Catholic Business Network honors outstanding students

Marymount University in Arlington hosted the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia awards reception and ceremony Nov. 4.

CBN-NOVA officers, members and guests joined Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde to show their appreciation to a high school student from each of the four diocesan high schools. Each student was presented with a Youth Exemplifying Service (Y.E.S.) award and a $1,500 scholarship for excellence in scholarship while giving back to their schools, communities and the needy in developing countries.

The winners included: Alexander Aguilera from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax; Kristina Colevas from Bishop O'Connell High School in Falls Church; William Adams from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries; and Isabel Anderson from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.

Also recognized was 2015 Catholic Business Person of the Year Parker Teel, president of Teel Construction of Great Falls. Parker was honored for his many years of supporting Catholic education through CBN-NOVA and the many other community service organizations that his firm supports.

Robert Muller, director of the Foundation for the Diocese of Arlington, gave a presentation on how to give the gift of Catholic education through the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit program, which extends a 65 percent tax credit to donors.

Bishop Loverde praised the honorees for their spirit of service and for being examples for others.

"We all want heroes in our lives. You have modeled for us the spirit of Y.E.S. We're all inspired by that," said the bishop. "We leave tonight energized to be disciples. We all have a call from God to go out and serve others … a call that is rooted in Christ, the Lord."

Fanelli is administrator of the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015