Sydney Receives Eagle of the Cross

Sydney Receives Eagle of the Cross

What did you do?

I received the Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross is the highest recognition our Diocese confers on a youth. It is given to extraordinary teens in their junior or senior year of high school who selflessly serve their peers and parishes with unwavering commitment and dedication.

I am a peer minister for our Monday night EDGE middle school program and a member of the Green Team and Rosary Guild (which I started). I volunteer with Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Vacation Bible School and a senior center in the city where I serve food. I also made flower crowns for my parish’s Blessed Mother statues (used artificial flowers).

What organization recognized the achievement?

The Archdiocese of Baltimore and my parish, St. Ursula Church. The Eagle of the Cross was created originally by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).

How did homeschooling help you achieve your goal?

Seton’s religion courses have prepared me well and given me the confidence to be a peer minister and share my knowledge of the Catholic faith with others. I completed Sacraments and am now finishing up Morality. Both courses were helpful this school year. The EDGE middle school group covered the Sacraments this year.

What are your interests?

I am interested in art, animals, gaming, and environmental science.

What are you inspired to do with your life?

I am not sure, but I know it will involve art.

What are your favorite subjects and why?

Art is my favorite subject because I can use my imagination, and I like that it is subjective.

The photo was taken at St. Ursula Church, Parkville, MD.