Padua Academy


127 in Padua’s Class of 2014 Graduate with $17.7 Million in College Scholarships

Class of 2014 Graduates

Padua Academy’s Class of 2014 celebrated graduation on May 29 at St. Anthony of Padua Church. The 127 students in Padua’s 57th graduating class have earned more than $17.7 Million in merit-based scholarships from colleges and universities across the country. The graduation ceremony included inspired addresses from valedictorian Shannon Steiner and salutatorian Nicole Du.

Graduation Awards

  • Sarah Cushing was awarded the Padua Academy Board of Trustees Award. This award recognizes strong personal spirituality; social awareness and social responsibility; qualities of integrity, courage, kindness, and compassion; and exceptional dedication to Padua Academy — in short, the student who best exemplifies all that Padua Academy has come to represent.
  • Maeve Clair was awarded the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Award.  The Oblates provide spiritual support for the students at Padua Academy. As an Oblate community, each year at graduation, Padua Academy presents a medal of St. Francis de Sales to a graduating senior. The students learn that St. Francis de Sales was a gentle scholar who believed that individuals need to use the gifts given to them by God to “Live Jesus.” This award recognizes a graduate who, through her gifts and talents, shares the love of Jesus with the school community every day.
  • Lucy Vavala was awarded the St. Francis of Assisi Award.  A patron saint of Padua Academy, St. Francis lived a life of hospitality with an openness to the good in all creation and a willingness to accept everyone as a gift from our Creator. As a school community, we embrace his call to “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”  This award recognizes meritorious service to church school, and community.
  • Brittany Conner was awarded the Brother Michael Rosenello Award. Since the earliest days of Padua Academy, Bro. Michael Rosenello has served the school with humility and dedication.  Every task he has been asked to complete, no matter how big or how small, has been done in loving service to support the students and mission of Padua Academy.  The Bro. Michael Rosenello Award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated extraordinary service to Padua Academy with that same humility and dedication.
  • Rachel Liszkiewicz was awarded the Knights of Columbus Award. For over 100 years, the Knights of Columbus have called Catholics to live out the Gospel by showing charity to those in need who are part of our everyday lives. They believe we are compelled to action through our love for others. The Knights of Columbus Award, in honor of their founder Father Roberto Balducelli, is given to a Padua Academy graduate who has faithfully demonstrated a heart of charity to those in need among us.
  • Sarah Lott was awarded the Sarah Smith Scholarship.
  • Amy Horney received the Student Council Leadership Award.
  • Erica Chandler received the Alyssa Godfrey Memorial Scholarship and $1,000 toward her college tuition.

Athletic Awards

  • Ashley Muschiatti received the Most Valuable Athlete Award. A multi-sport athlete, Ashley excelled in Volleyball, Indoor Track, and Spring Track and Field. She received public recognition for her participation, including 4-time 1st Team All Catholic Indoor Track and Spring Track and Field and 2-time 1st Team All State Indoor Track and Spring Track and Field. She has participated four times in the Penn Relays and in 2012 was the NSCIA MVP. Named Delaware State Champion in Shot Put, she has also had the honor of being part of a total of six state championship-winning teams in her four years at Padua. She has been awarded a Full Athletic Scholarship to throw the Shot Put at Appalachian State University. She is an outstanding example of an athlete who follows the mission of the school.
  • Carmella Cinaglia received the Suaviter sed Fortiter Award. This award is given to the athlete who lives our school motto both on and off the court. Softly but strongly, our motto reminds us of the qualities of an educated woman. She is nurturing and responsive to the uniqueness of others, purposeful and determined, and she accepts a responsible role in the global community.
  • Sarah Cushing received the Faith-Filled Athlete Award, which is presented to the athlete who lives her faith both on and off the field. One of our patrons St. Frances DeSales said to “live Jesus” and St. Francis of Assisi, our other patron saint, encouraged the love of mankind.
  • Shannon Steiner received the Scholar-Athlete Award. This award is given to the athlete who has participated in multiple sports during her career at Padua and has maintained the highest GPA in her class. Shannon has not only participated in soccer, swimming, and tennis, but also was one of the four student council executive officers this year.
  • Angelina Spadaccini received The Denise McFadden Spirit Award, which is presented to the Track athlete who exemplifies perseverance, dedication, and encouragement of others.

Academic Awards

  • Shannon Steiner received the Padua Academy Valedictorian Award; the Award for the Highest Scholastic Rank for Four Years; the Robert E. Potter, Jr. Memorial Award for excellence in Social Studies; the Rev. Joseph L. McCoy Award for excellence in English; and the Padua Academy Award for excellence in Spanish.
  • Ashley Barnett received the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius Council Award for excellence in Religious Studies.
  • Nicole Du received the Padua Academy Award for excellence in French, the Padua Academy Award for excellence in Mathematics and the Padua Academy Award for excellence in Science.
  • Deanna Wingel received the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius X Council Award for excellence in Art.
  • Marlena Kelleher received the Wilmington Friends of Italian Culture Award for excellence in Italian.
  • Courtney Blair received the Padua Academy Award for excellence in Technology.
  • Lucy Vavala received the Wilmington Friends of Italian Culture Award for excellence in Music.

The following students have merited honorable mention in the subject areas named:

  • Religious Studies, Science, and Social Studies: Marlena Kelleher
  • English and Spanish: Calla Pritulsky
  • French: Katherine Saberton
  • Italian: Irlanda Manning Martinez
  • Mathematics: Shannon Steiner
  • IT: Amy Horney
  • Art: Grace Hunsinger
  • Music: Serena Wingel and Alexandra Phillips

Other Awards

  • Lara Ballintyn, Kara Campese, Nicole Du, Gabrielle Marckese and Erin McGrier were recognized for four years of perfect attendance.
  • The following students received the St. Francis de Sales Award from the Diocese of Wilmington for excellence in faith development, service, scholarship, citizenship and leadership: Lara Ballintyn, Jennifer Borio, Sarah Cushing, Amy Horney, Ashley Muschiatti, Angelina Spadaccini, Shannon Steiner, Samantha Szurkowski, Lucy Vavala and Erin Wendelburg.


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Rooted in the Catholic faith, Padua Academy offers young women a transformational college preparatory education, challenging them to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service.