NORTH ANDOVER — Margaret Guggenberger and Grace Fallon, eighth-graders at St. Michael School, have volunteered at Cor Unum, the program that provides food to the less fortunate in Lawrence.
They have also made sandwiches for Lazarus House, which has a similar mission, and each day they give up their recess time to help the 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers during lunch. Margaret and Grace have been altar servers for the last few years and they often serve as lectors at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Michael Church.
“They are also high-honor roll students,” Principal Susan Gosselin said.
The Archdiocese of Boston recently expressed its appreciation to Margaret and Grace by presenting them with the St. Dominic Savio Award. They were among only seven middle school students from throughout the archdiocese, which includes Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties, to receive this honor.
They are both Girl Scouts and have earned two of the four religion awards that are granted by that organization, The Family of God and I Live My Faith. They are members of Troop 60298, which meets at St. Michael Church.
Gosselin said Margaret and Grace are leaders and role models at the school. Margaret, commonly known as Maggie, is secretary of the National Junior Honor Society while Grace serves as vice president of that organization.
Both girls will attend North Andover High School next year. Margaret said she aspires to become a teacher, either in kindergarten or middle school, while Grace said she has a passion for creative writing.
“It’s very encouraging,” Grace said when asked how she feels about receiving this prestigious award.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for your faith and everything you do for the church,” Margaret said. They were recommended for the St. Dominic Savio Award by Gosselin, Assistant Principal Susan Rogge and the Rev. Kevin Deeley, pastor of St. Michael Church.