Sacred Heart Academy to honor alumnae

SHA-fSacred Heart Academy will honor alumnae Feb. 7 at its annual Alumnae Awards Celebration. The event will be held at The Olmsted from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The dinner and awards ceremony will honor the Alumna of the Year and three recipients of the Heart Award. The alumnae association also will  induct several almnae into the Valkyrie Athletic Hall of Fame, award an honorary diploma and present the Ursuline Teaching Legacy Award.

Tricia Burke, a 1977 graduate, has been named the Alumna of the Year. Burke, president of the Office Environment Company, was selected for the award as an “outstanding example to women in business.”

“Her ‘can-do’ enthusiasm has had a direct impact on her career and community involvement,” a press release from the association said. “Burke lends her leadership skills and positive attitude to many groups throughout Louisville.”

It noted that she is active in her parish community, Church of the Epiphany, the Sacred Heart Alumnae Association and in promoting the Ursuline mission.

The Alumnae Association’s Heart Awards, given to those who make significant contributions to the SHA community, will be presented to Carolyn Heim LaChance, class of 1954; Carolyn Hemmer Matula, class of 1978; and Pete Rutledge, a parent of an SHA alumna.

An honorary diploma will be presented to Sister Patricia Lowman (formerly Sister Marian), a former teacher at Sacred Heart and a retired Bellarmine University instructor.

The Ursuline Teaching Legacy Award, which honors an alumna who has dedicated 20 or more years to teaching, will be presented to Barbara “Bobbie” Howard, class of 1961. She taught social studies at Iroquois High School from 1968 to 1994 and contributed to the school’s Model U.N. program.

Three graduates will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They are Lisa Argabright Judd, class of 1999, who played volleyball; Mallory Soldner, class of 2003, who played soccer; and the late Jamie Yater, class of 1997, who played volleyball, basketball and softball.

The celebration is open to the public. Reservations may be made online at sacredheartschools.org/events. Dinner tickets are $25. Tickets for children ages 4 to 12 are $12.50 and for younger children are free. It will also include a cash bar.

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