Jan 29, 2014

Cathedral High School, faculty member receive ‘Reader Raves’ awards



(Photo by Peggy Weber)

Staff report

HOLYOKE – Cathedral High School and Jeremiah Begley, a member of its faculty, were honored with “Reader Rave” awards at a special ceremony at the Log Cabin, here, Jan. 28.

Cathedral was named “Best Private School” and Begley (pictured at left in above photo) was given the “Best Teacher” honor. John Miller (pictured at right), principal of Cathedral, represented the school at the dinner and awards presentation.

More than 300 people gathered for the event, which included a video presentation about the 75 different winners. In it, Begley was interviewed and asked to explain the concept of the Trinity in less than 10 seconds. In a calm voice, he explained the teaching and that it is a mystery. His mini-lesson was greeted by applause from the audience.

The Reader Raves award began in the spring of 2012.

Organizers state it is “a survey of Western Mass. happenings, highlights, hidden gems and various huzzahs.” They added it is “a chance for people to rave about their favorite people, places and activities.”

Mark French, director of advertising for The Republican newspaper and masslive.com, said there were 75 categories in this year’s winter-spring edition. He said the results were taken from more than 14,000 online and paper ballots.

Miller said, “We are just very happy that so many people think of Cathedral as an outstanding school. We are grateful for their support.”

When asked about his award, Begley said, “The real honor is teaching the students at Cathedral.”

Miller said he was pleased with the honor given to Begley. “I consider Jeremiah a great blessing to the school. He’s academic and he reaches out to the students. He exhibits great leadership toward the students and the programs,” said Miller.

The Reader Raves previously honored Holyoke Catholic High School as Best Private School and St. Michael’s Academy as having the best preschool.