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Behind the Scenes of the Dominican Way Awards

Haley Cannavan
This Thursday St. Dominic will celebrate so many students

St. Dominic is no stranger to showing off their students’ accomplishments. That being said, the Dominican Way Award Ceremony is right around the corner. Soon, tons of Dominic students will be honored for their service, prayer, and leadership throughout the school year. 

“It is an award that allows our teachers, administration, and staff to share the impacts that the students have made and make on us,” Principal Mrs. Stewart said. 

The process of choosing candidates is left to the discretion of each teacher and staff member. Although there is no set criteria for the candidates, teachers are encouraged to choose a student who has gone above and beyond in school, but also in other environments as well. 

The selection is completely up to the teacher to decide. This could be someone who they believe has improved as a student in their class academically, socially, or spiritually,” Stewart said. 

The award ceremony is also very unique. Instead of recognizing a student for their academic achievements or sport’s accomplishments, it focuses on bigger accomplishments. This includes a student’s improvement and progress inside and outside of school. 

“It is very different from an academic award where you have to reach a certain GPA, or an athletic award because of your progress in a sport. It is simply being recognized by the character of the student or the hard work of a student,” Stewart said.

St. Dominic is known for their four pillars, which include prayer, service, community, and study. When choosing a candidate for the ceremony, many teacher’s take into consideration the importance of these pillars and what they actually show. 

“Mrs. Marnatti was the teacher that gave me the award. I was given this around my sophomore year. I was given this award because she said I embody the four pillars of St. Dominic, and that I help my fellow peers in my community,” Junior Ava Pritt said.

No doubt, this ceremony plays an important role in the St. Dominic community. The awards recognize students who demonstrate good character which boosts Dominic’s morale. It also gives St. Dominic the chance to showcase all the good qualities within their students, and show their growth over the year. 

“I believe the award gives our faculty and staff a chance to honor a student that has made an impact in some aspect of their teaching days, and it gives us an opportunity to share that with their peers and parents,” Stewart said. 

Many students have been recognized throughout their years at St. Dominic. Although the ceremony has only been around for four years, its legacy has already begun. St. Dominic staff and students look forward to and anticipate what this award will bring in the coming years. 

While the Dominican Way candidates have already been chosen, it’s never too late to make a difference throughout the community. Make sure you congratulate your fellow peers and students that have been selected and continue to boost St. Dominic’s morale! 


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Abby Woytus, Staff Writer
Abby Woytus is a junior at St. Dominic. She runs cross country and track, while also participating in CRU and NAHS. Outside of school, Abby loves hanging out with friends and family.
Jenna Warren, Staff Writer
Jenna Warren is a Junior at St. Dominic. She is involved in Hosa and CRU at Dominic. She loves hanging with her friends and family!!  
Haley Cannavan, Staff Writer
Haley Cannavan is a Senior at St. Dominic. She is a leader of the St. Dominic American Sign Language and Culture Clubs. Outside of school, Haley likes to read, play the guitar, and spend time outside.

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