Deacon Jim Fitzpatrick, Chili’s and local Burger King restaurants hosted the annual Light of Learning Luncheon, which celebrates excellence in Catholic education, on Jan. 27 at the Hotel Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Light of Learning Award recipients include the following teachers: Margaret Javins, Most Precious Blood School; Emily McKenna, Queen of Angels School; Rita Sordelet, St. Charles Borromeo School; Barbara Cumberland, St. John the Baptist School; Julie Peters, St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School; Mary Minser, St. Jude School; Getus (Al) Snyder, St. Therese School; Margaret Schenkel, St. Vincent de Paul School; Angela Whitman, St. Joseph School-Hessen Cassel; Jessica Hayes, Bishop Dwenger High School; and Andrea Isch, Bishop Luers High School. Area teachers are: Becky Hoffman, St. Rose School, Monroeville; Amanda Arnold, St. Louis Academy, Besancon, New Haven; Kathleen J. Beckman, St. Mary of the Assumption School, Avilla; Margaret Aloisio, St. Joseph School, Decatur; Rachel Nelson, Huntington Catholic School, Huntington; Shannon Tracy, St. Bernard School, Wabash; Loretta Kaiser, Sacred Heart School, Warsaw; Tracy Miller, St. Aloysius School, Yoder; Sandra Weikel, St. John the Baptist School, New Haven. Principal James L. Faroh, Sr., of Sacred Heart School, Warsaw, was the administration nominee.
Quality Dining, Inc., hosted the annual Light of Learning Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend on Jan. 30. South Bend Light of Learning Award recipients are: Katie Flint, Christ the King School; Teresa Foley, Corpus Christi School; Jonelle Lesniak, Holy Family School; Alexandra Egyhazi, Our Lady of Hungary School; Douglas Clark, St. Adalbert School; Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Mary Vianney Grau, St. Anthony de Padua School; Jennifer Treber, St. John the Baptist School; Leah Steinhiser, St. Joseph School; Kathryn Burnham, St. Jude School; Anita Hunckler, St. Matthew Cathedral School and Doug Miller, Saint Joseph High School. Area teachers are: Amy Gebby, Queen of Peace School, Mishawaka; Catherine McPhilamy, Mishawaka Catholic, Mishawaka; Lynette Kovacs, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Elkhart; Anita Laughlin, St. John the Evangelist School, Goshen; Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Sister Marie Heppeler, St. Pius X School, Granger; Marti Merrick, St. Michael School, Plymouth; Kerry Davis, Marian High School, Mishawaka. Principal Amy Weidner of St. Michael School, Plymouth, was the administration nominee.