Class of 2016 Highlights

Marist High School's 50th annual commencement exercises were held Thursday, May 18, 2016, sending off an accomplished class of young men and women to make Jesus Christ known and loved, while pursuing higher education and life.


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, Colorado, and Jamaica. Students also planned and executed countless service projects and fundraisers, including spearheading the Relay for Life which raised $46,000 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 2,100 college applications, and were accepted to colleges and universities across the country. Graduates will be on the campuses of Notre Dame, Princeton, Cornell, Northwestern, University of Illinois, Marquette, Loyola, and St. Louis University, to name a few. They were awarded over $40 million in scholarship monies, including five Chick Evans Scholarship. There were five National Merit Commended students and one finalish. There were 75 Illinois State Scholars. Marist seniors were leaders on the math team, which finished eighth in state overall and as the number two Catholic school. 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 leadership program, Explore, planning college tours, mentoring opportunities and welcoming notable alums to speak on campus. Numerous students were named ACT scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, and received prestigious awards and scholarships. 

Athletically, individuals and teams were strong performers. Marist's football team took second in state in Class 8A. Members of the class helped garner a state championship in 2015 for softball, and look to repeat this June. Boys track captured the ESCC title, while the girls took second. Kyle O'Farrell represented the RedHawks in the cross country state final, while the girls team advanced for the first time collectively. Wrestling brought home its 33rd conference title-the program has only missed out on it twice! Countless students were named all-conference, and picked up awards and honors from Chicago newspapers. Forty-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 California. Members of the school newspaper advanced and placed in the IHSA journalism finals, and Solomon Davis was named Chicago High School Journalist of the Year. 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 performed at various sites around New Orleans, while the choir brought the sounds of the seasons to life. Marist artists presented their work in a variety of mediums throughout the year. There were world champion Irish dancers, and students traveled through Europe and South America expanding the Marist classroom.

Ninety-nine percent of the class will attend college in the fall. Four 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.  

Valedictorians Laith Abad Jason Phelan


Faculty Award 

Faculty Award

Emily Graff

Kelly Collins

Justin Tringl

National Merit Finalist Jason Phelan  
National Merit Commended Kelly Collins  
National Merit Commended Robert Conklin  
National Merit Commended Ashley Garla  
National Merit Commended Emily Graff  
National Merit Commended Alexandra Lenz  
National Merit Commended Richard Mauge  
Chick Evans Scholars Griffin Farrelly  
Chick Evans Scholars Patrick Keffer  
Chick Evans Scholars Brian Kettering  
Chick Evans Scholars Matt Kettering  
Chick Evans Scholars Brendan Mullen  
ESCC Scholar Athlete Margaret Berger Lacrosse/Cross Country
ESCC Scholar Athlete Thomas Bjorklund Soccer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Grace Callaghan Soccer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Liam Clair Lacrosse 
ESCC Scholar Athlete Sam Feldner Wrestling
ESCC Scholar Athlete Emily Graff Volleyball
ESCC Scholar Athlete Frederick Hofer Golf
ESCC Scholar Athlete Brent Holder Football
ESCC Scholar Athlete Catherine Hynes Soccer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Kevin Kelly Track
ESCC Scholar Athlete Michael Laird Football/Lacrosse
ESCC Scholar Athlete Alexandra Lenz Soccer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Julia Linares Track/Cross Country
ESCC Scholar Athlete Carolan O'Connell Lacrosse
ESCC Scholar Athlete Ashley Smialek Soccer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Michael St. Lawrence Lacrosse
ESCC Scholar Athlete Benjamin Turcich Tennis
ESCC Scholar Athlete Vanessa Villansenor Softball
ESCC Scholar Athlete Thomas Wade Baseball
ESCC Scholar Athlete Claire Walsh Soccer
Perfect Attendance Ian Bond  
Perfect Attendance John Carmody  
Perfect Attendance Catherine Delisi  
Perfect Attendance Josephine Delisi  
Perfect Attendance Madeline Donahue  
Perfect Attendance Ashley Garla  
Perfect Attendance Bradon Holt  
Perfect Attendance Mary Kevin  
Perfect Attendance Alaina McCarthy  
Perfect Attendance Dominic Simon  
Perfect Attendance Lauren Vittorio  
Brother Patrick Magee Service Award Kelsey Ryan  
Brother Patrick Magee Service Award Justin Tringl  
Institutional Advancement Award Shannon O'Loughlin  
Br. Vito Aresto Achievement Award Gina Iraci  
Br. Vito Aresto Achievement Award Michael Majewski  
Explore Program Scholar Laith Abad  
Explore Program Scholar Elizabeth Besenhofer  
Explore Program Scholar Deliah Bradley  
Explore Program Scholar Adrian Clark  
Explore Program Scholar Kevin Corrigan  
Explore Program Scholar Ashley Garla  
Explore Program Scholar Emily Graff  
Explore Program Scholar Derek Ivkovic  
Explore Program Scholar Michael Laird  
Explore Program Scholar Catherine Lewellyn  
Explore Program Scholar Kayley Rawl  
Explore Program Scholar Kate Rochowicz  
Explore Program Scholar Paige Solcani  
Explore Program Scholar Rachel Ulaszek  
Explore Program Scholar Thomas Wade  
Explore Program Scholar Patricia Witte  
Jack Callahan Spirit Award Shannon O'Loughlin  
Paul Simmons Team Spirit Award Kevin Lerma  
Kevin Lenhart Award Laith Abad  
Kevin Lenhart Award Jason Phelan  
Academic Team Maxwell Stinites  
Anime Club Miguel Zavala  
Art Club Catherine Behling  
Art National Honor Society Samanath Pacella  
Band Gavin Donnelly  
Baseball John Carmody  
Bass Fishing Elizabeth Seip  
Boys Basketbll Andre Hardin  
Girls Basketball Dajae Black  
Billiards Celeste Barclay  
1Book 1Marist Paige Solcani  
Boys Bowling Team John Snyder  
Girls Bowling Team Kamisha Wallace  
Bowling Club Keighley Liptizky  
Cheerleading Megan Doah  
Chess Club Aidan Martinez  
Chorus Aidan Martinez  
Boys Country Kyle O'Farrell  
Girls Cross Country Bridget McDermott  
Drama Club Benjamin Barry  
Ecology Club Justin Tringle  
Football Brendan Skalitzky  
French Club Elizabeth Seip  
French National Honor Society Michela Petrosino  
Boys Golf Team Patrick Keffer  
Girls Golf Team Hannah McMahon  
Hockey Jake Barclay  
Improv Club Cecilia Miranda  
International Club Kamisha Wallace  
Boys Lacrosse Liam Clair  
Girls Lacrosse Catherine Lewellyn  
Liturgy Committee Alexander Lyons  
Marist Youth Brian Kettering  
Math Team Jason Phelan   
Model UN  Solomon Davis  
National Honor Society Julia Linares  
Poms  Cara Stevens  
Pro-Life Club Kayley Rayl  
Sentinel Solomon Davis  
Boys Soccer David Snooks  
Girls Soccer Elizabeth Paulmeyer  
Softball Madison Naujokas  
Spanish Club Stephanie Kohn   
Spanish National Honor Society Vanessa Villasenor  
Speech & Acting Team Kelly Collins  
Stage Crew Madeline Tucker  
Student Ambassadors Frederick Hofer  
Student Council Ellie Mineman  
Swimming Olivia Sencion  
Boys Tennis Benjamin Turcich  
Girls Tennis Megan Ward  
Boys Track & Field Darshon McCullough  
Girls Track & Field Alexis Pitts  
Ultimate Frisbee Patrick Smith  
Boys Volleyball Aaron Kummer  
Girls Volleyball Anne Marie Stifter  
Wrestling Andrew O'Brien  
Yearbook Caroline Doyle