Archdiocese of Philadelphia Honors Distinguished Scholars from Catholic Secondary Schools at 37th Annual Academic Honors Convocation

Thursday, May 19th

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word preceding the 37th Annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  This event honors graduating seniors from 32 Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools for their academic excellence.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016
6:15 p.m. (procession)
6:30 p.m. (Liturgy of the Word)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

The students, who are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic success and dedication to their studies.  This year 149 students are included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

“The Class of 2016 distinguished scholars and their families have many achievements to celebrate.  The Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation gives us the opportunity to highlight those achievements through prayerful recognition. As all of our seniors throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia prepare for their Baccalaureate masses and Commencement Exercises we offer them prayerful best wishes for a happy and successful future,” said Sr. Maureen McDermott, IHM, Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools.

Stephen Anderson, a senior from Bishop Shanahan High School is this year’s student speaker.  Stephen will address those in attendance after all students have received their medals.  His topic will be Equipping Saints for Life in This World and the Next.  Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education, will deliver closing remarks.  The 2016 All Catholic Chorus will provide the liturgical music, under the direction of Mrs. Katherine Chmelko and accompanied by organist, Mrs. Sándor Kádár.

Those individuals with asterisks after their names are in the Connelly Foundation Neumann Scholars Program. Initiated in 1995, this scholarship program identifies academically talented eighth grade students through an independently administered competitive examination and provides four year scholarships to attend any Archdiocesan high school.



(Schools are categorized below according to county)


Archbishop Wood High School
Kayla J. Robinson
Lucas R. Dyke*
Evelyn M. Craney*
Kristen A. Boligitz
Nicholas Sonsini
Conor J. McGrath
Jacob R. Mayer
Peter A. Siravo

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Katherine A. Dougherty
Andrew G. Pirrera
Brittany Porter
Olivia L. Schuler*

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Joseph E. Iwasyk
Connor T. Grabowski
Nicholas J. Guiliano

Villa Joseph Marie High School
Victoria C. Schneller
Grace Flynn
Amanda McGill
Holly M. O’Malley


Bishop Shanahan High School
Salena Ringenbach*
James Hennessy*
Stephen Anderson*
Gabrielle Gilbertson
Matthew Holowsko
Conor Waldt
Cosette Vincent
Andrew Johnson

Devon Preparatory School
Alexandru Damian
Sean A. Fulmer
Shyamal B. Patel

Malvern Preparatory School
Jack A. Buttimer
Benjamin J. Yankelitis
Matthew E. Kropiewnicki

 Villa Maria Academy High School
DanaRose Negro
Olivia N. McCloskey
Colleen C. Rohr


Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Anne Marie Crinnion
Janet Wu
Mikayla Schneider

Archbishop Carroll High School
Breda Marie Brady
Brett R. Schratz*
Jordan P. Machita
Matthew C. Fohner
Bridget M. Boylan
Mary C. Hennessy

 Cardinal O’Hara High School
Molly Culbert
Carolyn Andruzko
Jacqueline Rooney
Rachel Sweeney
Nicole Bergamo
Christina Wallace
Aine Sheehan
Robert Morro

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
Emily Katherine Apakian

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School
Emma Killian
Jack Ellis
Katie Hill
Dennis Ervin
Michael McGillen
Morgan McGillian

Bishop McDevitt High School
Isabel P. DeRamos
Jennifer N. Dang
Alexander R. Wilson

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Bridget C. Drakeley
Ava M. Rosati
Emily L. Roberts

Lansdale Catholic High School
Shannon P. Cikowski*
Clare LeeEun Hill
Molly F. Smith
Matthew J. Falcione
Hayoung Kim
Maura Hilsey

 La Salle College High School
Colin W. Christie
Edward F. Goebel
Gabriel J. Holder
Patrick M. McEntee
Nicholas A. Parkes
Joseph A. Rilling
Brenden G. Sosnader
Alex J. Wysoczanski

Merion Mercy Academy
Megan M. Gilligan
Emmalee M. Graham
Sabina J. Maurer
Meghan R. McDermott

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Taylor Grey
Sarah Haurin
Julianna Kardish
Laurie Metzler

Pope John Paul II High School
Jodi L. Graf
Daniel Edward Temme
Cassandra M. McHugh*
Bridget E. Ringenwald
Reiley M. Cotter
Christopher D. Bunn
William J. Keefe

Saint Basil Academy
Meredith Moore
Alyssa Urbano


Archbishop Ryan High School
Erica Brianne Fuss
Sean M. Krumpe
Daniela Nguyen
Tyler DiMatteo
Victoria McHugh
Marissa Rivera
Kelli A. Beveridge
Elizabeth A. Moroz
Krista A. Martin
Matthew M. Miller
Julianne T. Blank

Father Judge High School for Boys
Henry R. Garant
Ryan P. Davis
Ryan T. Green*
Ryan E. Phy
Thomas P. McMonagle
Vincent M. Darmohray
Zachary J. Gallagher

 John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
Grace R. Bridy*
Juliette E. Palermo
Hyun Jae Lim

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Theresa M. Pearce
Jamie L. Galanaugh*
Kristen P. Adamczyk
Ngoc Anh Ho

Mercy Vocational High School
Asya Foye
Jared D. Meares
Giavana M. Parker

Nazareth Academy High School
Genevieve Silla
Erin Roche
Catherine Schluth

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
Vincent Louis Capitolo
Michael Bartholomew Frye*
Luke Thomas Forrence
Liam Michael Wallis
Thomas J. Stevens
Matthew C. Vanderveer
Robert Francis Campion

 Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Katy S. Vieira*
Madison T. Moses
Allison Hooven
Angela Morris

Saints John Neumann-Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Nael Albaki
Aileen Small
Lange W. Eo
Haley Herron

Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School
Paul M. Cox
Matthew P. Ix
James McFadden
Christopher R. Fecca
Zakir Murji

West Catholic Preparatory High School
Jasmine Mays


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