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Emma Bartley Receives National Catholic Award

“NCEA extends its sincere congratulations to all the winners and to all those who have supported the outstanding service and faith witness of these remarkable young people,” said NCEA Chief Leadership and Program Officer, Dr. Barbara Edmondson. “Young people in our Catholic schools are truly changing the world, one student at a time.”

Emma is the chairperson of the Compassion Committee of Assumption’s student government and leads others in initiatives that make compassion and mercy real in our community. She was recognized as the junior “Model of Mercy” and has worked tirelessly to implement a new initiative at AHS called Compassion Connections. Compassion Connects pairs each of Assumption's nine families with a service agency in Louisville so students can develop a service-oriented relationship with a charity during their four years at AHS. Additionally, Emma has worked with Catholic Charities to create a program called PAVE (Promoting and Valuing Education) which partners high school students with local refugees in need of assistance with the college application process. She also has her own blog which focuses on positive and empowering messages for young women.

“I am so honored to be receiving the NCEA award for my work with Compassion Connections and so grateful that I attend a school with faculty, administration, and students who have supported an initiative like this,” Emma expressed.

“Emma personifies the “virtue, valor, and vision” that this award seeks to highlight,” shared Mary Ann Steutermann, Assumption’s Director of Campus Ministry. “Because of her commitment to the plight of those less fortunate, the vision she had for what this program could be, and the courage she showed in making it happen, she is an ideal example of the kind of young leaders we need in our Church and in our world.”