Students at Holy Cross Academy celebrate after the school was notified of being recognized by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll. 

(Oneida Castle, NY – Sept. 2012) For the seventh consecutive competition, Holy Cross Academy has gained national recognition from the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.  The Cardinal Newman Society announced that Holy Cross has received a certificate of excellence in the categories of Catholic Identity and Civic Education.

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society.  “We are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated this year.”

The Honor Roll is produced in consultation with an advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and scholars.  The Honor Roll schools display sound academic, moral, catechetical and civic formation that prepares students for their places in society as political, religious, scientific, and business leaders, as well in their roles as citizens concerned about the common good.

“We spend a considerable amount of time talking about the foundations of our nation under God, with the assertion that every person has inalienable rights to life and liberty,” said history teacher Barbara Rudd.

“Responsible stewardship, responsibility for the poor, personal and business ethics, and just economic and labor policies are all interwoven into our discussion of a wide array of political and economic issues,” said economics and government teacher James Chappell.

Principal Therese Maciag is grateful for the numerous priests who offer Mass and are involved in religious events at Holy Cross.

“We appreciate the involvement of our priests who have busy schedules and many other responsibilities,” Maciag said.  “They are extremely generous with their time, and are an important presence among the students.  We also credit all of our teachers for their Christian witness, and especially our theology faculty for bringing the faith and Catholic identity alive in their classes and activities.”

Beyond the academic curriculum, responsible citizenship is addressed by encouraging students to register to vote when they reach age 18.

Students also attend the NY State Catholic Conference’s Public Policy Day in Albany and the March for Life in Washington D.C. annually.  Their Catholic identity is strengthened by taking part in retreats, pilgrimages to religious shrines, and community service projects.

Holy Cross Academy in Oneida is an independent school serving grades 7 – 12.

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