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JFK students and Trumbull parishioners named for “Twenty Under 20” honors Print E-mail
Friday, 12 January 2018 15:02

WARREN – Three John F. Kennedy (JFK) Catholic School seniors and one other Trumbull parishioner were recently honored in the Warren Tribune Chronicle’s “Twenty Under 20” selections.

JFK students honored are: Taylor Honsaker, Phillip Loges, and Elizabeth Mintus. In addition, Anastasia McLeod, a senior at Lakeview High School and parishioner of Warren Blessed Sacrament Parish, was also selected.

“Twenty Under 20,” in its fifth year, honors 20 high-achieving individuals younger than 20 for their leadership skills through volunteerism, extracurricular activities and academic achievements. The program is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull.

Taylor Honsaker, daughter of Angela and Mark Honsaker and a parishioner of  the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Youngstown, was nominated for kick-starting the fundraiser, “Flying to the Rescue: Make a Change with Your Change for Hurricane Harvey,” at JFK, which collected $1,410 for the Houston Food Bank.

In addition, she volunteers at Angels for Animals and the Animal Welfare League, and eventually adopted five cats and a dog. Her other activities included helping out at Paws for a Cause, Key Club, her parish, and Maplecrest Nursing Home, Austintown.

Taylor plans to major in biomedical science at The Ohio State University with the hope of becoming a trauma surgeon or emergency room physician.

Phillip Loges, son of Jackie and Rick Loges and a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish here, was nominated for his involvement in various parish and other Church program and activities, including the parish iPlunge mission trip and Kairos retreats, and other mission trips, such as the one in Tijuana, Mexico.

His other parish activities include: serving as a leader at the parish’s Vacation Bible School, helping senior citizens at the pasta dinner as well as clean-up duty, and serving on the leadership team for the parish our teen Masses.

With a 4.0 GPA, he is on track to be the salutatorian of his graduating class. For two years he has been a member of the National Honor Society as well as being a leader in extracurricular activities.
Phillip hopes to attend Miami University with plans to major in business or chemical engineering.

Elizabeth Mintus, daughter of Robert and Renita Mintus of Champion St. Williams Parish, was nominated for her work with such groups as the JFK Key Club, Kids That Care, and Paws with a Cause. She organized soup kitchen visits every month.

She also facilitated the Red Out game to benefit the American Heart Association in February. Her groups also help with Mobile Meals and the Special Olympics at Fairhaven. For the Kids That Care group, she organized the Alex’s Million Mile Walk during the month of September.

Elizabeth plans to study chemical engineering.

Anastasia McLeod, daughter of Melissa and Michael McLeod, was nominated for her involvement as a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament here. Her activities include involvement in Stations of the Cross for Teens, Kairos retreats, an altar server, Eucharistic minister, a sacristan’s assistant, Teen Mass leadership team, parish mission trips, and the parish youth group.

A perennial member of  the honor roll and the National Honor Society at Lakeview High School, she also participates in the school’s soccer team. She plans to continue onto college.

Because of Anastasia’s commitment to her parish and her faith, she received the Eagle of the Cross Award last year from the Diocese of Youngstown.


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