The Holy Cross High School family gathered together as eight individuals and one athletic team were inducted into the Crusader Hall of Honor for their achievements and contributions to Holy Cross and/or their local communities. In addition, two faculty members and one volunteer were also recognized for their years of service and excellence. Vice President for Student Life, Mike Giampetruzzi '95 served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Following an emotional a capella rendition of the National Anthem by Meghan Leger '13, Interim President, Paul G. Geise officially kicked off the evening's festivities. "I am honored and humbled to welcome all of you to this very special evening," he said in his opening remarks. "Tonight, Holy Cross takes a moment to cite the exemplary and extraordinary among us; to recognize and celebrate those whose service to our school has elevated all of us... We all have been changed for good because of the mastery, artistry, passion, compassion, drive and devotion of our honorees."
Mackenzie Demac, Chief of Staff at the Office of Mayor Neil M. O'Leary addressed the attendees on behalf of the Mayor. "As the Holy Cross family and the broader Waterbury community continues to celebrate Holy Cross High School's 50th Anniversary this year, tonight's event is a reminder and a testament to the wonderful Holy Cross alumni, teachers, administrators and friends who together contributed so much to the city of Waterbury. On behalf of the Mayor, I would like to extend warm congratulations to those individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Honor tonight."
"What are we (Holy Cross) about?" said Brother Thomas Dziekan, C.S.C. "We bring hope by changing the world through Christ's love. We build respect within each other. We inspire integrity of heart and mind by being true to the Gospel in word and action. And we celebrate family by building a loving Holy Cross community. This evening, we celebrate those who have lived those values and continue to live those values."
The inductees for the evening included: Carmen P. Giampetruzzi '82, Lt. Col. Gralyn Harris '77 (both recipients of the Crusader Award), Sandra Vigliotti Senich '82 (recipient of The Saint Andre Bessette Award), Br. Tom Dziekan, C.S.C, Sr. Pat Jamele, Margaret Leger, Amadeo Rinaldi (all recipients of the The Blessed Father Basil Moreau Award), Dr. Robert Porzio '72 (recipient of The Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Award) and The 1988 Varsity Boys' Basketball Team (recipients of The Green and Gold Award).
The Crusader Award honors an alumnus/a who distinguished himself/herself during his/her time at Holy Cross. The Saint Andre Bessette Award honors an alumnus/a who distinguished himself/herself in life after high school. The Blessed Father Basil Moreau Award honors a coach, teacher, administrator or staff member for their stand-out, outstanding service to Holy Cross. The Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Award honors the contributions of the loyal friends of Holy Cross. The Green and Gold Award honors teams that have brought respect and honor to Holy Cross High School because of their outstanding accomplishments while in high school
Other accomplishments were celebrated at this event. Long-time Theology teacher and recent retiree, Dennis Killian was celebrated for his 33 years of service. Science teacher, Nicholas Lauzon, was honored as Holy Cross's Educator of the Year. MaryAnn Dzinski '84 received The Father Francis Grogan Service Award, honoring an individual, from our school community for her loyal and dedicated service. A special moment of silence was given for 2016 Crusader Hall of Honor inductee, Tony Hansen '73 who recently passed away.