PERU — St. Bede Academy held its annual honors banquet on April 21. Thirty-seven honored students and their guests enjoyed dinner, after which presenters recognized the students.
The Top Ten were announced as valedictorian Samuel Brolley, salutatorians Eric Li and Samuel Lucas, and (in alphabetical order) Grant Bosnich, Emily Haas, Jacob Postula, Hannah Read, Lydia Stariha, Claudia Sczcepaniak and Lauren Urbanowski.
Other recipients include:
Illinois State Scholars — Grant Bosnich, Samuel Brolley, Marcus Cirone, Brandon Criss, Emily Haas, Eric Li, Samuel Lucas, Jacob Postula, Lydia Stariha, Claudia Szczepaniak, Lauren Urbanowski and Steven Zhang; National Merit Scholarship Commended – Steven Zhang; Highest Class GPA – freshman, Benjamin Lucas; sophomores, Gabriel Braboy, Cassidy Donnelly and Joseph Kim; junior, Michael Bellino; and senior, Samuel Brolley; Citizenship Award, for students who demonstrate Christian service, scholarship and concern for others – freshman, Nicholas Needs; sophomore, Grace Kinsella; junior, Christopher Sampson; and senior, Grant Bosnich; Senior of the Year, the most prestigious award for the senior that demonstrates Christian service, scholarship and concern for others – Bradley Groleau; Fr. Kevin Gorman Award, for students who have participated in three sport seasons for four years – Bradley Groleau, Barbara Prokup, Lydia Stariha and Brendan Zimmerman; U.S. Air Force Math & Science Award – Eric Li and Lydia Stariha; U.S. Army Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Bradley Groleau; U.S. Army Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Lydia Stariha; U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis – Ryan Kelsey and Hannah Read; U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Male Athlete – Grant Bosnich; U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Female Athlete – Barbara Prokup; U.S. Marine Corps Male Scholastic Excellence – Samuel Brolley; U.S. Marine Corps Female Scholastic Excellence – Lydia Stariha; News Tribune All-Academic Team – Samuel Brolley, Eric Li and Samuel Lucas; Mathematics Awards – freshman, John McCutcheon; sophomore, Joseph Kim; lunior, Jia Zhuang; and senior, Lydia Stariha; U.S. History Award – Gabriel Braboy; AP European History Award – Christopher Keratsotes and Erin Line; English Awards – freshman, Nicholas Needs; sophomore, Gabriel Braboy; junior, Erin Line; and senior, Eric Li; Chinese I Award – Madison Pearson; Chinese II Award – Killian Anderson; Chinese IV Award – Allison Whalen; Spanish I Award – Maxwell Moskalewicz; Spanish II Award – Joseph Kim; Spanish III Award – Michael Bellino; and Spanish IV Award – Lauren Urbanowski; Chemistry Award – Adam Hunter; Physics Award – Eric Li; Arion Junior Band Award – Kaitlin Pisarczyk; Outstanding Senior Band Award – Allison Whalen; Outstanding Senior Choral Award – Steven Gualandri; Otto Harth Award, awarded by the theatre department – Megan Cain; Daughters of the American Revolution – Bradley Groleau; and Sons of the American Revolution – Grant Bosnich.