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Anastasia Kinsella of Las Cruces has been named the state Catholic Girl of the Year for 2020-21, the Knights of Columbus Robert G. Gamboa Council 9527 announced.
State Deputy Daniel Vigil and Council 9527 Grand Knight Randy Boyer presented her with a plaque and check for a college scholarship at Holy Cross Church on June 6.
Anastasia is the daughter of William and Jeanne Kinsella, and she is a 2021 graduate of Mayfield High School. She will be attending Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where she will study English or finance.
She was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the state Supreme Council and $100 from the local Council 9527.
Anastasia was selected as Council 9527’s candidate for Catholic Girl of the Year and was chosen from candidates from more than 100 Knights of Columbus councils throughout the state.
The award is given to the graduating high school senior Catholic girl “who best exemplifies the tenets of the Catholic religion and our democratic society,” according to a news release announcing the award.
She must have at least a 3.0 GPA and been accepted to at least one college or university. She must also have demonstrated a high involvement in school, church and community activities. The Knights of Columbus also provides a similar award for the Catholic Boy of the Year.