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Class of 2020 Recap
Class of 2020 Recap
Matt Vander Vennet
Friday, May 22, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

The High School of Saint Thomas More held its Baccalaureate and virtual Senior Honors Ceremony on Friday, May 15th, at 10 am for 57 students on STM’s Facebook page. Father Michael Pica served as celebrant and homilist. Alaina Bowie and JD Sexton received the Saint Thomas More award, the highest award presented by the school. Class of 2020 Valedictorian Julia Tangen virtually spoke to her classmates. Salutatorian Justin Smith also recorded a speech to his classmates and their families, as well as School Captain JP Hoffman.

Students were recognized at the virtual Senior Honors Ceremony on Friday, May 15th. Departmental awards, recognizing excellence in the various academic subjects, and other awards showcased and recognized the Class of 2020 for their numerous awards and scholarships related to academics and service.    

The 57 graduates completed over 10,500 service hours and received over $5.5 million in merit and/or athletic scholarships; 81% of them will attend a 4 year university with 11% attending a 2 year college, 4% undecided, and 4% attending a trade school/apprenticeship program/foreign exchange program. 

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*Earned College Prep Certificate

+National Honor Society

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4929437999040236&pid=15.1Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica


George William Atkins * 

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dean’s Scholarship, Miami University

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Merit Award, Saint Louis University

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Indiana Bloomington

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Kentucky

Merit Award, University of Tennessee

Illinois State Scholar

 

Jack Vincent Aubry *+ 

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business

Illinois State Scholar

Vincent O. Greene Scholarship


Wade Christopher Baillon *

Holy Cross Parish

Attending the University of Tennessee

STM Physical Education Department Award


Alaina Marie Bowie *

Attending Butler University

Athletic Scholarship, Butler University

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award

STM Physical Education Department Award

The Female Saint Thomas More Award


Spencer Joseph Burgin *

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Josie Madilynn Carmien *+

St. Thomas Parish 

Attending Miami University

RedHawk Excellence Scholarship, Miami University

Presidential Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

University of Iowa National Scholar Award, University of Iowa

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship, University of Kentucky

Illinois State Scholar


Veronica Chistaya *

Attending the University of Rochester

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Rochester

School Leadership Scholarship, Syracuse University


Ian Michael Clapper 

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Parkland College 


George Paul Comet * 

Attending the University of Tennessee

Merit Scholarship, University of Arizona

Merit Scholarship, University of Montana


Clementine Justena Craft *+http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4929437999040236&pid=15.1 

St. Malachy Parish

Attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dean's Choice Award, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Women of Excellence Award, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Knights of Columbus, Rantoul Council No. 4450, Maurice Graham Scholarship

Vincent O. Greene Scholarship


Taylor Joshua Crawford *

Holy Cross Parish

Attending the University of Kentucky

Merit Scholarship, Millikin University

  

Benjamin Nicholas Croft *

St. Malachy Parish

Attending Illinois State University

Redbird Academic Scholarship, Illinois State University

Interact Service Above Self Award

STM Drama Department Award


Sophia Elizabeth Damore *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dean’s Scholarship, Indiana University

Mark Twain Scholarship, University of Missouri


Robert Ted Darr Jr.

St. Malachy Parish

Attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Sophia Ann Dowling  

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Joining the United States Air Force

GI Bill

Tuition Assistance, GI Bill


Connor Joseph Doyle

St. Matthew Parish

Gap Year - Participating in the Junior Hockey League


Reece Allen During 

St. Malachy Parish

Attending Parkland Pathway to Illinois

Knights of Columbus, Rantoul Council No. 4450, Maurice Graham Scholarship


Austin William Ford *  

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending the University of Oregon

Minds Move Mountains Scholarship, University of Oregon

MSU Non-Resident Scholarship, Michigan State University

KY Promise Scholarship, University of Kentucky

BCDI Green Family Scholarship

William N. Drohan Memorial Scholarship

St. Patrick Parish Vincent O. Greene Senior Scholarship

Father Charles Martell Scholarship


Joshua Paul Franklin

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Alabama

Redbird Academic Scholarship, Illinois State University


Abigail Grace Goad *

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Father Charles Martell Scholarship

Kiwanis Club of Champaign-Urbana, Verrolton “Vic” Shaul Scholarship

St. Patrick Parish Vincent O. Greene Senior Scholarship

Interact Service Above Self Award


Abigail Katherine Guido *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Illinois State University

Gustafson Scholarship, Illinois State University

Redbird Academic Scholarship, Illinois State University

National Scholars Award, University of Iowa

Interact Service Above Self Award


Rebecca Diane Hege *+ 

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Illinois State University

Aim High Scholarship, Illinois State University

Redbird Academic Scholarship, Illinois State University

Academic Scholarship, Bradley University

Dean’s Scholarship, Elmhurst College


Frances Anne Hendrickson *   

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Loyola University Chicago

Merit Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

Athletic Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago


Luke Gunnar Herzog

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Aviation

STM Vincent O. Greene Senior Scholarship


Daniel Joseph Hettinger

St. Matthew Parish  

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colorado School of Mines Scholarship, Colorado School of Mines

Dean’s Scholarship, Indiana University

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Alabama

Honors College Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago

Illinois State Scholar


John Paul Hoffman *+http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4929437999040236&pid=15.1

Holy Cross Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business

Dean’s Scholarship, Indiana University

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Volunteer Scholarship, University of Tennessee

Illini Prairie Conference Scholar Male Athlete Award

Illinois State Scholar

STM Family School Captain


Hunter Alexander Howell  

Attending McKendree University

Athletic Scholarship, McKendree University


Parker Joseph Jackson

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Judson University

Athletic Scholarship, Judson University

Opportunity Scholarship, Judson University


Nelson Alexander Jimenez *+ 

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

President’s Scholarship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dean’s Gold Scholarship, Baylor University

Catholic High School Award, Saint Louis University

Dean’s Scholarship, Saint Louis University

Provost Scholarship, Southern Methodist University

STM Social Studies Department Award


Christy Anne Kirkham *

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Kentucky

University Scholarship, Bradley University

  

Lauren Sydney Kwapis *

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Missouri

Interact Service Above Self Award


Tyronn Taijae Bartel Lee 

Attending Olivet Nazarene University

One to One Champaign Urbana Scholarship

 

Callahan Joseph Leibach *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Parkland Pathway to Illinois

Aim High Scholarship, Illinois State University

Legacy Scholarship, Illinois State University

Redbird Scholarship, Illinois State University


Sydney Ann McMahon *+  

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Parkland College

Benedictine Award, Benedictine College

Franciscan Award, Franciscan University

Provost Scholarship, Franciscan University

Vincent O. Greene Scholarship

STM Art Department Award


Samantha Nicole Miller *+ 

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Iowa

National Scholars Award, University of Iowa

Legacy and Sibling Scholarship, Bradley University

Presidential Excellence Scholarship, Bradley University

Dean’s Scholarship, Indiana University

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship, University of Kentucky

Interact Service Above Self Award


Jason Earl Palmberg

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Parkland College


Jessica Marie Palmberg

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Parkland College


Lukas Marlo Palomar *+ 

St. Malachy Parish

Attending Parkland Pathway to Illinois

STM Theology Department Award


Ryan Peter Pinto *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University

President's Merit SCholarship, California Northstate University

Dean’s Scholarship, Nova Southeastern University

Provost’s Fellow Award, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Illinois State Scholar

STM Science Department Award


Corey John Pollard * 

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Merit Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Merit Award, Baylor University

Merit Award, Missouri Science and Technology College

Merit Award, University of Tennessee

Illinois State Scholar


Emery Dean Rulon *

Undecided


Morgan Charleen Saunders *

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Ahmad Jamal Sawwan *  

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Noelle Evelyn Schacht *+http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4929437999040236&pid=15.1

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending Butler University

Academic Scholarship, Butler University

Heritage Award, Butler University

Dean’s Scholarship, Augustana College

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Merit Award, Xavier University 

Illini Prairie Conference Scholar Female Athlete Award

News Gazette Correspondent

Illinois State Scholar

Father Charles Martell Scholarship

Illinois Coaches Association Scholarship

St. Patrick Parish Vincent O. Greene Senior Scholarship

STM English Department Award

STM Spanish Department Award


Regina Elizabeth Schmitt  

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Parkland College


Joseph Charles Sellett *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business

General Academic Merit Scholarship, Belmont University

University Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University

Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

Père Marquette Scholarship, Marquette University

Presidential Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

Catholic High School Award, Saint Louis University

Vice President’s Scholarship, Saint Louis University

Mark Twain Non-Resident Tuition Waiver, University of Missouri

Advantage Award, University of Northern Iowa

Presidential Scholarship, University of Vermont

Illinois State Scholar

STM Latin Department Award


John Darwin Sexton *

Holy Cross Parish

Attending Lindsey Wilson College

Eagle Scout Scholarship, Lindsey Wilson College

Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award

The Male Saint Thomas More Award


Eivory James Shellman *

Undecided


Heejae Shin

Attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Study Abroad Award, Michigan State University

Global Ambassador Scholarship, Michigan State University

Ignatian Scholarship, Saint Louis University


Jordan Elizabeth Smith *

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Bradley University

Dean's Excellence Scholarship, Bradley University

Ball State Scholars Award, Ball State University

University Scholarship, Illinois State University


Justin Adam Smith *+ 

St. Patrick Parish, Urbana

Attending the University of Southern California

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Housing Grant, Xavier University

Muskie Grant, Xavier University

Trustees Scholarship, Xavier University

Father Charles Martell Scholarship

Jerry McArthur Scholarship

Vincent O. Greene Scholarship

Illinois State Scholar

Salutatorian


Julia Grace Tangen *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presidential Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

Dean’s Scholarship, Indiana University

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship, Parkland College

Presidential Scholarship, University of Minnesota

Illinois State Scholar

Valedictorian 


Alexandra Katherine Trame

St. Matthew Parish  

Attending the University of Alabama

Athletic Scholarship, University of Alabama

Athletic Scholarship, Bradley University

Athletic Scholarship, Illinois State University

Athletic Scholarship, Rutgers University

Athletic Scholarship, Saint Louis University


Mikala Rae Turner *+

St. Thomas Parish

Attending Olivet Nazarene University

Friends of Olivet Scholarship, Olivet Nazarene University

Leadership Scholarship, Olivet Nazarene University

Visit Grant, Olivet Nazarene University

High Achieving Merit Award, Eastern Illinois University

Merit Bonus Award, Eatern Illinois University

Interact Service Above Self Award


Margaret Jane Vavrik *+

St. Matthew Parish

Attending Parkland College

Interact Service Above Self Award


Yishi Wang

Undecided

STM Math Department Award


Yunhui Yang  

Attending Emerson College