Saint Joseph’s Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital Present Annual Youth Awards to 23 Area School Students Whose Volunteer Service Best Exemplifies St. Vincent’s Values

HARRISON, NY (March 7, 2024) -- Officials from St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester, a division of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, and the St. Vincent’s Auxiliary Board joined together today to celebrate the winners of the 32nd Annual Youth Awards.

Twenty two high school students from schools in Westchester County, Rockland County and Fairfield County, CT were on hand to receive their awards. Joining them were the students’ families, high school guidance counselors and school representatives. In addition to the St. Vincent’s Youth Award, the students received U.S. Congressional Certificates of Achievement.

St. Vincent’s Annual Youth Awards were established in1993 by the Auxiliary Board to recognize young people who support St. Vincent’s values, and to promote lifelong patterns of volunteerism. Every year they honor students from area high schools whose volunteer service best exemplifies St. Vincent’s values.

The 23 students who were honored are:

  • Faria Ahmed
    Harrison High School
  • Amelia Brooks
    Rye High School
  • Shaila Diaz Furment
    School of the Holy Child
  • Jonathan Durinda
    Rye Neck High School
  • Katherine Dyer
    Byram Hills High School
  • Clara Gornstein
    The Leffell School
  • Emma Gornstein
    Ardsley High School
  • Kathleen Heraty
    Bronxville High School
  • Ava Kellner
    Fox Lane High School
  • Jiyu Kim
    Summit School at Nyack
  • Sophia Levy
    White Plains High School
  • Ojilvy Sanchez
    Fordham Preparatory School
  • Melody Sapione
    Port Chester High School
  • Rishi Shadaksharappa
    Scarsdale High School
  • Charles Szeliga
    Salesian High School
  • Grace Villar
    Sacred Heart Greenwich
  • Sien (Eunice) Wang
    The Masters School
  • Caralyn Loconte
    The Ursuline School
  • Owen Master
    Mamaroneck High School
  • Siena O'Brien
    Maria Regina High School
  • Stella O'Brien
    Maria Regina High School
  • Jordan Prado
    Archbishop Stepinac
  • Nigel Presume
    Iona Preparatory School

"We are incredibly proud to recognize these outstanding young individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service and embody the values of St. Vincent’s Hospital,” said Michael Spicer, President and CEO. “Their dedication to making a positive impact in their communities is an inspiration to us all."

“These remarkable students have shown exceptional compassion and selflessness through their volunteer work, and they truly represent the spirit of St. Vincent’s. We applaud their efforts and are confident that they will continue to make a difference in the lives of others as they pursue their future endeavors,” said Bernadette Kingham-Bez, Senior Vice President.


Standing front, left to right:
Katherine Dyer, Siena O’Brien, Shaila Diaz Furment, Jiyu Kim, Kathleen Heraty,

Ava Kellner, Sophia Levy, Faria Ahmed. Stella O’Brien, Nigel Presume, Amelia Brooks, Emma Gornstein, Clara Gornstein and Grace Villar

Standing back, left to right:
Guest speaker Manuel “Manny” Homem, Charles Szeliga, Ojilvy Sanchez, Jordan Prado, Caralyn LoConte, Owen Master, Sien Wang, Rishi Shadaksharappa, Jonathan Durinda, and Berandette Kingham-Bez, Senior Vice President, St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester. Not pictured – Melody Sapione