VASJ celebrates Founders Day

Every January, the Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School community comes together for the annual Founders Day liturgy and celebration. The month of January marks the feast day of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters and Chaminade Day, named for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary.

As VASJ President Richard Osborne '69 remarked, "We are here to give honor, say thank you and to celebrate." That's what Founders Day is all about - honoring VASJ's founders St. Angela Merici and the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, thanking the Ursulines and Marianists for their sponsorship, and celebrating our student scholars.

Father Jim Bartlett, SM, opened the celebration with Mass where he spoke of forgiveness and grace. "Grace is all around you like the air you breathe," he said. "And grace is love."

At the conclusion of Mass, the following scholarship awards were presented:

The Alumni-Health Care Careers Scholarship
Domenic Nicholas ‘13 - $500


The Thomas J. Brazaitis Scholarship

Andrianna Peterson ‘14 - $1,000


The William Breslin Scholarship

Matthew Bergant ’13 - $500


The Rosalyn Capasso Scholarship

Valerie Koch ’15 - $1,000


The Anna Mae Eppich-Lang Scholarship

Shamaurice Mowler ’15 - $500


The Umberto and Mary Ellen Fedeli Family Scholarship

Alexus Johnson ’14 - $500


The Tom L. Fink Memorial Scholarship

Tre'Von Williams ’15 - $500


The H.J. Jack Getler Scholarship

Tyann Carter ’13 - $500
Kelly Tecco ’13 - $500


The Robert Gliha Memorial Award

Jacob DiDonato ’14 - $1,000
Malia Harvey ’14 - $1,000
Casey Timko ’14 - $1,000


The Gutbrod Scholarship

Morgan Adrine ’16 - $1,000
Gabriella Giffin ’16 - $1,000
Brian Horvath ’16 - $1,000
John Henry Posey ’16 - $1,000
Rachel Smith ’16 - $1,000
Jacob Stauffer ’16 - $1,000


The Brian Kasunic Memorial

Mychael Primes ’13 - $500


The Joy Kwasniak-Swanson "Live for Joy" Scholarship

Shalai Melton ’13 - $1,250
Laniece Thomas ’13 - $1,250
Shamaurice Mowler ’15 - $1,250
Danielle Paus ’15 - $1,250
Patrick Mastalski ’13 - $2,500
Brian Parker ’15 - $2,500


The Pat Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Kortni Spates ’14 - $1,000
Kevin Mullen ‘16 - $1,000


The Frances Bernadette Meunier Scholarship

Danielle Hicks ’14 - $2,000


The Eugene Oberst Memorial Scholarship

Janis Miller ’14 - $500


The Fred & Diana Prince Science Scholarship

Malia Harvey ’14 - $1,500


The Amy Sambula Memorial Scholarship

Nicole Ouaddaadaa ’13 - $250


The Scheidel Scholarship

Bianca Gulley ’13 - $2,000
Malia Harvey ’14 - $2,000
Brittany Shumar ’14 - $2,000
Alexis Richards ’13 - $2,000


The Sr. Naomi Schreiner Scholarship

Christian Raddell ’13 - $500


The SJ Class of 1958 Scholarships

Connor Gail ’14 - $1,250
Adam Keyse ’15 - $1,250


The William Sopko Music Award

Tyann Carter ’13 - $600


The Ursuline Service Award

Jared Plesec ’14 - $500


The Nicholas Valentino '64 Memorial Scholarship

Shelby Smith ’15 - $2,000
Jacob Stauffer ’16 - $2,000


The Joseph Veasey Scholarship

Patrick Mastalski ’13 - $750


The Viking Scholarship

Grade 9: John Henry Posey ’16 - $1,000
Grade 10: Jeffrey Grudzinski ’15 - $1,000
Grade 11: Cierra Walker ’14 - $1,000
Grade 12: Marisa Crissman ’13 - $1,000


The Sr. Angela Marie Waldron Scholarship

Gabriella Giffin ’16 - $500


The Fr. Louis Wiesner Scholarship

Carlton Bragg ’15 - $500
Bethany O'Neal ’16 - $500
Michael (Zack) Shaefer ’15 - $500
Jasmine Toney ’16 - $500


The Zlatoper Family Scholarship

Cara Faddoul ’16 - $1,000
Flint Porter ’15 - $1,000