The NCEA 2019 Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards Go to Ten Inspiring Young People

Catholic school students demonstrate the values and faith they live every day by helping to make the world a better place.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), has announced the winners of the 2019 Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards for Catholic school students striving to make a difference in the world. Nominated by their schools, these elementary and secondary Catholic school students through personal witness and innovation have found causes they believe in and created services to help others. Providing shoes for the poor, making dog toys to raise money for the hungry, selling t-shirts for spots at Camp Sunshine for children with cancer, working at local ministries in childcare, homelessness and a community kitchen and establishing a Holocaust memorial are the many ways these young people are true witnesses to their faith.

“Catholic schools are harbingers of committed young people dedicated to service and committing their time and energy for the good of others,” said NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford. “These students are the faces of Catholic faith at work in their communities.”

Read all about the extraordinary work being done by Austin Baron, Aura Castillo, Sophie Diaz, Caden Dusablon, Danielle Garger, Reagan Elizabeth Garnsey, Adam Mocho, Kellen Napier Newman, Ireland Nordstrom and Scarlett Wedergren on the NCEA website.

The NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards program is made possible, in part, through the generosity and support of Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic ministry whose mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Cross Catholic offers dynamic programs and free resources to Catholic educators to engage students in faith-in-action service projects and works of mercy. For more information about Cross Catholic Outreach please go to

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