The Albany diocesan Catholic Schools Office and Diocesan School Board have announced the recipients of this year's Catholic school awards. The honors go to individuals who espouse the characteristics of an award named for a particular saint or individual.

The honorees will be celebrated for their service at the annual Catholic Schools liturgy, to be held Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.


•  Bishop Howard J. Hubbard distinguished principal award: Mary Rushkoski, principal, St. Mary's School, Waterford

•  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton distinguished elementary school teacher award: Denise Chonski, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Delmar

•  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton distinguished secondary school teacher award: Kristen Grasso, Holy Spirit School, East Greenbush

•  Vicki Bullis distinguished school staff award: Mary Susan Megna, St. Mary's Institute, Amsterdam

•  Mother Frances Cabrini distinguished school support award: Ann Pawlik, Catholic Central High School, Troy

•  St. John Neumann award for commitment to Catholic education: Rev. John Bradley, Blessed Sacrament parish, Albany

•  Community partner award: John Barber, coach, Holy Trinity Pride football team


•  25 years of service: Thomas Kane, principal, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Delmar; Mary Gregorio, religious education director, St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus School, Glens Falls; Rebecca Judith Stauffer, teacher, St. Clement's School, Saratoga Springs

•  30 years of service: Cathy Bush, teacher, St. Francis de Sales School, Herkimer; Anna Farone, assistant principal/teacher, St. Clement's School; Michele Moreau, teacher, St. Clement's School; Kathleen Winters, teacher, St. Mary's School, Ballston Spa

•  35 years of service: Stephanie Kleindienst, teacher, St. Clement's School

•  40 years of service: Ann Pawlik, campus minister/teacher, Catholic Central High School, Troy

•  50 years of service: Sister Patricia Lynch, RSM, principal, Blessed Sacrament School, Albany