Senior Austin Grant has been named the 2017 Aquinas Award Recipient from Madonna High School. Austin will be receiving the Aquinas Medal from Bishop Bransfield at the 23rd annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools on Sunday, April 2, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Grant was selected as the award winner by the faculty of Madonna High School. The award recognizes students for their outstanding qualities of faithful discipleship, academic excellence, leadership and service to the school, parish and community, reflecting the ideals of Catholic education epitomized by St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students. It is the highest honor a student can receive from the diocese. The ceremony will begin with Bishop Bransfield celebrating Mass at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown at 10 a.m. and will conclude with a dinner and the presentations.
Austin Grant is the son of Tim and Amy Grant and brother to Morgan. Austin is the President of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) Club and Treasurer of National Honor Society, as well as a member of Interact Club. In addition to school clubs, Austin participates in extracurricular activities such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Leadership Weirton, and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). He has also taught Confirmation classes for St. Joseph the Worker Parish. In addition, Austin has been a lifeguard for the past two years at Lynnwood Park Swim Club, Starvaggi Memorial Pool, and the Millsop Community Center. After graduation, Austin plans to attend West Virginia University to pursue a major in Elementary Education.