Senior Joseph Garan has been named the 2018 Aquinas Award Recipient from Madonna High School. Joey will be receiving the Aquinas Medal from Bishop Bransfield at the 24rd annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools on Sunday, April 22, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Joey 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.
Joey is the son of Michael and Nancy Garan and brother to Rebecca. He is an active member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Weirton where he served as an alter server for many years and now currently serves as an usher. During his time at Madonna Joey has participated in football, basketball, track, and cross country. He is a member of National Honors Society and participated in the Youth Leadership Weirton Program. He is a member of SADD, interact, and pep club. After graduation, Joey has been accepted to West Virginia University where he plans on majoring in pharmacy.