The newly established Rising Senior Award at Sacred Heart Academy was presented for the first time to Maria Noyes ’19. The Rising Senior Award, sponsored by National Grid, was developed in memory of Patricia Clark Michels P ’18 and is presented to a Sacred Heart Academy junior. Ken Daly, Chief Operating Officer, National Grid, U.S. Electric, and the family of Mrs. Michels presented the award to Maria at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on May 22.
Mrs. Patricia Clark Michels was a proud graduate of CSJ-run Bishop Kearney High School and the mother of Paige Michels ’18, who will graduate from Sacred Heart Academy on June 2. Recipients of the award possess values and attributes similar to those of the late Mrs. Michels, who was a recognized leader with tremendous compassion and commitment to community service and Catholic education. Those receiving the award will have exemplified those values and have an accomplished record of service combined with proven leadership experience.
“We are delighted to honor Maria Noyes as the first recipient of the Rising Senior Award in honor of our fallen colleague, Pat Michels. Pat was a dear friend of mine for 30 years and we were both passionate supporters of young women — and proud parents of Sacred Heart students — and I know Pat would be proud to have Maria carry forward her legacy of community giving and caring.” said Ken Daly, COO, Electric, National Grid
Maria, a rising senior who is the third generation in her family to be educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, lives life to the fullest at Sacred Heart. In addition to her challenging academic course load, her extra-curricular activities comprise of the Nutcracker and Red & Gold and she is involved in several service clubs including CSJ leaders, Catholic League, She’s The First, and Sodality. Maria also participates in dance and piano lessons outside of school.
When not at school, Maria devotes much of her time to volunteering – she often spends her Saturdays at Winthrop Hospital’s Child Life Department where she brings a bit of joy to children who are being treated there by reading stories and playing games. She is a camp counselor at St. Joseph’s vacation bible school each summer as well as a camp counselor at Mashomack Preserve’s Environmental Education summer program on Shelter Island.
As a freshman, Maria noted that, among other things, she was interested in science, French and dance and that she “hoped to help make a difference in the world with her service and education and to make tons of memories.” She also noted that, like Mrs. Michels, she loves helping people and volunteering. Maria hopes to pursue an academic major in Neuroscience because of her love of science and interest in the brain and psychology.