Academic & Service Awards 2021-22

Each academic department is asked to identify those students who have excelled in that particular field of study. Criteria for individual and department awards are determined by the department chairs in consultation with the faculty members of each discipline.

See the list of recipients below.

Fine & Performing Arts
National School Orchestra Award Michael Oliver
National School Choral Award Ian Spachman
Rockhurst Choral Spirit Award Jared Smith
Ignatian Pastoral Music Award Henry Root
John Phillip Sousa Award Zachary Gamble
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Jordan Campbell
Woody Herman Jazz Improv Award Thomas Waller
Chopin Piano Award Simon Gansner
Quincy Jones Award Charles Johnson
Rockhurst Theatre Award David Severns
Rockhurst Dramatics Arts Award Paul Spenceri
Theatre Tech Award Atem Akuei, Logan Cook, Andrew Claassen, Trevor Murphy
Visual Arts Award Truman Diebold
Ceramic Arts Award Mateo DeLaTorre, Jonathan Cantrell

Communication Arts
Entrepreneurship For Others Henry Meiners
Intro to Mass Media Carter Graham, Liam Ver Meer
Graphic Design Carver Lawson
Public Speaking Tomas Paredes
Newspaper II Franco Carroll
Advanced Moviemaking Leger Taylor

Computer Science and Engineering
Object-Oriented Programming Brant Willis
AP Computer Science A Ryan Ficklin
Intro to Computer Science Mason Renner, Owen Nielsen
Robotics Engineering I Elliott Korentager
John McEniry Innovation Award Daniel Nugent
Bernie Kreikemeier & Buddy Worth Award Iassc Koch

English IV Samuel Anfang
English III Zahir Dyke, Simon Connor
English II Andrew Meyer
English I Kai Somasegaran
Adv. English I Ian Kennedy
Adv. English II Andrew Puthumana
AP English III Lukas Pitman
AP English IV Rohan Joseph 

AP Statistics Zach Lanter
Senior Chris McGalliard
Junior Thomas Kennedy
Sophomore Brant Willis
Freshman Aldric Yang

Modern and Classical Languages
AP Spanish IV Le Tin
Honors Spanish IV Ryan Thompson, Marco Dumsky
Spanish IV Leo McShane
Honors Spanish III Lukas Pitman
Spanish III Kelly Wassinger
Advanced Spanish II Andrew Puthumana, Soren Ursick
Spanish II Brant Willis
Advanced Spanish I Brady Batz, Caleb Bridges
Spanish I Cian Hardy
French I Jackson Haake
French II Angel Becerra
Honors French III Jacob Pantaenius
AP French IV Ian Spachman
Honors Greek I Carson Smith
Honors Greek II Ryan Ficklin
Latin I Mason Renner
Latin II Owen Vontz
Honors Latin III Maddux Radosevic
AP Latin IV Macielo Tschantret
Mandarin I Aldric Yang, Owen Lundstrom
Mandarin II Theodore Brewster
Honors Mandarin III John Olson
Honors Mandarin IV John Tietjen

Physical Education
Senior Aiden Flood
Junior Patrick Adriano
Sophomore Brady Maher
Freshman Michael Schramm

Earth Science Matthew Schneeberger
Astronomy Khoa Do
Biology Kevin McConville
Honors Biology Caleb Bridges
AP Biology Andrew Puthumana
AP Environmental Science Rohan Joseph
Chemistry Landon Brewer, Mark Robel
Honors Chemistry Andrew Puthumana, Macielo Tschantret
AP Chemistry Charles Pace
Physics Le Tin
Honors Physics Wes Roeder
AP Physics John Paul Schafer

Social Studies
African American Studies Miles White
U.S. Government Truman Diebold
Economics Luke Stephenson
History of Kansas City Will King
Business Law Jared Smith
Ancient Civilizations Kevin McConville
Modern World History Rylan Nowak
U.S. History Cole Bednarczyk
AP World History Andrew Puthumana
AP U.S. History Dallas Dietsch
AP U.S. Government Tucker Folscroft

Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., Award John Skoch
Reverend Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Award Trevor Murphy
Servant of God Matteo Ricci, S.J., Award John Tietjen
Saint Óscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr, Award     Will King 

Advanced Placement Scholars - Class of 2022

Augustin Calini Joe Manoj Peter Stoltz
Luke Deacon Levi McConnell Nathaniel M. Sullivan
Asher Denk Henry Meiners Le Tin
Zach Gamble Collin Murphy Thomas Waller
Noah Higbie Nathan Nichols William Waterman
Henry Hiles Jackson Porter Grant Wiedeman
Connor John Grant Saggars
Eddie Kuklenski Ian Spachman

Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor - Class of 2022

Akhil Dasika Will King Sam Nissen
Joseph DeVreugd Isaiah Moncrieffe Will Wooden
Ryan Ficklin Luke Newman

Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction - Class of 2022

Andrew Boessen Rohan Joseph Chris McGalliard
Tucker Folscroft Peter Leimer Ryan Thompson

National Merit Commended Students

Ryan Ficklin Chris McGalliard Nicholas Valenti
Tucker Folscroft Henry Meiners Thomas Waller
Rohan Joseph Ryan Thompson

National Merit Semifinalists & Finalists

Akhil Dasika Isaiah Moncrieffe
Jacob Metzner Sam Nissen

Book Awards

Thomas Kennedy John Tietjen Maddux Radosevic
Maxwell Smith Zahir Dyke Brian Humphrey
August Thompson Lukas Pitman
James Donohue Wesley Roeder

R Awards

Nominated by faculty, staff, and administration, and conferred by the Awards Selection Committee, this award is given to students of all grades who exemplify generosity of spirit and the willingness to put in extra time and effort—far beyond expectations—to help create and support the RHS community.

Sammy Alabed Nick Gardner Sawyer Leahy Julian Quijas
Nigel Barrett Michael Garrett Peter Leimer Grant Sesler
Michael Boma Chuck Hallier Joe Manoj Jared Smith
Nick Bowling Noah Higbie Mason McCall Ryan Thompson
Jordan Campbell Henry Hiles Chris McGalliard Le Tin
Ryan Campbell Aidan Joyce Isaiah Moncrieffe Miles White
Franco Carroll Paul Kaggwa Andrew Murga Will Wooden
Mateo DeLaTorre Nathan Klump Collin Murphy
Christian Gale Eddie Kuklenski Nathan Nichols
Zach Gamble Owen LaSala Sam Nissen

Atem Akuei Thomas Kennedy Maddux Radosevic
James Donohue Philip Lester Ben Russell
Julian Garcia Matthew McLeese Jack Ryan
Sam Grilliot AJ Murphy Max Smith
Gabriel Guerra-York Brock Narciso Joseph Staker
Charlie Gunther Charlie Perricelli August Thompson
John Henninger Lukas Pitman

Logan Cook Andrew Puthumana
Andrew Kopulos David Severns
Drew McGalliard Michael Torlina
Trevor Murphy Brant Willis

CJ Anderson Jeb Koetting
Fletcher Anderson Owen Lundstrom
Andy Baklanov Solomon Naraine
John Giocondo Michael Redlich

President's Volunteer Service Award

Gold Rylan Nowak
Gold Patrick Schumm
Bronze Andrew Murga
Bronze Nathaniel L. Sullivan

Fr. Pedro Arrupe Award

Freshman Henry Bosco
Sophomore Luke Huntley
Junior Jack Ryan
Senior Andrew Murga

The Jesuit Schools Network Award

The Jesuit Schools Network (or JSN) annually recognizes a member of the graduating class in each of the 60 Jesuit Secondary member schools in the United States and Central America. Nominations for this award are solicited from the faculty, and the Graduation Awards Committee confers the faculty recommendation. The JSN Award is presented to a deserving senior who best represents the ideals of the graduate of a Jesuit High School at the time of graduation. The recipient of the award shall be a young man who is generous with his talents, dedicated to the Gospel message, and devoted to the Christian ideals as enunciated by the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola.

The Class of 2022 recipient: Samuel T. Nissen

The Carl G. Kloster, S.J., “Special R” Award

The Carl G. Kloster, S.J. Award was originally known as the “Special R Award”. It was renamed in 1975 to honor Rev. Carl G. Kloster, S.J. who served as principal of Rockhurst High School from 1954 to 1972. Father Kloster also served as president from 1968 until 1975.  The Kloster Award recipient is nominated by the faculty and confirmed by the Graduation Awards Committee and is given to a member of the senior class who is also an “R Award” winner.  The Kloster Award is conferred upon a graduating senior who embodies the spirit and tradition of Rockhurst High school and is a young man who consistently puts the welfare of his fellow students above his own interests. This award honors a student who is distinguished by his work ethic, excellence in conduct, and outstanding devotion to the school through service to classmates. 

The Class of 2022 recipient: Christopher P. McGalliard

The Rockhurst Senior Class Award of Excellence and Achievement

Each year, the senior class chooses one of its own as the recipient of the Senior Class Award of Excellence and Achievement. The citation for this award reads: 
“recognizing the possession of qualities we hope that others find in us, and having experienced and benefited from his extraordinary devotion to our class and to our school, we, the members of the Class of 2022 proudly award the Rockhurst High School Senior Class Award of Excellence and Achievement.”

The 2022 recipient: Edward J. Kuklenski