CBN honors students, business leader

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Christian Braunlich, vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, was honored Nov. 5 as the Business Person of the Year by the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia.

The event was hosted by Marymount University in Arlington.

Braunlich, who served eight years on the Fairfax County School Board, was recognized for the detailed analysis he provided on the impact that a tax credit would have on existing schools. His research eased the concerns of Virginia legislators and eventually led to the establishment of the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation is an approved foundation under the program, which awards a 65 percent tax credit to individuals or businesses that make a monetary donation.

CBN President Rich Fanelli said that Braunlich's efforts will continue to grow and benefit students well into the future.

Michael Foster, the 2013 recipient of the Business Person of the Year Award, said that the scholarship fund will create opportunities for thousands of people and gives children a chance at something they might not normally have.

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde thanked Braunlich for his research, "which helped convince our legislators that this was a worthwhile project."

In addition to honoring Braunlich, CBN-NV presented the Yes! Award to four students from diocesan high schools for their outstanding leadership and community service: Angela Bozik from Paul VI Catholic High school in Fairfax; Katherine Duquiatan from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries; John Patterson from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington; and Brigid Hoagland from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.

The bishop said he was impressed by the personal video testimonies of the four students because they were articulate, inspiring, humble and Christ-rooted.

"How proud the principals and their families must be," he said.

Marymount President Matthew D. Shank announced that the university is partnering with CBN to provide Marymount scholarships for graduating seniors from the four diocesan high schools. The value of each scholarship will be as much as $23,000 per year per student.

Shank took it up a notch by saying that he would personally add another $4,000 to each scholarship if any of the four Yes! Award recipients were selected by their schools for the scholarship.

"If they apply and win the scholarship, they'll get a full ride to Marymount," Shank said.

Fanelli and Parker R. Teel of Teel Construction then presented Sister Bernadette McManigal, diocesan superintendent of schools, with a $15,000 check on behalf of CBN to be used for Catholic education.

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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2014