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Catholic education ministers honored at annual banquet

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ONTARIO—The Office of Catholic Schools presented awards at its 18th annual banquet held Feb. 3 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. Below is a summary of awards and recipients.

Good Shepherd Award

 A leader of leaders, a spiritual leader who serves. This person is patient and receptive with a listening heart. One who speaks truth, models courage, and challenges our Catholic School leaders to live the diocesan vision within Catholic Education embracing hospitality, collaboration, faith sharing, and reconciliation.

 Rev. Erik Esparza, Associate Director Office of Priest Personnel

 Distinguished Volunteer

 Volunteers who have impacted our schools with Gospel values so that students’ lives are filled with hope, and who are held in high regard by members of the school community.

 Brigid Kumler, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Maribel Soto, Holy Rosary Academy, San Bernardino; Monique Guerrero, Holy Rosary Academy, San Bernardino; John & Mara Kuchinski, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio.

 Mona Lisa Valencia, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Riverside; Rose Garcia, Our Lady of the Assumption School, San Bernardino; Ruth Gallarzo, Our Lady of the Assumption School, San Bernardino; Ronald & Rhonda Sumlar, Resurrection Academy, Fontana.

 Harry Coe, Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Sheri Coe, Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Ursula Bennett, Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Rosa Soto, St. Adelaide School, Highland; Danika Egizi, St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Riverside.

 Hector & Wanda Delgadillo, St. Catherine of Siena School, Rialto; Josh & Amy Orosco, St. Catherine of Siena School, Rialto; Cara Wheeler, St. Edward School, Corona; Tracy Simeon, St. Francis de Sales School, Riverside; Sheila Mistica, St. George Parish School, Ontario.

 Monica Reyes, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto; Mark Lobb, St. Jeanne De Lestonnac School, Temecula; Craig Bergeron, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino.

 Greg Dial, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino; Melissa Hughes, St. Peter & St. Paul Catholic School, Alta Loma; Charlotte Broussard, St. Peter & St. Paul Catholic School, Alta Loma; Danny Brown, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Riverside; Rose Perkins, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Riverside 

Distinguished Teacher 

 Teachers who have been a part of our Catholic Schools for at least 5 years, actively ministering in our Catholic schools, parishes, and the greater community.

 Marcus James, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Alexandria Arguelles, Notre Dame High School, Riverside; Mary Rodriguez, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio; NaWania Hudson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Riverside.

 Leticia Ocampo, Resurrection Academy, Fontana; Jacqueline Santana, Resurrection Academy, Fontana; Diane Klempner, Sacred Heart Parish School, Rancho Cucamonga; Maricel Silvestre, St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Riverside.

 Fadia Habchi, St. Francis de Sales School, Riverside; Julie Hogan, St. George Parish School, Ontario; Liz Harr, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto; Michele Diekmann, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino; Julie Einck, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Riverside

Distinguished Staff

 Staff members who have been a part of our Catholic schools for at least 5 years and are active members of their parish and the greater community.

 Gina Horton, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Ryan Johnston, Notre Dame High School, Riverside; Ramona de los Reyes, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Palm Desert; Mary Carr, Sacred Heart Parish School, Rancho Cucamonga; Mary Ann Uribe, Sacred Heart Parish School, Rancho Cucamonga.

 Eugenia Lao, St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Riverside; Rosa Mota, St. George Parish School, Ontario; Jackie Baez, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto; Phil Grant, St. Joseph School, Upland; Laura Grant, St. Joseph School, Upland

Distinguished Alumni

 Graduates of Catholic elementary/middle schools/high schools who have made a contribution to American life and/or the Catholic Church. The recipient must have graduated from the Catholic elementary/middle school/high school at least ten years prior to receiving the award.

 Sarah Romero, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio; Scot T. Neudorff, Esq., Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino; Randy Ibbetson, St. Edward, Corona

Seton Hope Award

 The Elizabeth Ann Seton Award honors individuals who have made exceptional financial contributions to Catholic School education in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The award is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who is regarded by many as the founder of the American Catholic School network. Through these individuals in the spirit of Mother Seton, HOPE is brought to life in schools.

 Frank Quevedo, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Catholic Daughters of America, Court of the Valley, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio; Ken & Sarah Ibbetson, St. Edward School, Corona; Msgr. Raymond C. Kirk, St. James School, Perris

St. Thomas Aquinas Award

 An individual who is a courageous educator who demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning. Students receive from this individual the human qualities that bring forth the best in each student. Through a passion for learning, this person has touched the lives of students through continued support and communication with our Catholic School Principals and our Catholic School Communities.

 Peter Horton, Former principal, Precious Blood School, Banning and St. George Parish School, Ontario

Partnership Award

 Individuals who have exhibited extraordinary support to our Diocese, benefiting many of our schools.

 Catholic School Management

Vision of Hope Award

 A person who has impacted our greater community of San Bernardino with Gospel values so that people’s lives are filled with hope.

 Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop Diocese of San Bernardino

Special Recognition of Lifetime Achievement

 Dr. Anthony Sabatino, Loyola Marymount University, School of Education 

Distinguished Principal

 A person who has met the criteria set by NCEA actively ministering in our Catholic schools, parishes, and the greater community, and chosen by the Office of Catholic Schools as the Distinguished Principal for 2015-2016.

 Enrique Landin, Principal, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside