St. Rita Announces Jasica Art Scholarship Winners

St. Rita of Cascia High School recently announced the winners of the 5th Annual Joseph J. Jasica Art Scholarship.  The program was founded by St. Rita alumni Mr. Raymond Jasica ’55 and Mr. Robert Jasica ’57, in memory of their brother, Joseph, who was a 1952 graduate, now deceased.  Each winner was awarded a $500 grant that goes toward the current school year’s tuition. The Joseph J. Jasica Art Scholarship Competition encourages art students and the entire student body to create a piece of art.  There were six entries this year, which in some way relate to St. Rita’s mission and tradition.  While all demonstrated the talents and perspective of the artists, two were selected as scholarship winners.  The winning entries were submitted by senior Charles Elmore (Bridgeview, George Washington-Lyons) and junior Nick Henrichs (Oak Lawn, St. Gerald).

The winners were announced at an all-school Mass on January 6th and the awards presented by St. Rita Principal Mr. Brendan Conroy, President Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. ’83, art teacher Mrs. Robyn Kurnat, and scholarship coordinator Ms. Martha Dion.  Also present for the ceremony were Mr. Raymond Jasica, his wife Jeanine, and Mrs. Karen Omastiak, daughter of Joseph and mother to Ritamen Mark ’08 and Brian ’11 (St. Bede the Venerable).  The other contest participants were presented with a commemorative glass keepsake.  Those students were senior Ryan Tomlinson (Chicago - Grand Boulevard, Dawes School), Juniors Anton Thauer (Evergreen Park, Most Holy Redeemer), Sophomores John Carpenter (Chicago-Bridgeport, Bridgeport Catholic Academy) and Charles Henrichs (Burbank, St. Gerald).

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated, and special thanks to the Jasica family for giving back to the fine arts program and students at St. Rita while keeping the memory of Joseph alive.

Photo: St. Rita of Cascia High School recently announced the winners of the 5th Annual Joseph J. Jasica Art Scholarship.  Pictured back row from left to right, St. Rita Art Students Ryan Tomlinson, John Carpenter, Anton Thauer, Charles Henrichs, Charles Elmore and Nick Henrichs.  Front Row:  St. Rita President, Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., Art Instructor, Mrs. Robyn Kurnat, Mrs. Karen Omastiak, Mrs. Jeanine Jasica, Mr. Raymond Jasica and Scholarship Coordinator, Ms. Martha Dion.