A number of accolades have been conferred on Saint Agnes students this spring. While all are worthy of individual recognition, this collective compilation honors reveals an impressive number of outstanding achievements earned to date:
Conrad Tibesar (11th) and Rachel Warren (11th) qualified for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Of 1.6 million students who took the PSAT exam this past fall, Conrad and Rachel are among the top 50,000 highest scoring students.
Tommy Jackson (11th) applied for and was accepted to the Witherspoon Institute’s summer seminar program on “Moral Life and the Classical Tradition.” He will be attending the program at Princeton University this June.
Matthew Connelly (12th) and Monica Harper (12th) were featured recently in the Dogwood Coffee Company art show.
Ben Kitto (12th) was awarded the Burlsworth Character Award. This honor is offered to high school football players nationwide who demonstrate outstanding character and sportsmanship in their senior year.
Vinny (5th) and Patrick (8th) Deavel competed in the Regional History Bee at Prior Lake High School. Vinny qualified for Nationals, and Patrick won the 8th grade division with a sudden death round in the finals. They will compete at the National History Bee in Atlanta on June 1 and 2.
Jacob Taggart (7th) is a semi-finalist for Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars. Those accepted to this Program earn a full high school tuition scholarship, summer programs, and more.
Sara Foote (10th) won the Tolkien and Lewis High School Essay Contest! Her essay will soon be published in the Catholic cultural journal St. Austin Review.
Evie Dokos (9th) won an award for her essay on friendship, which she presented to the upper school student body earlier this spring.
Lauren McCann (11th) won the Archdiocesan Center for Mission Writing Contest on the prompt “Who Is My Neighbor?” Of 800 essays submitted for review, Lauren’s was selected for first place.
Sophia Muttonen (8th), Paityn Adams (8th), and Sam Neuville (7th) participated in the Big Bang Catholic STEM Fair on Saturday, April 21. They were selected to represent Saint Agnes after being voted as the top projects at the Saint Agnes Science Fair in March.
Four students from Saint Agnes were selected to join the Minnesota All State musical ensemble. These students invested many hours of work and concentration into their auditions. They will participate in a week-long camp this summer and gather with other All State ensembles. The orchestra will be meeting at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the choir will be meeting at the College of St. Olaf in Northfield.
Timmy Rosno (10th) – Orchestra (Trombone)
Benjamin Lenzmeier (11th) – Orchestra (Violin)
James Eilen (11th) – Choir (Tenor I)
Andrew Tarnowski (10th) – Selected as an Alternate – Choir (Baritone)
Our High School Quiz Bowl competed at Nationals this weekend! After competing in three regular league matches, three high school tournaments, and doing well all season, they qualified for the Small School National Championship Tournament, which was held in Chicago this year! The team ended their Nationals weekend with a record of 9-8, finishing 3rd place in the consolation bracket. The team included Lucas Lahlum, Anna Wilgenbush, Matthew Bettencourt, Rose Birkey, Sara Foote, Grace Karadza, Timmy Rosno, Emma Taggart, Luke Wallisch, Teddy March, Connor Nickolay, Anna Simpson, Sebastian Stoss, and Sang Vu.
K’Lynn Lewis (12th) received the Aggie Athena Award. The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements, and K’Lynn was selected as the Saint Agnes School recipient.
Carissa Quintanilla (12th) received the Sacrament of Confirmation at our 7-12 Mass on Thursday, April 19. When she transferred to Saint Agnes sophomore year, she had very little contact with her faith. Through her experiences at Saint Agnes and the guidance of our faculty, Carissa fulfilled her decision to be confirmed.
Anna Wilgenbusch (12th) was awarded one of two $2,000 Youth Volunteer Scholarships from Saint Therese, a Catholic senior living organization. Anna is a regular volunteer at Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic nursing home in St. Paul. She began leading a group of seniors in writing poetry which later became a regular activity in the residence entitled Penetrate with Poetry. She was selected for her commitment to seniors and the evident impact volunteerism made in her life.
Bridget Macdonald (12th) earned the Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies. The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies and is awarded based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. She will attend the University of Minnesota on this full scholarship.
Although we have inevitably missed somebody or something, please know that we will continue to do our best to recognize our students as they continue to show this world their extraordinary capabilities!