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Class of 2021 Honors Award Program - May 7, 2021

Each year, U of D Jesuit announces a variety of special awards honoring service, scholarship, extracurricular activities, and leadership during the Senior Honors ceremony. Listed below are this year's award winners.


 

College Scholarship and Award Winners

Each senior was responsible for submitting his scholarship information for Honors Night to the College Counseling Office. If any award or scholarship information was not presented to the College Counseling Office, they unfortunately, are not listed here.

Scholarships & Awards Given to Members of the Class of 2021

Valedictorians

This year, there are eight Valedictorians in the senior class. Each of these students has maintained all-A’s from freshman year through the fall semester of 2020.

We congratulate the following Valedictorians:

Andrew Donovan

Aloysius Kremhelmer

Samuel Lanni

Dominic Lucido

Noah Muscat

Evan Nazareno

David Perez-Cruet

Alexander Weaver


 

Basil Pio Scholarship Award

The Basil Pio Scholarship honors Mr. Basil Pio, who served U of D Jesuit for 14 years, as a beloved teacher of Algebra and Mathematics, and a mentor for the Arabic Club. The Basil Pio Scholarship award is given to a senior who plans to major in Mathematics, or a STEM related field, and has overcome a personal difficulty or challenge in his life. 

This year's recipient is:

Aaron Richard


 

Fr. Karl Kiser, S.J. Book Award

The Karl J. Kiser, S.J. Book Award honors Fr. Kiser, who served U of D Jesuit for 16 years, as campus minister, as BASE moderator, and, most prominently, as President from 2002 – 2016. As president, Fr. Kiser worked tirelessly for U of D Jesuit. Anyone who worked alongside Fr. Kiser knows his primary, animating goal as president was to preach the Gospel and promote the Jesuit mission of the school. The Fr. Karl J. Kiser, S.J. Book Award goes to a member of the senior class who has shown himself to be reflective and committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice. In short, he is a Man for Others. He has led by example in his words and actions. In Fr. Kiser’s last semester at U of D Jesuit, he chose Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory for this award.

This year's recipient is:

Freedom Atienza


 

Spirit of Hope and Service Award

The Spirit of Hope and Service Award is given to a senior who exemplifies what it truly means to be a “Man for Others.” The recipient of this award is a student who, by his loving and compassionate example, instills hope in those he serves. He is a man who has a passion for justice and who strives to better the local community. 

This year's recipient is:

Ricardo Peres da Silva
Nicholas Lundberg


 

Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) Award

The Lumen Christi Award is given to the senior whose presence has positively impacted the spiritual life of our school. Though his interactions with his fellow Cubs and through his witness, this senior has been an example of a life focused on faith and centered on bringing the light of Christ to others.

This year's recipient is:

David Perez Cruet


 

The St. Francis Xavier – Companion in Ministry Award

Recognizing the importance of St. Francis Xavier as one of the earliest companions of St. Ignatius and co-founder of the Jesuits, the St. Francis Xavier award recognizes a Senior whose has been, as the title of this award notes, a companion in Campus Ministry. This Senior has been instrumental in helping us live our mission for “God’s Greater Glory” by exhibiting leadership In the areas of retreats, liturgies, prayer, and worship.

This year's recipient is:

Julian Moore


 

ZERO JUG AWARDS

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY COMMITTEE

When attending a school with a reputation of academic rigor, such as U of D Jesuit, it is vitally important our young men maintain integrity while accepting the challenges that come with being a scholar.  To that end, the following men were tasked with intervening and facilitating a thoughtful and impactful reflection whenever our students would succumb to the pressures to cheat.  Please join us in recognizing the following senior members of the Academic Integrity Intervention Team:

 Fuzail Ahmed

 Ian Campbell

 Owen Carapellotti

 Matthew Geissler

 Connor Hicks

 Dylon Ledbetter

 Liam Logan

 Nicholas Love

 Jack Michelini

 Noah Muscat

 Evan Nazareno

 Ricardo Peres da Silva

 David Perez-Cruet

 JonMarcus Roland

 Jalen Smith

 Luke Wasylewski​


 

LABRE MINISTRY

The Labre Ministry serves the homeless population of Detroit on a weekly basis, not only by providing food and basic clothing items but also by offering conversation and fellowship.  The following seniors are the founding fathers of the Labre ministry here at U of D Jesuit.  Working alongside Mr. Piepszowski, they came together last winter to launch this new initiative at the school, and they have been faithful to the Labre ministry ever since, even coming in over vacations and summer break to continue this important work.  Through this experience, these young men have entered into life-changing relationships, not just with one another but also with the men and women they regularly meet on the street… and ultimately, with Christ who can be seen in the poor and marginalized.  At this time, we would like to recognize their commitment to this ministry and encourage them to continue to find God in all whom they meet and serve.


Harry Crane 

James Byrne

Andy Donovan

Keegan Kochanek

Noah Muscat

Evan Nazareno

Joe Nolan

Jack Paroly

Ricardo Peres da Silva

David Perez-Cruet

Braden Quinn

Joseph Romanelli

Frank Ruokolainen

Robert Schilp

Aaron Schwarz

Bobby Stevens

​​Alec Weaver

​Pierre Wegrzyn


 

MHSSA Scholar Athlete Award

For over 30 years , the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Farm Bureau Insurance have honored the best student-athletes in Michigan. Only 32 students receive the final award based on achievement and leadership in athletics and activities, as well as responses to short-answer and essay questions. While hundreds of students apply for this award and dozens are named finalists, only a select few are actually awarded the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance scholarship.

 This year Lawrence Gilliam has been chosen as one of those select few.

Bridge Builder Award

The Bridge Builder Award is given annually to the senior who demonstrates a commitment to creating an inclusive place for dialogue and bridge building in the U of D Jesuit community. This student also exhibits communication and listening competencies needed to coordinate action, solve problems, foster well-being, engage in creative activity and participate in civic life. The Bridge Builder Award embodies many of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education: an openness to growth, education for justice and creating men and women for and with others that will enable them to make a commitment to service and be an agent of change.

This year's recipients are:

Lawrence Gilliam
Nicholas Lundberg
Ricardo Peres da Silva


 

Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Award

Daniel Berrigan, S.J. was a priest, poet, and peacemaker who read the signs of his times with a fire in his belly for justice, a profound commitment to the marginalized in our world, and an imagination shaped by his Jesuit formation.  While delighting in beauty, friendship, and the written word, Fr. Berrigan paid a steep price for his prophetic vocation. The Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Social Justice Award recognizes the senior who demonstrates a commitment to Gospel nonviolence grounded in faith that does justice, both in and out of school, while upholding the inherent dignity of the human person in every dimension.

This year's recipients are:

Robert Williams

John Chekal


 

Contemplative in Action Award

Within Ignatian Spirituality, a Contemplative in Action is a person who engages closely with God over time allowing the Spirit to transform oneself into a person who is more and more like the image of God we are created to be – that is, more like Jesus. A Contemplative in Action is in touch with God and out of that relationship makes the choices and decisions of everyday living. The recipient of the Theology Department’s “Contemplative in Action Award,” while being reflective, must also be kind, thoughtful, loving, accepting, and compassionate in his interactions and service with and for others.

This year's recipients are:

Joseph Romanelli


 

National School Choir Award                                   

The National School Choral Award is given yearly in recognition of the most outstanding Varsity Singer. This student exemplifies leadership through their musicianship and dedication to the ensemble.

The Award recognizes a graduating senior who has exemplified a dedication and love for his school choir, and for singing in general, throughout their high school career. This year’s winner has shown a true passion for Choir. He has been a model student and singer at The High.

This year's recipient is:

Robert Stevens


 

National School Orchestra Award

The National School Orchestra Award is given yearly in recognition of the most outstanding member of the UDJ Orchestra. This student exemplifies leadership through their musicianship and dedication to the ensemble.

The Award is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown a commitment to the String Orchestra in his school throughout his high school career. This year’s winner has shown a passion for music during his time at U of D Jesuit.

This year's recipient is:

Owen VanderWeele


 

Louis Armstrong Award

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award is a national award given to a student who has displayed the ability to play jazz music in his school Jazz Band at the highest level of musicality and improvisation. This year’s winner has shown that he has a true love for jazz as an art form. He has risen to the challenge time and time again as soloist in the band, and has been a great example to others in his section and throughout the band during his years in the band.

This year's recipient is:

Miles Morman


 

John Philip Sousa Award

The highest honor that a high school musician can receive is the John Philip Sousa Award. This award goes to the student who has shown tireless dedication to his band over the course of his high school band career. It is an award that recognizes the very best musician in the band in terms of overall musicality, ability and attitude. This year’s winner has been a model student in all of those categories, as well as living by the school motto of “Men for Others”. His band career at U of D Jesuit has been nothing short of stellar.

This year's recipient is:

Ian Campbell


 

Director’s Award

The Director's Award is a special award, and this year marks the first time it's been given here at U of D. This award is given to a band student with a broad commitment to band. By broad, I mean that this student is involved with Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and volunteers with Concert Band. The recipient of this award is one who is often called upon to serve the Cub Community musically in various contexts, whether through special performances at masses, or even helping perform in the pit orchestra at our sister schools. A well respected leader, musician, and all around "good guy,"

the first annual DIRECTOR'S AWARD recipient is: 

         Luke Wasylewski

Regional Scholastic Art Award                                     

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision and creativity of our youth. Last year, more than 30,000 original pieces were submitted nationwide for evaluation and more than 2,700 earned nation medals. The Scholastic Award gives a student the opportunity for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship. This award  recognizes a senior with an Honorable Mention for his Digital Art.

This year's recipient is:

Alex Koceyan


 

Fr. Richard G. Polokowski, S.J. Award                                     

Since 1994, the English Department at U of D Jesuit has recognized a graduating senior who has consistently displayed excellence in English, with this award given in memory of Fr. Richard G. Polokowski, S.J. For more than a quarter of a century Fr. Polokowski shared with U of D Jesuit students his love and passion for artistic expression of the human condition through language. To preserve and encourage that tradition, this year we present the award to a student who likewise respects language and always uses it as a means to lift up his fellows in mind and spirit.

This year's recipient is:

     Connor Lotz


 

Social Studies Award                                     

The Fr. Charlevoix, SJ Award is presented to a senior who has excelled in his Social Studies coursework at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.  Considered the historian of New France, Fr. Charlevoix was a teacher of philosophy and the humanities. In the 18th century, he explored North America from Quebec, Canada through Mackinac, Michigan, and south to the mouth of the Mississippi River, detailing his discoveries.  This award is dedicated to the recognition of student scholarship of the social studies within the U of D community.

This year's recipient is:

Lawrence Gilliam


 

Media and Communications Awards                                

The Media and Communications award this year goes to a student who has an unbelievable future in this business of broadcast if he chooses to.  This year's recipient ran the Cub Sportscast with an open mind and would eagerly jump at the chance to broadcast a game at any given moment if he was available. He was a huge help in bringing the Cub Sportscast to life  with the club's new Live Stream capability- something that has been in the works for quite some time. He has graced the Cub Community with his knowledge in multiple sports, stats, and fun facts about the sporting event he was broadcasting. If he chooses to continue his passion. His sense of humor and excitement made each broadcast memorable and a joy for the Cub community to listen to. This is why I am so proud to present the media and communications award to one of the  Cub Sportscast leaders

This year's recipient is:

Harry Crane


 

Cub News                              

This year, the Cub News editorial staff is made up of young men who were willing to learn new skills, investigate and find the facts to get the story right, and push the envelope to make the community aware of important stories. The staff had to make editorial decisions and distribution plans remotely using Zoom meetings and a lot of trial and error.  The staff rallied to the challenges to publish the last two editions electronically.  Publishing a school newspaper is a creative challenge requiring hours of work, many discussions of what is appropriate and what would make a good read, a commitment to detail, and a willingness to go the extra mile to get it right. This year’s staff has risen to the occasion and one senior in particular has dedicated his heart and soul to making sure the paper and his page was up to his high standards. This student has a genuine passion for Journalism and sought out ways to advance his passion by actively participating in extra activities both in school and out of school to work on his writing. This student has hopes of becoming a journalist a reality.

The Journalism Award goes to:

Nicholas Lundberg

 

Cub News Editor-in-Chief: Henry Ghawi

Page editors:

Sports - Dominic and Nicholas Lundberg
High Happenings - Julian Moore and Alec Weaver
Pop Culture - Harry Crane
Editorial - Jack Chekal and Sean Moore


 

Matteo Ricci, S.J. Award

The Matteo Ricci Award is given in honor of an Italian Jesuit priest, Matteo Ricci, S.J. Matteo was a missionary who brought his mathematical and astronomical knowledge to China and adapted to Chinese culture. The Matteo Ricci Award has been created to recognize outstanding Chinese language and culture knowledge in the Chinese IV class. This award is given annually to a senior who is recognized by the World Language Director, the President, and the Principal as having demonstrated exceptional efforts in learning Chinese language and culture.

This year's recipient is:

Gavin Zafarana


 

Miguel de Cervantes Award

The Miguel de Cervantes Award is given to the senior who demonstrates the highest level of academic achievement and commitment to learning the Spanish language.

This year's recipient is:

Joseph Romanelli


 

José Rodriguéz Award

The José Rodriguéz Award is named after Joe Rodriguéz who taught Spanish for 30 years at U of D Jesuit. This award is given to the senior who demonstrates a passion for and seeks to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture.

This year's recipient is:

Robert Williams


 

Latin all A’s - 5 years

We honor the gentleman who has received an A average for all FIVE years of his Latin work here at U of D Jesuit.

This year's awardee is:

Connor Hicks
Samuel Lanni
Alec Weaver

 

Latin all A’s - 4 years

We honor the following gentlemen who have received an A average for all FOUR years of their Latin work here at U of D Jesuit.​

This year's awardees are:

Robert Stevens


 

Robotics Award

The Robocubs staff would like to recognize a senior with the Robotics Award. We award this for his continuing excellence in engineering and servant leadership on the team, and his commitment to the mission of spreading STEM knowledge and awareness. This student is a true example of a man for others, acting with gracious professionalism.

This year's recipient is:

Noah Husby


 

Tom Coyne Excellence in Science Award

Tom Coyne was a dedicated Science teacher who believed in going beyond the classroom.  The Tom Coyne Excellence in Science Award recognizes the senior student who for the past four years has gone beyond his classes pursuing his passion for science in his field.   

This year's recipient is:

Keegan Kochanek


 

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Perseverance Award

The life of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, after whom our Learning Center is named, offers a model of perseverance. From his work as a missionary in Japan during WWII even after imprisonment by the Japanese government, to challenging society’s treatment of the marginalized in his founding of the Jesuit Refugee Service, to his quiet strength and faith-filled leadership after a debilitating stroke, Fr. Arrupe remains an inspiration to all who meet obstacles on their journey.

The Fr. Pedro Arrupe Perseverance Award is given to the senior who has met and overcome academic and personal trials during his years at U of D Jesuit. He has shown persistence in the face of adversity and has done so with strength, determination, and grace. Like Fr. Arrupe, this young man is a model of perseverance.

This year's recipient is:

Frank Blackman Jr.


 

Eagle Scout Award

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Scouts program of the Boy Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment recognized across the country and the world. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project, which the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. The scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. Since its inception in 1911, only six percent of Scouts have earned this rank. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth.

U of D Jesuit honors three seniors who have earned Eagle Scout:

David Perez Cruet       Troop 1037
Gordon Washington   Troop 1147
Gavin Zafarana             Troop 1147

For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America and is the brotherhood of cheerful service.

We have one Eagle Scout who is Order of the Arrow:

Gordon Washington


 

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Best and Brightest

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing academic excellence. This year is WXYZ/Channel 7’s 2020 “Brightest & Best” program, which salutes outstanding graduating high school seniors. “Brightest & Best” was created to heighten awareness of academic achievement, while providing positive role models for students.

We congratulate this year's recipient for being selected to represent U of D Jesuit for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7’s Class of 2020 Brightest and Best:

David Perez-Cruet


 

National Honor Society


 

National Merit Commended

Approximately 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers are named National Merit Commended students. We congratulate the following gentlemen for being named National Merit Commended Students:

Andrew Donovan
Jonathan Paroly
David Perez-Cruet


 

Phi Beta Kappa


 

Five & Six Year Men


 

2020-2021 STUDENT SENATE

Nicholas Love - President

 Nicholas Kouza - Vice President

Keegan Kochanek - Treasurer

 Jonathan Paroly - Secretary

Samuel Lanni - Sergeant-at-Arms


 

"Go forth and set the world on fire."

Seniors, U of D Jesuit will always be your home.  Like your own home, the door is always open and you are welcome to come back and share your stories.  We look forward to your return to "The Jez" to let us know how you are doing. There will always be a smiling face and handshake to greet you—and eager anticipation to hear of your triumphs and tribulations. As St. Ignatius said, "Go forth and set the world on fire."

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is committed to providing the highest quality Jesuit Catholic college preparatory education for young men throughout metropolitan Detroit. University of Detroit Jesuit, in collaboration with parents, will challenge its students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice, and to be “Men for Others.”