‘Year of St. Joseph Award’ to Sophie

As St. John Neumann Catholic School celebrated a special votive Mass Friday, Dec. 10, to commemorate the conclusion of the Year of St. Joseph, it also celebrated SJN eighth-grader Sophie Meyer, who earned Year of Saint Joseph Award for exhibiting the qualities of St. Joseph.

According to the Roman Catholic Diocese, the qualities are “beloved, tender and loving, obedient, accepting, creatively courageous …”

“We were delighted to choose a student who joined our school as a new seventh-grader in 2020,” said Stephanie Greiner, SJN Catholic Church and School director of communications and the pastor’s administrative assistant. “She has been an incredible addition to our community. She is a quiet leader, humble — but at the same time strong and courageous.

“In addition to being an excellent student,” Greiner said Sophie was a big part of “the success of our varsity volleyball team, where she served as captain.” She is the daughter of Scott and Melissa Meyer.

“For this year of St. Joseph, we thought it a great opportunity to highlight one student who shares some of the traits of St. Joseph in their own way,” Father Joe Reed, SJN pastor, said. “The image we’ve chosen for this award represents the heart of St. Joseph.

“She is able to problem solve and adapt quickly. On the court and in the classroom, she has proven herself a hard worker ...,” the pastor added.