Students Garner Diocesan Awards at Bishop’s Cross Dinner


Samantha Zimla, Trey Miller, and Kaitlyn Harris

Three B.D.H.S. students were recognized at the 22nd annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools.  Bishop Michael J. Bransfield presented the Aquinas Medal, the highest honor a student can receive from the diocese to senior Kaitlyn Harris.  Samantha Zimla (Sr.) and Trey Miller(Jr.) were honored  with the St.. Sebastian Medal, given to outstanding and high-achieving student athletes.

“Catholic schools make a wonderful difference in the life of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” Bishop Bransfield said. “In West Virginia, there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic education, and we recognize and celebrate the educational and spiritual growth of our students.”

“What makes our Catholic schools different from other types of educational institutions are the experiences that go along with the learning of math, science, reading and such. Our Catholic schools have Gospel values alive in every subject that we teach and in each relationship that we cultivate,” said Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “The experience of a Catholic school is more than bricks and mortar or pens and pencils. Our Catholic schools develop the whole child to live as Christ taught us and in his light, and these truths are infused in every moment of the day in a Catholic school.  The people that we honor today are a reflection of lived Gospel values in Catholic education.”

Bishop Bransfield celebrated Mass at St. Francis de Sales church in Morgantown prior to the Dinner. The West Virginia Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the Aquinas Medal presentation at this year’s event. Over the past 21 years, the Knights have contributed nearly $206,750 to the Catholic schools program.

This is the third year that Highmark West Virginia is sponsoring the Bishop’s Cross presentation. Catholic school officials said this partnership will continue to benefit the students of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s schools for years to come.

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