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Honoring Excellence: Announcing Our 2018 Saint Marcellin Champagnat Award Winners

Honoring Excellence: Announcing Our 2018 Saint Marcellin Champagnat Award Winners

Every three years, Central Catholic celebrates the annual Saint Marcellin Champagnat Awards honoring alumni and community leaders who make an impact in our local communities and the wider world.

The newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame are also inducted and recognized at this special event.

Honorees are listed below.

Honoring Excellence: The Champagnat Awards Presentation & Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grandview Hall at the Blue Ocean Event Center, 4 Ocean Front N, Salisbury, MA

Tickets are $75.00 per person.

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People  sitting at tables during the Champagnat Awards Dinner

The 2012 Honoring Excellence Awards Ceremony

“Each day at Central we celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing students and staff. However, once every three years, we take time to celebrate some of the distinguished individuals who have helped to lay the groundwork for Central’s current and future successes.”

“The men and women we will honor on May 10 at the Blue Ocean Event Center, Salisbury, MA, have lived lives that reflect the spirit of Saint Marcellin Champagnat and the mission of Central Catholic High School. Their extraordinary vision and tireless effort, their faith, service to the poor, generosity, professional and athletic achievements have touched countless lives for the better and brought honor to Central Catholic.”

-Christopher Sullivan ’81, President of Central Catholic

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Statue of Saint Marcellin ChampagnatCongratulations to the 2018 Saint Marcellin Champagnat Award Honorees!

Saint Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, urged his Marist followers to live their lives “doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

The Champagnat Awards honor Alumni and Members of the Central Catholic community whose lives reflect extraordinary faith, service to the least favored, professional achievement and dedication to our Marist mission.

Their lives inspire us every day.


The Award For Humanitarian & Community Service    

This award is bestowed on individuals for outstanding service to society and their unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. They epitomize the Marist ideal of concern for the least favored.

  • Patricia (Foley) Karl ’60SM, Lawrence Youth Education Advocate

  • William J. Sullivan ’68, Lawrence Educator, National Hibernian Leader 


The St. Therese of Lisieux Alumni Award

This award is bestowed on alumni whose emerging professional and personal lives reflect the ideals of Central Catholic and our Marist heritage. 

  • Michelle Abou-Raad ’12, Middle East Stabilization Project

  • Jesenia Tejada-Perez ’03, Director of Inner-City College Success Program


The Witness To Faith Award

This award is bestowed on individuals who have committed their lives to making Jesus known and loved through their faith and actions. Their example serves as an inspiration to students and to all those associated with Central Catholic.

  • Rev. George F. Riley ’53, OSA, Villanova University, V.P. Emeritus


The Award for Excellence in Marist Education

This award is bestowed on faculty and staff members whose unabiding love and care for young people continues the mission and work of Saint Champagant. Their example serves as an inspiration to their colleagues and the entire Central Catholic community.                    

  • Jeanne R. Burns, CCHS Academic Dean                                    

  • David M. DeFillippo ’66, Director of Communications          

  • Bro. Florentius, FMS, Founder of Central Catholic HS          

  • Warren W. Hayes ’54, English Teacher-Chairperson (ret.)


The Award for Outstanding Alumni Professional Achievement

This award is bestowed on alumni whose success and achievements in their chosen field serve as an inspiration to the Central Catholic community and provide an inspiring example for our students.

  • Charles F. Daher ’67, President, Commonwealth Motors

  • Brad M. Damphousse ’00, Founder,


The Award For Philanthropic Leadership in Support of Central Catholic

This award is bestowed on those whose cumulative generosity to Central Catholic High School has been outstanding, epitomizing the love and generosity of Saint Champagnat. Through their investments and leadership, they have made a transformative impact on the students and faculty of Central Catholic High School.

  • Laurence J. Palmisano ’51, President, CPM Inc.


The 1935 Cross Country Team

The 1935 Cross Country Team

Congratulations to the 2018 Inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame!

  • Matthew Goulet ’90, Football, Basketball

  • Allen Blackington ’93, Football, Baseball

  • Michael Dunn ’97, Basketball, Outdoor Track

  • Albert Salvia ’98, Ice Hockey, Baseball

  • Jennifer Chuks ’02, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field

  • Andrew Grange ’05, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field

  • Michael Leavitt ’08, Football, Wrestling, Outdoor Track & Field

  • Sara Missert ’08, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Volleyball

  • Carson Desrosiers ’10, Basketball

  • Katie Zenevitch ’10, Basketball, Volleyball

  • Jaclyn Carroll ’12, Tennis


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Congratulations to all of this year's honorees!

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition
Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,300 students from over 60 cities and towns. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.

Raider Athletics

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Central Catholic offers twenty-seven (27) Varsity sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) as well as two (2) seasons of Cheerleading under the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

More than half of our student body, approximately 800 students, compete on at least one of these teams, an experience that fosters teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence, lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.