Montini Catholic High School, on behalf of the Karl Weiger Family, presented the fifth annual Jonathan Weiger "Johnny Always Wins" Memorial Scholarship following an all school Mass on Friday, August 31st (celebrated with Father Jeff Stoneberg of Christ the King Parish in Lombard). This year, the honor went to freshman, Sarah Ernat. Sarah attended Sacred Heart School in Lombard.
Each year, members of Montini's incoming freshman class are invited to submit an essay to be considered the scholarship. The Weiger Family selects a student displaying high moral character, a deep commitment to their faith, and achieving academic excellence at the grade school level, to receive the scholarship.
President Jim Segredo gave a heartfelt tribute to former student, Johnny Weiger, and announced Sarah as the recipient of the scholarship in his memory. Johnnys parents, Karl and Fran Weiger, presented the award.
Johnny Weiger joined Montini's school community for the 2011-12 school year as a member of the Class of 2015. He was also a member of Montini's football team with aspirations to continue his football career at Notre Dame. During Johnny's freshman year, he was diagnosed with leukemia. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, his leukemia was cured. As Johnny was preparing for his sophomore year, however, he was hospitalized with a rare blood disorder commonly referred to as TTP, which can be caused by a bone marrow transplant. He passed away on November 4, 2012 due to complications from the TTP.
"Throughout his battle with leukemia and TTP, Johnny displayed the spirit of a champion," said Mr. Segredo. "He always showed great courage, fight and a deep commitment to his faith."
Sarah will receive a scholarship of $1,000 per year during her four years at Montini. She is the daughter of Donald and Christine Ernat of Lombard and a member of Sacred Heart Parish.