For over 40 years the Heeney awards have been given to students who have shown outstanding academic performance by earning all A’s in a single semester. Mike Heeney ’71 sponsors the award that is given on a bi-annual basis. The following 33 students were honored and awarded at a recent mass for their continued success in the classroom.
|Ryan Barr – St Benedict||Luke Bechina – St. John Fisher|
|Marty Bechina – St. John Fisher||Dan Dwyer – Cardinal Bernardin|
|Matt Felmon – St. Catherine||Kevin Foster - Sutherland|
|Jack Gardner – Palos South MS||Brad Glazier – Cardinal Bernardin|
|Danny Gleaves – Oak Prairie||Kevin Goosherst – St. John Fisher|
|Connor Healy – St. Cajetan||Jackson Heise – Our Lady of the Ridge|
|Dylan Helstern – Oak Lawn Hometown||Trevor Jestadt – St. Joseph Summit|
|Ian Kirby – St. Walter||Noel Mascorro – St. Germaine|
|Mike O'Connor – Oak Prairie||Matt O'Neill – St. Bede|
|Jose Palomo – St. Gerald||Shea Pender – Oak Lawn Hometown|
|John Regnier – St. John Fisher||Dennis Rutter – Homer JHS|
|Zdravko Sarkic – George Washington||Dominic Sarro – Komarek MS|
|Justin Schmit – Most Holy Redeemer||Tom Schofield – Mt. Greenwood|
|Tony Signorelli – Most Holy Redeemer||Jake Silzer – Prairie View|
|Dan Smith – St. Christina||Austin Tiernan – St. Catherine|
|Mike Tiernan – St. Catherine||Peter Vasquez – Gunsaulus Academy|
|Markus Wrobel – Central JHS|
While these young men have proven their merit in the classroom, many of them have reached great levels of success outside the classroom as well. This past weekend, Mike O’Connor and Tom Schofield were crowned regional champions for their weight classes in wrestling while helping the team advance in the state playoffs.
Matt Felmon, one of the top students in the sophomore class, is a mainstay on the defending state championship hockey team playing a key role in their current success as they head into the Kennedy Cup playoffs.
Jack Gardner, Jackson Heise, and Noel Mascorro have dedicated themselves to music, participating in the various bands and choirs offered at St. Rita.
The list is diverse in activities, athletics, and age. Senior Brad Glazier has gained interest from many of the top schools around the country including Columbia and Villanova. Senior Shea Pender, a valued member of the drama club, has been seen all over the Chicagoland area in plays and other portrayals. Freshmen Danny Gleaves and Jake Silzer, while excelling in the classroom, have also excelled on the competitive field. In Gleaves’ first varsity football game he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown as he helped the Mustangs advance in the Prep Bowl. Silzer finished as a runner-up in the CCL wrestling championships, the only freshman in the school to place that high.
“We are all very proud of our Heeney award winners,” stated Principal Brendan Conroy. “What is so impressive is not just how well they do in the classroom, but what they give to the school in athletics, activites, and other areas.”