PIQUA — One local resident’s dedication to Catholic education prompted Piqua Catholic School to begin a new way of honoring those who go above and beyond for the school.
Piqua Catholic unrolled the Piqua Catholic Hall of Fame this week, inducting longtime volunteer Ruth Koon as its first honoree.
“I wanted to recognize Ruth for all that she’s done for the school,” Piqua Catholic Principal Brad Zimmerman said. Zimmerman then read a leadership quote to describe Koon, saying, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way,” adding that Koon has “done all of those things for this school.”
Zimmerman recounted what Koon’s efforts for the school have done, including helping to raise over $160,000 for the Dollars for Our Scholars program at Piqua Catholic, of which Koon is the chairman, and starting the school’s garden-to-garden tribe. Koon was also on the steering committee that started the preschool, the Center for Early Learning, at the school’s Downing Street campus.
“A person like Ruth who has done so much for this school deserves to be recognized for that for years to come,” Zimmerman said.
After the school welcomed Koon as the first member of the Piqua Catholic Hall of Fame, she said, “I was so surprised. It’s a great honor.”
Koon’s commitment to Piqua Catholic has lasted at least two decades, including 17 years of fundraising for Dollars for Our Scholars.
“I just feel like we need to be involved to continue this legacy of Catholic education in Piqua,” Koon said. “I’m just thrilled to be a part of Piqua Catholic School, and we still have plans for other major projects for the school. We’ll be getting parents involved and grandparents involved.”
Koon received the honor during the school’s Cavalier of the Quarter event, which recognized outstanding students of the school’s recent quarter in terms of their academic achievements, their actions, and their attendance.
“First of all, before we start, I would like to tell all of you how proud I am of each and every one of you. You guys work very hard for your teachers, and they appreciate that, and I appreciate that,” Zimmerman told the students.
Zimmerman emphasized the importance of their actions when it comes to being the Cavalier of the Quarter, adding, “You don’t have to be the smartest person in your class to win Cavalier of the Quarter.”
Those students recognized as Cavaliers of the Quarter were Vincent Karn, kindergarten; Kolson Petty, first grade; Braden Ulbrich, second grade; Olivia Sherry, third grade; Melanie Karn, fourth grade; Bailey Cooper, fifth grade; Kylynn Owen, sixth grade; James Larger, seventh grade; and Taylor Cooper, eighth grade.
Students were also recognized for being on the honor roll, as well as having perfect attendance.
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