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Posted on May 22, 2012 |

Archdiocese Inaugurates Awards for Principals

Archdiocese Inaugurates Awards for Principals

Elder Principal Tom Otten with his Christ the Teacher Award.

Administrators of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati surprised principles at its annual Principals Meeting with new awards for distinguihsed service last month. Ten principals (one each for elementary and high schools) and one Catholic Schools staff member received the six awards.

“We plan on making these an annual event,” says Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg. “In prior years, we have recognized retiring principals at a separate luncheon. This year, we incorporated the awards into the final meeting, with a nicer, extended lunch, and added the special awards. “

About 130 people were there for the inaugural awards. Dr. Rigg chose the recipients from principals nominated by the Catholic Schools Office, each of whom received a plaque. The honorees are:

St. John Bosco Award: Jo Rhoten (St. Columban) and Dave Mueller (St. Xavier HS) for professional development.

Livitate Dei Award: Terry Chapman (Our Lady of Visitation) and Mike Barhorst (President of Lehman High School) for developing a Christian community.

St. John the Baptist Award: Jenny O’Brien (Holy Family) and John Marshall (Chaminade-Julienne HS) for introducing innovative programs.

“Grace Under Pressure” Award: Carolyn Murphy (St. Martin), Matthew Sableski (Carroll High School), Catie Blum (St. John School, Dry Ridge) for dealing with unfortunate or unexpected situations.

Christ the Teacher Award: Peg Hunsberger (St. Louis) and Tom Otten (Elder HS) for leadership with students as well as with administration.

St. Peter the Rock Award: Cathy Bever (Director of Certification, Catholic Schools Office) for a staff member consistently going “above and beyond” in service.

Since his tenure as Superintendent began more than a year ago, Dr. Rigg has helped lead “Lighting the Way,” an Archdiocese-wide study of Catholic education that will lead to a unified vision for the system. Awarding excellence in principals is one step in strengthening the Archdiocese’s commitment to Catholic education.

Photo courtesy Elder High School.