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As Seen In: de Sales Sheet Magazine, Fall 2020 Edition

The graduating class of 2020 included 94 young men and women who now attend a variety of colleges and universities across the United States. In our annual Five Faces feature, de Sales Sheet readers get to know several of our youngest alumni who were nominated by faculty and staff as outstanding representatives of Mount de Sales Academy.

The Monsignor John Cuddy Spirit of Service Award honors the senior who most exemplifies the same gentle nature, admirable courage, and deep religious commitment of the late Monsignor Cuddy. The recipient shares Monsignor Cuddy’s legacy to open the doors of faith for others and reach out to those in the local community. This year’s recipient is Sarah Breitenbach, the youngest of five sisters, all of whom attended Mount de Sales over the past thirteen years. Sarah was voted “Most Friendly” by her classmates and has made a positive impact on the MDS community as an athlete, musician, and dancer. As a senior, Sarah led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, cheered, and continued her dance career at Madison Dance Studio three to four times a week.

Sarah was especially moved to receive this award as her first memories of Macon include Monsignor Cuddy. The Breitenbachs moved to Macon from Ohio in 2003. Monsignor Cuddy served as a greeter at St. Joseph Catholic Church and was one of the first people the Breitenbachs met as new residents of Middle Georgia. Sarah eventually started first grade at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and became a Cavalier in seventh grade.

Mrs. Georgia Olson, Upper School faculty, describes Sarah as one of the kindest and most positive, spirited students she has ever encountered. “Sarah truly embodies the values of the Sisters of Mercy. Sarah always had a smile on her face and gave her best, no matter what challenges she faced. She always showed true kindness and respect to all others she encountered, and was a joy to have in the classroom.”

Sarah is a freshman at Georgia Tech, where she plans to major in business administration. She continues her passion for dance and school spirit as a member of the elite Goldrush Dance Team.

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Mount de Sales Academy is a private Catholic school located in Macon, GA, and serves students in Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and other surrounding counties. MDS is sponsored and inspired by the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1876, MDS has served a diverse college-preparatory community of learners—students and teachers alike—who are poised to discover, challenged to innovate, and motivated to serve.