Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award

Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award

2023 Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award

Nominations now being accepted through Friday, November 11, 2022

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 10, 2023.

About the Award

The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals who promote and live out the mission of Guerin Catholic High School.

Bishop Higi was the founding Bishop of Guerin Catholic High School. In the face of opposition and constant setbacks, Bishop Higi put his faith ahead of his fears and was the catalyst in opening a new Catholic High School in Indiana for the first time in over 60 years. As of today, more than 18 years after Guerin Catholic opened her doors, the school has been recognized consistently as one of the top Catholic high schools in the nation.

The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is presented annually to one person, couple or organization from each of the following categories:

Open to any person or organization that supports the values and mission of Guerin Catholic High School

Open to past or present Faculty or Staff of Guerin Catholic

Open to all Guerin Catholic Alumni

Award Criteria

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

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 in early December via the invitation to the 2023 GC Gala, the event at which the awards will be presented.


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 11, 2022.

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
Chris Braun
Gary Malone
Scott Schutz

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

Fr. Dale Ehrman Community Award
Mike and Grace Pratt Community Award
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

Terry Weiss Community Award
Christine Williams Faculty/Staff Award
Mike Panasuk Faculty/Staff Award
Adriana Pratt Mansour ’08 Alumni Award

2022 Awards Video

Click here to download a hard copy of the nomination form to mail in by Friday, November 11, 2022

Click here for the online nomination form

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