Class of 2015

Marist High School held its 49th annual commencement exercises Thursday, May 21, 2015, sending off an accomplished class of young men and women to make Jesus Christ known and loved, while pursuing higher education and life.

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At the heart of their Marist experience was spiritual growth. Members of the class participated in retreats and liturgy planning. Three groups participated in mission trips to New Orleans, upstate New York, and Jamaica. Students also planned and executed countless service projects and fundraisers, including spearheading the Relay for Life which raised $55,000 for the American Cancer Society, and running a yearlong tutoring program for local grade school students. Also, more than 100 members of the class were enrolled in the senior service program, providing community service Monday through Friday to more than 18 area organizations, including Little Company of Mary Hospital, Elim Christian Services, and several nearby Catholic grammar schools.

These students made an excellent academic reputation for themselves at Marist. They sent out more than 2,000 college applications, and were accepted to colleges and universities across the country. Graduates will be on the campuses of Notre Dame, Northwestern, University of Illinois, Marquette, Loyola, and St. Louis University, to name a few. They were awarded over $34 million in scholarship monies, including one Chick Evans Scholarship. There were five National Merit Commended students and 56 Illinois State Scholars. Marist seniors were leaders on the math team, which finished fourth in state overall and as the top Catholic school for the third straight year. The language department offered exchange programs with international Marist schools, allowing students to host students from and travel to Spain, Italy, and France. Seniors also were pioneers in the school’s new business curriculum, culminating in three student companies receiving funding. Numerous students were named ACT scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, and received prestigious awards and scholarships. Marist seniors also partipated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This international exam only takes place every four years, and helps assess student learning around the world. Marist was one of only two Chicagoland schools selected. 

Athletically, individuals and teams were strong performers. Jake Ford finished his Marist wrestling career as a state champion. Softball and wrestling captured the conference title. Both boys and girls track finished second in conference. Girls volleyball won the regional, while the boys will go for it in the coming weeks. Boys and girls lacrosse had successful seasons, helping build a new tradition at Marist. Girls soccer, baseball, and softball are are eyeing playoff runs this spring. Twenty-six graduates have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level with programs coast to coast.

After the bell rang each day, these seniors participated in clubs and activities, sharing their leadership and expertise with the school community. The speech team advanced to the National Catholic Forensic League Grand Tournament in Florida. Members of the school newspaper advanced and placed in the IHSA journalism finals. Student council members planned a variety of events and activities throughout the year. The theatre guild produced a fall drama and spring musical to the delight of audiences. The band and chorus performed at various sites around New York City and Nashville, respectively.

Ninety-nine percent of the class will attend college in the fall. Five students will join the military, while a few will enter the workforce immediately. If the class’s accomplishments at Marist are any indication of their future success, the end of this chapter is just the beginning for them.  

First  Last Award Grammar School
Simon  Rafacz Valedictorian Simmons
Grace  Enright Saludatorian St. Walter
Grace Enright National Merit Commended Student St. Walter
Cameron Heppeler National Merit Commended Student OLHMS
Ryan Higgins National Merit Commended Student Clissold
Kaylie Sampson National Merit Commended Student St. Barnabas
Mitchell Schroeder National Merit Commended Student St. Linus
Madeline Kelly Chick Evans Scholarship St. Christina
Kelly Barker ESCC Academic All-Conference, Golf St. Alexander
Emily Coghlan ESCC Academic All-Conference, Volleyball Jerling Jr High 
Mary Cunningham ESCC Academic All-Conference, Tennis Most Holy Redeemer
Samuel Gainer ESCC Academic All-Conference, Soccer Jerling Jr High 
Anne Hynes ESCC Academic All-Conference, Tennis St. Michael
Ryan Kairis ESCC Academic All-Conference, Baseball Kinzie
Madeline Kelly ESCC Academic All-Conference, Track St. Christina
Joe Kezon ESCC Academic All-Conference, Soccer/Tennis St. Christina
Ryan Loizzo ESCC Academic All-Conference, Golf/Tennis CJB
Patrick Meehan ESCC Academic All-Conference, Baseball St. Alexander
Mary McIntyre ESCC Academic All-Conference, Tennis St. Michael
Pat Moore ESCC Academic All-Conference, Volleyball St. Christina
Tim O'Connell ESCC Academic All-Conference, Football St. Francis Xavier
Sky Patterson ESCC Academic All-Conference, Basketball St. Bede
Simon Rafacz ESCC Academic All-Conference, Tennis Simmons
Colleen Reilly ESCC Academic All-Conference, Volleyball Keller
Martin Ryan ESCC Academic All-Conference, Football St. Michael
Kaylie Sampson ESCC Academic All-Conference, Lacrosse St. Barnabas
Patrick Sweeney ESCC Academic All-Conference, Football St. Barnabas
Brooke Wilson ESCC Academic All-Conference, Softball St. Symphorosa
Brian Canchola Perfect Attendance Prairie Jr High
Madeleine Canedo Perfect Attendance St. Daniel
Tessa Chehreh-Tab Perfect Attendance St. Germaine
Tyler Haizel Perfect Attendance Simmons
Bradley Hill Perfect Attendance St. Lawrence O'Toole
Matt Kokaska Perfect Attendance St. Linus
Jacqueline Lara Perfect Attendance St. Bede
Carlos Lopez Perfect Attendance St. Louis de Montfort
Michael Serwetnyk Perfect Attendance St. Mary Star of the Sea
Connor Mish Br. Pat Magee Award Palos South
Claire Callahan Br. Pat Magee Award Independence 
Hannah Kelly Institutional Advancement Award St. Christina
Anne Kaberna Br. Vito Aresto Award St. Barnabas
Jeremiah Gross Br. Vito Aresto Award St. Bede
Patrick Sweeney Jack Callahan Spirit Award St. Barnabas
Brian Barry Paul Simmons Jr. Foundation Award St. Linus
Simon Rafacz Kevin Lehnert Award Simmons
Sarah Gregory Golden Apple Scholarship Palos South
Rosemary Peck Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship St. Daniel the Prophet
    BLOCK M AWARDS  
Mike Serwetnyk Academic Club St. Mary Star of the Sea
Terrence Juachon Anime Club St. Linus
Tessa Chehreh-Tab Art Club St. Germaine
Paige Cosgrove Art National Honor Society St. Cajetan
Connor Mish Band Palos South
Ryan Kairis Baseball Kinzie
Jeremiah Ferguson Boys Basketball Crone
Katie Houbolt Girls Basketball St. Linus
Scott Pavilonis Billiards Mt. Greenwood
Kyle Snyder Boys Bowling Mt. Greenwood
Adlin Mendez Girls Bowling Keller
Beth Finn Cheerleading St. Michael
Maura Kealy Chess Team Most Holy Redeemer
Fiona Clair Chorus St. Barnabas
Mike Conrad Boys Cross Country St. Michael
Molly Fahy Girls Cross Country St. John Fisher
Matt Hickey Debate Team St. Germaine
Brian Canchola Drama Club Prairie Jr High
Rosemary Peck Fine Arts & Literary Club St. Daniel
Patrick Sweeney Football St. Barnabas
Patricia Santos-Barbaran French Club St. Germaine
Maggie Durkin French National Honor Society St. Daniel
Trevor Fox Boys Golf St. Linus
Kelly Barker Girls Golf St. Alexander
Ryan Loizzo Hockey CJB
Joe Tandyk Boys Lacrosse St. Christina
Alyssa Anderson Girls Lacrosse St. Linus
Lauren Quigley Marist Youth St. Barnabas
Joe Kezon Math Team St. Christina
Pat Sweeney National Honor Society St. Barnabas
Lauren Surin Poms St. Michael
Grace Enright Pro-Life Club St. Walter
Megan Karas Sentinel  Prairie Jr High
Noah Kemp Boys Soccer Sutherland
Nora Englehart Girls Soccer Palos South
Brooke Wilson Softball St. Symphorosa
Sky Patterson Spanish National Honor Society St. Bede
Tim Johnson Speech & Acting Kellogg
Rosemary Peck Stage Crew St. Daniel
Matt Hickey Student Ambassadors St. Germaine
Marty Ryan Student Council St. Michael
Carole Hodorowicz Swimming  St. Cajetan
Ryan Loizzo Boys Tennis CJB
Claire Callaghan Girls Tennis Independence 
Kendall Oliver Boys Track & Field Clissold
Madeline Kelly Girls Track & Field St. Christina
Joe Powell Ultimate Frisbee St. Daniel
Brian Barry Boys Volleyball St. Linus
Lizzie Zaleski Girls Volleyball St. Catherine
Alex Benoit Wrestling St. Germaine