WHEELING, W.Va., March 13, 2017 -- Three Wheeling Jesuit University students will be recognized by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston during its 23rd Annual Bishop's Dinner for Catholic Schools on April 2.
During the event, the Most Rev. Michael Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling- Charleston will award Krista Sudyk the Aquinas Medal, while Kayce Krucki and Shaan Stuart will be given the St. Sebastian Medal.
The day will begin with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Bransfield at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown at 10 a.m. The recognition dinner, held at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, W.Va. will follow. Reservations for the dinner are required and may still be made by contacting Donna Clark at 304-233-0800, ext 316.
“We are extremely proud of Krista, Shaan, and Kayce, who live out in an exemplary manner our Jesuit, Catholic mission. These members of the senior class consistently demonstrate extraordinary leadership through commitment to their studies and by living out a faith marked by justice and by service for and with others. Their lives are the fruit and aim of a Jesuit Catholic university,” said Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry, Mission & Identity.
Sudyk, a theology major from East McKeesport, Pennsylvania, will be WJU's recipient of Aquinas Medal, which is given each year to a student from each Catholic school in the Diocese who embody the spirit of the school's mission through his or her activity on campus and through service to the church and community.
Sudyk has demonstrated exemplary and steadfast dedication to WJU's Jesuit Catholic mission. She is very active in all aspects of Campus Ministry from being a lector and retreat leader to serving as a faith-sharing group facilitator and Ignatian Family Teach-In participant. She has lived the past two years at WJU's Mother Jones House, an intentional Christian community of undergraduate students living and serving the residents of East Wheeling. Following graduation, Sudyk plans to serving for a year through a lay volunteer program, after which she would like to enter full-time ministry.
Two Wheeling Jesuit student-athletes, Krucki and Stuart, will be the recipients of the St. Sebastian Medal. The award recognizes high-achieving student-athletes who exhibit the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, academics and a high respect for WJU, classmates, teammates, opponents, parish and community.
Krucki, an athletic training major and a member of the Cardinal volleyball team, has a 3.86 GPA and is active in the Athletic Training Club and its honor society. The Findlay, Ohio native was the team captain the past three years and has received recognition locally, regionally and nationally for her achievements on the volleyball court. Outside of the classroom, Krucki has been living WJU's mission as a person for others. Throughout her four years, she has been involved as a peer leader for freshmen, been a Special Olympics mentor and organized fundraising efforts for various community partners. Krucki also went to Africa for a month to volunteer at an orphanage.
Stuart, a native of Whanganui, New Zealand, has compiled a 3.8 GPA. In addition to serving as captain of the soccer team, he was a finalist for the Mountain East Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Stuart, a member of the Laut Honors program, is active in service both on and off campus. During his four years at WJU, he has helped with the annual Special Olympics, created and delivered Christmas cards to a Wheeling retirement home, coached at a youth soccer camp and served as a resident assistant.
“Kayce and Shaan embody the true essence of what it is to be a student-athlete at Wheeling Jesuit by excelling in the classroom, in competition and in living out the university's mission to men and women for others. They exhibit sportsmanship and leadership on campus and with their teams. I am so proud of what these two have done while student-athletes on campus. They define of what it means to be a Cardinal from Wheeling Jesuit University,” said Kevin Forde, director of Athletics.