It was a revolving door at the Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre last week as more than 300 elementary students from 26 schools across the system visited the administration offices of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to collect a Director’s Award of Excellence. Another 96 students from 8 schools will pass through the building on May 14 and 15 in the final two days of presentations. The Director’s Awards were created many years ago to recognize and honour the outstanding achievements of students in a number of different categories and subject areas. The awards, presented on an annual basis, recognize 12 students from each school for excellence in academics, faith, and community involvement.
Addressing the student award recipients at an afternoon session on May 10, Director of Education David Hansen stressed that the recognition ceremony was “a really, really big deal.” “It’s not a big deal because you’re going to get a nice certificate and maybe an afternoon off school,” he explained. “It’s a big deal is because your principals, along with your school staff and teachers made a decision that for some reason you stood out in the area for which you’re being recognized this afternoon. Out of all the other students back in your schools, you were chosen.” “And that’s a big deal.” “I think it’s good for us to pause from time to time to recognize excellence and models of excellence, and that’s what we’re celebrating today.”