(From left) Ss. Peter and Paul School scholarship recipients Parker Hunt, Hattie Mallory and Abbie Hernandez.
ALTON — Ss. Peter and Paul School announced the recipients of three scholarships for the 2015-16 school year.
Abbie Hernandez is the recipient of the Katherine Heintz Kruegel Memorial Scholarship; Hattie Mallory and Parker Hunt are the two awardees of the Paula Malone Music Scholarship. The students received $500 toward their tuition for the school year.
“We have a number of scholarships that have been made available through the generosity of our parish, teachers, alumni and other supporters of the school,” Principal Harry Cavanaugh said. “I am always overwhelmed by the generosity at this parish.”
The school offers a variety of scholarships that aim to reward scholastic achievement, musical talent, and contributions to the community and church. The Katherine Heintz Kruegel Scholarship, in honor of a former parish member, school alumna and parent of four students, focuses on church service and effort in school. Applicants were evaluated based on their “effort” rankings in school and were required to submit an essay describing their past church service and how it has affected and will continue to affect their daily life. The awardee, Abbie Hernandez, is an incoming seventh-grade student. Abbie has participated in choir and is one of the church servers and lectors.
“My church service will continue to impact my life by helping me make the right decisions,” Abbie said. “I ask myself; what would God want me to do in this situation? And I find the right answer.”
The Paula Malone Music Scholarship was offered through the generosity of an anonymous donor in honor of Malone, the director of the children’s choir who recently retired as a teacher after 20 years. Parker Hunt, one of the scholarship recipients, is entering into the seventh grade and plays the violin — often at the school and church services. Parker is a member of the Alton Youth Symphony and its Chamber Group. She recently was promoted to principal second violin for AYS, the highest position held for any student in the orchestra at her age level. Hattie Mallory has been a member of the children’s choir since third grade and is now entering the seventh grade. Hattie notes Malone and the school’s music teacher, Dr. Deborah Smith (also a professor at SIUE), have taught her how to read music and perform. In addition to voice, Hattie is studying the guitar.
There are several other scholarships available throughout the year, including the Iowa testing scholarship, awarded to students who achieve the highest test scores for the annual national testing; the AR scholarship for students who receive the highest points in their class through the school’s Accelerated Reading Program; another for the awardees of the school’s Young Authors Program; another in memory of Dr. Thomas W. Nielsen Sr. for the top awardee at the school’s annual science fair and another in memory of William M. Gilmore II that highlights the importance of a Catholic education.
“I am very proud of these scholarships,” Cavanaugh said. “They are awarded to students based on merit, their effort in school and their contributions to the church and community. They help promote the well-rounded students we strive to develop at Ss. Peter and Paul.”
In addition, the school has other ways to assist families through financial aid and the school’s family work program.
Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, a service-oriented, faith-based school on State Street in Alton, offers classes for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The school’s curriculum is centered on educational excellence, not Common Core. The student experience at Ss. Peter and Paul includes art classes, field trips and competitive inter-area sports.