The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) recently announced the names of five young women from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who each were awarded $500 scholarships.
“What a wonderful group of young active women we have in our diocese,” says Myrna McKee, chair of the SDCCW scholarship committee. “In all, 75 young women applied for the scholarships and they are all winners — scholars, musicians, artists, talented athletes, active in church, schools and community, loving daughters and sisters. They are the future of the Catholic Church and are already disciples of Jesus. We offer congratulations to the five winners who joyfully represent our holy, Catholic youth.”
The winners are:
Camryn Olivia Blair, daughter of Tim and Tiffany Blair, was a student at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield and is a member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield. Camryn plans to attend Grand Valley State University and is undecided about her major but she is thinking about physical therapy. She is an active member of Cathedral’s youth group and a eucharistic minister. She plans on continuing to look for opportunities to serve others.
Isabel Lee, daughter of Gerry and David Lee, was a student at Teutopolis High School in Teutopolis and is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Sigel. Isabel plans to attend Lake Land College majoring in theology and catechetics with a minor in music. This summer Isabel will be attending Catholic HEART Workcamp for teenagers. Her motto is “spread the joy of Jesus” through service.
Callie McMahon, daughter of Toby and Christine McMahon, was a student at Teutopolis High School and is a member of St. Francis Assisi Parish, Teutopolis. Callie plans to attend Lake Land College for art education and become a teacher. She believes in leading and sharing her faith while performing service in all sorts of communities, not just her own.
Abby Stock, daughter of Mel and Elaine Stock, was a student of St. Anthony High School in Effingham and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Effingham. Abby plans to attend Butler University majoring in international business and marketing. She enjoys volunteering at various community events and as a lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion at Sacred Heart Church.
Hannah Rae Tonsor, daughter of Scott and Amy Tonsor, was a student at Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville and is a member of St. Mary Parish, Fieldon. Hannah plans on attending the University of Notre Dame majoring in English. She serves as a music minister at St. Mary Parish and enjoys helping children in her community.
All five young women will be recognized June 1 in Springfield at the Woman of Distinction Mass and banquet. “These young women exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service,” says McKee. “Thank you to all the families, friends, schools, churches and communities that helped mold these outstanding young women.”