Chesterton Academy of Buffalo held its very first end of the year Awards Ceremony on the final day of the 2017-2018 school year. Awards were given to students who exhibited specific virtues, and instructors in several subjects gave awards to students who excelled in a particular area of study. The faculty and staff of Chesterton Academy of Buffalo are proud to announce this year's award winners.
All students grades 9-11 were eligible. These awards were given to students who exemplified the virtues listed.
Comitas - Friendliness
Awarded to: John Paul Brewster (Freshman)
Graviata - Responsibility
Awarded to: Elizabeth Gracon (sophomore); Summer Derwald (freshman)
Hilaritas - Cheerfulness
Awarded to: Anna Gracon (Freshman)
Pietas - Devotion
Awarded to: Thomas Hahn (Junior)
Genus - Kind
Awarded to: Therese Hahn (Sophomore)
Laboriosi - Hard-working
Awarded to: David Duncan (Freshman)
These awards were created and given by our faculty members to students who excelled in the areas identified.
Art I, II, and III Awards | Instructor: Ms. Reese
The Reluctant Artist Award
Description: This award is given to two students who demonstrated exceptional creativity and skills in the fine arts, despite their denial of being any good at art.
Awarded to: Ryan Palmer and Pierce Boyack
"I'm so glad I was forced to take art." - Ryan Palmer
Biology Awards | Instructor: Mr. Sugg
Holding True to Defending the Faith in Biology
Awarded to: Elizabeth Gracon
Performance and Enthusiasm in Biology
Awarded to: Jack Weil, Summer Derwald
Debate and Current Events Awards | Instructor: Mrs. Borowczyk
Excellence in Critical Thinking
Description: This student frequently contributes to class discussion by asking probing, thought-provoking questions that challenge others in a timely and respectful manner.
Awarded to: Lauren Good
Excellence in Persuasive Oration
Description: This student often takes fervent, principled stands in class discussions and in formal debates that evoke further inquiry and elicit impassioned responses from fellow students.
Awarded to: John Courtney
Excellence in Persuasive Writing
Description: This student excels in the use of the written word to both persuade and inform.
Awarded to: Ashley Stablewski
The Cicero Leadership Award
Description: This student embodies the spirit of Cicero, the famed Roman orator, writer, and statesmen, by debating persuasively yet exhibiting tact and respect for his or her opponents, writing to effectively persuade, and exhibiting leadership qualities in group projects and through personal initiative.
Awarded to: Cecilia Bowen
Forensics Awards | Instructor: Mr. Sugg
Holding True to Defending the Faith in Forensics
Awarded to: Anna Grande
Enthusiasm and Performance in Forensics
Awarded to: Elena Hager, Ann Steinhauser
Geometry Awards | Instructor: Mrs. Hahn
Awarded to: Alyssa Merkel
Second Highest Average
Awarded to: Reagan Merkel
Most Improved at Mental Math (Most Improved at ditching the calculator)
Awarded to: James Weil
History 9, 10, and 11 Awards | Instructor: Ms. Grande
Student Who is Most Passionate about History
Awarded to: Ryan Palmer
Literature 10 Awards | Instructor: Mrs. Hoff
Legendary Literature 10 Scholars
Description: This award is given to the student(s) who demonstrates keen insight into the literature studied; has a profound grasp on the material; encourages enriching conversations; looks beyond the text; makes astute connections between the literature and the Catholic faith.
Awarded to: Elizabeth Gracon and Annie Bowen
Literature 11 Awards | Instructor: Ms. Daigler
Excellence in Writing
Description: This award is given to the student who consistently produces excellent writing.
Awarded to: Gianna Boyack
Music and Drama Awards | Instructor: Mrs. Vinti
Award for "Busting out of your Shell to Try New Things"
Awarded to: Pierce Boyack, Adèle Brewster
Precalculus and Precalculus Honors | Instructor: Mrs. Hahn
Highest Average - Precalculus Honors
Awarded to: Ryan Palmer
Highest Average - Precalculus
Awarded to: Mary Tremblay
Second Highest Average - Precalculus
Awarded to: Danielle Updike
Greatest Overall Effort for the entire year - Precalculus
Awarded to: Ann Steinhauser
Theology 10,11, and 12 Awards | Instructor: Ms. Daigler
Persistent Pursuit of Truth - Theology 10 and 11
Description: This award is given to the student who is always asking excellent questions and is not satisfied until an adequate answer is reached.
Awarded to: Olivia Uhrich (10), Ryan Palmer (11)
Excellence in Memorizing Scripture - Theology 12
Description: This award is given to the student who perfectly memorized the most amount of Scripture verses.
Awarded to: Holly Boyack
Most Improved - Theology 12
Description: These students worked hard to bring grade up in the 2nd Semester.
Awarded to: Ann Steinhauser, Tim Keenan