Ava Loch is the 2020 Aquinas Award recipient from Madonna High School. Ava 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. She would have received her award today at the annual Catholic Schools Dinner in Morgantown.
Ava is the daughter of Robert Loch and Katherine Lecker, and twin sister to Isabel Loch. She is an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. She lettered on the Lady Dons Soccer team the last two years and was captain her senior year. She has also danced competitively at Center Stage Dance for 9 years. Ava is the President of Prayer Club and Co-President of the Interact Club. She participates in Lend-A-Hand, sings in the school choir, and is a member of the Diocesan Youth Board. She has had two poems published through The American Library of Poetry and Appelley Publishing. She was inducted into the National Honors Society during her Junior year. Ava plans to attend Allegheny College, where she will major in Chemistry and minor in Global Health Studies.