Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Press photos by Stephanie RaphunCatasauqua High School senior Shane Dolon, a Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award recipient, takes a moment to celebrate with Tara Roseman, a counselor at CHS; Cathy Stephens, from TPA; and Dale Stephens, TPA Post L president. Press photos by Stephanie RaphunCatasauqua High School senior Shane Dolon, a Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award recipient, takes a moment to celebrate with Tara Roseman, a counselor at CHS; Cathy Stephens, from TPA; and Dale Stephens, TPA Post L president.
The 2018 high school recipients of the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Awards gather together for a group photo at the event, held April 12 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. The 2018 high school recipients of the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Awards gather together for a group photo at the event, held April 12 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Roseman speaks on Dolon’s behalf, saying he is an outstanding member of his senior class and deserves recognition for all the hard work he has done throughout his high school career. Roseman speaks on Dolon’s behalf, saying he is an outstanding member of his senior class and deserves recognition for all the hard work he has done throughout his high school career.
Katrina Fritz, MA, BSN, RN, shares well-wishes and career advice for the award recipients in their future endeavors. Katrina Fritz, MA, BSN, RN, shares well-wishes and career advice for the award recipients in their future endeavors.
Patricia Palencar, secretary for Post L and treasurer and chairwoman of the Post L’s Deaf and Near Deaf Trust Fund, speaks to guests at the April 12 award event. Patricia Palencar, secretary for Post L and treasurer and chairwoman of the Post L’s Deaf and Near Deaf Trust Fund, speaks to guests at the April 12 award event.

CHS student among those honored for TPA altruism award

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN Special to The Press in School

Catasauqua High School senior Shane Dolon was chosen to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award for his reliability and hard work and for being a continuous example of a team player for his peers.

A banquet was held April 12 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

The TPA Altruism Award honors those with a selfless concern for the well-being of others, and the staff at Catasauqua High School unanimously determined that Dolon was the most shining example of altruism at the high school. Tara Roseman, a guidance counselor at Catasauqua High School, spoke on Dolon’s behalf, saying he is a three-sport athlete and a member of the National Honor Society, SADD, The Brown and White school newspaper and the Varsity “C” Club.

Dolon is a member of the varsity boys basketball and baseball teams. He attended every practice and worked hard each day to stay focused and continue working toward team goals. He also signed up for the soccer team in the middle of the season because the team was in need of players. He even volunteered to be the goalie. Dolon became starting goalie and had an incredible season, even though he had never played soccer. Dolon is also a member of the Varsity “C” Club and offers his time to help out at Catasauqua football games.

In addition to being a team player and a successful athlete, Dolon excels academically. He is currently ranked number 6 out of 129 and has a GPA of a 95.31. Dolon plans to attend Kutztown University in the fall to study accounting and finance.

Katrina Fritz, MA, BSN, RN, was a guest speaker at the event and shared stories about her numerous years in the health industry as well as her personal journey through life and what she learned along the way. Fritz thanked Dolon and his peers for their service and dedication to the community and for serving as an outstanding example for others to follow.

Fritz reminded recipients to “always be the best version of yourself and to accept that that version will change as you learn and grow in life.” She also cautioned the seniors not to let labels define or limit them on their journey and to find ways to use their talents and bright light to set themselves apart from others. Fritz offered well-wishes and career advice for the recipients in their future endeavors.

The TPA Post L in the Lehigh Valley is a national nonprofit organization and the largest post of the Pennsylvania division. TPA also has a Post L Deaf and Near Deaf Trust Fund and they offer “Children Have an Identity” (CHAD) stickers for placement on child safety seats to facilitate child identification in the event of emergencies.