Sydney Crawford has been named the 2021 Aquinas Award recipient from Madonna High School. Sydney 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. 

Sydney is the daughter of Michael and Karen Crawford, and sister to Kelsey and Haley Crawford. She is an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Church where she volunteers doing children’s liturgy. Sydney is the class president, serves as treasurer of the Science Club, representative of the Interact Club and is a member of the Drama, Pro-Life, and SADD Clubs. She is the treasurer and member of the National Honor Society. She represented Madonna at HOBY Leadership and the Weirton Youth Leadership Program. Sydney was an altar server and sang in the choir for school masses. She lettered on the Lady Dons Cheer team all four years, is a two year letterman of the soccer team, and a one year letterman of the tennis team. The cheer team qualified for the State Cheer Competition three times while she was a member. She earned a soccer OVAC championship title, two cheer OVAC championship titles, and one cheer regional championship title.  She was a USA Junior Olympic gymnast for five years and qualified for state and regional competitions. Sydney plans to attend either the University of Notre Dame or University of Michigan and major in Neuroscience.