Matthew Moore was proclaimed as a 2015 Carson Scholar, an honor awarded this year to 526 of the “best and brightest” students throughout the United States, based on high academic achievement and service to church and community. Matthew is also recipient of a $1000 college scholarship and the opportunity to receive recognition status each year he continues to meet the high standards of the Carson Scholars’ Fund. Braiden Wills was presented the American Legion Award by veterans, Mary Ann Elsesser and Frank Bonfield. This prestigious honor is awarded on basis of high academic achievement and character, exemplifying qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, and service. Anthony Morgan, recipient of our Outstanding Athlete Award, excelled at St. Vitus Basketball and the Diocese of Pittsburgh by playing on the winning teams in the Pittsburgh Round Ball Classic at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School and also the Diocesan All Star Team at Quigley Catholic High School both played on March 28, 2015. Nicholas Voytko was honored as St. Vitus School’s Outstanding Catholic Student. Nicholas has been an altar server for many years at his home parish and readily volunteers to serve at our school liturgies, mentoring younger altar servers serving with him and singing in our liturgy choir. A Boy Scout, Nick is pursuing his Eagle Scout status and always mindful of his faith, selected a landscaping project, building a bird and butterfly garden, at his home parish rectory.
The President's Award for Educational Excellence is awarded to the graduating students who achieve an A average and demonstrate high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and exceptional judgment. The following students earned this esteemed award: Jack Bussard, Matthew Moore, Anthony Morgan, and Braiden Wills. These same four students received the Scholar Athlete Award for maintaining an A average throughout the sport season. The President's Award for Educational Achievement, presented to students who demonstrate unusual commitment to learning, achieve high scores or show outstanding growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in one particular subject, such as English, math, science, or demonstrate achievement in the arts such as music or theater, was awarded this year to Sasha Armstrong, Mariah Bupp, Bryce Enscoe, Antonio Dattilo, and Nicholas Voytko.
Performing Arts honorees were Sasha Armstrong, Mariah Bupp, Bryce Enscoe, Antonio Dattilo, Matthew Moore, and Nick Voytko with Mariah and Bryce receiving special recognition for versatility, leadership, and stage presence.
St. Vitus Archery Championship was awarded to Sasha Armstrong. Subject Awards for highest achievement went to: Algebra: Jack Bussard and Braiden Wills; Social Studies: Jack Bussard; Literature and Language Arts: Matthew Moore and Braiden Wills; English: Braiden Wills; Media: Matthew Moore; Technology: Antonio Dattilo; Spanish: Jack Bussard and Braiden Wills; Handwriting: Nicholas Voytko. And finally, achieving Perfect Attendance was Nicholas Voytko.
Following the award ceremony, the students, their families and guests, the 7th grade class, and school staff moved to Fabbri Hall to view the graduates’ media projects and a special video presentation created by the students under the direction of media teacher, Ms. Melanie Widelko. Special gifts were presented by the students to the class advisor, Mrs. Marguerite Wills, our secretary, Renee Oricco, coaches, Mr. Paul and Cheryl Passerrello, and the Principal, Mrs. Cathy Ryan. Later that evening, Fr. Frank Almade and Fr. Larry Adams joined the students and staff in Pittsburgh for an evening of festivities.