2024 Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award

The nomination process for the 2024 Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is now closed.
Recipients will be announced in conjunction with the Guerin Catholic Gala invitations being sent in December and winners will be recognized at the Gala on Friday, February 9, 2024.

About the Award

The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals who promote and live out the mission of Guerin Catholic High School.

Bishop Higi was the founding Bishop of Guerin Catholic High School. In the face of opposition and constant setbacks, Bishop Higi put his faith ahead of his fears and was the catalyst in opening a new Catholic High School in Indiana for the first time in over 60 years. As of today, more than 19 years after Guerin Catholic opened her doors, the school has been recognized consistently as one of the top Catholic high schools in the nation.

The Bishop William L. Higi Leadership Award is presented annually to one person, couple or organization from each of the following categories:

Open to any person or organization that supports the values and mission of Guerin Catholic High School, including former faculty or staff members of Guerin Catholic

Open to current faculty or staff members of Guerin Catholic

Open to all Guerin Catholic Alumni

Award Criteria

Nominations should focus on activities and service that build community and will honor award recipients for their commitment to the students and the overall mission and community of Guerin Catholic.

At a minimum, each nomination should include a paragraph (500 words max) that states the category of nomination and establishes the candidate’s (individual/couple/organization) qualifications with clear and concise detail. Nominator’s contact information must be included. Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.

Award recipients will be announced in early December via the invitation to the 2024 GC Gala, the event at which the awards will be presented.


Guerin Catholic alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are encouraged to submit nominations online or complete a nomination form and mail it to:

Mrs. Cathy Dolan
Executive Assistant to the President
Guerin Catholic High School
15300 Gray Rd.
Noblesville, IN 46062

Nominations must be received by November 10, 2023.

Questions about the awards program should be directed to Cathy Dolan at 317.582.0120 ext. 289 or cdolan@smart-seo.net.

Awards Committee

Nominations will be reviewed and the award winners selected by a committee that includes:
• President of Guerin Catholic
• (1) member of the GCHS faculty
• (1) member of the GCHS support staff
• (1) graduate of GCHS
• (1) member of the School Governing Board (SGB)
• (1) member of the Mission Leadership team (MLT)
• (1) past winner

Previous Award Recipients

Bishop Emeritus William L. Higi
(Founding Bishop of Guerin Catholic High School)

Monsignor John Duncan
Chris Braun
Gary Malone
Scott Schutz

Barbara (Barb) and John Gallina
Deborah and William (Willie) Wood

Sam Gardner ’08 Alumni Award
Fr. Dale Ehrman Community Award
Mike and Grace Pratt Community Award
Marcia Murphy Faculty/Staff Award

Joe Garcia ’07 Alumni Award
Bill and Caroline Godfrey Community Award
Mark Duray Community Award
Leona Chianello Faculty/Staff Award

Adriana Pratt Mansour ’08 Alumni Award
Terry Weiss Community Award
Christine Williams Faculty/Staff Award
Mike Panasuk Faculty/Staff Award

Shannon (Murray) Strong ’07 Alumni Award
Deacon Paul Lunsford Community Award
Debbie Stanisz Faculty/Staff Award

Learn more about past award recipients