toys for Tots program, the Ghost and Goblins festival, Cookies with Santa, and the Easter Eggstravaganza. Thomas served as an orientation leader at Holy Cross for three years, as Commuter Student President of the Student Government Association for two years, and currently sits on the college’s Student Senate. Lyons launched a community outreach program called “Skate with the Saints,” and successfully created and facilitated several monthly events for Holy Cross College off-campus students. Thomas was an integral player on the Holy Cross Saints hockey team, having been named team captain during three seasons. He is a two-time Academic All American and the all-time points leader for a Saints’ defenseman. Thomas currently volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He will be attending Valparaiso Law School in the fall.

Congratulations to our recipients!