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Mother and Daughter Earn BC’s Highest Honor… 30 Years Apart!

At her graduation ceremony in 1987, Carol (Cunningham) Schall was as shocked as she was humbled to be named as the recipient of Bishop Carroll’s highest honor, the Faber J. Malloy Award. She never would have guessed that 30 years later, she would get to watch her daughter, Maria, receive the very same honor. But indeed, Maria was named the winner of this year’s Faber J. Malloy Award upon her own graduation.

“It is a true moment of pride for myself and her father,” Carol says. “Just to be nominated is an honor, but when she was announced as the winner, I was brought to tears.”

The significance of the honor was certainly not lost on Maria, either.

“Receiving this award meant so much to me,” Maria says. “I was shocked to hear my name just for nominations, and then when I won it, I was speechless and was humbled greatly.”

It was also a full-circle moment for Carol, who has never had any doubt in the value of a Catholic education—and, more specifically, a BC education. She and husband Ken Schall ’86, who met at BC, never thought twice when choosing BC as the right high school for their children. Maria is the fourth of their five children to graduate from BC, and their youngest, Kaylee, will be a junior this year.

“Our Catholic faith and the values that we live by are important to us, and having our children attend a high school where these things are allowed to be discussed and encouraged is an awesome opportunity,” Carol says.

The Schall children are now excelling as young adults and are staying active in their faith as Eucharistic ministers and volunteers. Carol and Ken believe that BC has truly made a difference, just as it did for themselves.

“Bishop Carroll helped shape me into the person I am today,” Carol says.  “The faith and values taught there have remained with me, and are ones which my husband and I attempt to instill into our five children.”

Looking back on her time at BC, Maria says it has been amazing. Between caring teachers, great friends, and many activities to get involved in, she is thankful for an experience that went far beyond the classroom.

“My four years at BC didn’t feel like I was there just to learn,” she says. “I was there to learn, grow in my faith, and to have a good time.”

Maria will attend the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Cook Honors College, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Her future plans are to teach at a local school for children with special needs, and to one day start a family of her own.

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