Senior Patrick Vecellio received the Beaudry Award on Sunday, April 10. The Beaudry Award is awarded to a graduating senior who was voted on by his or her class that best exemplifies leadership, commitment to Christian values, academic achievement and service to the John Carroll and greater Cleveland community.
“It was a surreal moment when I found out that I had won the award,” Vecellio said. “When I came to JCU, the past Beaudry recipients were like celebrities to me. I was grateful to have been selected as a finalist, especially with such a great group who were not only impressive leaders but also my friends.”
Vecellio, a biochemistry major from Michigan, was very involved in many activities during his time at Carroll.
“I was lucky to have a whole range of experiences during my years at JCU. I worked as a tour guide for three years. I also worked as a teaching assistant for the chemistry department in general chemistry, organic chemistry and forensic chemistry. In campus ministry, I participated in many retreats. I have had so many opportunities to get involved, and I hope to continue many of those interests,” Vecellio said.
Vecellio is also a member of the Arrupe Scholars Program, a student liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action and went on an immersion trip to Honduras in 2015.
In order to be considered as a finalist, seniors must be nominated by members of the John Carroll community through an online form. After the student has been nominated, campus ministry collects involvement resumes from all the nominees. The nominations then went to a finalist committee, where they select the finalists. The graduating class then has the opportunity to vote for the finalists when they pick up their caps and gowns.
After graduation, Vecellio will be attending medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
“After a lot of waiting to hear back [about acceptance into medical school], I’m excited to start. OUWB is located near Detroit, so I’ll be headed back near where I grew up.”
The Beaudry Award is named after Robert Beaudry, who graduated from JCU in 1950. He was active on campus and continued to support JCU until his untimely death in a plane crash in 1951.
In memory of Beaudry, the Carroll Faith Communities initiated the “Beaudry Man of the Year Award,” later renamed the Beaudry Award to honor a student that exemplifies the Jesuit notion of ‘men and women for others’.
When asked if he exemplifies a “man for others,” Vecellio responded, “I don’t think I even come close to my role models that exemplify ‘men and women for others’. However, I am lucky that I still gave a lot of time to keep growing. Carroll has built a wonderful environment for students to develop in faith, service and leadership, but this is a lifelong journey. Hopefully, I will continue that growth in order to best serve others. I owe a great deal of my character formation to JCU, and I hope that I can represent our home well.”
“Carroll has pushed me to challenge my comfort zones and work beyond my own expectations,” Vecellio said. “I have done a great deal of developing at JCU.”
“I can’t think of a better place to be,” Vecellio said regarding John Carroll. “I truly feel at home here. I can’t thank faculty, staff and my fellow Blue Streaks enough for the greatest four years of my life. I’m unbelievably thankful to receive this honor.”