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2022 Beaudry Award Finalists

These five seniors are the 2022 Beaudry Award finalists:

Ray Flannery

Ray Flannery is the son of Tom ‘92 and Ann Marie Flannery and is from Hinckley, Ohio. He is a Sociology/Criminology and Spanish and Hispanic Studies double major, with minors in Population and Public Health and Leadership Development. After graduation, he will be working towards his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Maryland, and work as a Resident Director in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Leadership

Ray serves as a Senior Resident Assistant in Millor Hall, developing programs for residents and advising the other Resident Assistants in the building. Ray is also part of the Student Leadership Team within the Center for Service Learning and Social Action, where he is responsible for constructing monthly leadership training sessions for fellow liaisons and engaging in weekly meetings with professional staff. Additionally, Ray serves as a peer mentor on the John Carroll Speech and Debate Team, offering regular feedback and coaching on behalf of teammates.

Commitment to Christian Values

Upon entry to John Carroll, Ray partook in the First-Year Retreat through Campus Ministry and went on to lead the retreat twice for incoming first-years. Ray has been involved in liturgical ministry as a member of the St. Francis Chapel Choir and as a Eucharistic Minister. Ray attended the Manresa M40 retreat in 2019 as well. Furthermore, in 2020, Ray traveled to El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico Border on an immersion trip. In the summertime, Ray works at Camp Christopher, a ministry of Catholic Charities Summit County, providing fulfilling summer camp experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Academic Achievement

Ray is a member of the Honors Program and has earned a cumulative 3.93 GPA, landing him on the Dean’s List each semester. He recently earned top 10% distinction nationwide in Impromptu Speaking at the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate competition. Ray was a finalist for the Roderick Boyd Porter humanities scholarship in 2021. He is the two-time recipient of the Robert B. Carver Award for Achievement in Sociology. Recently, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages chose Ray as the recipient of the 2022 Robert Corrigan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Spanish. Ray maintains membership in several honors societies, including the Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu, sociology honor society Alpha Kappa Delta, and Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi. On behalf of the Center for Service Learning and Social Action, Ray presented his research on refugee healthcare navigation and language barriers at the annual John Carroll Celebration of Scholarship.

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

Through the Summer in the City Program in partnership with the Center for Service Learning and Social Action, Ray interned at Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in summer of 2021. There, he helped families from all over the world resettle and acclimate in northeast Ohio by providing wraparound services. Additionally, since 2020, Ray has served as a Rainbow Connects volunteer at University Hospitals, conducting calls to provide Covid-19 related psychosocial assistance to patients in need. Ray was recently honored by his supervisors at the Rainbow Center for Outstanding Service to Patients and has devoted over 150 hours of service to the program. Ray has driven vans of his peers to several other community sites for weekly service as well, including Thomas Jefferson International Newcomer Academy, Roxboro Middle School, and Griot Village. Through the leadership capstone this year, he and his group fundraised more than $1300 for St. Martin De Porres High School during the Fitness February campaign. In 2020, Ray was a recipient of the George B. Sweeney Campion Service Award. 

Reilly Haas 3

Reilly is the daughter of Frank and Kerrie Haas from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Sport Studies major with minors in Business and Leadership. Following graduation, she will be working for a sport non-profit organization in Cleveland. Reilly is excited to combine her love of sport and desire to serve the community at large into a meaningful career.  

Leadership

Reilly is a Leadership Scholar who has expanded her knowledge on the best ways to engage and interact with various communities. She has been a student liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action for the past three years, two of which she served as a member of CSSA’s Student Leadership Team. She was apart of the Campus Ministry retreat team where she led various retreats including the Loyola First Year Retreat and Manresa. Reilly is a member of the club rowing team and has been apart of this club throughout her time at Carroll. Additionally, she has worked as a Student Facilities and Equipment Manager for JCU’s Athletic Department. Reilly’s most recent leadership position has been serving as Treasure for Alpha Sigma Nu.  
 
Commitment to Christian Values

Reilly has been an active participant in liturgical celebrations as a lector and Eucharistic minister. Her desire to be a part of a faith-based community led her to join Carroll Faith Community (CFC) during her freshman year. Being a member of this community for four years has been a highlight of her JCU experience. Reilly has attended and led multiple retreats through Campus Ministry and is proud of her involvement working with first year students. She is a regular attendee at Murphy Mass on Wednesday nights and uses the time to pause, reflect, and be in community with others. Reilly’s commitment to Christian values led to her attendance at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conferences her sophomore through senior year. Reilly was also inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, for her dedication living out the values of scholarship, loyalty, and service. 

Academic Achievement

Reilly’s love for learning, discipline, and hard work is at her core. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester of her JCU academic career. Reilly also completed an independent study with Dr. Brooke Turner during her junior year. She used research to construct an article titled “Coaches’ Beliefs Regarding Life Skills and Responsibilities: Examining the Opinions of High School Coaches, Athletes, and Parents”. Reilly also engaged in learning outside the classroom through her pursuit of professional development opportunities. Intern experiences with TopNotch Management and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have allowed her to apply course content into the real-world situations. 

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

Through CSSA, Reilly has served with various community partners in the area. Some of her favorite weekly service placements include PC’s for People, Youthability, and Lutheran Men’s Metropolitan Ministry. Reilly also has two experiences with JCU’s immersion program. Despite being unable to travel due to COVID 19, Reilly had her mind and heart expanded from preparation and virtual encounters with individuals in El Salvador and the US Mexico Border. One of Reilly’s most memorable engagements with the community was the 2nd Power of Sport Summit. She helped plan and execute this free weekend long diversity, equity, and inclusion conference that ran in conjunction with the2022 NBA All-Star Game. While home in Cincinnati, Reilly kicked off her coaching career. As an assistant high school cross country coach, Reilly was able to build relationships, mentor, and teach life and fundamental skills to over 60 student athletes. 

Uche Ike

Uchechukwu Ike is the daughter of Esther and Ugochukwu Ike from Southfield, Michigan. She is an International Business major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Following graduation, she will be attending graduate school getting her Master’s of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and being a graduate assistant for the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Leadership

Uche was a financial officer for Black Students in Action in her sophomore/junior year and president of Black Students in her junior and senior year. She helped in the coordination and funding of their on-campus events such as events for Black History Month, picnics and cookouts, the Black Excellence Affair and collaborations with other student and cultural organizations. Uche is an Arrupe Scholar, studying and practicing social justice and advocacy at John Carroll and in the community. She recently held an advocacy project event, alongside two other scholars, titled “Stereotypical Get Together,” which served the purpose of bringing awareness to microaggressions and stereotypes here at John Carroll and in our society through activities, discussions, and a panel. Her involvement with CSDI has been going on for all four years as a peer mentor and mentee, a cultural organization leader, and a future graduate assistant. 

Commitment to Christian Values

Uche has actively participated in Cru at JCU in her first two years at John Carroll. She participated in their Monday night bible studies as well as their annual Cru retreat in her first year and had the opportunity to become part of the faith community alongside other students from other colleges and universities. Following that retreat, she became involved in their worship nights here at John Carroll. In her sophomore year, she helped with hosting the Power and Privilege Conference for Arrupe. She led activity groups and discussions on racial issues and privilege among other Arrupe Scholars. Her passion for social justice and involvement in the faith community allowed for her to grow as an individual and share her faith and advocacy with others. 

Academic Achievement

Uche has attained Dean’s List honors every semester within her time at Carroll. She had the honor to be part of the Summer in the City internship program through CSSA; her placement was at ECDI Women’s Business Center helping female minority entrepreneurs gain access to capital and resources in order to help the growth or start of their small businesses. In addition to this, she did a research project addressing the gap between minority owned business and their White counterparts when it comes to business growth; in turn the research transformed into a potential training program for her internship placement to utilize so that the employees can understand their client market better. In her senior year, Uche was a speaker for a Dare to Start retreat hosted for high school girls aspiring to be entrepreneurs. She spoke to fifty high school girls about her small business and how to figure out a specific target market and what the consumer would want. Lastly, she was recently accepted into the graduate program here at Carroll for the Master’s of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and accepted as a graduate assistant for the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion for the MELT program.

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

Uche did some volunteer service work through the Center for Service and Social Action at Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy as an after-school volunteer, helping the kids with their college applications and essays after school. Aside from college help, she also did some tutoring for the kids after school and helped Spanish speaking students translate their work into English. She was also a student teaching volunteer for an organization called U.S. Together Inc. in Cleveland Heights. She helped in teaching new coming immigrants and their families about financial literacy and some cultural norms and the lifestyle living in the United States. In my sophomore year, she took a project-based service-learning course for a social entrepreneurship class. She helped with grant research for a social enterprise that wanted to alleviate the food desert issue in Glenville and provide an afterschool program for high school students. She also had the opportunity to be part of the Jesuit Day of Service, helping out on a greenhouse farm and learning more about the retreat center attached to it. 

Mary Sessions

Mary Sessions is the daughter of Kathleen and Robert Sessions from Lakewood, Ohio. She is a Psychology major with minors in Peace, Justice and Human Rights and Exercise Science. Upon graduation, she is excited to begin a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving in Houston, Texas. 

Leadership

Mary is an Arrupe Scholar who has learned about social injustices and invaluable advocacy skills, culminating into many projects such as intimate partner violence resource art night, the power and privilege conference, and equity in education advocacy project. Mary has also been a peer health advocate for three years, where she has promoted health and wellness across campus through programing for the student body on topics that vary from healthy relationships, mental health, safe drinking, and physical health. Serving in a lead role, Mary oversees other peer health advocates and the planning and execution of events across campus. This year, Mary is Co-Planning the Annual Jesuit Day of Service, John Carroll’s largest campus wide day of service. She has been working to coordinate this massive effort by organizing student leaders, promoting event registration, managing logistics with the Center for Service and Social Action Staff, and coordinating with organizations in the community to host service projects for over 300 participants. Additionally, Mary was selected to represent John Carroll University as the 2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellow, a national cohort of justice minded individuals demonstrating commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country through community engagement, mentorship, advocacy, and education.

Commitment to Christian Values

Mary has demonstrated her commitment to Christian values through her service and social justice involvements as well as her involvement within Campus ministry. Mary has been a retreatant on the First Year Retreat as well as Manresa during her time on campus. She was a leader of the First Year Retreat and on the retreat leader team. Mary also was a participant on the Appalachia Immersion in May 2019.

Academic Achievement

Mary has earned Dean’s List honors all her semesters of her John Carroll Career. She is a proud member of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, which is based on commitment to Ignatian Values. Mary’s involvement with the Arrupe scholars has empowered her to work for justice and has she has been completing research on education equity which will be presented at Celebration of Scholarship this month.

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

Mary's orientation to service, justice, and community engagement has been the hallmark of her time at JCU. Mary’s drive for service and social justice was sparked by her immersion experience in Appalachia, where her passion for sustainability and advocacy was discovered. Mary has been an advocate for change on campus in ways such as being a student representative for the university sustainability committee, completing her research on education equality, and attending the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Social Justice in Washington, DC. Mary has committed immeasurable hours to the Center for Service and Social action, serving at University Hospital's Center for Women and Children, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, to name a few. She has been a Student Liaison for CSSA since her first year on campus will be concluding her time with the department by co-chairing Jesuit Day of Service this spring.

Alana Okuley

Alana is the daughter of Randy and Maryann Okuley. She is a Psychology major and a double minor in Leadership Development and Spanish & Hispanic Studies from Sylvania, Ohio. After graduation, Alana will be heading to Boston College to pursue a dual master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Theology & Ministry. 

Leadership

Alana has been a CSSA Student Liaison since her first year at JCU and has been a member of CSSA's Student Leadership Team for the past two years. Through these positions, she has had the opportunity to help lead campus-wide events, such as Living the Mission Day and Jesuit Day of Service. Alana also served as a Resident Assistant during her Sophomore and Junior years. She has worked for the Recreation Department as a Recreation Facilities Attendant, a Facilities Supervisor, and teaches weekly yoga classes at the Rec as Certified Yoga Instructor. Alana was a Summer Orientation Leader for two summers, as well as the Senior Orientation Leader her last summer on staff. She attended the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) the summer going into her sophomore year, where she was able to strengthen her leadership skills and connect with other students from Jesuit colleges and universities. Alana has received the Outstanding Student Leader Award at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Leadership Banquets. 

Commitment to Christian Values

Alana has prepared to participate in three Immersion experiences at John Carroll, sadly all of which were canceled due to COVID. She has high hopes, however, that the opportunity will someday come. Alana has also been involved in Campus Ministry through Eucharistic Ministering and Lecturing at masses, participating in Carroll Faith Communities, and playing various roles in retreats. She has attended the Eight Day Silent Retreat, Manresa, and First-Year Retreat, as well as led Contemplation Retreat and four First-Year Retreats. One of her greatest accomplishments was planning and co-leading a meaningful and inviting virtual First-Year Retreat for the first-year students who were off campus during their first semester due to COVID. Alana also attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in 2018, 2020, and 2021, where she strengthened her knowledge of social justice issues and learned more about having challenging conversations surrounding these issues in order to be an advocate for and with others. Another conference that she enjoyed being a part of was the Social Justice Teach-In for Environmental Justice at Case Western Reserve University in 2020, where she was able to be educated and updated on climate justice concerns. 

Academic Achievement

Alana is a member of the Psi Chi Honors Society for Psychology and served as a Peer Mentor for the Psychology Department. She has also participated in research testing the psychological and physical effects of COVID-19 on students and learning. Through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Children Rehabilitation, she participated in an internship program with the Center for ADHD Treatment and Evaluation that provided social skills training and evaluation to kiddos with ADHD. Alana was also able to present at the NEOHO conference, a conference for Resident Assistants, on sustainability and the importance of incorporating and practicing environmental and personal sustainability in our everyday lives.

Service to University and/or Civic Community

Alana has had many opportunities through the Center for Service Learning and Social Action to get to know the Cleveland community and strengthen her awareness of social justice issues. She has participated in weekly service at Marion Sterling Elementary, Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, East Technical High School, and Youthability. She has also helped in the art therapy classroom at Julie Billiart Elementary, a school that specializes in assisting children with Autism. Alana served as a Rainbow Connects Intern through University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children, where she was able to assist women and families in accessing necessary resources. On campus, Alana strives to share her passion for environmental and humanitarian justice with the campus community through her position as a Fair Trade Intern. She works on a team to plan programs pertaining to the importance of Fair Trade that are educational, empowering, and influential for students, faculty, and staff. She has also loved participating in Labre and instructs yoga classes for campus clubs and organizations to promote the importance of mental health and the well being of the entire person. 

The Beaudry Award recognizes outstanding service in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Christian values
  • Academic achievement
  • Service to the University and/or greater community

Graduating seniors vote for the winner during the JCU Grad Fair.