Archdiocese of Philadelphia Honors Distinguished Scholars From Catholic Secondary Schools at 38th Annual Academic Honors Convocation

Friday, May 12th

Monsignor Daniel Kutys, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Moderator of the Curia, will be the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word preceding the 38th Annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This event honors graduating seniors from 33 Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools for their academic excellence. Thursday, May 18, 2017 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, PA 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 155 students are included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year. For the first time in its 38-year history the Academic Honors Convocation will be streamed in real-time utilizing Facebook Live via the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Facebook page at

“The Class of 2017 distinguished scholars, their families, and loved ones have much to celebrate as they draw closer to high school graduation. The Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation, a time honored tradition, gives us in the Office of Catholic Education as well as their teachers and administrators the opportunity to commend and honor them on their hard work and diligence in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 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 Sister Maureen McDermott, IHM, Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools.

Killeen McCans, a senior from Cardinal O’Hara High School is this year’s student speaker. Killeen will address those in attendance after all students have received their medals. She was chosen from among seven student honorees who submitted essays and auditioned this year. Killeen is a Neumann Scholar and a Notre Dame Summer Scholar. She participates in a number of extracurricular activities including the “Danny Hammond Dance Marathon,” National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, and Community Service Corps. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education, will deliver closing remarks. The 2017 All Catholic Chorus will provide the liturgical music, under the direction of the conductor, Mrs. Marge Campbell and accompanied by organist, Mrs. Cheryl Manfredonia. 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

Erin E. Lalli

Andrew S. Flinn

Erin L. Nguyen

Anastasia M. Ballasy

Julie M. Dwyer

Kathryn E. Ratner

Ryan J. Miller

Jessica L. Conroy

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

Mikayla M. Griffin

Declan C. Carolan*

Stephen A. Siladji

Cassidy L. Hayden

Matthew E. Costanzo

Holy Ghost Preparatory School

Carlo G. Duffy

Conor J. Gibbons

Luke T. Profy

Mark A. Vigliotti

Villa Joseph Marie High School

Kerri M. Czekner

Jennifer E. Wagner

Samantha L. Arbiz


Bishop Shanahan High School

Anthony Fonash

Kathryn McGonagle

Eileen Mostyn*

Megan Muller*

Matthew Downing

Julia Szabla*

Luke Swiatek*

Devon Preparatory School

Michael J. Bonfiglio

Malvern Preparatory School

Zachary DeStefano

Sean Ward

Tyler Pizzico

Marcus Nowlan

Villa Maria Academy High School

Jessica R. Perry

Hope W. Reynolds

Allison H. Van Grinsven


Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Julia Walton

Jane Overend

Merry Gu

Kathleen O’Connor

Archbishop Carroll High School

Isabelle M. Rullo*

David J. Fohner

Katherine A. Hageney

Gabrielle P. Lyons

Zachary A. Campbell

Kevin A. Patzuk

Madison E. Bristowe

Cardinal O’Hara High School

Frances Claire Schueren

Mary Killeen McCans*

Gavin Inglis*

Emily Ann Markley

William John Issertell

Edward Justus Issertell

Schola Eburuoh

Mary Cecilia Sheehan

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Elizabeth Clare McLaughlin

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School

Riley M. Dolan

Emily R. Rockenbach

Elysia A. Konecny

Casey L. Rafferty

Jing L. Zheng

John F. Tercha


Bishop McDevitt High School

Catherine T. Nguyen*

Marie Abegail Estampa

Andrew Q. Pham*

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School

Alyssa A. Gesek

Julia M. Coakley

Madison P. Regan

Lansdale Catholic High School

Andrew Morris Danielson*

Kerry Marie Silidker

Brenna Elizabeth Sweeney*

Ashleigh Ellen Falcione

Connor Patrick Thomson

La Salle College High School

Samuel Bauer Altier

Colin Thomas Beveridge

John Thomas Galbreath

Lucas John Gregory

Christopher James Hladczuk

Liam John Kelley

David Thomas Kennedy

Alexander F. Sislo

Kyle Paul Tokiwa

Merion Mercy Academy

Kristen B. Beckett

Nicole R. DiAntonio

Thérèse B. Mills

Daniela T. Sciulli

Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Meredith Mayes

Theresa Worthington

Margaret Lynch

Ava Self

Pope John Paul II High School

James Murphy*

Benjamin Ferris*

Ryan M. DiLeva

Kristen Mahoney

Matthew Lohr

Jake C. Maya

Andrew P. Gray

Saint Basil Academy

Natalie Kucowski

Madelyn Riehman


Archbishop Ryan High School

Sammantha Chiu

Jack G. Sliwa*

Karen Herrera

Jacqueline J. Burke

Cara F. DiMarcantonio*

Sean G. Zarzatian

Katie Rose Hancin

Madison Morales

Mary Grace Berchick

Myrani Figueroa

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Angie Ortiz

Axelle Onadja

Father Judge High School for Boys

John R. Carley*

Connor W. McQuillan

Brendan M. Mallon

Brian J. Giampietro

Andrew G. Hearn

Adam R. Nork

Dylan A. Ulshafer

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School

Leslie M. Yip

Minh C. Nguyen

Katerina I. Evangelou

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls

Erin Collins*

Thao P. Nguyen

Laura S. Porretta

Julianna N. Vivino

Mercy Career & Technical High School

Nghi Tran

Jennifer Rocio Sinchi

Nazareth Academy High School

Veronica J. Bloom

Sofia H. Capece

Rebecca J. Masgai

Roman Catholic High School for Boys

Nicholas Steven Bishop

Edward R. Dunbar

Sean P. Brown

Luke Peter Hrushanyk*

Justin Francis Convery

Luke Michael McParland

Bryan Lee

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Delaney M. Donaghy

Kaylee M. Krapp*

Megan M. Lodes*

Katie N. Ortiz

Franchesca M. Torres

Saints John Neumann-Maria Goretti Catholic High School

Jamin Chen

Alexandra M. Arrigale

Lucinda C. Mileto

Julianna M. Scarduzio

Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School

Daniel L. Leonard

Jason P. Miles, Jr.

William T. Mitchell

Thomas E. White

Jack N. Yocom

Aidan P. O’Connor

Declan B. Mirabella

West Catholic Preparatory High School

Bemenet Girma

Alexis Wiley

Brianna Wilson

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