The Padua Franciscan community celebrated our outstanding students during the Senior Awards Assembly on Friday, May 27, 2016. About 75 percent of the Class of 2016 has been offered one or more non-need-based scholarships amounting to over $17.5 million. These scholarships testify to the quality and value of a Padua Franciscan education.
The Class of 2016′s valedictorian is Mary Ellen Wasco (4.79 GPA). The salutatorian is Joseph Westover (4.72 GPA). Both are alumni of St. Albert the Great School.
In keeping with Padua tradition, each year the Padua faculty has the honor of selecting one senior young man and woman who best represent the ideals of Padua Franciscan High School. The awards of Mr. and Miss Paduan are given to the seniors who exemplify the finest characteristics of the ideal Padua man and woman. All facets of personality are considered in the selection for this honor including: Christian values, Franciscan compassion, academic dedication, strong character, superior leadership qualities, and concerned citizenship.
The following students were nominated for Mr. Paduan: Matthew Budzick, Scott Drum, Kevin Giulivo, Chad Jaenke, Samuel Laneve and Joseph Westover. The Mr. Paduan 2016 award went to Matthew Budzik.
The following students were nominated for Miss Paduan: Kaitlin Conner, Gianna DiGeronimo, Nina Marich, Chloe Ochocki, Emily Reeves and Allison Schroeder. The Miss Paduan 2016 award went to Gianna DiGeronimo.
Unique to Padua’s athletic department is the coveted Mr. and Miss Bruin awards. The athletic department and coaches select the seniors who most deserve the honor of the best athlete at Padua. The qualities on which the athletes are evaluated are their athletic skills, athletic achievements in high school athletics, participation, coachability, sportsmanship, leadership, academics, and school involvement.
The following students were nominated for Mr. Bruin: Michael Craider, Anthony DeCesare, Eric Fasnacht, Alex Kisel, Michael Platten, Andrew Spagnola and Michael Wtulich. The Mr. Bruin 2016 award went to Michael Wtulich.
The following students were nominated for Miss Bruin: Angela Graham, Alyson McAdams, Caelin McManis, Chloe Ochocki and Jamie Zickes. The Miss Bruin 2016 award went to Jamie Zickes.
The Phi Beta Kappa Award is meant to recognize a student who is worthy of outstanding scholarship, shows academic initiative and total achievement. The 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Award went to Chad Jaenke. He also received the MedTrack Award for demonstrating superior academic performance, leadership, and commitment to both the MedTrack Program and the healthcare profession.
Congratulations to all of our seniors on their many accomplishments! May God bless all of them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.