Each year, the Knights of Columbus recognize and thank several members of the parish for their service to St. Sebastian and the Greater Akron Catholic community. Four individuals and one family were singled-out for awards at the Knights’ monthly meeting on May 1st.
Kent State University, freshman Julianna Blischak was named the Knights’ “Youth of the Year.” On the Dean’s List at Kent, she is a mass lector and participated in Project Hope and a Honduras mission trip while at Archbishop Hoban. She is also active in community theater at the Weathervane Playhouse.
The Dave Hershberger/Catherine Paparella family was recognized as the Knights’ “Family of the Year.” Dave is a mass coordinator and, during the week, he and his landscaping company maintain the parish lawns, walks and parking lots. He is a former KofC chancellor and one of the council’s current membership directors. Dave and Catherine serve as Eucharistic ministers and their two girls, Marina and Vitadee, are servers. Katherine periodically leads a class of schoolchildren during the Liturgy of the Word, and recently co-chaired the International Festival, the Sanctuary Society’s major fundraising event.
Patricia Clark-Varga was named “Lady of the Year” and her husband Ted was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Pat has maintained the parish bookrack for 15 years and both are extremely active in the pro-life effort with Right to Life of Northeastern Ohio. Ted is a charter member of Council 14255 and has served as an officer every year since the council was founded. He has held the positions of Financial Secretary, Chancellor, Insurance Agent, Trustee, and Director of our Pro-Life committee. Ted is regular lector, and he is an adult server at benediction twice a month. Ted was one of the first council members to attain the Fourth Degree of the Order.
Trevor Bills was named “Knight of the Year.” He is currently the council’s Deputy Grand Knight and is the one of the first to volunteer for any council project. He has organized most of the council’s recent social activities, led the council’s community flowerscape project at the Mull Ave. traffic circle for the past three years, and is a member of the board of trustees for Akron Council Charities, the council’s non-profit foundation.