Academic & Service Awards 2019-20

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.

Performing Arts
Theatre Tech Award
Michael Young, '22
National School Choral Award
Wesley Kelley, '20
Rockhurst Choral Spirit Award
Nathan Ciocca, '20
Rockhurst Theatre Award
Brendan Kiefer, '20
Dramatic Arts Award
Philip Licata, '20
John Phillip Sousa Award
Brendan Safley, '20
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Devren Vaughn, '20
Woody Herman Jazz Improvisation Award    
Lucas Brown, '20
Chopin Piano Award
Michael Navato, '20
Ignatian Pastoral Music Award
Michael Navato, '20
Quincy Jones Award
William Pollard, '20
National School Orchestra Award
Axel Gallegos-Gonzalez, '20

Fine Arts
Visual Arts Award
Coleman Vacek, '20    
Duncan McCloud, '20
Ceramic Arts Award    
Reid Franke, '20
Jack Stanley, '20

Communication Arts
Broadcasting II
Michael Nulton, '20
Auto Accounting
Wesley Porter, '20
Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Cochran, '20    
Watson Deacon, 20
Entrepreneurship
Maxwell Frisch, '20
Aidan Lake, '20
Entrepreneurship
Luke Rottinghaus, '20
Photography
Brendan Safley, '20
Christian Taylor, '20
The Michael and Ilene Drape Journalism Award     
Samuel Kidder, '20
Cody Metcalf, '20
Mass Media
Devon Rowe, '23
Movie Making
Aidan Pittman, '21
Intro to Broadcasting
Maddux Radosevic, '23
Graphic Arts
Caden Francois, '23
Web Page Design
Vandoran Huston, '21
Public Speaking
Owen Emanuel, '21
Zahir Dyke, '23
Newspaper I
Tyler Mowen, '21
Newspaper II
Jack January, '21
Jack McAnany, '21
Advanced Moviemaking
Ian Mulkey, '21
Aidan Pittman, '21

Computer Science, Robotics and Engineering
Object Oriented Programming
Ryan Ficklin, '22
Salvatore Nigro, '20
AP Computer Science Principles
Adrian Swindle, '20
AP Computer Science A
Justus Burdick, '21
Software Application Development
Samuel Kryger, '20
Advanced Software Application Development     
Tanner Helton, '20
Intro to Computer Science
Thomas Kennedy, '23
Robotic Engineering I
Jack Jackson, '21
Robotic Engineering II
William Merckens, '20    

English
AP English IV
Watson Deacon, '20
English IV
August Sonnenberg, '20    
Chuck Ingram, '20
AP English III
Zach Onyszchuk, '21
Spencer Brown, '21
Regular English III
Luan Le, '21
Mike Lueke, '21
Regular English III
Mark O'Donnell, '21
Advanced English II    
Tucker Folscroft, '22
Regular English II
Brendan Franey, '22
Le Tin, '22
Advanced English I
Simon Connor, '23
Regular English I
Benton Diebold, '23

Modern and Classic Languages
AP Spanish IV
Michael Donnellan, '20
Honors Spanish IV
Sam Nissen, '22
Spanish IV
Henry Allen, '20
Honors Spanish III
Thomas Tietjen, '21
Julian Garcia, '23
Spanish III
Daly Steinhauser, '22
Advanced Spanish II    
Sawyer Leahy, '22
Spanish II
Jackson Porter, '22
Advanced Spanish I
Dallas Dietsch, '23
Spanish I
Zahir Dyke, '23
Daniel Neugent, '22
Spanish I
Benjamin Russell, '23
French I
Liam Hayes, '23
Vincent Tran, '23
French II
Ian Spachman, '22
Honors French III
Hayden Parsons, '21
AP French IV
Gabriel Smith, '21
Honors Greek I
Spencer Brown, '21
Honors Greek II
Joseph Berglund, '20
Latin I
Maddux Radosevic, '23  
Latin II
Billy McGannon, '22
Honors Latin III
Braden Schleicher, '21
AP Latin IV
Joseph Berglund, '20
Chinese I
Simon Connor, '23
Matthew Kelly, '23
Chinese II
Tucker Folscroft, '22
John Tietjen, '23
Honors Chinese III
Jack Jackson, '21
James Reintjes, '21
Honors Chinese IV
Keith Marshall, '20

Math
Senior
Joseph Berglund, '20    
Probability and Statistics     
Jack Kenney, '20
Junior
Joshua Frerker, '21
Sophomore
Samuel Nissen, '22
Ryan Thompson, '22
Freshman
Simon Connor, '23
Wesley Roeder, '23

Physical Education
Senior
Aidan Lake, '20
Junior
Maxwell Heilman, '21
Sophomore
Trent Myers, '22
Freshman
Cole Stucky, '23

Science
Physics
Brendon Devero, '21
Honors Physics
Samuel Silva, '20
AP Physics
Joseph Berglund, '20
Astronomy
Vincent Kuzava, '20
Biology
Henry Root, '23
Liam Wier, '23
Honor Biology
Thomas Kennedy, '23
AP Biology
Joshua Frerker, '21
Chemistry
Levi McConnell, '22
Jack Colligan, '22
Honors Chemistry
Samuel Nissen, '22
AP Chemistry
Joseph Hane, '21
Earth Science
Dillon McFadden, '21

Social Studies
American Government
Joseph Berglund, '20
Michael Donnellan, '20
AP American Government
Peter Andersson, '20
AP European History
Ryan Connor, '20
Economics
Edward Lester, '20
History of the Kansas City Region    
Peter Andersson, '20
Michael Pace, '20
Business Law
Harrison O'Dear, '20
Ancient Civilizations
Thomas Kennedy, '23
Modern World History
Khoa Do, '22
AP World History
Christopher McGalliard, '22    
US History
Adward "AJ" Frazier, '21
Zachary Onyszchuk, '21
AP US History
Vincent Campo, '21

Theology
Saint Óscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr, Award    
Joseph Berglund, '20
Servant of God Matteo Ricci, S.J., Award
Tommy Tietjen, '21
Reverend Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Award
Ryan Ficklin, '22
Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., Award
Gabriel Guerra-York, '23

Ignatian Service Awards
Fr. Pedro Arrupe Award    
Joseph Pereira, '20     
Adward A.J. Frazier, '21
Luca Nicotra, '22
Charles Lundstrom, '23

College Counseling Award
Often universities offer schools the opportunity to recognize students for leadership and achievement in the junior class who have consistently achieved in our academic, co-curricular and pastoral programs.
University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award
Brandon Devero, '21
University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award
Jack Jackson, '21
University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award
James Reintjes, '21
University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology    
Spencer Brown, '21
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist Award
Joseph Seitzer, '21
Tulane University Book Award
Zachary Onyszchuck, '21
George Washington University Book Award
Ian Mulkey, '21
The Harvard University Book Award
Tommy Tietjen, '21
The Dartmouth College Book Award
Joshua Frerker, '21
Villanova Alumni Association Book Award
Aidan Callahan, '21
Columbia University Book Award
Sean Kueny, '21

National Merit Program - Class of 2020

National Merit Semifinalists & Finalists     
Casey O'Halloran
Michael Navato
Brendan Kiefer
Caleb Phillips
Joseph Berglund
Watson Deacon
National Merit Commended
Henry Allen
James Cahill
Michael Donnellan
Michael Douglas
Henry Heese
Edward Lester
Salvatore Nigro
James Olson


Advanced Placement Scholars - Class of 2020

Advanced Placement Scholars
T.J. Anderson
Oscar Brandmeyer    
Jimmy Cahill
 
Michael Guerra-York  
Matthew Haake
Raymond Hamilton
Ben Haukap
Mark Holewinski
Joseph Hunter
Michael Kuklenski
Chris Lawson
Nicholas Lovick
Ryan Mackey
James Mader
Grant McHugh
Gage McNett
Cody Metcalf
Michael Navato
Andrew Newman
Salvatore Nigro
Jimmy Olson
Michael Pace
Nathaniel Paulbeck    
Charles Roder
Luke Rottinghaus
Nicholas Smrt
Jack Stanley
Josh Telford
Jacob Walters
Cole Williams
Advanced Placement Scholars with Honors    
Peter Andersson
Grant Auman
Joseph Berglund
 
Ryan Connor
Matthew Donnellan  
Henry Heese
Brendan Kiefer
Noah Lavy
Keith Marshall
Duncan McCloud
Harper Molen
Jackson Valenti
Advanced Placed Scholars with Distinction
Nathan Cochran
Noah Cordova
Watson Deacon
 
Michael Donnellan
Michael Douglas
Tanner Helton
Robert Keefe
Eddie Lester
Casey O'Halloran
Caleb Phillips

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.

Seniors
Juniors
Sophomores
Freshmen
Henry Accardo
Jack Barron
Nigel Barrett
Cecil Charbonneau
Sam Anielak
Nicholas Bertrand
Truman Diebold
James Donohue
Grant Auman
Adward Frazier
Tucker Folscroft
Colin Fitzgerald
Liam Bailey
Roger Garmon
Zachary Gamble
Gabriel Guerra-York
Zayin Barnes
Jack Harlan
Nathan Klump
Charles Lundstrom
Kenan Blakey
Andrew Hathaway
Edward Kuklenski    
Andrew Maldanado
Luke Brown
Max Hill
Chris McGalliard
Patrick O'Reilly
Nicholas Bukaty
Robert Hummel
Andrew Murga
Maddux Radosevic
Steven Burdge
Jack Jackson
Sam Nissen
Jack Ryan
David Chamberlain
Jack January
Julian Quijas
Caleb Teeven
Nate Ciocca
Luan Le
Ryan Thompson
John Tietjen
Ryan Connor
Jack McAnany
Miles White
Henry Wilkerson
Imani Dyke
Dennis Meyer
Will Wooden
Cameron Fields
Sam Muehlebach
Michael Young
Ryan Flood
Ian Mulkey
Max Frisch
Daniel Owens
Alex Gallagher
James Reintjes
Axel Gallegos Gonzalez    
Pete Rottinghaus
Michael Guerra-York
Jack Scanlon
Tanner Helton
Thomas Tietjen
Justin Hermes
Nathan Volcy
Evan Highfill
Esteban Walton-Nunez    
Calvin Jones
Harlan Westra
Brenen Kiefer
David King
Michael Kuklenski
Phil Licata
Nick Lovic
Keith Marshall
Gage McNett
Cody Metcalf
Michael Navato
Casey O'Halloran
Ethan Oliver
James Olsen
Aidan Patton
Nathaniel Paulbeck
Jack Rotter
Luke Rottinghaus
Nick Rowe
Brendan Safley
August Sonnenberg
Christian Taylor
Joseph Tutera
Reth Touch
Cole Vacek
Jackson Valenti
Devren Vaughn
AD Vickery
Jacob Walters
Sal Walton-Nunez
John Weir

The Rockhurst Senior Class Award of Excellence and Achievement

The recipient of this award is chosen by members of the Senior Class. It is awarded to the student, who they believe, possesses the qualities they hope that others find in them, and having experienced and benefited from this extraordinary devotion to the class and to the school.

The 2020 recipient: Casey O'Halloran, '20

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

Nominated by the faculty and confirmed by the Graduation Awards Committee, this award 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.

The Class of 2020 recipient: Michael Kuklenski, '20

The Jesuit Schools Network Award

Nominated by faculty, staff, and administration, and conferred by the Awards Selection Committee, this award is given to a senior who is considered generous with his talents, dedicated to the Gospel message, and devoted to the Christian ideals as enunciated by the found of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola, ands who exemplifies the ideal graduate of Jesuit education by being open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

The Class of 2020 recipient: Luke Rottinghaus, '20

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