Holy Angels Alumni Awards

Holy Angels Alumni Awards

Holy Angels Alumni Awards

The Academy of Holy Angels presents alumni awards annually.  You are invited to nominate alumni for any of these awards! 

Click HERE to nominate an alum for one of our awards

Hall of Fame 2021 - A Night we won't soon forget! 

Congratulations to these 5 remarkable AHA community members who were honored on October 8, 2021.  They are Hall of Fame inductees Brendan Kelly '08, Lynn Olson, Bill Adams, Mary Jane Carroll Curran '71, and Rising Star Awardee Billy Koenig '99. 

The Angelus Award

The Academy of Holy Angels' Angelus Award was established in 1991 to honor alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding lifetime contributions to their school, profession and community. 

Here are all of the Academy of Holy Angels Angelus Award Winners

1991 Kathleen Cayley Kutler '53
1992 Elizabeth Holtby Hidding '37
1993 Jeffrey Meacham '79
1994 Mary Jo Holtby Copeland '60
1996 Annette M. Margarit '73
1997 Kathleen A. Blatz '72
1998 James Dunn '85
1999 JoAnn M. O'Neill '48
2000 Diane Palmer Lilly '65
2001 Helen Budde Weides '45
2002 Patricia Scallen Schaefer '54
2003 LaVerne Slagel Lewis '48
2004 Mary Johanna Giesen '57
2005 Kathy Hayes Meyer '53
2006 Marge Carlson Zieska '56
2007 Theresa Carr '77
2008 Rick Rodier '78
2009 Betts Giefer '45
2010 Kathy Hanley '71
2011-12 Judy Rauenhorst Doerr '70
2012-13 Martie Trader Glockner '57 
2013-14 Joe Clubb '79
2014-15 Jane Foley Jaeger '53

2015-16 Steve Hoeppner ‘80

2016-17 Pam Matthews Kerber ‘73

2017-18 Ann Stiehm Ahlstrom ‘70

2018-19  John Banovetz ‘85

2019-20 Christine Hunt Anderson ‘71

2019-20 Bishop Paul Sirba '78+


Bishop Paul Sirba ‘78 is the 2019-20 Angelus Award Winner

Bishop Paul Sirba ’78 was raised in Bloomington and attended Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary prior to his years at Academy of Holy Angels. Paul participated in tennis, speech, science club and yearbook.  Paul was in German club and went to Germany and Austria on a trip with AHA students and Sr. Cecile Marie.  He was selected to the National Honor Society as a junior.

In 1978 Paul was the Salutatorian of his graduating class as well as the recipient of the St. Thomas More Medal which since it’s beginning in 1974 recognizes one senior boy who best exemplifies the qualities of the Christian life. Paul was a talented pianist and took lessons from the Sisters of St. Joseph in the music room on AHA’s 4th floor.

Sirba was a member of several committees including the Priority and Plans Committee, Administrative Committee, and the Catholic Home Missions Committee. Bishop Sirba was also an active member of the St. Paul Seminary Board of Directors and the Episcopal Advisory Board for the Institute on Religious Life. He also served as the state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.

Bishop Sirba remained involved at Academy of Holy Angels as an alum. In 2018, as part of the class of 1978 40-year reunion festivities, he celebrated Mass at the school's annual Rock the Lawn outdoor music festival. Previously, he generously offered the use of his bishop’s residence for AHA alumni events in Duluth.

Sirba was just 13 days away from the tenth anniversary of his episcopal consecration when he died suddenly and tragically from a heart attack on December 1, 2019.

Bishop Sirba’s survivors include his mother, Helen Sirba, two brothers Rev. Joseph Sirba and John Sirba, and sister Catherine Kelly, AHA class of 1976.

The entire AHA administration, faculty, staff, board of trustees and alumni family mourn the great loss of Bishop Sirba and send our prayers to all those who grieve with our community.


Christine Hunt Anderson ’71 is the 2019-20 Angelus Award Winner

Christine Hunt Anderson ’71 is the 2020 Angelus Award winner!  Chris worked at AHA for more than 30 years beginning in the development office producing the Communique and assisting with public relations. She revived the student newspaper and taught journalism and yearbook. 

She then earned her Master’s in Education and English degrees and taught every grade at Holy Angels.  She created a challenging and robust Adv English 9 & World Lit. curriculum and was English Chair before her retirement in 2016.  Chris received the 2016 Lunde Award of Teaching Excellence that recognizes outstanding contributions to the education, faith and well-being of AHA students.

In 2018 Chris and husband Ed established the David Anderson Memorial Scholarship that provides tuition assistance to an AHA student who has an interest in social justice. 

 AHA Hall of Fame

The Activities Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding participants whom have brought honor to themselves, their school and the community through their citizenship and achievements. The Hall of Fame also recognizes coaches/moderators and community members who have made significant contributions to the AHA sports and activities programs.

Mary Jane Carroll Curran ’71 is the 2019-20 Activities Hall of Fame Award Winner

Congratulations to Mary Jane Carroll Curran '71 who was inducted into the AHA Activities Hall of Fame.  Mary Jane was the 1970-71 All-School President of Student Gvmt, a member of the NHS and the Girls State representative. Her basketball team was in the Little Brown Jug tournament all 4 years and they were champs her sophomore, junior and senior years. She taught English at Christ the King for many years and for the last 22 years she has taught 6th grade English and history at Breck. Mary Jane has been awarded the Jean Wigley Teaching Excellence and the Breck Middle School Faculty Chair Awards. 

Learn more about the Angelus award and its winners here 

The Rising Star Award  

The Academy of Holy Angels' Rising Star Young Alumni Award recognizes the professional accomplishments and/or community involvement of young alumni under the age of 40 who have achieved significant success:

  • as a student
  • in professional endeavors
  • in civic activities
  • in community service
  • and/or in involvement with the Academy of Holy Angels

2021 Rising Star Winner is Billy Koenig '99

Billy Koenig ‘99 is the recipient of the Holy Angels Rising Star Award for his remarkable impact with students and his amazing accomplishments and successes as a science teacher.

Billy was the first finalist from Shakopee for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014. He was one of just 10 education ambassadors selected by Climate Generation to represent the United States at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit where he presented to the over 200 countries. Billy was also featured by KARE 11 when he took a class of students mountain hiking in Mexico to create greater awareness of kidney cancer.

Billy wrote a successful grant proposal and, once selected, built an environmental classroom outside. Billy now teaches Environmental Studies and the AP Environmental Science at the Zoo School in District 196.

Learn more about the Rising Star Young Alumni Awards and its winners here

Learn more about our Hall of Fame and its winners here.

For more information about all of these opportunities, contact the Alumni Office at 612-798-2620 or alumnioffice@ahastars.org.


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