We are excited to announce that our Aquinas Medal winner this year is
Cora Farmer!
The honor is the most prestigious a student can receive from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. One student at the highest academic grade level at each Catholic school in the diocese is recognized for embodying excellence in learning, faithful discipleship, leadership, and service to school, parish and community.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of scholars, imparted knowledge infused with an awareness of God.
A resident of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Farmer plays travel softball for Tri-State Thunder; is vice president of the school’s student government association; and is an altar server and lector at school Masses. She has attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C., for the last two years.
Also active in the arts, she has been involved in numerous theater productions at school, and plays clarinet in SJS’ concert and jazz bands. Farmer recently participated in Region IX Honor Band.
Her academic prowess has been demonstrated since she started attending SJS 10 years ago. She has made the honor roll numerous times, often earning all A’s; has won various essay contests; recently placed in the top 10 in the Berkeley County Middle School Math Field Day; and has received honorable mention at state science and social studies fairs.
Upon completion of eighth grade at SJS, she hopes to attend St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Hagerstown, Md. Farmer aspires to major in science in college and continue playing softball.
An animal lover, she would like to be a zoologist and do field work in the wild or as a veterinarian. Farmer also is interested in being an actress.
Asked what is special about attending a Catholic School, she said, “We can participate in many activities and help the community in ways public schools cannot. It is also a very welcoming place where I have made lifelong friends.”
Farmer’s faith is an important part of her life.
“I love being a Catholic and spreading the Good News about God,” she said.
Cora Farmer – 2022 Aquinas Medal Recipient