18 Students Recognized with the Youth Leadership Award

On Sunday, April 7th, 18 St. Rita high school students were among 200 that were recognized with the Youth Leadership Award through Vicariate V of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop Andrew Wypych presented the following with certificates honoring their involvement in categories that included: Prayer and Worship, Community Life, Service and Social Justice, Peer Ministry and Leadership Development. The 18 students were: Andrew Gross            Jeremy Glowacki          Jackson Heise Michael Polk              James Drenovsky          Brendan McClorey Luke Blaeser              David Landstrom           Tom Adent Kevin Banky               Brad Glazier                     Kevin Gooseherst Brendan Jenkins      Oscar Mascorro              Tommy McCormick Ed Roland                   Anthony Sanders           Thomas McDermott

Sophomore Chantz Henry was accepted into the Peacebuilder Initiatve program through the Catholic Theological Union. Chantz will meet with other high school students in this next year, working toward building peace through knowledge, relationship building and individual projects. “We look forward to seeing Chantz's project and how it will impact our St. Rita community,” stated Fr. Rich Young, the Director of Augustinian Mission.

Along with chaperones Br. Jack Hibbard, OSA and Socorro Yanez, students Steven Abramowicz, Nick Bilotta, Andrew Gardner, Dave Lorimer, Griffin Lunny, Will Oswald, Dan Smith, and Stan Zelek are representing St. Rita High School in the yearly SAVI (Student Augustinian Values Institute) at Malvern Prep in Malvern, Pennsylvania. They will participate in a three-day experience with students from the eight other Augustinian secondary schools in North America.

The purpose of the S.A.V.I. is to bring together students from all nine Augustinian schools so they can share ideas about bringing our Augustinian core values to life,” Fr. Rich stated. “The time together will include presentations, discussions, community-building, prayer and worship and service. This is a great opportunity for our Ritamen to meet others in the Augustinian family.”