Annual Joy Award

St. Mark Parish School's JOY (Jesus first - Others second - Yourself last) Award

Join St. Mark Parish School in celebrating the students who emulate the values of a jubilant, outstanding, youth.  


Kindergarten: Kennedy Dacasin
1st Grade: Patrick Harkins
2nd Grade: Eleanor Dusch
3rd Grade: Abby Pinard
4th Grade: Noah Mekonnen
5th Grade: Jasper Bugnot
6th Grade: Laura McVickar
7th Grade: Athena Ramos
8th Grade: Meron Tsegay


The JOY Award is given to a student in each grade who lives what it means to be a Christian. Specifically, this person acts in a Christlike way, which shows that JOY is a way of living with others. The JOY award is presented at the end of the year during the promotion/graduation ceremony in June.

The students in each grade determine the recipient through a nomination process involving a paragraph written about their fellow student, including examples of how they demonstrate J.O.Y. throughout the year.  The teacher of that grade reviews each nomination and ultimately determines the recipient.  Each winner receives a plaque at the the farewell/awards ceremony in June.

Some examples are:

  • Loving and encouraging people instead of putting them down
  • Reaching out to ask "what’s wrong" if someone is sad
  • Sharing toys, food and talents with other persons
  • Being polite to parents, siblings and classmates
  • Making sure that all classmates are included in activities