Students, faculty, staff, and parents at VASJ, came together to celebrate the 2016-17 student achievements.
View photos from the event here.
Awards were presented to the following students:
Academic achievement awards are presented to those students who have displayed academic excellence, intellectual prowess, and the highest achievement in the various academic disciplines and technical skills offered in the VASJ curriculum.
Engineering & Technology
Engineering 1 & 2
Engineering 3 & 4
Modified English 1
CP English 1
Honors English 1
Modified English 2
CP English 2
Honors English 2
Modified English 3
CP English 3
Honors English 3
Modified English 4
CP English 4
Honors English 4
Culinary Arts 1
Culinary Arts 2
Modified Math 1
CP Algebra 1
Honors Algebra 1
Modified Math 2
Modified Math 3
CP Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Modified Math 4
Applied FInite Mathematics
Religion 1: The Bible
Religion 1: Jesus Christ
Religion 2: Paschal Mystery
Religion 2: Church
Religion 3: The Sacraments
Religion 3: World Religions
Religion 4: Morality
Religion 4: Social Justice
Teen Leadership Corps.
CP Physical Science
Honors Physical Science
Rhatia (Tia) Hopkins
Anatomy & Physiology
CP World History
Honors World History
CP US History
Honors US History
AP US History
20th Century America
Women in America
African American History
Spanish Grammar and Composition
Student Council Awards are presented on behalf of the school to those who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service to VASJ during the 2016-17 year. Receiving this recognition are:
Senior Class President: Janae Johnson
Senior Class Vice-President: Nikkia Schady
Senior Class Secretary: Chelsea Appling
Senior Class Treasurer: Lara Pagendarm-Winter
Senior Class Executive President: Makayla Potts
Senior Class Executive Vice-President: William Vidmar
Senior Class Executive Secretary: Noah Newlon
Senior Class Executive Treasurer: Eleanor Boru
The following student leaders of clubs and organizations have been selected by their moderators to receive recognition for their exemplary participation and leadership in the clubs and organizations at VASJ. It is the interest of these young men and women, their willingness to give of themselves, and their leadership, that makes the clubs and organizations as successful as they are.
Audio Visual Club
Board Game Club
Sara Morgan, Lara Pagendarm-Winter, Sabrina Mihaila
Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice
Lady Vikings Choir
National Honor Society
Shawn Caruso-Taylor and Elizabeth Smith
Patrick Bradford and Anna Radachy
The Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to the freshman, sophomore and junior respectively that maintain the highest grade point average in their class at VASJ.
As of the end of the first semester this year the student maintaining the highest average
For the class of 2020…………..Misrach Ewunetie
For the class of 2019…………… Vanessa Apelons
For the class of 2018………….. Tim Raddell
The American Mathematics Contest is a national exam given yearly during the month of February throughout the United States. Placing first at VASJ on their respective exams were:
Andrew Fabo and Sara Morgan
The University of Rochester’s High School Awards Program recognizes current juniors who demonstrate exceptional Promise. Students who are awarded one of these recognitions are eligible for a $30,000 scholarship if they choose to attend the University of Rochester.
The BAUSCH & LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD, recognizes a student who has attained outstanding academic achievement in rigorous science courses and demonstrate superior intellectual promise in the field of science.
This year’s winner of the Bausch & Lomb Science Award is Erin Osborne.
The Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award is presented to a student who is committed to understanding and addressing difficult social situations and who has shown leadership and dedication to community action. The 2017 awardee is Hailey Barnett.
The George Eastman Young Leaders Award recognizes a strong leader who excels in challenging courses while maintaining an extensive co-curricular load. VASJ’s selection is Eleanor Boru.
The Xerox Award For Innovation & Information Technology acknowledges a junior who show interest in and excels in a field of engineering or technology. This year’s recipient is Jonathan Adkins.
The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to a junior who has distinguished him or herself in mathematics and science and has significant involvement in extracurricular activities.
If the recipient applies to and is accepted to attend Rensselaer and then enrolls there, the medalist receives the medal scholarship valued at $60,000.
The 2017 Rensselaer Medalist for VASJ is Mary Furlan.
The VASJ community gathers for all-school prayer to begin and end our day. Students volunteer and are selected to lead prayer. For their willingness to be one of the leaders of Daily Prayer awards go to Marisa Apelons, Malia Ali, and Elizabeth Smith.
Service has always been a requirement of students who attend Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. However, students frequently go above and beyond the requirement in both hours and spirit. Hospice of the Western Reserve is honoring ten VASJ students for their dedication and continued acts of service with Hospice.
The 2017 Hospice of the Western Reserve Certificate of Appreciation goes to the following Teen Volunteers:
Lara Pagendarm - Winter
For her exceptional service to the community, the following student is being recognized with the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, Certificate of Excellence:
The Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Peace and Justice Award, is a sign of our gratitude for his service to the diocese of Cleveland, and his inspiration to its youth. This award will be given annually, through the Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice network, which Bishop Pilla helped found. It is given to students who, through their involvement and leadership in CSPJ activities, were nominated and selected by the faculty of diocesan schools. Each school’s selected students will receive a plaque to commemorate their honor. In addition, a permanent plaque of honor will be displayed at the Diocesan Social Action Office, where CSPJ meetings are sometimes held throughout each year. This year’s honoree is Hailey Barnett.
The SALLY J. FURLICH SERVICE AWARD and scholarship has been given at VASJ since the year following Sally’s untimely death in 1992. Sally had been a secretary in several of our school offices since 1980. She was a woman who usually worked behind the scenes, always giving more of her time and talents than was ever expected, and generally without having to be asked. Whatever her job description was it never prevented her from assisting people throughout the school. Hence, to commemorate that attitude of giving and service and to encourage its development in VASJ students, the Parent Organization sponsors the $250 Sally Furlich scholarships to
David Paus, Marisa Apelons, Erin Osborne, Devland Culliver, Sierra McCarroll, and Rhiannon Edwards
The Viking Service Award was founded four years ago to promote service among our students and recognize those who give unselfishly of their time and talents. The Viking Service Award is presented to those students who complete at least twice the number of required service hours at an approved non-profit agency and submitted a reflection of the service by the approved date. Earning this distinction are:
Wrigley Bailey, Cha’Nyra Cooper, Rhiannan Edwards, Dominic Formica, Nick Lamont, Jordan Stanoch, and Leah Stanoch
Briana Caruso-Taylor, Devland Culliver, Brian Greene, Tia Hopkins, Trinity Johnson, Rebecca Korosec, Dakota Martin, and Morgan Nance
Hailey Barnett, Eleanor Boru, Antonia Furlan, Timothy Raddell, Patrick Sheridan, Julie Trevarthen, Candace Trivisonno, Sophia Tromba, and Meagan Wallace
John Allen, Grace Carlson, Jamya Kye, Kathleen McKay, Amber Miller, Lara Pagendarm -Winter, and Ally Panzero
Bernard J. Guilfoyle Award is named for a former teacher, coach, athletic director father of several Viking grads and a legend at St. Joseph High and then VA-SJ, and throughout the athletic community of Greater Cleveland. Bernie passed away twenty years ago leaving behind many stories of his care and concern for his family, his students, his athletes and his fellow teachers. This award is presented to basketball players who maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and is actively involved in his or her church, school, or community. Earning the Guilfoyle Awards this year are Danny McGarry and Elizabeth Smith.
Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017
by Emily Robinson