A Covington Catholic senior has set a new record at the school for all-time number of service hours committed to the community.
On Tuesday, Tom Ryan was presented the Chaminade Award, given annually to the senior who has accumulated the most service hours during his four years at Cov Cath. Sixty hours are required for students over the course of four years.
The award is named for the founder of the Marianist Order that staffed Covington Catholic with many priests and Brothers of Mary during the school's first years.
Last year’s winners set a record with over 600 hours. Mr. Ryan raised the bar. During his four years , he logged 1,723 hours of community service including: placing flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day, standing in as a pall bearer for a homeless veteran who had no family to carry his basket, building a barn at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, tutoring and mentoring after school in the inner city and Special Olympics swimming on Saturdays, to name a few.
"This amazing young man is a wonderful example of leadership and dedication to causes that are heart-warming indeed," the school said in a news release.
The 2013 graduating class accumulated over 16,000 hours of community service. The class of 2014 raised the bar even higher with 128 graduating seniors contributing 18,501 community service hours.
Photo: Tom Ryan/provided