Closing Mass & Awards

Closing Mass & Awards

Closing Mass & Awards

On Tuesday, May 24, the Academy of Holy Angels student body, faculty, and staff celebrated the closing all-school Mass presided by Father Mike Tix. Seniors wore their caps and gowns to the occasion. Following Mass, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have achieved academic honors and awards were celebrated.

Congratulations to the following Stars!


The academically top-ranking student in grades 9-11 is given to a student who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale at the end of Trimester II in their grade.

  • Ninth grade: Magnolia Moe, Nathan Ritz
  • Tenth grade: Isabel Tri
  • Eleventh grade: Vivian Glennie

The Literary Merit Club membership is open to all students who want to read and discuss books outside of the English classroom. There are different award levels per below.

Bronze Award (for students who’ve read 5 or more books):

  • Sylvie Taylor

Silver Award (for students who’ve read 10 or more books):

  • Sienna Dhariwal
  • Emily Thompson

Gold Award (for students who’ve read 15 or more books):

  • Isabella Brama
  • Ellie Krings

Platinum Award (for students who’ve read 20 or more books):

  • Stella Contreras
  • Sofie Nordstrom
  • Madison Portner


Minnesota Boys and Girls State - A number of juniors are representing AHA this year, including:

  • Boys State Representatives: Owen Anderson, Ben Ertl, Matthew Foley, Gordon Novak
  • Girls State Representatives: Francesca Cecere, Marin Kaster

HOBY Leadership Seminar:

  • Josh George

The High Point Book Award is given to a sophomore who demonstrates high academic achievement and commitment in and outside of the classroom. Congratulations, Jason Urgiles.

The Harvard Book Award is given to an outstanding member of the junior class who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and high character, as well as achievement in other non-academic areas. Congratulations, Ben Ertl.

In recognition of outstanding personal character and intellectual promise the Yale Book Award is given to Benjamin Ritz.

The Dartmouth Book Award is given to a member of the junior class who demonstrates strong personal character and scholarship and who has made a positive contribution to the school community. Congratulations, Fletcher Grubbs.

The Wellesley Book Award is given to a female member of the junior class whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has also made significant personal contributions to her school and/or community. Congratulations, Kathryn Van Sloun.

In recognition of outstanding personal character, involvement in extracurricular activities, and intellectual promise, the Miami University of Ohio Book Award is given to Meredith Diehl.

The St. Michael's Book Award is given to two juniors for outstanding leadership, service, and character within the National Honor Society. Congratulations, Matthew Foley and Sylvie Guertin.

The Villanova University Book Award is presented to a high school junior who has demonstrated academic excellence in a challenging curriculum, a commitment to serving those less fortunate in their greater community, and embodies a sense of school and community spirit as an example to others. Congratulations, Vivan Glennie.


The Brandeis Book Award for Social Action and Civic Engagement is presented to an outstanding junior in the top 10% of the class who demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice, or volunteer work. Congratulations, Matthew Foley.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal is given to a junior who has demonstrates potential for success in a challenging academic setting, excels in math and science courses, and exhibits significant involvement in extracurricular activities. Congratulations, Gordon Novak.

The faculty of Academy of Holy Angels has chosen students who have distinguished themselves for outstanding achievement in specific academic areas.

  • Ceramics: Sofia Alfonzo Mudoy
  • Drawing: Ryley Roudabush
  • Painting: Bridget Gurin
  • 2D Design: Celeste Rimstad
  • Photography: Nathan Kelly, Eduard Held
  • Computer Art: Lauren McCoy
  • Computer Science: Emily Fisher
  • Industrial Technology: Ijeoma Abakporo, Stephen Elsinger
  • English: Bridget Gurin, Joseph Vollmers, Becker Ostrom, Abigail Hartberg
  • Math: Thomas Keller, Nhi Luong
  • Biology: Catherine Duffy Shaw
  • Chemistry: Vivian Glennie
  • Physics: Thomas Keller
  • Social Studies: Luke Szopa, Grace Meyer
  • French: Ariel Aguirre, Martin DeLeon, Shalim Montes Hernandez
  • German: Yaretzi Garza Silva, Braden Stock, Joshua Gillard, Grace Meyer
  • Spanish: Mario Calvo, Maureen Boland, Kennedy Nordstrom
  • Chinese: Joseph Vollmers, Nhi Luong, Anh Nguyen

Tom Kelly, a spirited football player his four years at AHA, graduated in 1981. He died as a result of a car accident in 1983. That year, Father Larry Johnson established the Tom Kelly Award in his memory. Congratulations, Aaron Boarman and Ryan McGuire.

TRIA Orthopaedic Center awards a yearly scholarship of $2,000 each to one male and one female student who demonstrates drive and determination in academics, citizenship, and athletics. The Tria Scholarships are awarded this year to Henry Heitzman and Ella Smith.

The Banovetz Memorial Scholarship was created in 1993 in memory of Dr. John Banovetz. This year, the award will be given to two juniors who exhibit high academic and co-curricular skills. Congratulations, William Snyder and Tyler Niznick.