Congratulations to the VASJ Class of 2017

Bonnie Brihan: 2017grads &emdash;

Faculty, staff, friends, and family of the Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School Class of 2017 gathered at Ss. Robert and William Church in Euclid for the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 25. 

As of this date, 38 members of the class of 2017 have reported to us grants and scholarships. These 38 students had a total award amount of $5,720,400!

The weather did not cooperate but the graduates were all smiles (and a few tears). Nothing was going to rain on the parade of the Class of 2017. 

Longtime religion teacher and VASJ’s Coordinator of Mission Effectiveness Bill Raddell ’68 opened the ceremony by welcoming guests and giving the invocation. 

Four students were selected from a group of more than 10 who auditioned to speak at graduation. Those students were William Vidmar, Andre George, Vincent Mauceri, and Kennedi Combs. 

Bonnie Brihan: 2017grads &emdash;

They spoke of how VASJ had become their second homes, and how their classmates and teachers had become their second families. They spoke about how much they had grown and matured over their four years at VASJ and the tremendous amount of pride that comes from being a Viking. They took time to thank those who helped them get to graduation day, including parents, family, faculty and staff. 

WATCH THE 2017 GRADUATION SPEECHES

William Vidmar '17 graduation speech
Andre George '17 graduation speech
Vincent Mauceri '17 graduation speech
Kennedi Combs '17 graduation speech

Awards were presented to the members of the class of 2017 for their excellence in academic achievements over the past four years.

Awards for OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.  These graduates are receiving an award as the most outstanding student in an academic department, as selected by the members of that department. 

The recipients are:

Engineering………………  Javari Hines

Fine Arts-Art……………..   Nia Germany

Fine Arts-Music………….   Kathleen McKay

Religion…………………...  David Paus

Technology……………….  William Solnosky

World Languages………..  Lara Pagendarm-Winter

English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies…..William Vidmar


The Valedictorian is that student who has achieved the highest grade point average for his or her four years of coursework at VASJ. The Valedictorian for the class of 2017 is: 

William Vidmar. 

The Salutatorian is that student who has achieved the second-highest grade point average for his or her four years of coursework at VASJ. The Salutatorian for the class of 2017 is:

Nikkia Schady


To receive First Honors at VASJ, a student needs to earn a grade point average of at least 3.8. Five members of the class of 2017 have earned First Honors every grading period for four years. Receiving a remembrance for accomplishing this academic distinction are:

Vincent Mauceri  

Sara Morgan  

Lara Pagendarm-Winter  

Nikkia Schady

William Vidmar


Eleven seniors have achieved the distinction of receiving a President’s Award for Educational Excellence. They have attained a 3.5 grade point average while at VASJ, and have received a score at or above the 85th percentile on their College Board entrance exams. The following students received the President’s Award:

Marisa Apelons 

Kyle Erb 

Emily Mastalksi 

Sabrina Mahaila 

Sara Morgan 

Noah Newlon 

Lara Pagendarm-Winter 

Leon Rockamore, Jr 

Nikkia Schady 

William Vidmar 

Taylor Woods


Four years ago, the Viking Service Award was founded to promote service among our students and recognize those who give unselfishly of their time and talents.  The award is presented to those students who complete at least twice the number of required service hours at an approved non-profit agency and submit a reflection of this service to the Campus Minister. Two students in the senior class have earned the Viking Service Award each of their four year.  To commemorate this achievement, the Soli Deo Gloria award is presented to:

Grace Carlson


The Timothy Robertson Award was founded in memory of Tim Robertson, a St. Joe’s graduate and longtime administrator and faculty member at St. Joseph and VASJ.  Mr. Robertson’s love of the Viking Village was undeniable…he worked meticulously to assure no detail was left unattended, shared his love of mathematics with students even after his official retirement, attended sporting events as if he were a member of the team, and practiced his faith in a quiet, unassuming way.  Mr. Robertson did it all, often behind the scenes, because it would make St. Joseph or VASJ better, not because it was his job.

Receiving the sixth annual Timothy Robertson Award, for “bleeding red and blue,” is:

Vincent Mauceri


The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland and the brothers and priests of the Society of Mary, also known as the Marianists, have both celebrated over 150 years of service. These two religious communities essentially founded and shaped the religious quality and spirit of our current school. St. Angela was the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade began the Society of Mary.

In honor of the sesquicentennial anniversary, our school wanted to keep conscious our religious heritage by presenting an award to the senior female and senior male who, in the eyes of their classmates, are viewed as actively practicing the Gospel values most consistently in their four years at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High.  These two students, as selected by their classmates, were then confirmed by the administration.

The seventeenth annual St. Angela Award was presented to:

Mary Dirk   

and the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award to: 

David Paus


Congratulations to the scholars, leaders, and athletes in the class of 2017 as well as to the parents, teachers, and coaches for your support and influence on these young men & women.

“It is my honor and privilege to confirm to you that the young men and women we are about to call forward have successfully completed all requirements as required by the State of Ohio and by Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School to earn their high school diploma,” says VASJ Principal David Csank. “It is with great pleasure that I now present to you the graduates of the class of 2017.”

Graduates were then called by name to receive their diplomas. After all diplomas were received, all in attendance raised their right hands to bless the graduates before they sang the alma mater as a class one last time. 

Bonnie Brihan: 2017grads &emdash;


Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School Class of 2017

Genevieve Lynn Aiello

Mason Armahn Alexander

John C. Nelson Allen

Marisa Elsa Apelons*

Chelsea Lynette Appling*

Devin Tyrell Baisden

Kierrah Monae Belcher

Sapphire Taj' Bradberry

Maxwell Joseph Brechun

Luke Nicholas Brickman

Moesha Monique Britt

Xavier Darrell Brown

William James Butler

Malik Daray Calloway

Grace Ann Carlson*

Shawn Michael Caruso-Taylor*

Julian Lamar Collins

Kennedi Nicole Lois Combs

Keyana Rayshawn Davis

Troi Cheyenne Dexter

Mary Catherine Dirk

Gaston Lamour Dowdley, Jr.

Kyle Mitchell Erb

Nicholas William Follett

Cha'wana Lillian Ford

Lauren Imani Foster

Kiara Lashameek Franks

André Donté George

Deja Donnaé Germany

Nia Micasey Germany

Kelton Gibson, Jr.

Mya Meschelle Griffus

Timothy Mazel Hatchett

Kaylen Nicole Haynes

Lauryn Andrea Hill

Destiny Denise Hill

Javari Ali Hines

Cianna Nicole Hodge

Michael Angelo Holly, III

Taliah Denise Hughley

Michael Duáne Humphrey

Antuoine Lorac Hunt-Strong

Antrell Ray Ivey

Nasiah Renee Joe

Janae Jordyn Johnson ✟*

Terrell Alexander Johnson-Jones

Breannah Louise Jones-Parks

Lakeisha Inez Kamara

Mary Elizabeth Kelly

Ariana Sharii King

Ja'Mya Symone Kyle

Sophia Lorraine Lashley-Uzomah

Terrance Eugene Lawler

Khaleel Tyreek Martin

Emily Kathryn Mastalski ✟*

Antaisia Ttashyah Matthews

Vincent Franklin Mauceri

Daniel Patrick McGarry

Kathleen Marie McKay

Caitlyn Marie Michalski

Sabrina Mihaila*

Amber Lynn Miller

Michaela Joy Mitchell

Sara Jane Morgan ✟*

Tahlayah Monét Morrow

Francois Raymond Murray

Noah Reise Newlon ✟*

Savannah Nichelle Nicholson

Lara Pagendarm-Winter*

Allyson Marie Panzero

David Michael Paus

Chad Justin Porter*

Makayla Janelle Potts*

Dena Adrianna Pullum*

Chantelle Mae Reddick*

Leon Rockamore, Jr.

David Sonnie Ryman-Bell

Nikkia Diamond Schady ✟*

Rebecca Jamerra Scruggs

William James Solnosky

Aurrion Marshae Stokes*

Derrick Harold Thuesday

Hannah Marie Tizzano*

William Frank Vidmar ✟*

Clare Mercedes Villegas

Matthew James Villegas

Ashley Simone Wilson

Taylor Renée Woods

Jordan Noel Wright

*denotes National Honor Society Member

✟ denotes Diploma with Honors