Awards ceremony highlights another great HAP summer

Keith McShea

 

Rising eighth graders from all over Western New York completed our Higher Achievement Program Friday as the four-week multifaceted experience concluded with our awards ceremony.

Participants took classes in reading, English and math and competed in team sports and other activities with their homerooms – all of which are named after Jesuit colleges.

They also vied for the first HAP House Cup, as three houses composed of three homerooms each took part in a competition modeled after the unique CHS House System that Canisius High students are part of.

Friday’s awards ceremony was highlighted with the naming of Mr. HAP 2022: Ka’Ron Gentry of Buffalo and Nativity Miguel School’s St. Augustine Campus. Gentry was a part of Gonzaga University and Arrupe House.

“The Mr. HAP Award is presented to the student who best exemplifies the qualities associated with Canisius High School and the Higher Achievement Program,” said HAP Director Michael Kwiatkowski ’99. “Mr. HAP shows an aptitude to grow and learn in the classroom and displays integrity and sportsmanship on the athletic field. He is dependable and exhibits the desire to achieve what others think is unreasonable. He is a genuine Man for Others.”

The other HAP 2022 Awards:

Jim Lilley Sportsmanship Award (student who best shows respect for his opponent and graciousness in winning and losing): Mark John of Cheektowaga and Christan Central Academy (St. Peter’s University and Campion House).

Pedro Arrupe Award for Service (student who conducts himself as a true Man for Others): Andrew Perry of Williamsville and St. Gregory the Great (Loyola University and Campion House).

Spirit of HAP Award (student who other students look up to and is a great Man for Others to not just his homeroom, but his housemates): Jack Cullinan of Orchard Park and Nativity of Our Lord School (Gonzaga University and Arrupe House).

(Pictured above are, left to right: Cullinan, Gentry, Perry and John)

Inaugural House Cup Champion: Arruple House, made up of Canisius College, Georgetown University and Gonzaga University.

Academic Awards (listed by homeroom)

Canisius College

English: Aymen Elamir of Buffalo (Nardin Academy)

Reading: Damir Jamison of Niagara Falls (Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls)

Math: Owen Hall of Grand Island (Grand Island Middle School)

Creighton University

English: Cameron Wiepert of Wilson (DeSales Catholic)

Reading: Dean Gracie of Buffalo (Tapestry Charter)

Math: Josh Anand of Amherst (Christian Central)

Fairfield University

English: John Dunn of Buffalo (Nichols Middle School)

Reading: Bonaventure Shalamba of Buffalo (St. John the Baptist)

Math: Anthony Gambino of Tonawanda (Tonawanda Middle School)

Fordham University

English: Blake Boldt of Grand Island (St. Amelia School)

Reading: Mark Jasen of Buffalo (St. John the Baptist)

Math: Jackson Szaranowicz of Buffalo (Nichols Middle School)

Georgetown University

English: John (Max) Spenser of Amherst (St. Benedict)

Reading: Thomas Frazier of Buffalo (Nativity Miguel School, St. Augustine Campus)

Math: John Wilkinson of Grand Island (Grand Island Middle School)

Gonzaga University

English: Jacob Barney of Angola (Southtowns Catholic)

Reading: Gregory Eberl of Buffalo (Nardin Academy)

Math: Carson Kwiatkowski of Grand Island (Connor Middle School)

Loyola University

English: Max Miranda of Orchard Park (Nativity of Our Lord)

Reading: Jack Guarino of Buffalo (St. Mark School)

Math: Nolan Jacobs of Buffalo (Nardin Academy)

St. Peter’s College

English: Michael Rizzo of Williamsville (Transit Middle School)

Reading: Liam Laughlin of Buffalo (Catholic Academy of West Buffalo)

Math: Zain Syed of East Amherst (Park School)

Xavier University

English: Connor Bacon of Amherst (Christ the King)

Reading: Elliot Manley of Buffalo (Nardin Academy)

Math: Gabriele Pili of Buffalo (Nichols Middle School)

Overall HAP Athletic Champions

Gonzaga Bulldogs

HAP Athletic Team Champions

Basketball: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Football: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Handball: Fairfield Stags

Soccer: Xavier Musketeers

Athletic Most Valuable Player Awards

Basketball: Logan Feeney of West Seneca and St. John Vianney School (Fordham Rams)

Football: Thomas Frazier of Buffalo and Nativity Miguel School’s St. Augustine Campus (Loyola Greyhounds)

Handball: John Dunn of Buffalo and Nichols Middle School (Fairfield Stags)

Soccer: Gabriele Pili of Buffalo and Nichols Middle School (Xavier Musketeers)

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Awards ceremony highlights another great HAP summer

Rising eighth graders from all over Western New York completed our Higher Achievement Program Friday as the four-week multifaceted experience concluded with our awards ceremony.

Friday’s awards ceremony was highlighted with the naming of Mr. HAP 2022: Ka’Ron Gentry of Buffalo and Nativity Miguel School’s St. Augustine Campus.

Requiescat in Pace, Charles 'Chip' Jones ‘74

We mourn the loss of Chip, a successful businessman with a long history of service to Canisius High School and several other Western New York community groups.

A former chair of the CHS Board of Trustees and an inductee into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, he embraced he Jesuit motto of being a "Man for Others" by serving on the boards of many charities and organizations.

National Honor Society induction among highlights of Junior Awards Ceremony

Several distinguished honors and the 2022 induction to Canisius's Robert Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society highlighted Tuesday’s Junior Awards Ceremony in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

"This past week, we celebrated and bid farewell to the class of 2022," said Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres. "Today, we gather to highlight the achievements of our rising seniors, to celebrate the accomplishments of our new student leaders – the class of 2023."

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award.