NCCS Alumnus Markham Receives Prestigious Recognition

DUNKIRK, N.Y.: –--Northern Chautauqua Catholic School alumnus Mackenzie Markham was awarded the Manus Christi Award (Hands of Christ) presented by the Diocese of Buffalo Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Buffalo at its 66th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention on March 4th.

This prestigious award is presented to graduating high school seniors who have exemplified Christian leadership in their parish and the diocese.

Miss Markham was nominated by Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk as a sign of their support and appreciation for her ministry. Buffalo Diocese parishes may submit nominations and awardees are selected by a committee.

Kathryn Goller, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry said, “It is clear that Mackenzie is a faithful young woman who has been active in parish ministry and youth ministry, witnessed to her faith, exhibited leadership, achieved academic success, and demonstrated outstanding moral character.”

Markham and her family attended a brunch, awards presentation, and the Convention Liturgy with Bishop Malone held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

This year’s Convention theme was “True Story.” Throughout the weekend Markham and fellow students explored ways to Encounter Christ, Live the Truth of our faith though relationship with Him, and Share the Truth in love with others.

NCCS Principal Jenny Tilaro lauded Markham’s achievement saying, “The entire NCCS family would like to congratulate Mackenzie on her prestigious recognition and celebration.” Markham attended NCCS elementary and Pre-School from grades PreK4-8, and is completing her High School career at Fredonia High School.

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