Sr. Lorenzo Award 2017-10-19T09:14:16+00:00

Sr. Lorenzo Award

The purpose of this award is to identify and honor the person who has been most inspirational to a graduating senior during the student’s education in the Notre Dame School System.

This award is given in memory of Sister Mary Lorenzo Thyken who served as principal of Saint Mary High School from 1942-1946. Sister Lorenzo touched the lives of numerous students by her inspirational counseling and personal direction, which was always delivered in a spiritual context.

This award is presented to a past or present staff member of Notre Dame Schools selected from those nominated by graduating seniors as following most closely the ideals demonstrated by Sister Lorenzo.

This award was developed and is currently supported by Dr. Christopher Schmidt and his wife, Gerry. In January of each school year seniors write letters to the selection committee, made up of the members of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and one other member (selected by the Board President). The committee studies the nominations and selects the nominee they feel most closely meets the criteria for the award. The award recipient is kept confidential until he or she receives the award during the graduation ceremony.

Sr. Lorenzo Thieken

Past Recipients

1999 - Anissa Harr
1999 - Anissa Harr
2000 - Jane Ruddmann
2000 - Jane Ruddmann
2001 - Fr. William Patterson
2001 - Fr. William Patterson
2002 - Sr. Maria Ann Pfeifer
2002 - Sr. Maria Ann Pfeifer
2003 - Lori Spence/Anne Emnett
2003 - Lori Spence/Anne Emnett
2004 - Michaelle Baker
2004 - Michaelle Baker
2005 - Anthony Wallace
2005 - Anthony Wallace
2006 - Sr. Dympna Skelley
2006 - Sr. Dympna Skelley
2007 - Gwyn Barker
2007 - Gwyn Barker
2008 - David Owens
2008 - David Owens
2009 - JD Mckenzie
2009 - JD Mckenzie
2010 - Hubert Kimbler
2010 - Hubert Kimbler
2011 - Jane Ruddmann
2011 - Jane Ruddmann
2012 - Michael Haskins
2012 - Michael Haskins
2013 - Anthony Wallace
2013 - Anthony Wallace
2014 - Bill Hurley
2014 - Bill Hurley
2015 - Christi Layne
2015 - Christi Layne
2016 - Kathy Milligan
2016 - Kathy Milligan
2017 - Jane Rudmann
2017 - Jane Rudmann

Sister Mary Lorenzo Thyken

This award is given in memory of Sister Mary Lorenzo Thyken who served as principal of Saint Mary High School from 1942-1946. Sister Lorenzo touched the lives of numerous students by her inspirational counseling and personal direction, which was always delivered in a spiritual context.

Criteria for nomination:

The nominee should have encouraged the student to:

  • Develop the talent he or she possesses as fully as possible, or to
  • Cope with or overcome any real or perceived developmental delays or handicaps whether physical, mental or environmental (such as broken family, poverty, etc.) and;
  • “Be all you can be.”
  • The inspiration should have been given on a personal or mentorship basis in addition to the normal classroom setting.

The Award

Dr. Christopher and Gerry Schmidt will honor the person chosen for this recognition at commencement exercises each year by presenting a plaque honoring their selection for the Sister Lorenzo Student Motivation Award. The plaque is accompanied by a $500 gift.

In addition, a substantial gift will be made to the Notre Dame Development Annual Fund in the name of the person honored.