Rockhurst celebrates 104th graduating class
Rockhurst High School’s Class of 2020 will be the 104th graduating class from the school. The 267 seniors in the Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas in a special ceremony on July 25, and will add their unique achievements in academics, athletics, arts, and community service to the school’s history.
Rockhurst High School is the Catholic Jesuit, college preparatory school for young men in Kansas City. Attracting students from 125 grade schools, Rockhurst has a diverse student population that is grounded in the Jesuit philosophy of educating “men for others” in an environment that is open to growth, strives for academic excellence, is religious, loving and committed to justice through service.
Members of the Class of 2020 have distinguished themselves in many ways this year, including:
- Fourteen seniors were recognized by the National Merit Program – six as Finalists (Joseph Berglund, Watson Deacon, Brendan Kiefer, Michael Navato, Casey O’Halloran, and Caleb Phillips) and eight as Commended Students.
- Thirty seniors were recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars for achieving a score of 3 or higher on at least three full-year AP examinations. Twelve seniors were named Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor for receiving an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. And 10 seniors were named Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction for receiving scores of 3.5 or higher on five or more AP Exams.
- Wes Kelley, Phil Licata, and Michael Navato were selected to the Kansas City All-District Choir. Jacob Borchert, Nate Ciocca, Ryan Flood and Luke Rottinghaus were named to the Kansas City Honor Choir.
- Luke Brown earned a position on the Kansas City Metro District Jazz Band on tenor saxophone and was also selected to the Missouri All-State Jazz Band.
- Grant Auman, Kenan Blakey, Alex Gallagher, Harper Molen, and Jackson Valenti qualified for the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament.
- Grant Auman was named the Garrett Clark NSDA Show Me District Student of the Year.
- The Class of 2020 donated more than 26,000 hours of community service during its Senior Service Projects. Seniors volunteered at 57 different Kansas City agencies, and 62 seniors participated in immersion trips to Guatemala and Tijuana.
- Six swimmers were named Academic All-Americans. Three basketball players were named to the Academic All-State Team.
- Seven seniors were selected to All-State Teams: Wes Porter (cross country), Tommy Eckels, Owen Lawson (football), Thomas Gansner, Max Goodwin, Caden McLagan (soccer), Dylan Nill (swim & dive). Spring sports seasons were canceled.
- Seniors earned individual recognition for their athletic efforts: Wes Porter was named the KC Cross Country Runner of the Year and the Gatorade Missouri Runner of the Year; Dylan Nill was named an All-American in the 500 Freestyle.
- Twenty-one senior student-athletes have signed to play a sport in college.
In addition, seniors were significant contributors to overall Rockhurst accomplishments during the 2019-20 school year, including:
- Rockhurst was a recipient of the STEM School of Excellence Recognition by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). There were only 10 schools selected in the world for this honor for the 2019-20 academic year.
- Rockhurst was ranked in the 98th percentile of Newsweek Magazine’s list of “Top 5,000 STEM High Schools”.
- Rockhurst’s Speech & Debate Team won the year-long Overall Sweepstakes Trophy for the Kansas City Parliamentary Debate League. The team also earned membership in the NSDA’s “200 Club”, which ranks Rockhurst among the top 10% of schools nationwide.
- During Mission Week, students raised more than $30,000 for local, national and international agencies.
- Seniors led the Hawklets to strong athletic seasons, including a 2nd Place finish in swim & dive and a 6th Place finish in cross country.
The Rockhurst community of faculty, staff and alumni congratulate the graduates of the Rockhurst High School Class of 2020.