Slideshow image

List of 2015 Awards Night Honorees

Collegiate Awards

The following 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. Ramzi L. Haddad

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.” Jake N. Drysdale

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.” Cesar E. Azrak

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.” Matthew J. Travers

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.” David J. Holmes

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. J. Will Koster

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.” Alexander J. Lowell

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. Timothy J. Thompson Jr.

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.’” Andrew J. Moen

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. George R. O’Sullivan

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.” Thomas A. Lowell

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.’” Nicholas M. Monette and D. Andrew Sewall

Williams College: Given to a Junior “who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school.” Thomas A. Weiss

Yale University: Given by the Yale Club of St. Louis to a Junior “who demonstrates qualities of outstanding character and intellectual promise.” John Q. Russell

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. Connor R. Wright

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Presented to the Junior who has displayed the most outstanding achievement in mathematics and science. Alexandre O. Amice

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. Andrew M. Abad

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. Ian R. Banks

Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Medal: Sponsored by the University of Rochester and presented to the Junior who has displayed the most oustanding achievement in science. Sam P. Lombardo

KMOX/Southeast Missouri State Student of Achievement: Acknowledges 30 top Junior-level students throughout the St. Louis Metro Area and recognizes them for their scholastic achievements. Cesar E. Azrak


General Form Awards

Form Prizes
Awarded to the student or students with the highest grade point averages in Forms I through V.

Form I Room 5 - Ian J. Crossey

Form I Room 6 - Cole P. Trautman

Form I Room 7 - Nicholas S. Blessing

Form I Room 8 - Peter W. Weaver

Form II Prize - Patrick M. Carr

Form III Prizes - Sohan E. Kancherla and Joseph E. Mathis

Form IV Prizes - James P. Orme-Rogers & John R. Pruett III

Form V Prizes - Alexandre O. Amice & Alexander J. Lowell

Academic Achievement

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 - James D. Dimitroff

Form IV Prizes - Holland Chalfant IV & William C. Jacoby

Form V Prizes - Thomas S. Holmes and Anthony G. Leisure Jr.

Missouri Scholars Academy
Awarded to a Sophomore(s) with exceptional academic ability who is most able to take advantage of an academic enrichment opportunity. Connor J. Donnelly and James P. Orme-Rogers

Missouri Scholars 100
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize 100 outstanding students who have excellent academics, attendance, citizenship, and involvement in school and community activities. Ian B. Steiner


Academic Departmental Awards

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 - Peter W. Weaver

Form II - Louis B. Rolwes

Form III - Gregory M. Rolwes

Form IV - James P. Orme-Rogers

Form V - Alexandre O. Amice and Jake N. Drysdale

Form VI Seminar - Matthew J. Kinnison

Literary Prizes

Form I - Thomas F. Mooney IV

Form II - Michael R. Morgenthaler

Form III - Brett W. Phelan

Form IV - James P. Orme-Rogers

Form V - Matthew J. Travers

Form VI - Robert F. Erbs III


Classical Language Prize - James W. Koster

Modern Language French Prize - Aris C. Sevastianos

Modern Language Spanish Prize - William P. Whaley

Modern Language Mandarin Prize - Brenden N. Kolthoff

History Prize - Urban A. Cornett

Science Prize - William A. Macke

Mathematics Prizes - William A. Macke and Ian B. Steiner

Computer Science Prize - William A. Macke

Thesis Prizes - Robert E. Donnelly III, Grant V. Dow, Zachary A. Kuchan, William A. Macke, and Jeffrey M. Michalski

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. Robert J. Frei

Daughters of the American Revolution Award
Certificate of award for outstanding work in American History. Sean M. Buss

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. Matthew J. Kinnison

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. Logan A. Bealke


Fine Arts Awards

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 - Isaac O. Higo and Colin J. Phillips

High School - Grant V. Dow

Drama Awards

Junior School - Ian J. Crossey

High School - Daniel A. Weissert

Calligraphy Awards

Junior School - Anthony D. Leeker

Photography Awards

Junior School - Kevin J. Flores

High School - Zachary J. Warr

Vocal Music Awards

Junior School - Luke C. Parent and John J. Krewet

High School - Robert E. Donnelly III

Stained Glass Award - Michael P. Sigillito

The J. Michael Means and David M. Neukum Medieval Arts Award
Recognizes achievement in Priory’s Medieval Arts program.  Matthew J. Kinnison


Athletic Awards

Best Athlete

This award recognizes students from both the High School and the Junior School with exemplary achievement in our athletic program.

Junior School - Anthony D. Leeker

High School - John C. Agnew and Nathan J. VonderHaar

Coaches Cup

This award is selected by the athletic coaches and given to the student they deem most receptive and appreciative of their coaching. The award is made in both the High School and the Junior School.

Junior School - Patrick M. Carr

High School - Cole J. Esparrago

Scholar Athlete

The Scholar Athlete Award recognizes a Priory Senior who exemplifies excellence in both scholarship and athletic ability.

George A. Paletta III

Kestrel Cup

The Kestrel Cup acknowledges the most promising tennis player of the Freshman class.

Edward M. Quan


Student Leadership Awards

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. Grant V. Dow

Richard 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. Jeffrey M. Michalski

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. Connor R. Wright

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. Andrew M. Abad

St. Louis County Student Leader Award
Presented to a Junior who has made significant contributions to the school. David J. Holmes

Archbishop May Service Award
Acknowledges outstanding service to the community by member of the Senior class.  Nathan M. Walk

American Legion Award
Given to a Senior based on courage, honor, patriotism, scholarship and service, which when cultivated, result in better leadership.  Parker S. Ferguson

Saint Louis Priory School Service Award
Recognizes exemplary dedication and service to the entire Priory school community by a member of the Senior class. Matthew J. Kinnison

Father Gregory Mohrman Service Award
Awarded to a Junior School student for distinguished service to the Junior School community. Preston D. Antes

Father Finbarr Dowling Spirit Award
Presented to the Senior who best promotes school spirit.  Daniel N. Kelly

I Dare You Leadership Award
Given to one or more Juniors who demonstrate personal integrity and outstanding leadership within the school.  William B. Mardis

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.  Holden J. Wilmsen

Humanitarian Award
Presented to students in the Junior School who have made significant contributions to community spirit and service to the Priory community. Christian J. Drummond and Jack W. Muench 

“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


Saint Louis Abbey

Saint Louis Priory School

500 South Mason Road
St. Louis, MO 63141
P. 314.434.3690    F.314.576.7088
Contact Us | Privacy Policy

Make a Gift