Merrimack girl earns award at Nashua Catholic

NASHUA – Graduating eighth-graders were honored for their achievements in academics and service to others during their scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies at Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School.

Benjamin Danielson, son of Stephen and Christine Danielson, of Nashua, was awarded the Helen J. Horan Scholarship during the recent graduation ceremony. The scholarship was made possible as a result of a bequest to the school by Father Denis Horan, the school’s chaplain from 1997-2006, in loving memory of his sister Helen.

The recipient receives a four-year scholarship to continue education at a Catholic high school of the student’s choosing.

Applicants must demonstrate solid academic performance, be involved in the school community, obtain letters of recommendation and complete a 500-word essay addressing how “A Catholic education is a gift for a lifetime.”

Danielson plans to attend Bishop Guertin High School.

Ania Kwiecinski, of Merrimack, and Maria Zielinski, of Hudson, were given the St. Francis of Assisi Service Award.

Katie Fox, daughter of Gary and Tanya Fox, of New Boston, was named the recipient of the school’s highest award, the Mother Seton Outstanding Youth Award, as well as the San Damiano Theology Award and the National Latin Exam Honor, magna cum laude.

Nashua Catholic’s Principal’s Award recipient was Rachel Reardon, daughter of Robert and Carol Reardon, of Nashua. This award is given to a positive leader who displays a true Christian spirit.

Angad Chugh, son of Avinash and Amrita Chugh, of Nashua, was awarded the Spirit of the Rose Award. This award makes note of a student who is consistently positive and supportive of his peers.

The Father Dennis Horan Award goes to a student who is respectful and unassuming in the classroom, as well as dependable and disciplined. This year’s recipient is Sam Charron, son of John and Rhoda Charron, of Nashua.

Grace Trabucchi, of Nashua, earned the NC Book Award for her outstanding academics and strong values.

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