Nine-year-old hero receives Humanitarian of the Year from the K of C and Catholic Daughers

Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

Correspondent

North Texas Catholic

Eighth grade recipients of the American Way Award listened attentively Feb. 9 inside the Nolan Catholic High School auditorium as speakers praised their exemplary attitude toward God and country, but the actions of a younger student are what captured their imaginations.

Jayme McGrew-Lipinski receives Humanitarian of the Year Award for rescuing his family from their burning home Oct. 9.

Nine-year-old Jayme McGrew-Lipinski rescued his family from their burning home Oct. 9. For his quick thinking and help leading two younger sisters away from the flames and to safety at a neighbor’s house, the Arlington fourth-grader received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree General Worth Assembly 1089 and The Catholic Daughters of the Americans Louise Court 209 during the ceremony.

“He used what he learned at school to get his mother and family out of the home safely,” said Our Lady of Victory eighth-grader Ross Herberger. “He’s a hero for really stepping up to the plate. Most people would have failed under that pressure.”

Herberger is one of 26 Catholic school students tapped to receive the American Way Award. One eighth grade boy and girl from every Catholic School in the Fort Worth area is recognized each year for their patriotism and Christian principles.

The Knights of the General Worth Assembly presented the first American Way awards to students at graduation exercises in 1961.

“The importance of nurturing love of God and country in our future leaders is a critical mission for everyone that values the American way of life,” said Knight Bruce Mallory who served as emcee. “That is why today we celebrate these eighth grade students, who were chosen by their principals and teachers as the outstanding example of loving God and country.”

Receiving a plaque from Knight Donald W. Grannan and Catholic Daughter Regent Kay Fuhrman were John Joseph Cotez and Andrea Robles, All Saints; Dylan Souder and Casey Chambers, Holy Family; Michael Gnatovic and Catherine Gale, Holy Trinity; Ross Herberger and Gabrielle Renteria, Our Lady of Victory; Keilan Lewis and Brenda Briseno, Our Mother of Mercy; Walker Price and Claire Benge, St Andrew; Chase Uphaus and Raquel Garcia-Geary, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; Bailey Castro and Hillary Huynh, St. George; Lorenzo Dowler and Sophia Aleman, St. John the Apostle; Sandon Fernandes and Martina Ricca, St. Joseph; Philip Landry and Mary-Opal Burnham, St. Maria Goretti; Augustus San Miguel and Alexa Colvin, St. Peter the Apostle; and Collins Ssentamu Yawe and Tikli Teresa Millis, St. Rita.

Eighth grade recipients of the American Way Award listened attentively Feb. 9 inside the Nolan Catholic High School auditorium as speakers praised their exemplary attitude toward God and country, but the actions of a younger student are what captured their imaginations.

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