The 2017 St. Cecilia Alumnae Association
Outstanding Alumna and Young Alumna of the Year:
Nancy Sanders Peterson Hearn '51 and
Heather Yopp Honeycutt '02 

Nancy Sanders Peterson Hearn '51 is the 2017 Outstanding Alumna of the Year. Nancy has met the challenges in her life with courage, fortitude and a notable amount of flair. Nancy was widowed with six children in her early 40s. She went on to take over her husband's company, Peterson Tool, a worldwide leader in cutting tool technology. While raising a family, Nancy became the chairman of the board and chief executive officer in a field that, in the early 1970s, was not known for raising up strong women leaders. Since that time, she has received numerous awards for her trailblazing achievements for women in the workplace.Nancy was the first American to earn the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. In addition to being a savvy business leader, Nancy is a generous-hearted philanthropist, has served on many boards, and over the last several years, has worked tirelessly as St. Cecilia's major gift chair for the Fine Arts Campaign. Click here to view Nancy's speech from the 2017 Alumnae Luncheon. 

Heather Yopp Honeycutt '02 is the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year. As valedictorian and St. Cecilia Girl of her class, it is evident that Heather stands as a true exemplar of the values and ideals of the St. Cecilia Academy community. However, Heather's contributions to St. Cecilia Academy extend far beyond her academic legacy. In 2009, Heather was appointed as Student Activities Director and worked tirelessly to give new generations of SCArabs the rich St. Cecilia Academy experience once afforded to her. Her work as Student Activities Director is alive today in our service learning program, where she helped refine an extensive service component to the student experience at St. Cecilia Academy. Heather is also an active parishioner at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She also finds time to return to St. Cecilia on an annual basis to bear her personal faith-filled testimony of marriage and family life.  Click here to view Heather's speech from the 2017 Alumnae Luncheon. 

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Alumna Award

2017     Nancy Sanders Peterson Hearn '51
              Heather Yopp Honeycutt '02
2016     Jeri Alessio Carver '56
              Katie Wells '00
2015     Debbie Wallace Craig '65  

              Jill Bader '01
2014     Dale Baird Mitchell '76
2013     Veronica Strobel Seigenthaler '57 and 
              Sister Mary Louis Baltz, O.P. '57
2012     Claudia Volz Kornmeyer '71
2011     Paulette Clark Whitworth '48 and Mildred Sharp Coode '42
2010     Sister Mary Christopher Weiland O.P. '73 and Peggy Hunt '77
2009     Peggy Lampley Robeson '60 
2008     Frances Anne Varallo '63
2007     Jean Drennan Dortch '51 and Julie Dortch Cragon '78
2006     Agnes Eckhardt Nixon '40
2005     Mary Catherine Bradley Hannon '48
2004     Sister Mary Justin Haltom, O.P. '74
2003     Alice Byrne Burns '53
2002     Sister Mary George Barrett O.P. '47
2001     Sister Janet Marie Geist, O.P. '56
2000     Katie Haltom '70
1999     Sister Andrea Vaughn D.C.'39
1998     Frances Petrucelli Varallo '31
1997     Sister Dominica Gobel, O.P. '27
1996     Sue Ann Mannion Simpson '46
1995     Sister Assumpta Long, O.P. '50
1994     Rose Dalton Dortch '14 

Requirements for nomination

  • Alumna service and commitment includes, but is not limited to, involvement with the school as an advocate, volunteer, benefactor, alumnae association officer, faculty or staff member or coach.
  • Leadership and outstanding service in her family, faith, community, vocation, or profession, and in doing so is an inspiration for others.

Nominating an alumna

  • Alumna may be nominated by any fellow alumna, or anyone who knows the nominee (family or friend).
  • Deadline is October 28, 2016
  • Nominations should be sent in one of three ways:
  • Selection committee is comprised of St. Cecilia Alumnae Association Board and SCA Administration. The committee meets in February to select the award recipient. The selection of award recipient is by consensus of the committee. 
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