Andre Clovis ‘26 is the 2024 recipient of the Cerasia Award, presented each year to a student who exhibits persistence and resilience during his years at Delbarton. He received the award at a Delbarton convocation during a Morning Meeting on February 7.
The Cerasia Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Michael C. Cerasia, a member of the class of 1994 who died tragically with his older brother in a boating accident during the summer following his freshman year. His father Robert Cerasia P'94 of North Caldwell witnessed today's presentation with his business partner Andrew Barrow '88, as did Andre’s father Chenier Clovis P’26,’27, his brother Hans Clovis ‘27 and his teachers, guidance counselors and friends. After the presentation they enjoyed a reception in Spada Commons. Andre's mother Wouedline, who was ill today, certainly was there in spirit. From left below are Chenier Clovis P'26,'27, Andre Clovis '26, Bob Cerasia P'94, Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, O.S.B., and Andrew Barrow '88.
Hans and many of Andre's friends, teachers and guidance counselors joined him in Spada Commons for a reception after the presentation...
Delbarton's second headmaster, Rev. Stephen Findlay OSB, borrowed the Delbarton motto Succisa Virescit from Monte Cassino, the spiritual home of the Benedictine order in Cassino, Italy which was founded by St. Benedict in 529 A.D. The monastery was destroyed and rebuilt four times, most recently during World War II, thus the motto "cut down, it goes back stronger." Life doesn't always go according to one's plans, and occasionally we face more than the usual hurdles, including the devastating loss of a loved one. Sometimes the cutting down doesn't happen outside, but inside a person...and growing back begins there too.
In his remarks this morning, after announcing the name of this year's Cerasia Award recipient, Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, O.S.B., paid tribute to Andre Clovis for the strength and support he continues to share with others, especially his family and friends.
Sadly, last winter Andre and his family were forced to cope with the death of his younger sibling with whom he shared a strong brotherly bond. Freshman Guidance Counselor Matt Kovachik says, “Andre and his brother were very close and, in many ways, Andre served as a primary care giver for his brother.”
Director of Diversity and Community Belonging Jenna Gomez also has gotten to know Andrew well and says, “Although Andre and his family have experienced deep loss at an age before many do, he has persevered and continues to be a light in all of our lives, quick to put a smile on his friend's faces. Dre gets his strength from his faith which he navigates more expertly and thoughtfully than most adults I know. We are so proud of the young man that he is and are grateful for his presence in our lives and for the strength he so freely gives.”
Gomez adds, “During his tenure at Delbarton, Andre has consistently impressed teachers, directors and guidance counselors with his coping skills and tenacity both in and outside of the classroom.”
The Delbarton community congratulates Andre and his family for this well-deserved honor. In addition to receiving the Cerasia Award plaque, Andre Clovis's name will be added to the large commemorative display on the second floor of St. Benedict Hall outside the Hayes Room.