By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic’s Brian Touma was honored on Wednesday morning with the 19th annual Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship award.
The scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Hammeke by his wife, Grace, and is supported by the Knights of Columbus Summit Council 783, of which Mr. Hammeke was an active member. The award is presented every year to one current UC freshman student and is renewable for the recipient's remaining years at Union Catholic.
Touma, who lives in Roselle Park, was chosen based on his successful integration into Union Catholic, good grades, and his response to the call to "become all God calls you to be" at UC.
Touma was presented with the scholarship certificate by Mr. William J. Harris, the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Summit Council 783, during a special ceremony on UCTV.
“I feel so honored and grateful to receive this award,’’ Touma said at a special breakfast at UC to honor his achievement. “It’s a great achievement for me. To be chosen out of all the freshmen in the school means everything to me.’’
Touma said it didn’t take long for him to realize that UC was the perfect place for him.
“I knew the minute I walked into Union Catholic for Open House last year that this is where I wanted to be,’’ said Touma. “UC has a great track team and a great drama program, and great academics, all things I was looking for. Union Catholic has been everything I hoped it would be and more.’’
Touma is very active at Union Catholic. He’s a member of the cross-country team, the Performing Arts Company, the Animal Rights Club, and he serves as an escort for UC’s Freshman For A Day program.
“I love being involved here at UC, and I really enjoy being part of the Freshman For A Day program,’’ said Touma. “I had such a great experience when I came here as an eighth grader for Freshman For A Day, so I wanted to give back and be part of the program as a freshman and show the students that visit here what an amazing place Union Catholic is.’’