Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

CHS Staff

 

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

Typically, the winner is a student who has used his heart, spirit, strength, and mind to an exceptional degree in service to others and love for God. Mr. Canisius possesses and lives up to each of these characteristics.

The six finalists for this year's award are: 

Ermyes Aman, Buffalo (Nativity Miguel Middle School)  

Vincent Conroy, Clarence Center (St. Gregory the Great School)

Charlie Fortner, Buffalo (St. Mark School)  

Fawaad Khawar, Williamsville (Universal School) 

Steven Kropelin, Amherst (Amherst Middle School) 

Victor Mazzara, Town of Tonawanda (St. Amelia School)  

The finalists were determined through rounds of student and faculty voting. The entire student body, with senior votes carrying the most weight, votes for winner. The voting will occur this week and the winner will be announced at the Senior Awards on May 17.

This is the 61st edition of Mr. Canisius, which has been awarded since 1962. 

Each finalist have written reflections about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award.

Click to read each finalist's reflection:  

Ermyes Aman, Buffalo (Nativity Miguel Middle School)  

Vincent Conroy, Clarence Center (St. Gregory the Great School)

Charlie Fortner, Buffalo (St. Mark School)  

Fawaad Khawar, Williamsville (Universal School) 

Steven Kropelin, Amherst (Amherst Middle School) 

Victor Mazzara, Town of Tonawanda (St. Amelia School)  

 

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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. 

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The Buffalo native and Nardin graduate taught at Canisius from 1970 to 1977 and was also the first female lay faculty member at CHS; she helped establish the fine arts program at Canisius.

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