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Marian Catholic High School to Hold Fifty-Ninth Commencement Ceremony

Sr. Mary Jo Sobieck, O.P. enters the convent at Marian Catholic High School on a spring afternoon. (Photo: Kevin Kelly)
Sr. Mary Jo Sobieck, O.P. enters the convent at Marian Catholic High School on a spring afternoon. (Photo: Kevin Kelly)

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Marian Catholic High School will host its Fifty-Ninth Commencement Ceremony celebrating the Class of 2020 on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Six graduates are from Park Forest: Aamina-Nikole Adebayo, Shannon Fitzgerald, Oluwakemi Johnson, Nicole Krizmanich, Grace Owolabi, and Ashley Saul.

Results of a survey distributed to students and their families indicated overwhelming support for a socially distanced, in-person ceremony.

So, given the current circumstances with the world in the midst of a pandemic, this year’s ceremony will be like no other before it.

Graduates and their guests will sit together in family “pods” on Dave Mattio Field. In compliance with the State of Illinois restrictions on large gatherings, the number of guests is limited for each graduate. Adequate spacing will be allotted between family groups to maintain appropriate social distancing. Guests will be allowed to progress to the stage area with their graduate so that everyone has a front-row seat for the conferring of their student’s diploma. Graduates and guests will be required to wear masks at all times, except for when the graduate is walking across the stage.

Meet the members of the Class of 2020 in their Senior Slideshow.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all in attendance as well as abide by State of Illinois’ guidelines, temperature checks and symptom screenings will be performed prior to entry to the stadium. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the space.

The 213 members of Marian Catholic’s Class of 2020 will attend over 93 colleges and universities in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and two countries, the United Kingdom and Japan. A complete list of graduates is attached along with their hometowns. Sunday’s ceremony is a celebration of each of them and their perseverance and resilience over the past few months.

The members of the Class of 2020 follow, beginning with those from Park Forest.

Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey Leadership at Marian Catholic High School
The Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey Leadership at Marian Catholic High School. (Photo: Kevin Kelly)

Marian Catholic High School Class of 2020


Park Forest

Aamina-Nikole Adebayo, Shannon Fitzgerald, Oluwakemi Johnson, Nicole Krizmanich, Grace Owolabi, Ashley Saul


Madison Lockwood


Alexis Delgado

Blue Island

Vania Franco


Miguel Rosales

Calumet City

Rhayna Berryhill, Brianna Foxworth, Sierra Green, Monica Lofton, Luis Solis


Samantha Avila, Joshua Coats, David Guevara, Kyle Lavin, Prentiss Luster, Mario Prancevic, Jessica Reyes-Reynoso, Jenna Zivat

Chicago Heights

Thomas Cellini, Beckett Clasen, Kevin Colin, Jaclyn Cornet, Melissa Coyt, John Hatcher Jr., Juliana Horta, Bryce Jackson, Brandon Kelly, Isabelle McNeil, Ernesto Mendez, Karli Ochoa, Selena Salvador-Earl, Armando Solis Jr., Trevor Thurston, Fabian Tovar, Alexandra VanDerAa, Neelam Warren-Pal, Jordan Williams

Country Club Hills

Khadijah Ishola, Rebecca Mogbo, Dante Ross


Dominick Angellotti, Molly Brown, Armani Clay, Juliann Craft, Benjamin Goncher, Ali Hamza, Jordan Kostick, Kaitlyn McGary, Keagan Morgan, Cheyanne Painter, Paige Parker, Nigel Pennington-Flax, John Ringo Jr., Jessica Stickler, Myles Taylor, Jasper Waddington


Kiara Terry


Oluyemi Elutilo, Alec Gonzalez, Fiona Keating, John Malloy, Cameron Smith


Anthony Helsel, Allison Thieman


Destiny Durden, Ruby Melendez, Jaylah Rather, Jaylen Scott


Paris McCullough-Williams

Hazel Crest

Destiny Earl


Bianca Faso, Justin Haney, Ryan Swanson


Alexandria Bland, Leandra Cabrales, Melina Duda, Kandis Fletcher, Dejontae Jones, Luke Martinson, John Roe


Desani Ambrose, April Del Rio, Jayden Jones, Skylar Walker, Aria Whetstone


Ariana Armstrong, Elijah Barnes, Chase Beckley, Jack Biegler, Zexuan (Calvin) Cai, Maksim Deev, Taalib Ferguson, Jonah Hickey, Trevor Hickey, Imani Hooper, Hailey Isaac, Haneul (Joy) Kang, Hyowon (Elena) Kim, Yun Hyun (Jason) Kim, Romy Macasaet IV, Le Thao Ky (Vanessa) Nguyen, Thanh Quang (Benny) Nguyen, Amarachi Nwawueze, John Perrot, Hien Anh (Alex) Pham, Payton Ramsey, Christopher Rouse, Eternity Sledge, Kayla Sydnor, Ahron Ulis, Yanming (Simon) Yang


Jenna Furlan, Samantha Gutierrez, Christian Hamilton, Darius Mahone, Kayla Moore, Sarah Shubert, Tyler Van Es, Erika Wojtanowski, Destiny Woody

Oak Lawn

Ethan Alexander

Olympia Fields

Faith Allen, Kiegan Chivers, Alexandria Flowers, Ashley Frazier, Carrington Johnson, Nakita McNeal, Laila Middleton, Martin Wilson

Orland Park

Samantha Barrett, Surayyah Elsharif, Nikolas Gerretse, Jibril Griffin


Margarita Fernandez

Richton Park

Courtnee Napue, Nyia Nelson, Endiyah Terry, Judah White


Julianna Holloway

Sauk Village

Rodney Fears II, Delaney Phillips

South Chicago Heights

AnnaMarie Piattoni

South Holland

Jada Calvert, Demetrius Draper, Gerald Floyd III, Elijah Jones, Treyvon Kozup, Meshach Melton, Kenneth Norwood, Brian Obi, Sydney Powell


Luis Hernandez Jr., Stephanie Iacovetti, Vanessa Lopez, Jeremiah Nobles, Lily Osuch, Isabella Pressler, Jason Rebultan, Alyssa Reichert


Riley Forsythe, Madison Marcum, Victoria Nielsen

Tinley Park

Nathan Bennett

University Park

Alanna Leedy, Kerris Norfleet


Crown Point (IN)

Alan Enriquez, Grace Mallee, Marissa Velazquez, Daniel Wallace

Dyer (IN)

Cruz Arteaga, Timothy Caballero, Robert Grill, Adam Huekels, Umang Sahi

Griffith (IN)

Genevieve Gehring-Gervase

Munster (IN)

Janina Abrinko, Matthew Hrinda, Erynn Escobedo, Sheldon Lewis II, Uchechukwu Onyeukwu III, Daniel O’Shea

Hammond (IN)

Hailey Croak

St. John (IN)

Caroline Bell, Kaitlin Clary, Erik Curtis, Dylan Engel, Kiersten Gora, Brenna Grooms, Connor Horwath, Kevin Johnson Jr., Mary Keith, Savka Popovic, Grace Rado, Zachary Schilling, Analise Segarra, Claire Shenker, Ryan Staack

Schererville (IN)

Christian Alexander, Adam Haney, Michaela Jackson, Haley Knueppel, Kyle Kwok, Zivana Labovic, Mollie McKone, Shealee Munsey, Evangelia Panos, Simon Uhrick


Casimir (CJ) Heneghan