Class of 2018

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Marist High School held its 52nd annual commencement exercises on Thursday, May 24, 2018, sending off an accomplished class of 391 young men and women.


These students continued to build Marist’s strong academic reputation. They sent out more than 2,400 college applications, and were accepted to colleges and universities across the country. Graduates will be on the campuses of Yale University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University, Loyola University, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Illinois at Champaign to name a few. They were awarded over $43 million in scholarship monies, including two Chick Evans Scholarship—Cormac Lee and Colin Mullen. Valerie Pavilonis and Jacob Rahn were National Merit Finalists along with eight National Merit Commended students. Marist boasted 71 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 Argentina, Italy, and France. Numerous students were named ACT scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, and received prestigious awards and scholarships. Senior Samantha Reidy scored 36 on the ACT. 

Valedictorian Elise Viz noted that each member of the class of 2018 was at graduation because of the sacrifices others had made—parents, teachers, etc. She challenged her classmates to give themselves to the world and use their greatest gift-God’s free will-to succeed not for themselves, but for others. Salutatorian Jacob Rahn led the audience in prayer. Peyton Ashford and Ravi Majeti were given the Faculty Award, the highest honor given to students by faculty vote for emulating the characteristics of a Marist student. 

At the heart of their Marist experience was spiritual growth. Members of the class participated in retreats and liturgy planning. Students participated in mission trips to New Orleans, upstate New York, and Texas. Students also planned and executed countless service projects and fundraisers, including spearheading the Relay for Life which raised $51,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2018 alone, and running countless service projects and drives for those in need. More than 100 members of the class were enrolled in the senior service program, providing daily community service to more than 18 area organizations, including Little Company of Mary Hospital, Elim Christian Services, and several nearby Catholic grammar schools.

Athletically, individuals and teams were strong performers. Girls' volleyball was the state and national champion. Football garnered the program's first undefeated regular season. Cheerleading placed second in state. Boys' basketball advanced to the sectional, nearly taking down a national program. Teams racked up regional, conference, and sectional titles. Seven spring teams were in the heat of IHSA playoffs. Thirty-six will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. 

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 performed at home and throughout Washington, DC. The broadcasting program grew with bi-weekly news segments and a talk show. 

Ninety-nine percent of the class will attend college in the fall. Six students will join the military. 


Award Recipient Grade School
Valedictorian Elise Viz SS. Cyril & Methodius
Salutatorian Jacob Rahn St. Germaine
Faculty Award  Ravi Majeti Mt. Greenwood
Faculty Award  Peyton Ashford Owen Scholastic Academy
National Merit Finalist Valerie Pavilonis Mt. Greenwood
National Merit Finalist Jacob Rahn St. Germaine
National Merit Commended Jack Anderson Independence
National Merit Commended Martha Kowalski St. Patricia
National Merit Commended Michelle Lenz Koraes
National Merit Commended Emily Radz Prairie Jr. High
National Merit Commended Samantha Reidy Independence
National Merit Commended Benjamin Rickey St. Christopher
National Merit Commended Daniel Stanecki Central Jr. High
National Merit Commended Elise Viz SS. Cyril & Methodius
Chick Evans Scholars Cormac Lee St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick
Chick Evans Scholars Colin Mullen Palos South
ESCC Scholar Athlete Megan Alagna, Cross Country St. Cajetan
ESCC Scholar Athlete Jack Anderson, Baseball Independence
ESCC Scholar Athlete Natalie Davidson, Volleyball St. Linus
ESCC Scholar Athlete Cassandra Eraci, Soccer Incarnation
ESCC Scholar Athlete Kathleen Hogan, Volleyball Most Holy Redeemer
ESCC Scholar Athlete Cole Kareta, Golf Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School
ESCC Scholar Athlete Anna Kloehn, Cross Country Palos South
ESCC Scholar Athlete Michael Lawlor, Football St. Michael
ESCC Scholar Athlete Michelle Lenz, Soccer Koraes
ESCC Scholar Athlete Martin Lundy, Football/Volleyball St. Linus
ESCC Scholar Athlete Brady Mack, Volleyball St. Michael
ESCC Scholar Athlete Nicholas Marks, Soccer St. Linus
ESCC Scholar Athlete Kyle McNamara, Tennis St. Michael
ESCC Scholar Athlete Daniel Meehan, Football St. Michael
ESCC Scholar Athlete Bridget O'Malley, Track/Cross Country/Lacrosse  St. Cajetan
ESCC Scholar Athlete Daniel Poncer, Soccer Incarnation
ESCC Scholar Athlete Grace Reilly, Volleyball St. Catherine
ESCC Scholar Athlete Kate Shroba, Cross Country Cardinal Bernardin
ESCC Scholar Athlete Grace Stinites, Cross Country/Track St. Cajetan
ESCC Scholar Athlete Kaleb Weisenfluh, Golf Homer Jr. High
Perfect Attendance Anthony Ferenzi Queen of Martyrs
Perfect Attendance Martha Kowalski St. Patricia
Perfect Attendance Erica Mannella Prairie Jr. High
Perfect Attendance Gianna Miritello Peckwas Preparatory Academy
Perfect Attendance Jacob Nichols St. Christina
Perfect Attendance Kaitlyn Szymkiewicz St. Daniel the Prophet
Perfect Attendance Amy Tracy St. Michael
Perfect Attendance Kathleen Wilkison St. Symphorosa
Brother Patrick Magee Service Award Ravi Majeti Mt. Greenwood
Brother Patrick Magee Service Award Erin Stapleton Independence
Br. Vito Aresto Achievement Award Nathan Bednarczyk St. Christopher
Br. Vito Aresto Achievement Award Erin Stapleton Independence
Jack Callahan Spirit Award Ravi Majeti Mt. Greenwood
Paul Simmons Team Spirit Award Tristan Ach South Loop
Kevin Lenhart Award TBA  
IHSA All State Academic Team Honorable Mention David Daniels Noonan Academy
Military Enlistee Dennis Carroll, U.S. Army Reserves Mt. Greenwood
Military Enlistee Francis Doyle, U.S. Marines St. Christina
Military Enlistee Steven Espinoza, U.S. Marines St. Linus
Military Enlistee Magnolia Gamino, U.S. Army ROTC St. Mary Star of the Sea
Military Enlistee Faith Holubik, U.S. Air Force St. Linus
Military Enlistee Jack Wirtz, U.S. Marines St. Christina 
Academic Team Elise Viz SS. Cyril & Methodius
Anime Club Makayla Walston St. Richard
Art Club Jared Shipman St. Germaine
Art National Honor Society Carrissa Garla St. Christopher
Band Elizabeth Hermann Cardinal Bernardin
Baseball Jack Anderson Independence
Boys Basketbll David Daniels Noonan Academy
Girls Basketball Allesa Corcoran Independence
Bass Fishing Sean Murphy St. Linus
Billiards Connor Scott St. John Fisher
1Book 1Marist Laina Claahsen St. Christina
Boys Bowling Team Jacob Alberts Christian Hills
Girls Bowling Team Ashley Iraci St. Catherine
Boxing  Joseph Murphy Hamlin
Cheerleading Abigail Arvesen Queen of Martyrs
Chess Club Joseph Barry St. John Fisher
Chorus Morgan McDonald Central Jr. High 
Girls Cross Country Nora Doyle St. Cajetan
Fencing Steven Larkin St. Christina
Football Gavin McCabe St. Catherine
French Club Anna Bonoma Sutherland
French National Honor Society Bridget O'Malley St. Cajetan
Boys Golf Team Robert Staszewski St. Linus
Girls Golf Team Courtney Dahl St. Christina
Hockey Joseph Leahy St. Michael
Boys Lacrosse Tristan Ach South Loop
Girls Lacrosse Moira Touhy St. Alexander
Liturgy Committee Aidan Morrissey Palos South
Marist Youth Claire Stifter St. Linus
Math Team Jacob Rahn St. Germaine
Model UN  Victor Andrade St. Symphorosa / Our Lady of the Snows
National Honor Society Kaitlin Sweeney St. Barnabas
Poms  Megan Solana St. Rene Goupil
Pro-Life Club Morgan McDonald Central Jr. High 
Rugby Christopher Welsh St. Christina
SADD Kiley Ross Palos South
Science  Aidan Morrissey Palos South
Sentinel Stephanie Kozlowski St. Patricia
Boys Soccer Roderick Cave St. Germaine
Girls Soccer Michelle Lenz Koraes
Softball Margaret Kehoe Most Holy Redeemer
Spanish Club Domani Dioguardi-Aguilar Veterans Memorial
Spanish National Honor Society Kaylee Harris Century Jr. High
Speech & Acting Team Catherine Hynes Independence
Stage Crew Conor Sweeney St. Barnabas
Student Ambassadors Jason Trbovic Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School
Student Council Kaleb Weisenfluh Homer Jr. High 
Swimming Margaret Guidici Jerling Jr. High
Techonology Alexandria Luster Queen of Martyrs
Boys Tennis Timothy Flynn Clissold
Girls Tennis Caitlyn Foggie A.N. Pritzker Elementary
Theatre Guild Quinn Donnelly St. Christina
Boys Track & Field Justin Williams Prairie Jr. High
Girls Track & Field Logan Andrews St. Bernadette
Ultimate Frisbee Kevin Bernichio Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School
Boys Volleyball Patrick Mahoney St. Linus
Girls Volleyball Grace Green St. Linus
Wrestling Nathan Bednarczyk St. Christopher
Yearbook Elizabeth Dalponte Cassell