Higher Achievement Program concludes

By CHS Staff

The 2021 Canisius High School Higher Achievement Program wrapped up Friday, giving rising eighth graders from all over Western New York an experience to remember.

The four-week program concluded with an awards ceremony to recognize HAP participants' achievements in academics, athletics, and service.

Austin Xiao earned the Mr. HAP award, the program’s top prize.

“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 Canisius HAP Director Mr. Tom Coppola ’01. “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 Mr. HAP award also includes a $1000 scholarship to attend Canisius.

Participants spent their four weeks taking classes, in English, reading, and math, competing in team sports, and much more.

The Xavier Musketeers group took home the top overall team prize. Jack Eskridge won the Jack Lilley Sportsmanship Award, Brady Rakowski won the Pedro Arrupe Award for Service, and Patrick Cosgrove won the Spirit of HAP award.

Sports MVPs went to Luke Boryszak, Jeson Huff, Mitchell Masiello, Henry Smith, and Markos Kollidas.

English awards went to Ronan Cummings, Christopher Marsh, Shaun McCleary, Lucas Bonilla, Evan Mitskovski, Charles Pollock, Corbin Bryant, Anthony Pepe, Patrick Basil, and Zack Benczkowski.

Amir Hernandez-Huggins, Charles Delahunt, Clark Estrada, David Chiu, Aiden Falk, Logan Radloff, John Griffin, Gregory Taver Jr., John Duffet, and Amad Sheikh Omer earned the reading awards. Daniel McQueary, Dieudonne Byaombe, Brendan Copeland, Tyler Meredith, Taylor McGrath, Kyree Elliott, James Eskra, Robert Johnson III, Noah Cosgrove, and William Bowling won the math awards.

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.