ACCHS Student Leader Recognized for School Citizenship and Service 

 Griffin Patridge, a recent graduate at Allentown Central Catholic High School, could be easily dubbed a “man for all seasons.” Patridge was a standout in all aspects of student life: academics, athletics, student government and extra-curricular activities. For this reason, Patridge was honored with the Francis and Mary Waldron Family Award for the graduating senior who exemplifies school citizenship and service. 

“Griffin embraced all aspects of student life at Central Catholic,” Randy Rice, school principal, said. “He truly represented the ideals of our school and was a tremendous role model for our students.” 

Griffin Patridge, 2023 Francis and Mary Waldron Family Award Recipeint

Francis and Mary Waldron Family Award 2023During his four years at Central Catholic, Patridge not only excelled in the activities he participated, but was a leader in many of them. A snapshot of his involvement or honors include: 

  • President, Student Council his senior year and class president during his first three years. 
  • Captain or co-captain, of championship football, basketball and baseball teams. 
  • Member of the National Honor Society 
  • National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter Small School Scholar Athlete Award 

He even participated in Central Catholic’s school-wide music video entry as part of the “Make a Joyful Noise” campaign organized by the Diocese of Allentown to celebrate Catholic school spirit. 

Faith-Filled Couple’s Legacy of Generosity and Commitment to Catholic Education

This is the ninth year for the Francis and Mary Waldron Family Award, which is funded annually through the Francis and Mary Waldron Family Endowment Fund managed by the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to the annual student citizenship and service award, the fund may also support scholarships, and academic and extra-curricular programs at Allentown Central Catholic High School