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29 students in Catholic schools named 2017 Carson Scholars

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Updated: 9:20 PM

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund recently announced that 247 students in the Pittsburgh region have been named 2017 Carson Scholars.

The students, who also give back to their communities, were honored at the 13th Annual Pittsburgh Awards Ceremony April 8 at Heinz Field. Dr. Benjamin Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon and newly appointed secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, gave remarks.

Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes students in grades 4-11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. The students receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

This year, 29 students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were named Carson Scholars for the first time, joining the ranks of more than 7,800 Carson Scholars across the country. They are:

Daniel Bigley, Bishop Canevin High; Aidan Brisendine, Christ the Divine Teacher; Bailey Diamond, St. Monica; Ava Dzurenda, Mary of Nazareth; Ryan Gedman, St. Agnes;

Rebecca Grandinette, Madonna Catholic; Mason Grenci, Butler Catholic; Grace Hampton, St. Gabriel; Delanie Heller, St. Bernadette; William Koloc, Christ the Divine Teacher;

William Kwiatkowski, Northside Catholic; Tyler Lesh, St. Louise de Marillac; Declan Love, St. Raphael; Drake Maguire, St. Bartholomew; Matthew Michaux, St. Elizabeth of Hungary;

Madison Morrone, St. Therese of Lisieux; Ryan Murray, Central Catholic High; Luke Phillips, St. Kilian; Roman Rhodes, Our Lady of Fatima;

Beatrice Schneider, Assumption; Brandon Skalniak, St. Sylvester; Lance Slater, St. Wendelin; Nathan Sullivan, St. Joseph High; Isabella Thomeier, Our Lady of Grace;

Cassidy Trautman, Seton-LaSalle High; Mara Tucci, St. Malachy; Tessa Twyman, St. Margaret of Scotland; Victoria Walters, St. Vitus; Ella Wrabley, St. Philip.

This year, 483 students from across the nation were named 2017 Carson Scholars. In addition, 869 students renewed their Carson Scholar status.

The fund is a nonprofit charity founded by Carson and his wife, Candy, dedicated to cultivating future leaders.


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