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300 Students Receive Academic Honors

During Founders Week,  Holy Family Catholic High School tradition celebrates the academic accomplishments of our students through our Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Sunday, April 24, and our Academic Honors Ceremony on Thursday, April 28. This year, more than 300 students were honored for academic excellence during the Academic Honors Day ceremony. Holy Family Catholic High School celebrates the hard work of all of our students but on these days, we pause to acknowledge those whose efforts in the classroom bring forward positive environments and, at times, measurable results. Congratulations to our students recognized this week.

Honor Society Ceremony Highlights

Honor Society Advisor Jacob Dueck welcomed families before introducing guest speaker, Carver County Commissioner Matt Udderman. Following the induction of members, selected student speakers was Sophia Mackey ’22 and Allison Schumbacher provided closing thoughts.

Honor Society Inductees

3-4 semesters of participation

Emma Augustyn, Ella Augustyn, Kamea Bale, Jacob Burlage, Isabel Busch, Reagan Cizek, Austin Clifford, Catherine Dueck, Jack Egenes, Jocelyn Fett, Vivian French, Courtney French, Sydney Hickey, Angelina Huynh, Phoebe Johnson, Gabrielle Kapke, Boden Kapke,  Maeve Kelly, Alexander Ketchem, Andrew Klawitter, Lillian Kunkel, Natalie Larson, Jackson Lund, Tamara Mackey, Lauren Mendoza, Gabriela Oconitrillo, Keenan Olsen, Nick Osgood, Isabella Paidosh, Kieran Paidosh, Olivia Paidosh, Kristian Palattao, Chloe Perrin-Smith, Thomas Red Wing, Abigail Ries, Kiera Schmeling, Zoe Schuele, Caitlin Sieve Charles Smith, Samuel Treat, Kayla Woytcke, Sophie Zay

Laurel Members 5-6 semesters of participation

Julia Anderson, Katherine Anseth, Jack Bauer, Sophia Boockmeier, Elijah Bresnan, Eleanor Bush, Hanna Bush, Caroline Cronin, Christopher Deavan, Edward Diminnie, Josephine Elsner, Rebecca Ernst, Kaellan Foudray, Benjamin Gallus, Olivia Guyer, Sophia Hall, Dayrin Jimenez, Alison Kunkel, Kori Lenzmeier, Mary Lizak, Ava Mettler, Emma Murphy, Makenzie Pavelka, My-Linh Pavelka, Michael Richelsen, Bennett Russo, Kellen Sieve, Janielle Stanoch, Melanie Stewart-Hester, Isabel Van Eyll, Madeleine Wiitala, Lorelei Wilson, Elizabeth Witcombe

Gold Members 7 semesters of participation

Jack Barth, Ryley Covington, Claire Haley, Ella Kunze, Sophia Mackey,, Molly O’Connor Derek Pass, Hailey Pavelka, Ellen Ries, Matthew Santini, Emma Schuele, Allison Schumacher, Joseph Tinucci, Cela Watkins

 

The 2022 Academic Honors Ceremony

Guests were welcomed by President Michael Brennan with the following words,

“We gather today to lift and celebrate the achievements of one and other in the areas of academics, the cornerstone of the educational experience and supported by the foundation of our Catholic faith. Today, we highlight, recognize, and honor the hard work of those students who excel in the playing fields of our classrooms. It is an opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements that are measured in GPAs, Advanced Placement and ACT scores, but it is also a time we recognize the effort, personal growth maturity attitude, grit, resilience, and commitment to one’s continuous improvement. These qualities are not necessarily captured in grades and test scores but witnessed daily by our teachers.”

 

Each academic department awarded individual performance within the subject area not always depicted by GPA but also by perseverance to learn and grow in understanding.

Department Awards:

Ms. Leslie Swanson presented the English Pursuit of Excellence Award

Ms. Leslie Swanson shared, “In an era where attention is often held by Instagram pictures and Tik Tok videos, the English faculty greatly appreciates your efforts toward thoughtful verbal expression, depth over brevity, clarity of ideas, an abundance of creativity and a willingness to put forth quality work.”

Outstanding Academic Success in Honors and AP courses.

“AP Literature is a class that incorporates critical reading and writing and discussions strategies for preparation at the collegiate level. A recipient of the AP Literature Award is one who embodies an attitude of both perseverance and passion. These two recipients are both hard workers, self-motivated, and natural leaders in the classroom, all while being humble and appreciative of the learning process. Even though AP Literature is rigorous and can be stressful at times, these students never complained but rather whole heartedly embraced their educational experience each time they entered the classroom.”

Recipients  Eddie Diminnie and Ellen Ries

Creative Writing Awards by Ms. Carlee Kocon
“Our next three students dazzled the English Department by creating uniquely complex characters and plot twists all while utilizing humor and honesty to appeal to the readers through stories and speeches. Throughout their four years here, they possessed both a desire to write well grammatically but also to craft ideas to provoke thought long after they are read. They have constantly impressed their teachers with thoughtful analysis, critical thinking, and drive to succeed at every challenge presented their way.”

Recipients: Lucy Hertl, Hailey Pavelka, Elise Torborg

Spirit of English Award

The English Department would also like to recognize two students who consistently push themselves in their English classes and These students came prepared to participate and their participation and willingness to engage in conversation and group work greatly enhanced our classes. These students constantly pushed themselves to next level thinking and created high level work on time and with great effort. These students went above and beyond in our classes and soared to new heights.

Recipients: Dylan Ehlers and Ryan Thurk

Fine Arts: Music – Visual Arts

Music All-State Awards presented by Director of Instrumental Music Laura Boillat and Director of Vocal Music Jonathan Kopplin 

Director of Instrumental Music Laura Boillat described the prestige of Minnesota’s all-state music program. She said, “The MN Music Education Association’s All State band, choir and orchestra program is widely recognized by guest conductors across the country as one of the best in the nation. This is due primarily to the rigorous audition and rehearsal process students undergo in order to earn a spot in one of these ensembles. Because of this, some of the best instrumental and choral directors come to Minnesota in August to work with our state’s best students.”

Director of Vocal Music Jonathan Kopplin further explained the purpose further. He shared, “In March, 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to audition for the all state ensembles for the following year. Choir and band students are required to record solos, scales, and e tus that highlight their grasp of intonation, rhythm, and artistic interpretation. If selected, the all-state students attend a week-long camp in August where they are taught by the guest director for their selected ensemble with additional teaching help from some of the best band and choir directors in the state.”

He continued, “At the end of the week, the ensembles perform a concert to highlight the music they have learned. However, that is not all. In February of the following year, the all-state choir, band, and orchestra students reconvene with their guest conductors to perform the Minnesota All-State Concert at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. This event serves as the culmination of the MN Music Education Association’s Midwinter Clinic, an event that brings together many different music educators in the state.”

Two students were selected for all-state music ensembles: Isabel Busch – MN All State Mixed Choir and Sophia Heles, MN All State Concert Band

Visual Arts present by Mrs. Lindsey Werner

In the art room, we see a huge variety of students and talents. it is my absolute joy to see what these individuals create every single day. This year I have two awards to present.

The first is the Newcomer Award. This award goes to someone who has worked really hard in lots of different capacities, exploring what they can do.  I am excited to see where it will continue to go from here.

Newcomer of the Year– Rachel Spoden

Our next award recipient has overcome many obstacles and stayed very positive throughout even if the outcome wasn’t exactly what she imagined. The recipient of the overcoming obstacles and positivity award is

Gabriella Oconitrillo.

Health and Physical Education

 

The PE department honored several students who have shown outstanding performance throughout the year. The following students were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and positivity toward physical activity.

Two Female Performers of the Year: Macey Smith, Karly Gagnon

Two Male Performers of the Year: Dylan Ehlers, Thomas Red Wing, Graham McPhee, Austin Clifford


Mathematics presented by Ms. Karen Atkinson

The Mathematics Department has had an amazing year and witnessed students grow and learn throughout the year.


Exponential Achievement Award

The students receiving this award have shown tremendous growth and perseverance.

JJ McKenna, Ava Wilson, Will Sandefur, Dayrin Jiminez, Liam Crowley, Evan Marsh, George Moran, Sophie Smith


Outstanding Mathematician

Standouts in their class and have shown leadership in math

Isabel Busch, Nate Hamilton, Elise Torborg, Cam Hendrickson, Justina Valentini, Jackson lund, Jack Barth, Matt King, Lydia Dalwater


Math League Letters

The Math League varsity team finished 14th in Minnesota in their first season in Class AA and second in their division.

Recipients of Math League Letters

Isabel Busch
Edward Diminnie
Eli Foudray
Nate Hamilton
Andrew Klawitter
Elijah Moe
Emma Murphy
Hailey Pavelka
Michael Richelsen
Lucas Schoenecker
Alex Schrupp
Izzy VanEyell

Science Department presented by Mr. Jim Walker

The Science Department would like to award students who demonstrated stubborn tenacity with eight semesters of science.

Eight Semesters of Science Medals

Briar Charchenko
Grant Hayes
Molly O’Connor
Lucas Schoenecker
Ian Wagener

Advanced Placement Science Students Medals

Alex Beer
Isabel Busch
Hanna  Bush
Ryley Covington
Edward Diminnie
Isaac Fassil
Nicholas Gesse
Sophia Mackey
Madeline Morgan
Derek Pass
Hailey Pavelka
Katie Savoie
Alex Schrupp
Ally Schumacher

Social Studies

One student from each class who displays and\ interest and passion for the subjects of history, government, geography, or the social sciences was recognized.

Dr. Pottebaum presented:

AP US History

Betsy Ricke

Kori Lenzmeier

AP Human Geography

Cole Spoden

Psychology

Ethan Livermore

Charlie Ficek

US History on behalf of  

Janielle Stanoch

Economics

Daniel Fahey

Government presented by Mr. Kyle Economy

Abigail Puklich

Tommy Westerhaus

 

World History by Mr. Will Theobald

James Guillemette

Technology Department

Engineering Design – creative, understand design process, and demonstrate achieve and go beyond what is called upon them.

Engineering Graphics – Jackson Klamm

Design and Manufacturing – Marcus Wieneke

Programming

Program virtually and for real world applications

Michael Gartlets

Nicholas Stallock

Theology

Father Gjengdahl

On behalf of the Theology Department, it is my privilege to recognize students with our department’s Faith Seeking Understanding Awards.

The intention of this award is to recognize those students who strive to integrate their academic studies of theology with their personal faith lives and faith experiences. They’ve demonstrated a willingness to engage in learning theology for more than simply receiving good grades. They ask good questions, provide meaningful insights, and often go a bit deeper in their approach on class assignments and, ultimately, try to apply their faith to their everyday lives.

Recipients of Theology Awards

9 – Jessica Pass, Aubrey Fahey

10- Ava Wilson, Tommy Westerhaus

11- Sarah Chromy, Benjamin Gallus

12- Kenzie Moss, Aaron Hesse

Campus Ministry

Mrs. Lynnae Bosch, Campus Minister

At Holy Family, Campus Ministry promotes spiritual formation of our school community. A vital part of that program is our Campus Ministry, an elective theology course for seniors. This year I am pleased to recognize one senior from each semester who has consistently demonstrated growth and leadership in faith, service and community.

Luke Geadelmann, Sophia Mackey

World Languages: Italian – Latin – Spanish

The World Language Department is proud of all of our students who are choosing to explore different language and cultures and exploring traveling during their high school careers. This year we would like to honor seniors who have taken all four years of a world language and reached the top of their language classes.

Spanish presented by Mrs. Kidrowski

Maeve Kelly

Lucas Schoenecker

AP Spanish

Emma Schuele

Katie Savoie

AP Spanish by Mrs. Zimmerman

Charles Ficek

Ryley Covington

Italian

Cela Watkins

Sophia Mackey

Latin Academic Excellence presented by Ms. Diggins

This student is a person whose intensity for learning is equally matched with the depth of her character. From the first day I met her through today, her desire to learn Latin, I mean really learn it, has been unwavering. I would teach a concept, a grammar point, and within a very short time she was able to help others in the room understand it.

Recipient: Hailey Pavelka

3.5 GPA Semester Recognition

Students were honored for consistent semesters with a 3.5 GPA or higher are also recognized at the academic honors ceremony. Students with one semester with a 3.5 GPA receive a certificate, three semesters receive a letter, five semesters receive a pin, and seven semesters receive a cord.

Scroll Down to See the Recipients of Grade Point Honors

Matilda Abercrombie – Certificate
Maider Agirre San Martin – Certificate
Andrew Athmann – Certificate
Benjamin Barth – Certificate
Brooke Batker – Certificate
Zachry Beach – Certificate
Natalia Bellefy – Certificate
Nicolas Briden – Certificate
Lucy Carraux – Certificate
Nicholas Charpentier – Certificate
Reagan Cizek – Certificate
Jacob Clifford – Certificate
Casey Cronin – Certificate
Lydia Dauwalter – Certificate
Brianna DeLorenzo – Certificate
Allison Diminnie – Certificate
Dominic Donato – Certificate
Rachel Dorr – Certificate
William Dunlap – Certificate
Beatriz Fahandezh Saddi Cantero – Certificate
Audrey Fahey – Certificate
Caden Farmer – Certificate
Yewbdar Fassil – Certificate
Emily Fenger – Certificate
Elias Foudray – Certificate
Charles Garlets – Certificate
Maren Grussing – Certificate
Hayden Guggemos – Certificate
James Guillemette – Certificate
Grace Guyer – Certificate
Nathan Hamilton – Certificate
Hannah Henderson – Certificate
Marcella Hoffman – Certificate
David Hovey – Certificate
Kaitlyn Jacobs – Certificate
Emma James – Certificate
Sophia Jesse – Certificate
Paige Johander – Certificate
Rose Johnston – Certificate
Luke Kans – Certificate
Sydney Keen – Certificate
Adam Kimbrel – Certificate
Judith Kohrman – Certificate
Brady Krautkramer – Certificate
Alexa Krienke – Certificate
Edward Linn – Certificate
Meredith Linsley – Certificate
Henry Lisko – Certificate
Ana Lopez Polls – Certificate
Zachery Lorusso – Certificate
Christina Maher – Certificate
Tyler Manning – Certificate
Anthony Marschall – Certificate
Ryan McPartland – Certificate
Abraham Melek – Certificate
Harold Mellen – Certificate
Keira Mertz – Certificate
Chase Messner – Certificate
Jillian Mlodozyniec – Certificate
Braedan Nelson – Certificate
Lucia Numelin – Certificate
Olivia O’Brien – Certificate
Philip Olson – Certificate
Noah Pabich – Certificate
Jessica Pass – Certificate
Isabelle Paulson – Certificate
Abigail Road Pawelek – Certificate
Ariana Radel – Certificate
Alexandra Raw – Certificate
Paula Rica Andres – Certificate
Addison Rice – Certificate
Lucas Rice – Certificate
Michael Richardson – Certificate
Simone Roman Vega – Certificate
Kathryn Rothstein – Certificate
William Sandefur – Certificate
Margaret Santini – Certificate
Tayah Schmidt – Certificate
Tyler Schmit – Certificate
Samantha Schumacher – Certificate
Ava Shirley – Certificate
Andrew Silverman – Certificate
Macey Smith – Certificate
Rosalyn Smyth – Certificate
Brady Sorrentino – Certificate
Rachel Spoden – Certificate
Sophia Terris – Certificate
Ella Tracy – Certificate
Henry Trcka – Certificate
Greta Tupa Clark – Certificate
Matilyn Vollmer – Certificate
Lillian Wallace – Certificate
Lauren Westerhaus – Certificate
Thomas Westerhaus – Certificate
Matthew Wideman – Certificate
Marcus Wieneke – Certificate
Bryce Wiitala – Certificate
Jack Willenbring – Certificate
Luciana Witcombe – Certificate
Kalah Worm – Certificate
Evan Woytcke – Certificate
Nicholas Young – Certificate
Desray Anne Zamora – Certificate
Julia Anderson – Cord
Jack Barth – Cord
Alexander Beer – Cord
Isabel Busch – Cord
Hanna Bush – Cord
Jacob Cameron – Cord
Alex Cherry – Cord
Ryley Covington – Cord
Edward Diminnie – Cord
Isaac Fassil – Cord
Charles Ficek – Cord
Luke Geadelmann – Cord
Claire Haley – Cord
Sophia Heles – Cord
Lucy Hertel – Cord
Maeve Kelly – Cord
Ella Kunze – Cord
Sophia Mackey – Cord
Shae Messner – Cord
Madeline Morgan – Cord
Molly O’Connor – Cord
Sydney Osterdyk – Cord
Derek Pass – Cord
Hailey Pavelka – Cord
Makenzie Pavelka – Cord
My-Linh Pavelka – Cord
Pearl Phillips – Cord
Ellen Ries – Cord
Olivia Sadowski – Cord
Matthew Santini – Cord
Kathryn Savoie – Cord
Lucas Schoenecker – Cord
Alexander Schrupp – Cord
Emma Schuele – Cord
Allison Schumacher – Cord
Laura Theis – Cord
Rachel Thurk – Cord
Ryan Thurk – Cord
Joseph Tinucci – Cord
Elise Torborg – Cord
Cela Watkins – Cord
Robert Alexander – Letter
Ella Augustyn – Letter
Emma Augustyn – Letter
Maggie Babler – Letter
Kamea Bale – Letter
Leah Beach – Letter
Nicole Bowlin – Letter
Kate Buchholz – Letter
Jacob Burlage – Letter
Briar Charchenko – Letter
Erik Charchenko – Letter
Joseph Charpentier – Letter
Braylon Cummings – Letter
John Donovan – Letter
Margaret Dowling – Letter
Catherine Dueck – Letter
Jack Egenes – Letter
Dylan Ehlers – Letter
Daniel Fahey – Letter
Jocelyn Fette – Letter
Vivian French – Letter
Karli Gagnon – Letter
Ellanore Galvin – Letter
Mario Gomez – Letter
Bree Hallson – Letter
Kambryn Hendrickson – Letter
Mick Herron – Letter
Ava Hopper – Letter
Angelina Huynh – Letter
Quinn Johander – Letter
Phoebe Johnson – Letter
Gabrielle Kapke – Letter
Alexander Ketchem – Letter
Matthew King – Letter
Andrew Klawitter – Letter
Taylor Koeppl – Letter
Jocelyn Land – Letter
Judah Land – Letter
Samuel Luessi – Letter
Jackson Lund – Letter
Tamara Mackey – Letter
Sophia Markstrom – Letter
Brynn Martin – Letter
Sydney McGuirk – Letter
Benjamin Mechtel – Letter
Elijah Moe – Letter
MacKenzie Moss – Letter
Sofia Neve – Letter
Griffin Newman – Letter
Hannah Newman – Letter
Malick Ngwana – Letter
Gabriela Oconitrillo – Letter
Keenan Olsen – Letter
Nick Osgood – Letter
Olivia Paidosh – Letter
Kristian Palattao – Letter
Logan Paulsen – Letter
Chloe Perrin-Smith – Letter
Elijah Pitner – Letter
Thomas Red Wing – Letter
Abigail Ries – Letter
Julia Riley – Letter
Drew Roelofs – Letter
Nicole Roper – Letter
Nadia Rustowicz – Letter
Caroline Schaefer – Letter
Lily Schaffer – Letter
Sophia Schlegel – Letter
Kiera Schmeling – Letter
Joseph Schmidt – Letter
Zoe Schuele – Letter
Amanda Seck – Letter
Caitlin Sieve – Letter
Charles Smith – Letter
Dylan Spalding – Letter
James Super – Letter
Trevor Thode – Letter
Tyler Thode – Letter
Samuel Treat – Letter
William Warren – Letter
Lauren Weigel – Letter
Rubie Wicka – Letter
Ethan Williams – Letter
Ava Wilson – Letter
Chloe Wright – Letter
Sophia Zay – Letter
Benedict Zweber – Letter
Katherine Anseth – Pin
Jack Bauer – Pin
Anton Bernaski – Pin
Sophia Boockmeier – Pin
Elijah Bresnan – Pin
Eleanor Bush – Pin
Sarah Chromy – Pin
Austin Clifford – Pin
Caroline Cronin – Pin
Christopher Deavan – Pin
Josephine Elsner – Pin
Rebecca Ernst – Pin
Kaellan Foudray – Pin
Courtney French – Pin
Michael Frost – Pin
Benjamin Gallus – Pin
Zoe Griffin – Pin
Olivia Guyer – Pin
Sophia Hall – Pin
Grant Hayes – Pin
Madelyn Helmstetter – Pin
Sydney Hickey – Pin
Abbey Hope – Pin
Dayrin Jimenez – Pin
Boden Kapke – Pin
Riley Knapp – Pin
Ella Knewtson – Pin
Alison Kunkel – Pin
Natalie Larson – Pin
Kori Lenzmeier – Pin
Jack Lisko – Pin
Mary Lizak – Pin
Joseph Maher – Pin
Sean McGaughey – Pin
Lauren Mendoza – Pin
Ava Mettler – Pin
Emma Murphy – Pin
Anika Olson – Pin
Isabella Paidosh – Pin
Kieran Paidosh – Pin
Mark Rahn – Pin
Michael Richelsen – Pin
Jodie Rief – Pin
Shannon Rothstein – Pin
Bennett Russo – Pin
Luke Sabart – Pin
Jack Schaefer – Pin
Kellen Sieve – Pin
Nicholas Stallock – Pin
Janielle Stanoch – Pin
Melanie Stewart-Hester – Pin
Benjamin Strezo – Pin
Emmett Thuli – Pin
Justina Valentini – Pin
Isabel Van Eyll – Pin
Madeleine Wiitala – Pin
Lorelei Wilson – Pin
Elizabeth Witcombe – Pin
Kayla Woytcke – Pin
Mariana Yanta – Pin

 

National Academic Recognitions

National Merit Commended Students: Alexander Beer and Makenzie Pavelka

Advanced Placement Scholars: Alex Schrupp and Sophia Mackey

Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor: Edward Diminnie

Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction: Alex Beer

State Academic Recognitions

AAA Award: Sophia Heles and Luke Geadelmann

High school seniors with 3.0 GPA or higher and participate in MSHSL sponsored activity and athletic activities

Holy Family Senior Honors

Senior Honors:  Valedictorian Isabel Busch | Salutatorian Makenzie Pavelka