Carly Dowiak and Brennan Secrist, were selected to receive the St. Sebastian Medal from the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. The St. Sebastian Medal is named for St. Sebastian, who is the Patron Saint of Athletes because he was always depicted in fine physical shape. Carly and Brennan were 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.
Carly is the daughter of Joseph and Patty Dowiak, and the sister of Cameron Dowiak. She is the Student Body Vice President. Carly is a member of the Interact and SADD Clubs. She was inducted into the National Honor Society last year and is currently the Secretary. She has been a member of the cheer, volleyball and track & field teams. Carly is a four time State medalist, has placed 5th at States in the 200m dash three times and is a 2-time OVAC 1A champion in cheer. During her time at Madonna she was named to the All-Valley Volleyball team. Next year, Carly will major in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and be on the cheer squad at the University of Pittsburgh.
Brennan is the son of Mark and Mary Secrist and the brother of Ethan Secrist. He is a member of the Art and Interact Clubs. He is a two year letterman of the football, basketball, and track & field teams and was named Captain of each team this year. He placed 2nd at OVAC 1A and 5th at States in the 110m hurdles his Junior year. During his senior year he has been named to the All-State football team, the OVAC All-Star basketball team, OVAC 1A basketball First Team, All-State Honorable Mention in basketball, the All-Valley Second Team in basketball. Brennan will major in Business Management and play football at Marian University in Indianapolis.