Katherine Hackett ’11

2021 Fr. Mike Cronogue Award for Service

Presented by Heidi St. Peter ’96

Hello! I’m Heidi St. Peter, Class of 1996, and I’m so thrilled to read the citation for my friend Katherine Hackett, Class of 2011, this year’s recipient of the Fr. Mike Cronogue Service Award. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient.

At Saint Michael’s, Katherine made community service a central part of her four years. Through participating in various MOVE programs as a student, then as an employee, and now an alumna, she created a foundation of service that has only flourished in her years since graduating.

As a student, Katherine participated in countless MOVE programs including Apple Picking, Correctional Volleyball, the Penguin Plunge, and was a core team leader for Best Buddies. She attended several week-long extended service trips as both a student and a staff member. She went twice to New Orleans and Hartford, CT; was a staff leader for the Immokalee, Florida trip, and traveled to the Dominican Republic trip as a student.

She attended Dismas House dinners and Slept in the Shack every year. She also helped me, then director of the MOVE Office, organize the MOVE silent auction. For her countless hours of service to Saint Michael’s and the local community she was recognized as the Newman Civic Fellow at Vermont Campus Compact in 2012 for her “outstanding volunteer work while a student at Saint Michael’s.”

Katherine never stopped, or even slowed down her volunteering after graduating. She has been a long-time and effective fundraiser and advocate for Special Olympics, having participated in numerous Penguin Plunges both in Vermont and in other locations. We always love seeing videos and photos of her running and jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Champlain each February, all for a fabulous cause. She served as chair of Vermont Wish Project, which supports Make-a-Wish Vermont, and was a member of Dragonheart Vermont, an organization that supports and empowers breast cancer survivors through dragon boating.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, Katherine felt the call to give her time to others in need. She delivered donated meals to homebound families in her local community. Just last year, she became a volunteer for Camp Ta-kum-ta, a camp not far from Saint Michael’s, for children who have or had cancer. If that wasn’t enough, she’s been a dependable volunteer for the Institutional Advancement Department, serving as a class agent, reaching out to classmates to support St. Mike’s with a philanthropic gift, as a member of her 5-year and 10-year reunion committees, as an event host in Long Island, and, naturally, as an admissions ambassador. She also served as the 2011 class representative and Admission staff liaison for the Alumni Board of Directors.

Truly, this is not everything Katherine does or has done, but is merely a snapshot of the time she invests in her community. Few people embody the spirit of MOVE, and Fr. Mike’s “heart, head and hand” philosophy the way Katherine Hackett does. She lives the mission of Saint Michael’s, the Edmundites and MOVE every day, and I know Fr. Mike is so proud of her.

Congrats, Kath, on being the 2021 recipient of the Fr. Mike Cronogue Award for Service.