St. Sebastian Medal to be Awarded to Two Seniors


Katie Gasvoda and Howard Peterson, two members of the Senior Class of 2018, will each receive the St. Sebastian Medal at the  24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools April 22,  at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, W.Va.  Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, will present the St. Sebastian Medal to 14 high-achieving high school student athletes.

The St. Sebastian Medal is named for St. Sebastian, patron saint of Athletes because he was always depicted in fine physical shape. In order to play sports well, one requires health and the working of mind, body and spirit together. St. Sebastian was dedicated to God, even in the face of certain death. Legend has it that St. Sebastian was tied to a tree and shot by archers. Though pierced, he survived with the help of St. Irene, who nursed him back to health. Following his recovery he denounced the emperor for his cruelty to Christians. For speaking out, he was martyred. His feast day is January 20.

Katie  and Howard are being recognized for being high-achieving student athletes and exhibiting the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, academics, and a high respect for school, classmates, teammates, opponents, parish and the community.

Katie is a senior at Madonna High School. She is a four year letterman on the softball team and has been a starter her entire high school career. She has helped lead her team to three OVAC championship titles. Katie has received First Team All State and OVAC player of the year for the past three years. She has also received WTOV9 player of the week. In the classroom, Katie has maintained above a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career while taking honors, AP, and college classes. She was a member of Youth Leadership her sophomore year and inducted into National Honors Society her junior year. She has accepted a softball scholarship and will be attending Robert Morris University in the fall to major in accounting.

Howard Worthington Peterson IV was born on July 12, 1999. Howard is the son of Anne and Trey Peterson. He attended St.Pauls grade school from kindergarten to eighth grade and is a current senior at Weirton Madonna high school. Howard is a four year letterman of the golf team. He is also a three time OVAC medalist and has made all state in golf all four years at Madonna and he his the 2018 single A medalist. In his spare time he likes to ski.