The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is the school’s highest recognition presented annually at Guerin Catholic’s Annual Award Ceremony.

2022 Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award Recipients

Terence P. Weiss

Community Award

Co-founder, President & Managing Director, Wallington Asset Management
GC Finance Committee Chair 2004-2010
GC Finance Committee 2004-2016
School Governing Board 2004-2011

One of the first true leaders for Guerin Catholic, Terry was instrumental in ensuring the school had the necessary funding for construction and carried the finance committee through the completion of the physical building and ultimately the opening and growth of the student body.

Fundraising for Guerin Catholic came to a standstill due to September 11th 2001 and the meltdown of the technology industry in 2002. But Terry’s leadership and dedication to the concept of a Catholic high school in Hamilton County was instrumental in maneuvering through the obstacles and eventually breaking ground for the school in 2002. He spearheaded countless early morning meetings and the finance committee leaned on his industry knowledge and expertise in order to meet and exceed their goals.

“Terry was always very respectful of our time,” explained Mike Mewborn who sat on the finance committee with Weiss. “Each meeting would begin promptly at 6:30 a.m. There was one meeting however that Terry showed up about 20 minutes late, which was very out of character for him. We asked if everything was okay and he proceeded to apologize for being late and explained that his new home had burned to the ground overnight! That summarizes his dedication to Guerin Catholic and her mission!”

There was no task too daunting for Terry during the many challenges in the early years of Guerin Catholic. His solution-oriented approach provided a beacon of hope and inspiration for the others on the committee and helped solidify Guerin Catholic’s survival and ultimate success. He laid the groundwork for the finance committee and continues to be available whenever called upon by the administration.

A pillar of leadership from the beginning, Terry will always be remembered as one of the founding members of Guerin Catholic High School.

Terry received his undergraduate degree in accounting and his Master’s in Business Administration with a Major in Finance and concentration in Corporate Finance and Investments from Indiana University Bloomington. He and his wife Marcia have one son, Chris, and two daughters, Jessica (GC Class of 2010) and Emily (GC Class of 2013) and are long time members of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Carmel.

Michael Panasuk

Faculty/Staff Award

Guerin Catholic Faculty (2005-present)

Even before Mike began teaching at Guerin Catholic in 2005, he was here from the beginning – as a bass player for Godspell, Guerin Catholic’s first ever theatre production, and and as a coach for the Golden Eagle football team.

Most recognize Mike for the incredible videos used by the school for marketing, communications, advertising and social media. These videos have received national recognition and magnificently capture the mission and vision of Guerin Catholic.

“Mike could easily use his gifts in the video industry, but he embraces his role at Guerin Catholic as his ministry,” says Director of Fine Arts Marcia Murphy. “He pours his heart and soul into everything he does and is dedicated to the mission of Guerin Catholic.”

In addition to producing amazing videos, Mike also serves as the Yearbook Advisor and teaches digital apps, IB Theatre, and helps in nearly every play and musical. Many times he can be found at Guerin Catholic before sunrise and well past sunset! But perhaps most impressive is his quiet, humble service to the church.

Long time Guerin Catholic parent Mary Quinn notes, “Mike was a hero this past year, “ she said. “During the pandemic we were all kept from the opportunity to celebrate Mass, but Mike faithfully captured video that was streamed into countless homes when the doors of our churches were shuttered. His Catholic faith shines through!”

Mike completed his undergraduate education at Ferris State University where he majored in Business Advertising. He was a member of University Theatre and was cast in three plays during his four years at Ferris State. He also was a four-year starter as a punter and kicker on the football team. He later went on to earn a second bachelor’s degree in English Education with a minor in Speech and Theater from IUPUI. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.

Mike and his wife Alanna have two children, Audrey and Alexis and are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.

Christine Williams

Faculty/Staff Award

Assistant Principal/Director of Academics (2016-present)

Christine Williams joined the staff of Guerin Catholic as Assistant Principal and Director of Academics in the summer of 2016, and quickly earned the reputation of a quiet, gentle soul with tremendous leadership both professionally and personally.

“Christine is an incredibly faith-filled individual who cares deeply about her family, her students, her co-workers, and this school,” writes Jason and Beth Wagoner, both teachers at Guerin Catholic since 2004. “She is a true example of a servant leader in how she fulfills her role in our community and lives the mission of Guerin Catholic.”

Whether it’s quietly slipping into the chapel to pray, mentoring students through the Cadet Teaching program, leading a Kairos class, or providing counsel to faculty members, Christine beautifully embodies the characteristics of Mother Guerin by modeling faith, humility, and service with no desire for recognition or accolades.

“Christine treats everyone who approaches her with grace and compassion and makes them feel loved and respected,” notes Colleen Ward, Director of Communication. “Although she balances a very busy schedule, both at home and work, she never makes you feel as though you are an intrusion. She is very intentional about putting the needs of others before herself, and is the perfect model of ‘Serving with Love.’”

Christine completed her undergraduate education at Indiana University in Bloomington where she majored in Secondary Social Studies Education. She then went on to earn a master’s degree from Butler University in Education Administration.

Prior to her time at Guerin Catholic, Christine taught history and served as a department chair for Zionsville Middle School for three years prior to being called to Catholic education. She then served for six years at Holy Name Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. During her time at Holy Name, Christine spent her first two years teaching history and serving as assistant principal prior to being asked to serve the community as principal. She and her husband Jon have three children, Jack, Lucy, and June and are members of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Carmel.

Adriana Pratt Mansour ’08

Alumni Award

Class of 2008
University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012
Senior Broadcast Producer at Good Morning America

“The idea of a brand-new school with no history, no accolades and no reputation appealed to me. Going to Guerin Catholic was the first big risk of my life. It would either turn out amazing or be one of my biggest regrets1,” says Adriana Pratt Mansour ’08.

From the first time she walked through the doors of her new school in 2004, Adriana immersed herself into nearly every aspect of Guerin Catholic, choosing to be involved in fine arts, athletics, clubs and student government. By the time she graduated in 2008, Adriana had participated in nearly every extra-curricular activity that was available, worked diligently to secure an International Baccalaureate Diploma, and was recognized as co-valedictorian of the school’s first four-year graduating class.

“She approaches everything she does with passion, humility and faith,” notes her dad and long-time School Governing Board member, Mike Pratt. “I am proud to have her as a living testimony to the formation this school provides.”

Prior to the school hiring an alumni director, Adriana unofficially served in that capacity being the liaison between alumni and the administration for a number of years. She was called upon multiple times each year to help plan and communicate alumni events and she answered the call without hesitation. To this day, Adriana is one of Guerin Catholic’s greatest ambassadors!

Adriana is still an active member of the Golden Eagle Alumni base and has attended and coordinated homecomings, Masses, reunions and other special events regularly since graduating. “All these years later,” states her dad, “and each time she comes to town she STILL takes friends and relatives on tours of Guerin Catholic! She is so proud of her alma mater and we’re so proud of her!”

Currently a senior broadcast producer at Good Morning America in New York, Adriana and her husband Luke have one daughter, Emilia, and reside in New York City where they are members of Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church.

1 Alumni Profile, Impact Magazine, Summer/Fall 2014.

 

Previous Award Recipients

2021
Bill and Caroline Godfrey Community Award
Mark Duray Community Award
Leona Chianello Faculty/Staff Award
Joe Garcia ’07 Alumni Award

2020
Fr. Dale Ehrman Community Award
Mike and Grace Pratt Community Award
Marcia Murphy Faculty/Staff Award
Sam Gardner ’08 Alumni Award

2019
Barbara (Barb) and John Gallina
Deborah and William (Willie) Wood

2018
Monsignor John Duncan
Mr. Chris Braun
Mr. Gary Malone
Mr. Scott Schutz

2017
Bishop Emeritus William L. Higi
(Founding Bishop of Guerin Catholic High School)

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

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