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2024 Awardees

The 2024 Academy of Holy Angels Award and Donor Recognition event took place on Tuesday, January 30 at Minnesota Valley Country Club, with over 150 community members in attendance.

The annual event offers the school a public opportunity to acknowledge AHA  community members who have made a difference in the lives of so many students and teachers at Holy Angels and those who have positively impacted the school for years to come. In addition to the eleven award recipients, members of the St. Joseph Lifetime Giving Court & AHA Legacy Society were also recognized.

Congratulations to the following 2024 honorees!

More About the 2024 Honorees

Ed Flaherty, Beth Flaherty & Flaherty Family Foundation - St. Joseph Award:

Academy of Holy Angels recognizes Ed and Beth Flaherty, and their family foundation, for their extraordinary efforts to ensure that students with significant financial need can attend faith-based, college preparatory high schools in Minnesota and around the country, as well as their steadfast commitment to the AHA Flaherty Scholars.

Ed Flaherty began the Flaherty Family Foundation almost 30 years ago as the result of the family values instilled in him, his Catholic foundation, and the scriptural belief that “to whom much is given, much is expected”. 

In 2014, Ed asked his daughter, Beth Flaherty, to lead the Flaherty Family Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in 2015, Ms. Flaherty has grown the organization from three Scholars in one high school to 400 Flaherty Scholars in 30 faith-based high schools in Minnesota, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Montana (Great Falls) and New Jersey. 

Holy Angels has established a partnership with the Flaherty Family Foundation (FFF) to help provide scholarship funds to high-potential students with economic need from the Twin Cities. In 2015-16, the FFF provided partial scholarships to 12 AHA students. Since that time, Holy Angels and FFF have partnered to provide scholarship support to at least 20 qualified students a year with significant financial need.

Beth Flaherty shared, “Our greatest hope is that we’re successful in building a community of scholars who become a ‘world force’, meaning they support each other, they network with each other, they collaboratively and collectively contribute to society in a very big way to make our world a better place.”

Marlys Anderson Thies '57 - Angelus Award:

Academy of Holy Angels honors Marlys Thies ‘57 for her years of dedicated service to her AHA classmates and friends, her broad community involvement, and her family’s overall commitment to Catholic education.  

Marlys is a wonderful example in a long line of AHA alumnae from our school’s pre-coed era, who have enhanced our communities with their lifelong commitment to serving others. She has contributed immensely to the Twin Cities community, sharing her gifts through a wide variety of service-oriented roles.

Her volunteerism as a representative of her class and in the greater Twin Cities has been exemplary. Marlys (AHA alum) and husband David (DeLaSalle alum) are loyal, significant supporters at both high schools!

John & Beth Schutz - Possumus Award:

John and Beth Schutz are parents of alums Jack ‘20 and Lucas ‘23. While their sons attended AHA, they were involved in a number of integral ways, and they remain supportive of the school today.

John’s impact on the school came through his leadership on the AHA Board of Trustees from 2018 - 2023, and he served as chair in 2018 and 2019. John had an interest in improving the financial position of the school, which resulted in the development of a 403b retirement plan for the faculty and staff, further reduction of the school’s long-term debt, and an increase in funding to the endowment.  John has also served on the board Finance committee for over 20 years.  Beth was an involved parent and served on the 2023 Senior Party Planning Committee.

Professionally, John is managing director at Wells Fargo Private Bank. He is recognized nationally by Barron’s as a top wealth advisor.  Beth, who has a masters in education, was a teacher in the Minneapolis School District for 12 years and a substitute teacher at Our Lady of Grace for eight years. 

They are also active in their communities. John is a former board member and chair of the Finance Committee for Our Lady of Grace and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Beth served as president of the PTO for Our Lady of Grace while her sons attended, and she volunteers at Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

John & Wanda Hagerty - Possumus Award:

Wanda and John Hagerty are generous, involved, and dedicated Catholic school parents. Their three daughters, Shawn Hagerty Mosch ’89, Colleen Hagerty Bergh ’94 and Meagan Hagerty ’99 are AHA graduates.

Wanda has been the school secretary at Nativity of Mary Catholic School in Bloomington for many years. Prior, she served as a volunteer athletic director, room mother, and chaperone. She was one of the founding members of the South Side Youth Organization (SSYO), serving on its board for many years. Through her dedication, thousands of students have had the opportunity to participate in sports and activities.

John has always been a tremendous help in building community, providing opportunities, and offering hospitality to all. He’s shared his talents coaching, officiating, and keeping score or stats for many of the athletic teams his daughters played on. He and Wanda have also donated their time, talent, and treasures for many AHA and Nativity events and committees. 

The Hagertys have always felt a calling to participate in causes they believe in, which has included supporting their daughters and grandchildren in their endeavors. This has led them to dedicate much of their time to making sure students and families have the same opportunities for growth and success that they were able to provide their own children.

John and Wanda both have hearts of gold and are steadfast stewards of Christ! The Nativity of Mary and Academy of Holy Angels communities have been made better because of them and their incredible service. Thank you!

Jeff Boyle ‘05 - Rising Star Young Alumni Award:

Jeff Boyle is being recognized with the Rising Star Award for his dedication to Catholic education, his service to the families at Blessed Trinity and for sharing his time and talent as a coach at Holy Angels. 

Upon his 2005 AHA graduation, Jeff went on to earn a degree in Education from Cornell College and then a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. 

He’s spent his career as a middle school English teacher at Blessed Trinity, teaching a diverse group of learners including a wonderful group of first generation families.

Jeff is a caring and patient teacher who sets high expectations for his students.  His passion and loyalty to the students at BT has been evident in his long-lasting relationships he sustains with his former students and how successful and confident his students are after leaving BT. 

In addition to his love of teaching and learning, Jeff continues to share his talents at AHA. Jeff is a long-time assistant football coach and an instrumental member of the staff since 2009. He is known for his selfless, humble demeanor and for his specialty as our offensive coordinator. 

He has coached 6 State Tournament football teams at AHA, two Prep Bowl teams, and one State Championship team in 2017.  He also coached Stars baseball from 2009 to 2016.

Kelsey Romatoski '09 - Activities Hall of Fame:

Academy of Holy Angels honors Kelsey Romatoski ‘09 in recognition of  her outstanding hockey and track and field career. Kelsey was a top-five finalist for Ms. Hockey in 2009, All-State in 2008 and 2009, and All-Conference in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Kelsey also helped her hockey team win five straight conference titles and played on the 2005 Class AA State Hockey Championship team.  Kelsey was also a four-year letter winner in track and field and was captain in 2009. Kelsey was the 2009 Athena Award recipient, earned Academic All-State, and was a member of the National Honor Society. 

Kelsey went on to have a successful academic and hockey career at Harvard University. She was a four-year hockey letter winner (2009-2013), a finalist for the 2013 ECAC Student Athlete of the Year, a four-year member of the ECAC All-Academic Team, Boston Bean Pot Champion (2010), Ivy League Champion (2013), and two-time NCAA tournament participant (2010, 2013).

Today, Kelsey is a surgical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, with aspirations to become a surgical oncologist. She graduated in the top 5% of her medical school class and was part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. In 2021, she received the Isaac O. Mehrez, MD Resident Award which recognizes a third-year resident selected by Mount Auburn Hospital surgeons for "a dedication to the highest quality care, honesty, willingness to learn, and a sense of humor."

David Frear - Activities Hall of Fame:

David Frear encompasses the AHA Way in all that he does. He is being recognized for his 15 years of dedication and service to AHA’s athletics, arts and advancement programs. Through his professional photography, David has faithfully and tirelessly shared his creative talents with thousands of players and families - to capture the spirit of AHA.  

David’s work ethic, humble spirit and amazing skills have been a blessing to all of those he has encountered. His photos line the AHA hallways and website and are a lasting gift to the school.

David and his wife Yvette have two daughters who both attended AHA.  Erika 2009 and Caitlin 2013. Both Erika and Caitlin played soccer at AHA and that is where David began taking photos. Dave Marshak, girls soccer coach, shared, “David has been a big part of our program for over a decade now. He became part of our family when his daughter Kaitlyn played on the team, making the varsity team as a freshman, and has continued to be involved through his photography. He has been with us through all the highs and lows, winning championships, coming up just short, and his amazing photos have captured all the emotions attached to that experience. I always tell people more than anything, I want our girls to say one of the best parts of their AHA experience was being a part of our girls soccer program, and David has helped preserve that experience for so many players over so many years. He is family to us.”

Today, David is capturing photos for many other sports, programs and events.  You can find him making trips across the metro to take photos of everything from a junior varsity game to a state championship game. Through it all, David conducts his photography work with a smile on his face and as a donation to the school. 

Mike Hoover ‘80 - Activities Hall of Fame:

Academy of Holy Angels honors Mike Hoover ‘80 in recognition of his outstanding multi-activity career in wrestling, football, track and field, and theater. Mike was captain of three sports his senior year, named All-State in football as a defensive end, and was casted as a lead actor in AHA's production of The King and I. In wrestling, Mike was Conference Champion, District Champion, and qualified for the 1980 MN State Wrestling Tournament.

Mike honorably served in the United States Army prior to his professional career. He was Company Commander during the first Gulf War, inducted into the first cadre course of the The United States Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) in 1990, and received the U.S. Army Toftoy Missile Maintenance of Excellence Award for C-16, also in 1990.

Mike and his wife Millie have four adult daughters, Natalie Durkin, Michelle McMullen, Jenna Haas, and Briana Carroll. He is now enjoying retirement after a career in industrial sales.

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