St. Gregory the Great School Recognized with Tim Russert Namesake Awards for Second Year


December 13, 2023



Mrs. Keri Del Vecchio, Director of Admissions & Communications

(716) 688-5323

PRESS RELEASE:  St. Gregory the Great School Recognized with Tim Russert Namesake Awards for Second Year 

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - In a celebration of academic excellence and creativity, St. Gregory the Great School proudly announces that one of its outstanding students and a dedicated teacher have been honored with prestigious awards in the name of late journalist and broadcaster Tim Russert. These awards have been created in honor of esteemed political analyst and television host Tim Russert, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the values of integrity, leadership, and dedication to a Catholic education.

Tim Russert, known for his role as the host of NBC's "Meet the Press" and his insightful political analysis, was a respected figure in journalism. He had a profound impact on the field, earning accolades for his commitment to truth and fairness in reporting. 

This year, St. Greg's is proud to announce that Olivia Falvo has been awarded the Tim Russert Scholarship for Creative Writing. This $2,500 scholarship is given to an eighth grade student who demonstrates exceptional skills in creative expression and a commitment to the art of storytelling. Olivia's achievement marks the second consecutive year that a St. Greg's student has been awarded the Tim Russert Scholarship for Creative Writing, highlighting the school's dedication to nurturing and recognizing young talent. Mrs. Tracey Rambharose, St. Greg’s Middle School ELA teacher, nominated both Olivia and last year’s scholarship recipient.

In addition to Olivia's success, second-grade teacher Mrs. Terri Strassel has been honored with the Sr. Lucille Socciarelli/Fr. John Sturm Making a Difference Award. Being a product of Catholic Education in Western New York, Tim Russert named this award after two educators that have had an impactful and profound influence on him during his academic career. This award acknowledges educators who go above and beyond in making a positive impact on their students' lives, embodying the spirit of making a difference. Mrs. Strassel's commitment to fostering a supportive and enriching learning environment has earned her this esteemed recognition.

St. Greg’s is proud of Olivia Falvo and Mrs. Terri Strassel for their outstanding achievements and their well-deserved recognition. These accolades reflect the school's commitment to excellence in education and the cultivation of a nurturing environment that encourages both students and educators to strive for greatness. They both will be honored at the Catholic Education Luncheon on February 6.

In partnership with the parish community, St. Gregory the Great School dedicates itself in  providing a quality academic foundation; the formation of faith through knowledge and understanding of the church; providing a spirit of welcome, compassion and reconciliation; and encouraging the generous development and sharing of our God-given talents.

For more information, please contact St. Gregory the Great School at (716) 688-5323 or [email protected], or visit the website at

**Please watch this video made especially for Mrs. Strassel