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Awards Evening 2018

Awards Ceremonies 2018

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Prize Books are awarded to members of the Priory junior class. Students are selected by the Priory faculty and normally come from the top quarter of the class. 

Cornell University

Presented to a junior with an excellent academic record who has demonstrated personal initiative in pursuing, embracing, or cultivating diversity (a founding principle of Cornell University) in the school environment or in the larger community. Carl Azrak 

Dartmouth College

Given annually “to a junior at the top of his class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a positive contribution to the athletic and extracurricular life of the school.” Louis B. Rolwes 

The George Washington University

Presented each year to a high school junior who embodies the GW drive and spirit, specifically with his academic excellence, leadership outside of the classroom, diversity of thought, and ability to put knowledge into action.  Andrew C. Stein 

Harvard University

Awarded by the Harvard Club of Greater St. Louis to an outstanding junior “who combines excellence in scholarship and high character with achievement in other fields.” Matthew J. Capps 

College of the Holy Cross

Given to a junior who presents “exceptional academic achievement within a rigorous college preparatory program, and who has evidenced sincere concern for others and a responsible attitude in all of his endeavors.” Drew J. Ahlering 

University of Notre Dame

Given to a junior “who has shown he is capable of academic excellence, and has shown service to both the Catholic Church and his community.” Sean M. Dolan

University of Pennsylvania

Presented through the university’s St. Louis Alumni Association, to a junior who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin, the founder of the University of Pennsylvania and a scholar, innovator, and servant to the community. Adam W. Urish

Princeton University

Recognizes a junior “who, while maintaining a consistent Honors average, has demonstrated an unusual level of volunteer service and commitment to the community.” Joseph E. Gioia 

Rhodes College

Presented to a student who has demonstrated exemplary community service and has developed a clear sense of the impact they can make in their own communities though service and volunteerism. Jacob H. Conard 

Saint Anselm College

Presented to an outstanding junior who has demonstrated academic success and exceptional leadership qualities in the area of civic engagement. The recipient embodies the values inherent in Saint Anselm’s Benedictine tradition. Stephen C. Rashford

Saint Louis University

Given to a junior “who continually strives toward excellence in academics, service, leadership, and spirituality and best personifies the Jesuit motto ‘men and women for others.’” Jacob R. Buganski 

Saint Michael’s College

Recognizes students “who exhibit the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael’s student, based specifically on achievement in academics and community service, particularly those in leadership roles in service organizations.” Seung Kwon B. Hwang 

West Point: The United States Military Academy

Given to a junior “who has demonstrated academic excellence, athletic or extracurricular prowess, and leadership abilities, and best embodies the Academy’s motto ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’” John Paul H. Spellmeyer 

Williams College

Given to a junior “who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school.” Jacob W. Sowers 

Yale University

Given by the Yale Club of St. Louis to a junior “who demonstrates qualities of outstanding character and intellectual promise.” Patrick M. Carr 

George Eastman Young Leaders Award

Presented by the University of Rochester to a junior who has demonstrated strong leadership experience, high academic grades, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Preston D. Antes 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Presented to the junior who has displayed the most outstanding achievement in mathematics and science. Joseph E. Gioia 

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

Presented by the University of Rochester to the junior who has demonstrated a commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues, dedication to community action, and has strong grades in rigorous humanities and social studies courses. Duncan W. Phillips 

Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology

Presented by the University of Rochester to acknowledge scholarship/ achievement in the areas of innovation, leadership and IT. Robert H. Bordeaux 

Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Medal

Sponsored by the University of Rochester and presented to the junior who has displayed the most outstanding achievement in science. Louis B. Rolwes


Form Prizes

Form Prizes are awarded to students with the highest grade point averages in Forms I through V.

  • Form I Prizes – Riley J. Carlin, Evan C. Hugge
  • Form II Prizes – Cedric Z. Bruges, Brendan P. Stein
  • Form III Prizes – Sami G. Haddad, Gabe J. Kemna, Reid C. Miller, Michael T. Moen, and Michael J. Rashford
  • Form IV Prizes – Luke M. Braby, Matthew C. Sinclair
  • Form V Prizes – Patrick M. Carr, Louis B. Rowles

Academic Achievement

Academic achievement awards are presented to students in Forms III, IV and V who have shown, according to the judgement of their teachers, the greatest improvement in their studies since the last academic year.

  • Form III Prize – Harrison S. Wilmsen
  • Form IV Prizes – Agustin S. Kokenge, John D. Wagner
  • Form V Prizes – Ian M. Newman, William M. Todt 


Academic departments recognize those students who have demonstrated the highest level of success in their respective areas of study.

Theology and Literary prizes are awarded in each Form, a Classical Language prize is awarded to a student in Form V, and prizes in Modern Languages, History, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Thesis are awarded to students in Form VI.

Theology Prizes

  • Form I – Matthew E. Loftus
  • Form II – Andrew G. Wasinger
  • Form III – Adam J. Figueras
  • Form IV – Michael C. O’Sullivan 
  • Form V – Anthony S. Jones
  • Form VI Seminar – Austin A. Hillebrandt

Literary Prizes

  • Form I – Evan C. Hugge, Colmcille J. Rottinghaus
  • Form II – Cash R. Niemi
  • Form III – Maxwell C. Look
  • Form IV – Benjamin B. Glarner
  • Form V – John Paul H. Spellmeyer, Joseph J. Weaver
  • Form VI – Anthony C. O’Sullivan

Classical Language Prize – Sean Dolan
Christian B. Peper Greek Prize – Sohan A. Kancherla, Jack F. Wagner
Modern Language French Prize – Thomas G. Fonseca
Modern Language Spanish Prize – Sohan A. Kancherla
Modern Language Mandarin Prize – Trevor J. VonderHaar
History Prize – Sanjay Mandava
Science Prize – Sohan A. Kancherla, Brett W. Phelan
Mathematics Prizes – Brett W. Phelan
Computer Science Prize – Joseph E. Shymanski

Thesis Prizes -              

  • Jacob D. Cichelero – “Piano Recital of Music from the Romantic Era”
  • Jacob E. Deschler – “An Analysis of Japan’s Surrender in World War II”
  • Adrian N. Fedorko – “Anodic Effects on Angular Distribution of Sputtered Copper Atoms in DC Magnetron Sputtering”
  • Robert J. Frei – “Custom-scanned, 3D Printed, Mechanically Actuated Prosthetic”
  • Peter J. Kraemer Jr. – “An Examination of the Propagandic Nature of Book V of Julius Caesar’s De Bello Gallico”
  • Brett W. Phelan – “The Limitations of the Free Will Theodicy When Applied to the Problem of Eternal Damnation”
  • Emerson C. Sarni – “Bas Relief Sculpture of the Abbey Church”

Marvin Lindmark Award

Established by friends of Marvin Lindmark in his honor, this award is given to a freshman for enthusiasm and excellence in the study of History. Michael T. Moen

Daughters of the American Revolution Award

Certificate of award for outstanding work in American History. Joseph S. Brannan

The Mark C. Bussmann ’71 Science Research Award

Given to a senior who has made a significant contribution, outside of the existing curriculum, in the area of research and scientific investigation. Adrian N. Fedorko, Robert J. Frei

The CEdge Entrepreneurial Award

This award is given to the senior who demonstrates qualities that embody the successful entrepreneur, including the discipline needed to complete complex projects, confidence to help his ideas succeed, competitiveness and a self-starter mentality, creativity to identify and solve real-world problems, determination to achieve his goals, good communication skills, and a strong work ethic. Ransom G. Wilkinson

Father Austin E. Rennick Poetry Award

Initiated to honor Father Austin who taught English for 50 years, acknowledges excellence in the creative writing area of poetry. Emerson C. Sarni


Prizes are awarded in the Fine and Practical Arts in Forms I and II and for Music, Drama, Medieval Arts, Photography, and the Visual Arts in both the Junior School and the High School.

Studio Art Awards:
Junior School – Mason A. Karpel, Luke A. Sommer
High School – Colin J. Phillips

Drama Awards:
Junior School – Colmcille J. Rottinghaus
High School – Randall J. Reinker Jr.

Calligraphy Award:  
Junior School – Daniel Hennessey

Photography Award:
High School – Andrew J. Mahassek

Vocal Music Awards:
Junior School – Matthew G. Roxas, Gareth Q. Schuster
High School – John J. Krewet, Patrick C. LaVallee

Stained Glass Award: Christian A. Wagner

The J. Michael Means and David M. Neukum Medieval Arts Award

Recognizes achievement in Priory’s Medieval Arts program. Kendall I. McLemore


Best Athlete

This award recognizes the student who has made the most significant contribution to the overall athletic program through exceptional achievement in multiple sports. The award is made in both the High School and the Junior School.

Junior School – Quentin R. Wilmes, James M. Wong
High School – Charles T. Berns, James D. Dimitroff

Coaches’ Cup

This award recognizes the student who has shown dedication to the athletic program through hard work and discipline. This individual places the team first without concern for personal recognition. The award is made in both the High School and the Junior School.

Junior School – Rueben J. Goldschmidt
High School – Brett D. Greiner

Scholar Athlete

The Scholar Athlete Award is presented to the Priory Senior who has distinguished himself by excelling in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. He will represent Priory in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete Awards. – Jack F. Wagner


This award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated, throughout his athletic career at Priory, the true characteristics of sportsmanship and respect. – Gregory M. Rowles


The Priory Award

In honor of Brandon Paton, the Priory Award is given to the senior who best represents the “total Priory student” academically, athletically, in service to the school, and through his character. Brett D. Greiner

Richard V. Cavanaugh Honorary Award

Beloved faculty member Richard “Dick” Cavanaugh taught English at Priory from 1971 through 2009. In honor of Mr. Cavanaugh, Priory created an award to recognize a senior of outstanding character and integrity, whose presence in our community has been a model of good student behavior. Jacob E. Deschler, Kendall I. McLemore

Koman-Willman Award

Presented to a junior selected for his all-around contribution to the life of his class and school. Considerations include enthusiasm, friendliness, sense of humor, leadership, citizenship, spirit of service, conscientious student, athletic contribution, competitive spirit, and interest in other students and their welfare. Patrick C. LaVallee

The Brunner Trust Award

Established by Father Michael in memory of his father, Maurice T. Brunner, to honor a member of the junior class – the most intense year in our program – and through this award to recognize the work and contribution of the entire junior class. Connor G. Hanzlik

St. Louis County Student Leader Award

Presented to a junior who has made significant contributions to the school. Luke T. Fiala

Archbishop May Service Award

Acknowledges outstanding service to the community by member of the senior class. Austin A. Hillebrandt

American Legion Award

Given to a senior based on courage, honor, patriotism, scholarship and service, which when cultivated, result in better leadership. Alex J. Figueras

Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award

Presented by Saint Louis Priory School and the Archdiocese of St. Louis to a senior who has demonstrated through his attitude and work a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. This student has made justice a central part of his life and has committed himself “to the noble struggle for equal rights.” Sohan A. Kancherla

Saint Louis Priory School Service Award

Recognizes exemplary dedication and service to the entire Saint Louis Priory School community by a member of the senior class. Joseph E. Mathis, Anthony C. O’Sullivan

Father Gregory Mohrman Service Award

Awarded to a Junior School student for distinguished service to the Junior School community. Charles H. Bobo

Father Finbarr Dowling Spirit Award

Presented to the senior who best promotes school spirit. Matthew J. Spellman

I Dare You Leadership Award

Given to one or more juniors who demonstrate personal integrity and outstanding leadership within the school. Stephen C. Rashford, Andrew C. Stein

Joel Huelsmann Award

In remembrance of Joel Huelsmann ’94, this award is given to a sophomore for his exceptional personal achievements in the classroom and on the athletic field as well dedication to his class and school. Harrison M. Thome

Humanitarian Award

Presented to students in the Junior School who have made significant contributions to community spirit and service to the Priory community.  Ryan M. Lavery, Miles M. Pim

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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