Celebrating the Class of 2022

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Academic Top Ten:

  • Valedictorian: Caitlin O'Rourke
  • Salutatorian: Thomas Keller
  • Third: Grace Meyer & Luke Szopa
  • Fourth: Maria Zeien
  • Fifth: Bridget Gurin
  • Sixth: Braden Stock
  • Seventh: Nhi Luong
  • Eighth: Kennedy Nordstrom
  • Ninth: Mario Calvo
  • Tenth: Katharine Wells

Each year, the graduating class is asked to choose one young man and one young woman from their class to be recognized for attempting to live according to Gospel values.

  • The St. Thomas More Medal originated in 1974 and is presented to the senior boy who most exemplifies the qualities of Christian life. A special St. Thomas More Medal has been created solely for Academy of Holy Angels. The 48th recipient of the St. Thomas More Medal is: Braden Stock.

  • The Mary Medal originated in 1954 and is presented to the senior girl who most exemplifies qualities of the Christian Life. A special Mary Medal has been created solely for Academy of Holy Angels. The 67th recipient of the Mary medal is: Caroline Warmka.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Diploma recognizes students who have dedicated themselves to mastery of this rigorous course of study and who can demonstrate and apply 21st century skills in critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in both curricular and co-curricular areas. Congratulations to the following students who have completed the requirements for the STEM diploma.

Ariel Aguirre
Ryan Bercich
Shura Bienemann
Audrey Blauert
Jack Boland
Alexander Braun
Mario Calvo
Anthony Campion
Grace Cebulla
Matthew Cullen
Sofia Day
Jiaming Du
Emily Fisher
Grace Fitzgibbons
McDermott Franklin
Jessica Fritzen
Joshua Gillard
Abigail Hartberg
Noah Hermanson
Alexander Johnson
Olivia Keller
Thomas Keller
Alexander Lesnar
Olivia Lewis
Nhi Luong
Tyler Magdziak
Emily McCarthy
Richard Nelson
Jane Nordstrom
Caitlin O’Rourke
Jeralyn Ree
Avary Reichel
Ben Rollwagen
Patrick Steichen
Braden Stock
Luke Szopa
JP Van Sloun
Joseph Vollmers
Lauren VonSee
Caroline Warmka
Maggie Wells
Finnegan Zellmer


The Theater Diploma recognizes students who have focused their elective credits in the theater curriculum and related studies. Congratulations to the following seniors:
Vivian Alexander
Grace Cebulla
Elizabeth DeCrans
Meghan Eikens
Jessica Fritzen
Lydia Keefe
Jeralyn Ree


Academy of Holy Angels and the MN Department of Education would like to recognize the superior efforts of our students who achieve bilingual or multilingual proficiency before graduation. These students have demonstrated language abilities in a second language according to national language standards and state approved testing protocols.

Platinum bilingual seal recipients:
Ariel Aguirre

Gold bilingual seal recipients:
Anna Bitonti
Paul Castro
Lucy Kammueller
Nhi Luong
Caitlin O'Rourke
Luke Szopa


The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes the following AHA student as Finalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Braden Stock

Additionally, Braden is being offered the National Merit Iowa State University Scholarship.  Pursuant to an Agreement with National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), this college-sponsored Merit Scholarship® award is funded by Iowa State University for exclusive use at that institution. 


The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes the following AHA students as Commended Scholars in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Thomas Keller
Jane Nordstrom
Caitlin O'Rourke
Brigid Plunkett
Luke Szopa
Maggie Wells


The College Board annually recognizes students who test in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in the region. We are proud to recognize one AHA senior who was named a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar:
Shalim Montes Hernandez


The College Board recognizes the following students as AP Scholars for averaging a score of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP exams taken in the Spring of 2021:

Shura Bienemann 
Anna Bitonti
Anthony Campion
Paul Castro
Grace Cebulla
Katie Colebrook-Robjent
Meghan Eikens
Bridget Gurin
Claire Krieger
Luke Logeais
Emily McCarthy
Lauren McCoy
Frederick Mosch
Aidan Smith
Braden Stock
JP Van Sloun
Maggie Wells


The College Board recognizes the following students as an AP Scholar with Honor for averaging a score of 3.25 on all AP exams taken in the Spring of 2021 and for receiving a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams:

Cat Duffy-Shaw
Abigail Hartberg
Nhi Luong
Brigid Plunkett
Joseph Vollmers
Maria Zeien


The College Board recognizes the following students as an AP Scholar with Distinction for averaging a score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken in the Spring of 2021 and for receiving a score of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:

Thomas Keller
Jane Nordstrom
Caitlin O'Rourke
Andrew Pastrana
Luke Szopa


30 high school students from around the world met and learned together to gain a better understanding about how to integrate economics and leadership through challenging activities and simulations. One AHA student earned a Certificate of Distinction in the Economics for Leaders Program sponsored by Brown University. Congratulations to Andy Pastrana.


Scholar of Distinction Chevrons (GPA of 4.0 or higher during their senior year) are awarded to:

Maureen Boland
Mario Calvo
Anthony Campion
Grace Cebulla
Katie Colebrook-Robjent
Martin De Leon
Cat Duffy Shaw
Meghan Eikens
Grace Fitzgibbons
Joshua Gillard
Bridget Gurin
Abigail Hartberg
Phat Huynh
Thomas Keller
Nhi Luong
Lauren McCoy
Grace Meyer
Shalim Montes Hernandez
Freddy Mosch
Jane Nordstrom
Caitlin O'Rourke
Andrew Pastrana
Brigid Plunkett
Braden Stock
Luke Szopa
Joseph Vollmer
Maggie Wells
Ryan Welsch
Maria Zeien

High Honor Chevrons (GPA of 3.6667 or higher during their senior year) are awarded to:
Ella Anderson
Shura Bienemann
Anna Bitonti
Audrey Blauert
Alexander Braun
Billy Brezonik
Charlie Broveleit
Matthew Cullen
Emily Fisher
Jessica Fritzen
Yaretzi Garza Silva
Grace Hegard
Paul Kamin
Lucy Kammueller
T. Paul Kariuki
Olivia Keller
Jacob Maisel
Emily McCarthy
Syndey Olson
Logan Olson
Becker Ostrom
Emma Phillips
Mara Poidinger
Maddie Portner
Celeste Rimstad
Ryley Roudabush
Aidan Smith
JP Van Sloun
Laura VonSee
Caroline Warmka
Lily Zeller
Finnegan Zellmer


The Sons of the American Revolution Bronze Good Citizen Award is awarded for scholarship, leadership, character, service, and an appreciation of patriotism to: T. Paul Kariuki.


The following students were recognized for their outstanding achievement in music this year.

The John Phillip Sousa Award: Lucy Kammueller

Concert Most Valuable Band Member: Lucy Kammueller

Outstanding Vocalist Award: Vivian Alexander

St. Cecilia Award for Outstanding Participation in Instrumental Music: Jeralyn Ree, Lucy Kammueller, Vivian Alexander, Jessica Fritzen

American Choral Directors Award: Jessica Fritzen


The following students were recognized for their outstanding achievement in theater this year.

Starlight Technical Award: Nhi Luong, Meghan Eikens

Starlight Acting Award: Vivian Alexander, Jessica Fritzen, Declan Burke, T. Paul Kariuki, Lucy Kammueller, Grace Cebulla, Ellie DeCrans, Thomas Keller, Billy Brezonik, Lydia Keefe

Mother Seraphine Ireland Outstanding Senior in Theater Award: Jeralyn Lee


The Richard Gilder History Prize is awarded to a high school student who demonstrates exceptional proclivity and promise in the study of American history. The honor includes a special printing of The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For written by Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough. This year's recipient is: Becker Ostrom.

 


 

The Star Activities Award is given to a senior who has excelled in activities including the arts, academic clubs, intramural activities, and/or student leadership. This year, the award is presented to: T. Paul Kariuki.


This year’s Academics-Arts-Athletics Award from the Minnesota State High School League is presented to two seniors that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, actively participated in a League-sponsored athletic program and performed in a League-sponsored fine arts activity. Congratulations to: Vivian Alexander.


The Athena Award is presented annually by the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce to an Outstanding Woman Athlete. Congratulations, Kassandra Caron.


Each year a senior from the Boys Hockey Team is given the Tim Sullivan Award for being the most spirited hockey player. This year’s award is presented to: Noah Hermanson and Carter Hermanson.


Each year the coaches and administration select one graduate to be honored for outstanding contribution to athletics at Holy Angels. The student selected receives the AHA Star Athletic Award and has his or her name engraved on a commemorative plaque on display at AHA. The 2021-2022 award is presented to: Troy Lynch.


This fall, three AHA student-athletes achieved an unprecedented feat that had not occurred in any other MSHSL school, all recognized as the top athletes in their respective sport by the Minnesota Coaches Association. Congratulations to:

  • Cat Duffy-Shaw - 2021 Ms. Soccer
  • Carter Hermanson - 2021 Mr. Soccer
  • Emmett Johnson - 2021 Mr. Football

Each year, the staff selects a senior to receive an award which represents outstanding service to the school community throughout high school years. The AHA Star Service Award for 2022-2022 is presented to: Julia Mokos-Bristol and Nhi Luong. 


The AHA Student Government Award is given to the senior on Student Government who best exemplifies service, dedication, leadership, and promoting the values of Holy Angels Student Government. This year’s award goes to: T. Paul Kariuki.


Two college-bound seniors will each receive a scholarship for the college of their choice from the Kopp Family Foundation. Selection of the recipients is based on academic achievement, leadership, and service within Academy community and active support of activities. Congratulations to McDermott Franklin and Emma Phillips.