Since 2004, the St. Agnes Academy Alumnae Board has honored an alumna annually with the Veritas Award. Alumnae are nominated by their classmates, peers, co-workers, family members, and friends, based on professional and academic achievement, community service, leadership, integrity, and most important, their commitment and dedication to St. Agnes. On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the Veritas Award was presented to Carolyn Carbajal McCairns ’57 by 2012-2013 Alumnae Board President Christina Luna Finley ’89 and Head of School Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. The pre-reunion ceremony was attended by Carolyn's friends, classmates and family.
Ten alumnae were nominated this year, and the Alumnae Board decides on the recipient based on the nominations submitted. Carolyn received no less than 14 nominations, including letters from both of her children, Sandy McCairns Atwood ’88 and Daniel McCairns, whose daughter will begin ninth grade at St. Agnes this fall.
Some of the things said in the nomination submissions:
"Anyone who knows Carolyn would readily agree that she embodies the characteristics of the St. Agnes graduate who grew up under the Dominican principles of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Carolyn embodies all of these traits! She is highly regarded by all who know her, especially by those who have worked with her and those who have volunteered on many projects with her (including St. Agnes, St. Thomas High School, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish and School). But you only have to look into the eyes of her grandchildren to see the love and devotion they feel for their Mimi to understand what they see - an incredible woman who has a deep love of her faith, her family and friends, and her community."
"Carolyn has been an enthusiastic and involved alumna since our graduation. Obviously the more years that pass since graduation the more dispersed a class generally becomes. Not so with the Class of 1957, and Carolyn has seen to it that each and every one of our class members receives information immediately and she follows-up accordingly. This, to me, is pertinent. It gives class members a feeling of inclusion, whether we are residing in the Houston area or miles apart. We are blessed to have her."
"I truly think she deserves this award. She respects all, dedicates her time to volunteering, has a huge heart, is always helping others, is a dedicated Catholic, and has shown professionalism and leadership in her work experience. Most importantly for me she has shown me the true meaning of dedication and commitment to the organizations you believe in."
As Christina Finley stated when she presented the award to Carolyn, "I hope someday my children speak as well of me."
Congratulations Carolyn Carbajal McCairns ’57 for being the 2012-2013 Veritas Award recipient!
VERITAS AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS
2013 - Carolyn Carbajal McCairns ’57
2012 - Sr. Carol Mayes, O.P. ’56
2011 - Charla Ward Trader ’64
2010 - Mary Ann Chambers ’57
2009 - Debbie Sieck ’87
2008 - Kathy Kokas ’73
2007 - Janet Kingham Greenwood ’57
2006 - Sister Therese Warden, O.P. ’51
2005 - Eileen Antill ’51
2004 - Calista Schneidau Herbert ’69