Alex Vassallo, a recent graduate of St. John’s College High School, received the 2017 George Nethery Memorial and Bernie Hughes Service award in recognition of his service to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Damascus. The award, which includes a college scholarship, is offered annually by the St. Paul Mens’ Club and acknowledges a high school senior who demonstrates the meaning of service within the parish and the community. Each year, the recipient of the award is honored at St. Paul’s Parish Picnic. Vassallo, now in his Freshman year at Bridgewater College, has been a parishioner at St. Paul’s since 2004 and is a member of the 2013 graduating class of Mary of Nazareth Catholic School.
As a St. Paul Parishioner, Alex has been known to serve his parish and community whenever possible. In addition to being recognized as one of St. Paul’s longest tenured altar servers, Alex participated in community clean-up days, conducted holiday basket deliveries, assembled product kits for the food pantry, assisted with St. Paul’s “Good as New” sale, volunteered at the annual Honduras Gala, and provided 40+ hours of service at Marian Manor Nursing Home. Some of Alex’s additional accomplishments include maintaining a “B” grade point average, working with Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), and achieving the rank of 1st Sergeant in the JROTC program at St. John’s College High School.
Of his college choice, Alex reflects, “I selected Bridgewater College because it has a history of service to the community.” He will be playing lacrosse for Bridgewater, having signed his NCAA commitment letter in January. Alex plans to study Political Science, and hopes to continue on to law school after college.