Each year at Honors Convocation, graduating seniors are honored for their accomplishments, including the special awards listed below.
The recipients of these awards are not publicly named until the night of Honors Convocation. Below is a description of each award and the criteria for how students are selected to receive them.
The Clelian Award, the highest award given to a graduating senior, is bestowed in honor of Blessed Clelia Merloni, the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart. This esteemed award is given to a senior who exemplifies the charism of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart and the ideals of Cor Jesu Academy, including compassion, service, loyalty and love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The young woman chosen to receive the Clelian Award Shares the Love of the Heart of Christ and is compelled by His Love.
The Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro Service Award is named in memory of Cor Jesu Academy’s founding principal, Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro, ASCJ. Sr. Anita Marie was an outstanding leader and educator, who loved the girls of Cor Jesu and whose life was devoted to giving both intellectual and spiritual guidance to “her girls.” The award bearing her name recognizes a graduating senior who demonstrates the true spirit of Cor Jesu and who exemplifies Sr. Anita Marie’s generous and caring attitude in outstanding service to Cor Jesu Academy.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Award honors the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who sought equality and justice for all and to make the country a place where freedom and peace would flourish. Winners are nominated by area schools and parishes.
The Jennifer Metherd Award is given to a senior who exemplifies dedication and conviction for life: the unborn, the poor, the aged, the infirm, the challenged. The award was established by Jennifer’s parents in memory of their daughter, Jennifer ’90, who passed away when she was 21 and dedicated her life to promoting the dignity of life in all its forms.
The Archbishop May Service Award is an award given to one senior at each Catholic high school within the St. Louis Archdiocese each year. The seniors who receive this award are chosen based on their exemplification of community service during their high school career.
This award, in memory of Katie Brooks '04, is given to a Cor Jesu student who has shown exceptional dedication to service through her work in the C.A.R.E club. The Katie Brooks Service Award is normally given to a junior; however, due to the pandemic, this year it is also being given to a Cor Jesu senior.