2002-07-06 / Community

Roxbury Man Named ‘Man Of The Year’

Roxbury Man Named
'Man Of The Year'

Brother Stephen LaMendola, President of Holy Cross High School, presented the school's most prestigious award at the 2002 graduation ceremonies with the following introduction: "This year's winner exhibits many talents in many areas. I believe his extracurricular activities reflect his well-rounded interests. He has been on the football team for four years as well as the team captain for the JV team, and was also a member of the wrestling team for his sophomore year. But other interests are reflected in his playing for the school band for two years and his membership in the Law Club. He also has assisted the spiritual life of the Holy Cross community by serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Cross, and also serves as an usher at his parish, Sacred Heart in Bayside.

His sense of obligation to serve others has led to additional activities. Throughout the year he has had two different senior service commitments. He has coached a community 5th grade basketball team as well as being a weekly volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. He has worked at other special events at St. Mary's, including their carnival, working in a homeless shelter, and participating in the SPARK diversity program. He represented Holy Cross at the National Congressional Young Leaders' Conference in Washington, D.C. last summer. This outstanding service was recognized with a service learning award at the academic awards ceremony this past May.

With all these commitments, studies were never neglected. The recipient of a monogram and chevrons for academic excellence, he has received medals for excellence in Chemistry, Health, Psychology, English, and College History. He was inducted into the National Honor Society his sophomore year and served as Vice-President of the National Honor Society this past year, and was awarded the National Honor Society's Pergolizzi scholarship. He, too, is the recipient of the United States' President's Education Award and was recognized as an outstanding senior in the State of New York, receiving the Governor's scholarship.

He graduated 7th in his class. These many achievements were recognized when he was selected for the Who's Who in American High Schools. Recipient of a New York State Scholarship, he was accepted at SUNY Binghamton, Hunter, and Queen's. He was awarded partial scholarships to Iona, the University at Albany, Fordham, Lehman, Hofstra, Catholic University, C. W. Post, Syracuse, St. John's, and Siena College. He will attend Iona where he intends to major in History and Education.

The man selected by the faculty very much reflects the criteria of academic excellence, service, leadership, and faith, which is sought in the Holy Cross Man of the Year. We are proud to announce the Holy Cross High School Man of the Year for the class of 2002 is Richard Thornhill."

Richard, a summer resident of Roxbury, then delivered an inspirational Commencement Address.

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