Marian Catholic Honors 69 Students for Academic Perfection

Chandler Todd and Jay Hochstetler
MCHS seniors Chandler Todd and Jay Hochstetler have been friends and classmates since their grade school days at St. Liborius in Steger. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Medals of academic achievement given by administration

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Marian Catholic High School honored 69 sophomores, juniors and seniors at their annual Academic Breakfast on April 28. Students honored have earned a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher in all semesters at Marian.

Parents, grandparents and siblings attended, watching as each student was recognized by Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P., Principal, Dr. Shirley Morris, Vice Principal of Academics, and Mr. John Kozojed, Vice Principal of Student Activities.

Sister Judine Hilbing, O.P., President, gave the opening remarks, comparing the students to marathon runners in training.

“Students, you are being honored because you are true academic marathon runners at Marian Catholic. You didn’t get a 4.0 GPA just once so you could say you did it. You reached a GPA of 4.0 or higher over and over and over again because you are in training as academic marathon students,” she said.

“The rigors of doing homework and preparing for tests aren’t something you decide to do once in a while,” she continued. “It’s something you’ve built into your regular routine, always being in top condition, always reaching for the goal of academic excellence.”

“Our hope for you is that you continue as lifelong learners, motivated by your personal goals, encouraged by parents who love and support you, and guided by teachers who coach you along the way,” Hilbing stated.

The following members of the Marian Catholic community were honored for their academic achievement:

Seniors included Emily Arvia of Thornton, Patrick Barry of Chicago Heights, Michael Basile of Chicago Heights, Adam Bergen of Orland Park, Nate Bodnar of Highland, Ind., Devin Bready of St. John, Ind., Patrick Daley of Oak Forest, Kieran Dziallo of Orland Park, Rachel Glenn of Chicago, Jay Hochstetler of Crete, Alexander Jackson of Dolton, Paul Jenkins of Country Club Hills, Jamie Johnson of South Holland, Yesenia Juarez of Tinley Park, Elyse Kelly of Lansing, Adam King of Lansing, Kathleen McMillen of Hobart, Ind., Megan Murday of Frankfort, Uzoma Nwabara of Olympia Fields, Colin Parsons of Park Forest, Krista Policchio of St. John, Ind., Ellen Quinn of Flossmoor, Michael Spear of Mokena, Carl Strezel, Jr. of Frankfort, Chandler Todd of Crete, Madeline Tolish of Flossmoor, Carlee Wieser of Schererville, Ind., Christopher Zajeski of Crete, and Amy Ziems of Crete.

Juniors honored were Johnathon Brodeur of Steger, Tori Bush of South Holland, Torianna Crawford of Country Club Hills, Kelly Gregorovic of Lansing, Britta Hanson of Mokena, William Hilger of Oak Forest, Morgan Hirschfield of Crete, Camille Johnson of South Holland, Alexis Jones of Matteson, Jason Lamano of Orland Hills, Alison McAvoy of Matteson, Helena Mierzwa of Crete, Josephine Novak of St. John, Ind., Patrick O’Shea of Munster, Ind., Gianna Patrizi of Orland Park, Michael Peabody of Flossmoor, Jose Saenz of Richton Park, Bernadette Senick of Tinley Park, Deandre Tate-Drummer of Glenwood, Ryan Their of Oak Forest, Kelsey Tierney of Tinley Park, Stephanie Werner of Homewood, Amber Williams of Richton Park, and Mitch Zavesky of Flossmoor.

Sophomores included Claire Bessette of Orland Park, Edith Boiquaye of Schererville, Ind., Rosalind Byrd of Crestwood, Katlynn Dee of Chicago Heights, Elizabeth Frabotta of Schererville, Ind., Kareem Johnson of South Holland, Jessica Jones of Crete, Marisol Juarez of Tinley Park, Hannah Lang of Monee, Timothy Lavelle of Schererville, Ind., Fauve Liggans-Hubbard of Matteson, Christopher Merriman of New Lenox, Ryan Paige of Park Forest, Katherine Reichart of Lansing, James Spain of Orland Park, and Bree Veazey of Olympia Fields.

Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service.