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Katherine Smith Wins Patrick Francis Werszner Scholarship

Prince of Peace Catholic School Student Wins $1K Scholarship

The Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 11537 recently awarded the Patrick Francis Werszner Memorial Scholarship to Katherine Smith.   This $1,000 scholarship to John Carroll Catholic High School is awarded based upon scholarship, service and extra-curricular activities. It is renewable for $500 for each of the next three years of high school provided certain criteria are met. 

Katherine is a 2020 graduate of Prince of Peace Catholic School and will be a freshman at John Carroll Catholic High School this fall.   Fr. John Fallon, pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Parish presented the award to her after the school’s graduation Mass and ceremony on May 21, 2020.  Veronica and John Werszner, siblings of the late Patrick Francis Werszner, participated in the award ceremony.  They are both graduates of POP Catholic School and John Carroll Catholic High School.

At Prince of Peace, Katherine was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, on the honor roll, president of the robotics club, music maker club member, held student council office, and volunteered in the school’s summer art camps.  Her church involvement included being a student leader at POP Church’s vacation Bible school and an altar server.   Katherine is the daughter of Jonathan and Kelly Smith of Hoover.

The Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus established this scholarship five years ago to honor Knight Patrick Francis Werszner who passed away on September 6, 2015 at the age of 19. Werszner was a member of the POP Council 11537, a 2014 graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School, a student at UAB and a member of both Prince of Peace Catholic Church and St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Chapel at the time of his death.  Donations to this scholarship fund are welcome and can be mailed to the Knights of Columbus Council 11537, 4600 Preserve Parkway, Hoover, AL 35226.

Left to right:

Fr. John Fallon, Katherine Smith, Veronica Werszner, John Werszner



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