Presented annually at the Guerin Gala, the Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is the school’s most prestigious award. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the Guerin Gala event to be held on Friday, February 11, 2022.

About the Award

The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals who live out the mission of Guerin Catholic and act as catalysts for transformational change in the community.

Past honorees, in concert with the Bishop, had a vision of providing a quality Catholic education to families living in the Diocese of Lafayette. In the face of opposition and constant setbacks, these people put their faith ahead of their fears and for the first time in sixty years, opened a new Catholic high school in Indiana.

As of today, more than 17 years after Guerin Catholic opened her doors, the school has been recognized consistently as one of the top Catholic high schools in the nation.

Beginning in 2019-20, the Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award expanded to include the following three categories:
● Community
● Faculty/Staff
● Alumni

Award Criteria

Nominations should focus on activities and service that “builds community” and will honor award recipients for their commitment to the students, the overall mission and community of Guerin Catholic.

Nominations can be made for individuals and/or couples in each of the following three categories:

Community Award: Open to any person or organization that supports and / or mirrors the values and mission of Guerin Catholic HS

Faculty/Staff Award: Open to past or present Faculty or Staff of Guerin Catholic

Alumni Award: Open to all Guerin Catholic Alumni

At a minimum, each nomination should include a paragraph (500 words max) that states the category of nomination and establishes the candidate’s (individual/couple/organization) qualifications with clear and concise detail. Nominator’s contact information must be included. Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.

Award recipients will be announced at the All-School Mass on December 17, 2021 and will be honored at the annual Guerin Gala on February 11, 2022


Guerin Catholic alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are encouraged to submit nominations online or complete a nomination form and mail it to:

Mrs. Cathy Dolan
Executive Assistant to the President
Guerin Catholic High School
15300 Gray Rd.
Noblesville, IN 46062

Nominations must be received by November 12, 2021.

Questions about the awards program should be directed to Cathy Dolan at 317.582.0120 ext. 289 or

Awards Committee

Nominations will be reviewed and the award winners selected by a committee that includes:
• President of Guerin Catholic
• (1) member of the GCHS faculty
• (1) member of the GCHS support staff
• (1) graduate of GCHS
• (1) member of the School Governing Board (SGB)
• (1) member of the Mission Leadership team (MLT)
• (1) past winner

Previous Award Recipients

Bishop Emeritus William L. Higi
(Founding Bishop of Guerin Catholic High School)

Monsignor John Duncan
Mr. Chris Braun
Mr. Gary Malone
Mr. Scott Schutz

Barbara (Barb) and John Gallina
Deborah and William (Willie) Wood

Fr. Dale Ehrman Community Award
Mike and Grace Pratt Community Award
Mrs. Marcia Murphy Faculty/Staff Award
Sam Gardner ’08 Alumni Award

Bill and Caroline Godfrey Community Award
Mark Duray Community Award
Leona Chianello Faculty/Staff Award
Joe Garcia ’07 Alumni Award

To learn more about the Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award and its namesake, please view the video below.

To watch the full Awards presentation at the 2021 Gala on May 1st, click here.