Louisville, KY (May 23, 2022) - Presentation Academy, Louisville’s original Catholic high school, is proud to announce the final eight projects of its 2022 Senior Independent Program (SIP). The projects, entirely designed and completed by students, range from a supernatural tale inspired by Louisville locations and folk tales, and a blog about sustainable eating practices, to a magazine about the reality of gentrification in Louisville, multiple printed braille books that will be donated to the Louisville School for the Blind, and a fashion show featuring new clothes made of sustainable, environmentally friendly fabrics. The projects can be seen online at https://pressip.weebly.com/.
The college preparatory school’s Senior Independent Program was started in 2014 to fill a niche for senior students who wished to study something they were passionate about, but, did not have time to pursue outside of school, work, and extracurricular activities.
Since its inception, SIP graduates have gained unimaginable skills through their chosen projects and the dedication and drive needed to see their goals met and their projects completed. Pres students involved in SIP have written, directed, and produced plays and films; written and published cookbooks, novels, and guidebooks; planned and executed fund raisers and political rallies; conducted countless hours of research and interviews; and written and created vlogs and blogs among many other things.
Students accepted into the Senior Independent Program are required to make connections outside of school and seek out mentors with special skills to guide them through the process of achieving their goals and creating a "finished product." Working for a full class period each day and countless hours outside of school, SIP students are given the opportunity to present the fruits of their labor at the annual SIP Presentation Night held each spring.
For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call (502) 583-5935 or visit presentationacademy.org.
About Presentation Academy:
Presentation Academy is a college preparatory academy for young women and Louisville’s original Catholic school. Founded in 1831 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Presentation is strategically and conveniently located at 4th and Breckinridge in downtown Louisville – its biggest classroom. The school serves a diverse student population from more than 50 zip codes in the Kentuckiana area. Presentation is a close-knit community of teachers, staff, parents, alumnae and supporters who help prepare Pres Girls for living and leading in a global society. For more information, visit presentationacademy.org or call (502) 583-5935.
Madison Brady, Julia Kelly and Kasey Kirchner
Leadership Forum Leaders
Autumn Abell, Brookelynn Beck, Hope Birk, Madison Brady, Jessica Cathey, Alyssa Deitchman, Emma French, Allee Holdcroft, Khaniece Keltee, Kasey Kirchner, Marie Laracy, Hope Nauert, Danae Strickland, Aria Suggs, Casandra Sullivan, Grace Weber, Kylie Welch, Roblynn Wheat and Sydney Wilson
Student Council Officers
Casandra Sullivan–Vice President; Aria Suggs–Secretary
"The Charlie" - Avery Hammond
"The Charlie" was created in memory of Pres’ long-time theater director, Charlie Douglas, who passed away in 2018. This award is given to a freshman, sophomore, or junior who has shown exemplary service to the theater program, and who, through a positive attitude and strong work ethic, has made a real difference in the program. The recipient of The Charlie for 2022 is Avery Hammond. Avery jumped into the theatre program with both feet. She stepped up when the situation called for it and offered insight and suggestions when she saw something that could be improved.
KHSAA Academic All-State
This is awarded by KHSAA to those students maintaining 3.25 or 3.75 GPA or higher while participating in varsity athletics. 85% of our student athletes earned these honors this year.
Fatimah Alawami, Hope Birk, Isabel Bowles, Madison Brady, Allie Conover, Alyssa Deitchman, Emma French, Olivia Galligan, Tytiana Grier, Becca Heil, Erin Hoover, Clara Kelty, Mindy Kien, Kasey Kirchner, Anna Kisling, Maia Kuehne-Seeber, Marie Laracy, Alba Leguina, Madeleine Loua, Mackenzie Maxwell, Legacy McCormack, Grace McGregor, Kennedy Mingus, Kelsey Monks, Hope Nauert, Allison Norton, Syd Ohlmann, Bridgette Olash, Makahla Price, Jordan Ray-Bohr, Wynter Reynolds, Anyla Richardson, Alyssa Sasti, Lauren Schreck, Margot Spalding, Ella Spriggs-Dial, Lula Solley, Aria Suggs, Sophie Suhre and Makayla Wright.
Triple Threat Awards
Hope Birk–Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Madison Brady–Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Ta’Mya Davis–Soccer, Basketball, Track
Clara Kelty–Cross Country, Basketball, Track
Alba Leguina–Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse
Aria Suggs–Soccer, Basketball, Track
Outstanding Student in Art - Lilly Payne
This award is given to a sophomore student who demonstrated outstanding artistic skills and enthusiasm in Intro to Art. This year’s recipient is Lilly Payne.
Excellence in Art Award - Allie Conover
This award is given to a junior art student who has displayed a high level of creativity and excellent artistic skills in an advanced art class. This year the award is given to Allie Conover. As her interest in art continues to grow, she is willing to try new techniques and take risks as an artist.
Optimist Club of Louisville Essay Contest
1st Place - Kylie Welch; 3rd Place - Marie Laracy
Mary Byrne Creativity Award - Allee Holdcroft
This award is given to the underclassman who displays the creativity and innovation that Mary Byrne demonstrated for over 40 years as a teacher at Presentation. This year’s recipient is Allee Holdcroft. This award is given in the creative and joyous spirit of Mary Byrne. Allee is an amazing and creative writer.
Ada Lovelace Award - Syd Ohlmann
The Ada Lovelace Award is given to a freshman, sophomore, or junior student who has persevered and excelled in the field of mathematics. This year’s recipient is Syd Ohlmann. Throughout the school year, Syd has been relentless in her hard work in her math classes.
Freshman Science Achievement Award: Syd Ohlmann
Sophomore Science Achievement Award: Sydney Wilson
Junior Science Achievement Award: Alyssa Sasti
Excellence in Social Studies Award - Avery Hammond
This award is given to a junior who exhibits both a high level of interest in and a keen understanding of American History. This year’s winner is Avery Hammond. Avery excels in US history classes and is genuinely interested in the subject.
Spanish Achievement Awards - Maia Kuehne-Seeber and Samanta Reyes-Mendez
Spanish Achievement Awards are given to those students who excel not just in understanding the Spanish language, but in really devoting themselves to the subject. This year’s recipients are Maia Kuehne-Seeber and Samanta Reyes-Mendez
Governor's Scholars Program - Casandra Sullivan
Governor's School for the Arts - Maia Kuehne-Seeber and Casandra Sullivan
Frannie Smith Fine Arts Scholarship - Lauren Curtis
This scholarship for $500 is presented to a junior who demonstrates talent, creativity, leadership and dedication to the arts. This year’s recipient is Lauren Curtis. Lauren excels in our theater program, often behind the scenes, sometimes on stage. This year, she has played key roles in our productions of Clue and Annie.
Colleen Dannaher Leadership Scholarship - Avery Hammond
In April 1996 we lost Colleen in a car accident. All who knew her remember with great fondness Colleen’s special zest for living. Our chapel, Colleen’s Chapel, is dedicated to a young woman who reached out unselfishly to others. Colleen was everybody’s best friend. This scholarship is presented to a student who exhibits enthusiastic leadership in the school community. This year’s recipient is Avery Hammond. Just like Colleen, Avery shows leadership both in the classroom and in the activities she’s involved in, including taking the lead on several sports teams and in Student Council.
Jordan Kori Jackson Scholarship - Jordyn Kustes
In July 2010, Jordan Kori Jackson, Class of 2014, died tragically in an accident. The Jordan Kori Jackson Scholarship of $500 is awarded to a student completing her freshman year. The award is chosen for a Pres girl who exhibits qualities that closely resemble Jordan. The recipient should be interested in either athletics or drama and also receive good grades. This year’s recipient is Jordyn Kustes. In her freshman year, Jordyn has been involved in several teams and organizations, and she has thrown herself in to being a Pres Girl.
O’Shea/Jordan Jackson Community Service Scholarship - Madeleine Loua
This $500 scholarship was founded by the O’Shea organization and named for Jordan Jackson, a Pres Girl, whom we all know lost her life in 2010 shortly before the beginning of her freshman year. The scholarship is also in memory of Jordan’s father, an employee at O’Shea’s for 7 years. This scholarship is awarded to a junior who is outstanding in community involvement and volunteering. This year the scholarship is awarded to Madeleine Loua. Through her dozens of service hours, Madeleine has proven that she is committed to making a difference in this world.
Katie Kapple Memorial Scholarship - Kasey Kirchner
Katie Kapple was a beautiful person inside and out who was taken from us at the age of 21. Katie enjoyed life so much and was always so happy. She felt such compassion for others and everyone she touched felt it. To know Katie was to love her. The recipient of this scholarship must possess the same positive energy as Katie. The 2022 recipient of the Katie Kapple Scholarship is Kasey Kirchner. Kasey has committed herself to being a Pres Girl, and we hope this scholarship will let her spirit live on in the life of another "Pres Girl."
Seibert Wintergerst-Weston Scholarship - Maia Kuehne-Seeber
The Carolyn Seibert Wintergerst-Weston Scholarship was created by the Wintergerst family to honor Carolyn’s memory upon her death in the fall of 2018. Carolyn graduated from Presentation in 1995 and epitomized the qualities of a “Pres girl.” She served as the Junior Class President and the Senior Class Vice-President, she was a member of the Student Council, the Glee Club, the Prezettes, and the environmental club. She also played soccer, her favorite sport, as well as basketball and tennis, and ran cross country. These many activities and her dedication to Presentation, earned Carolyn the Miss Topper award.
Her mother, Kevin Wintergerst, Class of 1964, her father, her husband and other members of the Wintergerst family are pleased to award the 2022 Carolyn Seibert Wintergerst-Weston Scholarship to Maia Kuehne-Seeber Like Carolyn, Maia has demonstrated active involvement in academics, sports, leadership, and service; sometimes in the face of obstacles – just like Carolyn.
Bobbie Householder Scholarship - Becca Heil and Teagan Ober
Many of you may remember Mr. Gary Householder--he was a long-time Pres faculty member and then served as a substitute teacher before moving to Colorado. Every year, a scholarship is given in memory of Mr. Householder’s mother, Bobbie Householder, the following students have been awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship Becca Heil & Teagan Ober. Becca and Teagan are being recognized for leadership and involvement in community service, and for their commitment to both their academics and their school community.
Faculty & Staff Scholarship - Maia Kuehne-Seeber and Casandra Sullivan
This year is the second year that Pres’ faculty and staff have awarded a scholarship to a sophomore or junior who exhibits a commitment to the school and its core values. This scholarship is completely funded by donations of Pres faculty and staff. She is genuine and generous; resilient, determined and committed to persevere when faced with failure or struggle. Her academic achievement and her daily encounters with others epitomize the character and integrity of a Pres Girl. This year’s recipients are Maia Kuehne-Seeber and Casandra Sullivan.
KHSAA Academic All-State, 1st Team
Alice Beatty, Kaelynn Benner, Mara Bryan, Taylor Clark, Caroline Cooper, Abby French, Sicilia Giacalone, Katie Kaelin, Mary-Kate Kelty, Darcy Komp, Haley Lewis, Sofia Luchini, Peyton Nauert, Lily Norton, Jolie Parker, Jailynn Profumo, Marcela Quidute, Danielle Ryan, Molly Sharber and Olivia Weikert
Triple Threat Awards
Shanya Bibbs–Soccer, Basketball, Track
Sofia Luchini–Soccer, Swim, Lacrosse
Andrea Martinez–Soccer, Swim, Lacrosse
Peyton Nauert–Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Lily Norton–Cross Country, Basketball, Track
Danielle Ryan–Cross Country, Basketball, Track
Scholar Athlete Award - Sicilia Giacalone
The Scholar Athlete Award is presented annually to a senior with strong academic standing in the class, and who has also received recognition in her sport from the outside community. This year’s recipient is Sicilia Giacalone. Sicilia has always been a competitive force on our swim team, qualifying several years for state competition. This year, she joined the lacrosse team and served as a leader on the field, all while excelling academically.
Vivian Dunlevy Good Sportsmanship Award - Mara Bryan
The Vivian Dunlevy Good Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to a student athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of positive leadership on the playing field and in the classroom, dedication to her sport, good sportsmanship, and school spirit. This award was named after Vivian Dunlevy, a pioneer in women’s sports in the state of Kentucky who taught and coached at Presentation for nearly 40 years. This year’s recipient is Mara Bryan. As a 4-year member of our volleyball team, Mara displays wisdom and leadership while mentoring her younger classmates and teammates–both on the court and in the classroom.
Outstanding Student Athlete Award - Addi Croslin
The Outstanding Student Athlete Award is given to a student who has earned widespread recognition for her commitment to her sport, including post-secondary opportunities. This year’s recipient is Addi Croslin. Although Addi did not golf competitively until high school, she has qualified for the state tournament consecutively for 3 years. Outside of school, Addi has completed a golf internship, is an assistant pro at Audubon Country Club and is working towards her PGA certification.
Topper Award - Peyton Nauert
The Topper Award is the top athletic award and is given to an individual with the highest level of commitment to Presentation athletics, excelling in more than one sport. The recipient must also be a solid student, role model, and recognized by the athletic community as an accomplished athlete. This year’s Topper Award recipient is Peyton Nauert. As a volleyball, basketball, and softball player, Peyton has earned many accolades. Most impressively…this year, she became the first player in Pres history to reach 1000 kills in volleyball and 1000 points in basketball. No matter the season, Peyton is a fierce competitor on the court, and she leads her team with grace. Congrats, Peyton, and thank you for your commitment to Pres athletics.
Emma Becker, Shanya Bibbs, Addi Croslin, Andrea Martinez, Peyton Nauert and Lily Norton.
Shalom Bertin, Andrea Martinez, Peyton Nauert and Lily Norton.
Sydney Gramig–President; Dora Goldwin–VP
Black Student Union
T’anay Harris–President & Founder
Sofia Luchini & Molly Sharber–Co-Presidents
Jolie Parker–President; Jenna Snider–VP; Molly Sharber–Secretary; Emma Becker–Treasurer
Darcy Komp–President; Jolie Parker–Vice President; Sofia Luchini–Service Chair
Emma Becker–President; Jenna Roberts–Treasurer; Lily Norton–Student Activities Coordinator
President - Addi Croslin; Vice President - Lily Norton; Treasurer - Andrea Martinez; Communications Officer - Mary-Kate Kelty; Art Director - Alice Beatty; Members at Large: Emma Becker, Sofia Luchini, Darcy Komp and Jenna Snider.
Alice Beatty, Emma Becker, Shalom Bertin, Alissa Browning, Alex Garcia Lopez, Sydney Gramig, Maddie Hall, Jaiden Jennings, Mary-Kate Kelty, Darcy Komp, Kylee Mingus, Lily Norton, Jolie Parker, Jailynn Profumo, Jenna Roberts and Marissa Stephens.
Sr. Mary Ruth McFarland - Jolie Parker
The Sr. Mary Ruth McFarland award was established in honor of Sister Mary Ruth, who, as Presentation’s music instructor, dedicated 40 years of service to this program. This year’s recipient is Jolie Parker. Jolie has been an excellent Chorus member throughout her time at Pres, and she has shown great care and commitment to both Chorus and the Prezettes. Your beautiful voice will be missed next year, Jolie.
"The Becca" - Alice Beatty
”The Becca” is an award that was established in honor of Rebecca Crabtree, who died unexpectedly during her senior year of 1999. Each year, this award is given to a member of the Drama Club who exhibits outstanding technical performance in theater productions. This year’s recipient is Alice Beatty. Alice has become one of the most versatile members of our company, from scenic design to acting to directing. Even when in a lead role onstage, Alice made every effort to assist with painting and offer design ideas.
"The Frannie" - Darcy Komp
“The Frannie” is named after our beloved Frannie Smith who lost her life in a 1993 skiing accident. Frannie’s gentle, guiding spirit is very much still with us. Each year, this drama award is presented to a graduating senior and member of the drama club who has participated in at least three theater productions, works well with others, and shows leadership and cooperation. This year’s recipient is Darcy Komp. Darcy has taken on each role given to her and always made them her own. She would go above and beyond when taking on additional projects like graphic design, organizing volunteers and following up with them, and providing valuable insight and ideas to how we do things. Darcy unflinchingly takes on any hurdles put in her path and strives to hit the highest, or lowest in the case of Warbucks, note set in front of her.
These seniors made the honor roll each semester during their four years at Pres, meaning they received the Sophia Award each year they were here.
Alice Beatty, Emma Becker, Kaelyn Benner, Mara Bryan, Abby French, Sicilia Giacalone, Katie Kaelin, Darcy Komp, Haley Lewis, Sofia Luchini, Emily Muncy, Peyton Nauert, Lily Norton, Jolie Parker, Jailynn Porfumo, Jenna Roberts, Molly Sharber, Jenna Snider and Makenzie Thompson.
National Honor Society
Jenna Roberts - President, Sofia Luchini - Vice President; Jolie Parker - Secretary; Mary-Kate Kelty - Treasurer
Members: Emma Becker, Kaelyn Benner, Mara Bryan, Caroline Cooper, Abigail French, Sicilia Giacalone, Sterling Hirst, Jaiden Jennings, Katie Kaelin, Darcy Komp, Haley Lewis, Emily Muncy, Peyton Nauert, Lily Norton, Jailyn Profumo, Molly Sharber, Jenna Snider and Makenzie Thompson.
National Art Honor Society
Kaelyn Benner - President; Alexis Burns - Vice President; Marcela Quidute - Fundraising Coordinator; Katie Kaelin - Secretary
Members: Caroline Cooper, Mary-Kate Kelty, Emily Muncy and Emma Souza.
Darcy Komp and Jenna Roberts
Alice Beatty - Phantom Portraits: an Illustrated Novel
Maddie Hall: The Lost Communities of Louisville: A Zine and Website
Katie Kaelin: A Redesigned Line
Mary-Kate Kelty: Reading in the Dark: Braille Books for Kids
Darcy Komp: A Book of Vignette
Mary McCandless: Eat the Earth: A Blog
Jolie Parker: Mental Illness Through A Lens: Breaking the Stigma One Photograph at a Time
Molly Sharber: A Unique Children’s Book on Life Starting in the NICU
Trailblazer Awards - Alex Garcia, Jocelyn Gutierrez, Demari King and Andrea Martinez
These students are part of the first generation in their families to graduate from high school–what an accomplishment that they’re not only walking across the stage at Graduation next week, but that they’re also heading to various college campuses this fall.
Third Honors: Jolie Parker & Molly Sharber
Class Salutatorian: Emma Becker & Jenna Roberts
Class Valedictorian: Sofia Luchini
Digital Media Award - Emily Muncy and Sicilia Giacalone
The Digital Media Award is given to one student in Design Studies and one student in Digital Photography who has illustrated creativity and originality in those classes. This year the award is given to Emily Muncy and Sicilia Giacalone. These young women have exhibited advanced skills in using the creative software and have demonstrated a strong work ethic.
Exceptional in Art Award - Katie Kaelin
The Exceptional in Art Award is given to a senior art student who has demonstrated a strong work ethic in an advanced art class this year. She possesses the attitude and creative drive to develop her artistic skills beyond the classroom for her personal growth as an artist. This year the award is given to: Katie Kaelin. This young woman has continually challenged herself to grow as an artist.
Outstanding Senior English Student Award - Jaiden Jennings and Emily Muncy
Now for English...the Outstanding Senior English Student Award is given for consistent, exemplary performance in senior English. This year’s recipients are Jaiden Jennings & Emily Muncy. Jaiden and Emily have consistently worked really hard and offered insightful analysis in writing and discussion.
Outstanding Senior Math Award - Jenna Roberts and Emma Becker
The Outstanding Senior Math Award is given to the outstanding senior who has achieved excellence in math for 4 years. This year’s recipients are Jenna Roberts & Emma Becker. Jenna and Emma have demonstrated the highest level of achievement in their math classes during their years at Pres.
Sue Ratkowski Science Achievement Award - Jaiden Jennings
The Sue Ratkowski Science Achievement Award is named after a longtime Presentation supporter who believed strongly in giving women more opportunities to excel in science. This award is given to a senior who excels in science, shows a love for the subject, and demonstrates a genuine interest in science through extracurricular involvement. This year’s recipients are Jaiden Jennings. Jaiden has consistently demonstrated high academic achievement and curiosity in both her science courses and extracurricular activities.
Spanish Achievement Award - Alice Beatty
The Spanish Achievement Award is given to a senior who excels not just in learning the Spanish language, but also in understanding the cultural aspects of the course. This year’s recipient is Alice Beatty. Through four years of study, Alice has excelled in Spanish and been an excellent resource for her classmates.
Alice Paul Excellence in Social Studies Award - Sicilia Giacalone
The Alice Paul Excellence in Social Studies Award is being awarded to someone who has shown consistent and far-reaching interest in the subject of social studies. This year’s recipient is Sicilia Giacalone. Sicilia has shown a genuine interest and curiosity in social studies throughout the past four years. Her passion for understanding both our history and our present has inspired her classmates.
Christian Life Award - Lily Norton
The Christian Life Award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated qualities of personal character and academic achievement in Theology. Traditionally, this award recognizes the successful combination of extraordinary service to Church and community. This year’s recipient is Lily Norton. Lily puts her faith into action every day in her school and community.
Sister Edna Fabre Award - Alex Garcia-Lopez
The Sister Edna Fabre Award was established in honor of our beloved Sr. Edna, and it is given to a senior who demonstrates the qualities of Sr. Edna, who has a passion for social justice, and who quietly works behind the scenes to help those in need. This year’s recipient is Alex Garcia Lopez. Throughout her time at Pres, Alex has volunteered with La Casita, Hand in Hand Ministries, and several other organizations. Her commitment to service and social justice has not gone unnoticed.
Mayor’s Outstanding Senior Award - Alex Garcia Lopez
Each year, the mayor’s office honors outstanding seniors in Jefferson County. This year’s recipient from Presentation is Alex Garcia Lopez. Last night, Alex was honored at an awards ceremony at Iroquois Amphitheater. Alex was chosen for her commitment to service both at Pres and within the wider community. One teacher says, “Alex makes everyone, freshman to senior, feel welcome, acknowledged, and seen. Her commitment to serving not just her school, but the greater community, is unparalleled.”
Be The Light Award - Molly Sharber
As most of you know, this year’s school theme is BE THE LIGHT. This BE THE LIGHT Award is given to a senior who is not only courageous enough to see the light, but is also courageous enough to BE THE LIGHT. This year’s recipient is Molly Sharber. One classmate says, “I’ve never met someone with quite as much compassion and love in their heart. Molly could make anyone smile and turns any bad situation into a good one.” Congratulations, Molly, and thank you for being the light.
Nazareth Award - Shanya Bibbs
The Nazareth Award was created to recognize a senior who has reached across all grade levels to give support and leadership to others in a selfless manner. This award celebrates the hospitality, mission, diversity, inclusivity, and values initiated by Mother Catherine Spalding and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This year’s recipient is Shanya Bibbs. A teacher says, “Shay has always been one to be a big sister to any one she meets. She has such confidence in herself that she tries to instill in everyone around her. The girls in every grade look up to her and think of her as family.” Another teacher says, “Shay has committed herself to reaching out to others and doing the hard work to make Pres a better place.”
Sr. Rose Riley Award - Lily Norton
The Sr. Rose Riley Award is bestowed upon a student for outstanding contributions to both her school and local community. This year’s recipient is Lily Norton. Lily has served Presentation unselfishly during her four years, sometimes on stage rapping, other times in the background. A teacher says, “Lily is kind, caring, courageous, dependable, and hardworking. She is not afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. A classmate says, “Lily is an icon. She makes everyone feel like they’re included and part of something. If you need to get something done, Lily knows how to make it happen.” Congratulations, Lily, and thank you for your dedication to your school and community.
Miss Presentation - Alice Beatty
The title of Miss Presentation is bestowed upon a senior who embodies the qualities of service, school spirit, personal responsibility, collaboration, strong character, and competency in academics. This young woman’s manner reflects a caring spirit. She knows the true meaning of hard work, teamwork, and responsibility. This year’s Miss Presentation is Alice Beatty. One teacher says, “Alice is the definition of what Mother Catherine would've wanted to see in our students: Talented, kind, humble, and compassionate. ” A classmate says, “Alice always has a smile on her face. She always builds up the people around her and makes everyone feel welcomed and included. She embodies the true meaning of what it is to be a Pres girl in every way I can think of. ” Congratulations, Alice--and thank you for your commitment to your school community.
Educator of the Year Award - Jenna Ruth
The Educator of the Year Award was created by the Wintergerst family to honor the memory of Carolyn Wintergerst Weston, who passed away in 2018. Carolyn graduated from Presentation in 1995 and epitomized the qualities of a “Pres Girl.”
The foundation that she received at Pres led her to pursue a career in special education where she was able to touch the lives of countless children – inspiring them with her motto “You can do it!” Carolyn’s commitment to her faith, positive attitude, passion for learning and helping those with special needs, as well as her love of soccer, art, music and fun continued throughout her life as an alum, educator, mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend.
This award is given to a member of the Presentation Academy faculty, staff, or administration who has demonstrates a commitment to the service of the individual student and the entire Presentation community through his or her own unselfish giving of time and talent. The Wintergerst family has provided a gift for this award in honor of Carolyn's memory as she was an outstanding educator who made an impact on thousands of students’ lives.
This person must live out the mission of the school. The 2022 recipient is Jenna Ruth. One student says, “Not only has Ms. Ruth been an excellent math teacher, but she's been a teacher I can always come to for anything. Whether it be to ask for a teacher recommendation or to rant about trivial teenage girl things, Ms. Ruth never fails to be there for me. This year, she has helped me figure out how to get back to normal after COVID. ” Another student says, “Ms. Ruth makes me feel welcomed, included, and like I can do math.” Thank you, Ms. Ruth, for your commitment to Pres’ mission and to all of your students.