YOUNGSTOWN Six Stark Countians are among 29 teens being honored as outstanding Christian leaders through the 22nd annual diocesan "Eagle of the Cross Awards."
The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of extraordinary high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for church and society.
The award is presented to teens in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown who model Christian discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities.
The top recipients were chosen from 67 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community youth involvement. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese.
Stark County Eagle of the Cross recipients are:
Julia Majors, junior, Canton Central Catholic; St. Barbara parish, Massillon.
John Smithberger, senior, Jackson High School; St. Michael the Archangel parish, Plain Township.
Students demonstrating outstanding involvement in a diocesan Catholic school are:
Isabella Rose Zeigler, senior, Canton Central Catholic High School; St. Mary parish, Massillon.
Matalan Nikishin, senior, Canton Central Catholic High School; St. Peter parish, Canton.
Emily Davala, senior, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Basilica of St. John, Canton. (Information has been corrected to fix an error. See correction below. 3 p.m. May 13.)
Luke R. May, senior, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; St. Paul parish, North Canton.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Awards Mass and Banquet has been postponed. A new date has not yet been determined.
For more information on the Eagle of the Cross Awards, or other programs of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, contact Cindee Case, director, at 330-744-8451, or firstname.lastname@example.org
CORRECTION: Emily Davala, senior, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Basilica of St. John, Canton; was among the winners. Her name was omitted when this article first published.