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Student at Regina High School Wins Two Prominent Awards

Sarah Maisano is pictured above with Sister Leanne Leszczynski, President of Regina High School, and Ann Diamond, Principal.

It has been quite exciting recently at Regina High School, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. One of Regina's seniors, Sarah Maisano, was featured on Detroit's Channel 4 News on April 5, 2017.

When she was still in elementary school, Sarah started her own company, a 501(c)3 nonprofit called S.K.I.P (Supporting Kids in Pain). Now a senior, Sarah has distributed over 3,500 hand-sewn tote bags filled with coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and other toys to hospitalized children in 11 states, with her mission being to donate these care bags to hospitalized kids in all 50 states.

In January she was awarded the National Catholic Education Association's Youth Virtues, Vision and Valor Award. Only ten (10) students in the entire USA received this award. A representative from NCEA in Arlington, VA, came to Regina to present Sarah with a beautiful medal for her choice to "change the world"!


Sarah Maisano.


A close-up of the medal Sarah received from NCEA.

On April 5, Detroit's Channel 4 News came to the school to tape a segment to be shown later in the day on their regular news programs because Sarah was chosen by Prudential to be the Prudential Spirit of Community Michigan State Honoree for her work with S.K.I.P. There was only one (1) high school honoree for each state. The representative from Prudential came to Regina to present her with her huge medal award, and Channel 4 was there to tape the presentation. She received a $1,000 scholarship for being chosen, as well as a full-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in early May. One representative from each state will then be a candidate for the next award. Prudential will choose 10 winners. These National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

"This is a great award, not only for Sarah, our student, but also for Regina High School," said Sister Mary Leanne Leszczynski, President of Regina High School. "We're so proud of her."

Congratulations to Sarah, and to Regina High School!

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