Two Sacred Heart Academy students received national awards for their service in the local community.
Jacqueline Teague was honored with a Diana Award for her work helping senior citizens make online appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Teague and Amelie Beck co-founded VaxConnectKY to help elderly individuals make vaccine appointments. Their clients either lacked access to computers or had difficulty navigating the online process.
The Diana Award, established in 1999 in honor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in 1997, aims to “recognize young people who were going above and beyond the expected in their local communities,” according to a press release from the school.
Arianna Martinelli won the 2021 National Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, a nonprofit that “works to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing,” according to the organization’s website.
Martinelli recently led a coding camp for middle school girls on Sacred Heart Academy’s campus. She’s the founder of a local chapter of the global non-profit Hack Club, whose mission is to teach computer coding to high school students.