Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Keith McShea

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. The event concluded with Victor Mazzara being named Mr. Canisius 2022.

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* Carm Scaccia '47 was presented with a 75th Diamond Anniversary Diploma by President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J. 

* Senior Master Sergeant Kevin Nichols, Public Affairs Superintendent for the 914th Air Refueling Wing, presented the Air Force ROTC scholarship to Francis Eskra.

* Randy Garver of the United States Military Academy Field Force – and its lead representative in Western New York – presented an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point to Nicholas Marchese.

* Jerry Irving, Commander United States Navy (retired) and Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer presented an appointment to the United States Naval Academy to Peter Spira.

* The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition designed to identify and honor exceptional academically talented students throughout the country. Luke LoTempio was one of just 15,000 to be honored as a National Merit Scholarship finalist for his superior performance on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

* Andrew Kang, Francis Eskra, Aiden Riker and Owen Vincek were among the 34,000 students to be considered as National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

* Christian Morse was selected for the National Hispanic Recognition Program after scoring in the top 2.5% of the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

* Members of the Pfalzgraf family – Mr. and Mrs. David Pfalzgraf Sr., David Pfalzgraf Jr., Maggie Pfalzgraf and Robin Marti presented the 2022 Brendan C. Pfalzgraf Scholarship to Anthony Davoli ’22. 

Brendan C. Pfalzgraf ’92 graduated from Canisius High School and attended Fordham University. His scholarship was established by his family and friends to assist a Canisius High School senior with tuition at Fordham.

The scholarship recognizes and remembers the life of a special young man filled with life, love and laughter, and encourages continued education in the Jesuit tradition.  The fund is intended to be a lasting memorial of Brendan’s academic promise, love of learning and enthusiasm for life. 


* The Student-Athlete of the Year Award was presented by Athletics Director Jim Mauro to basketball standout Declan Ryan, who collected several Player of the Year awards as he helped the Crusaders to the Catholic state championship.  

* Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Chuck Frederico, S.J., recognized the 2021-2022 Kairos Retreat Rectors.

“In an exceptional year of restoration to ministry programming, these students rose to a great challenge with grace. … I personally want to express my gratitude to these students for their willingness to work with me in my first year here at Canisius Hight School. They made my transition here grace-filled. These students truly represent Men For and With Others.”     

John Casucci (Kairos 110), Jeremy Sagun (Kairos 111), Luke Brydges (Kairos 112), Jack Gerland (Kairos 113), Jacob Hanesworth (Kairos 114) and Alex Manka (Kairos 115).

* Magis Awards: “Magis” is a Latin word meaning “More.” Central to Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education, Magis is a call to realize the full potential of one’s vocation. The Magis Award is given by each academic department to a student who displays a true passion and love for that area of study.

The Magis Award for computer science was presented by Mr. Eric Amodeo to Aidan Riker.

The Magis Award for English was presented by Mrs. Julie Hogan to Nicholas Moscovic.

Mr. Kevin Durkin presented two Magis Awards for the fine arts: For art to Kim Lang Suy; for music to James Burnett.

Mrs. Lindsay Lorgnier presented two Magis Awards for foreign language: For classical language to Dillon Cruz; for modern language to Nicholas Mann.

The Magis Award for history was presented by Mr. Sam Rizzo to Dakari Sawyers.

The Magis Award for mathematics was presented by Mr. Steve Pecori to Kieran Galvin.

The Magis Award for physical education was presented by Mr. Sam Belsito to Steven Kropelin.

The Magis Award for religious studies was presented by Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres to Henry Weimer.

The Magis Award for science was presented by Mr. Steven Wanzer to Fawaad Khawar.

* The 2022 House Cup was presented to Jogues House, represented by Mr. Steven Wanzer, Steve Kropelin ’22 and Victor Mazzara ’22.

The House Cup is awarded in recognition of a year-long team effort that plays out across the rich and varied scope of student life at Canisius High School. One earns points for his House through investment in the academic, athletic, spiritual, and service components of the Canisius experience – as well as through engagement in House-sponsored games and other special events. 

While the Cup is presented annually to the House that has earned the most points, it is more than a trophy. The Cup represents the spirit of camaraderie, collaboration, friendly rivalry, and healthy competition that binds Arrupe, Campion, Gonzaga, Jogues, Loyola, and Xavier Houses together as one, unified Canisius High School community striving for excellence in the service of our shared mission. 


Mrs. Melissa Langworthy of the Guidance and Counseling Department presented the Senior Awards and Activity Awards.

* The Erie-Niagara Scholastic Achievement Award was developed in 1981 through a school-business partnership. Its purpose is to spotlight outstanding students and promote the importance of academic proficiency to our communities. The top three graduating seniors at the time of the nomination are recognized and receive a specially commissioned crystal bison for their academic success, honors, and activities: 

Vincent Conroy Ciaran Krabak, and Benjamin Sayers.

* The Independent Health and Business First Community All- Stars Award recognizes a student who has made a positive difference in the lives of people here at school and in the community. Independent Health recognizes students throughout Western New York who are making a difference in these unprecedented times. These students will be featured in a special publication of Business First on May 20. 

Kieran Galvin as the 2022 Community All-Star Award recipient.

* The New York State Comptroller recognizes exemplary students for their academic and civic achievements and their potential for leadership.

This year the award is presented to: Ermyes Aman, Edward Cosgrove, Cooper Den Haese, Nolan French, Nicholas Pratt, John Stravino. 

* The New York State Education Department’s Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to seniors who have earned high academic achievement and plan to continue their college education in the state of New York. If funds are appropriated by the legislature, these students will receive scholarships valued from $500 to $1,500. 

This year’s recipients: Ronan Chatterji, Vincent Conroy, William Enright, Kieran Galvin, Ciaran Krabak, Aidan Riker.

* The New York State Attorney General’s “Triple C” Award recognizes seniors at each New York State high school who exemplify, to the highest degree, the qualities of character, courage and commitment.

This year’s honorees: Kohler Andrews, John Barry, Jake Dionne, Jiho Kang, Alex Mazurek and Jimmy Roberts. 

* The Nicholas H. Kessler Award for Excellence in Classics is given each year to honor the graduating senior who has maintained the highest cumulative average in Latin and/or Greek.  It is given in memory of Nicholas Kessler, a member of the class of 1928 and long-time teacher of the Classics at Canisius.

This year’s winner is Ciaran Krabak.

* Senator Sean Ryan recognizes outstanding students who will become the future leaders of New York State. They are well-rounded students who excel academically and have exhibited leadership through extracurricular or volunteer activities. 

Senators Ryan’s Youth Leadership Recognition Award was earned by James Burnett, Vincent Conroy, Dominic Redman and Aidan Riker. 


Extracurricular life at Canisius High School is an essential component of students’ overall educational experience. Through the diverse range of clubs and activities offered, Canisius High School students pursue their passions with faculty mentors and peers who become lifelong friends. 

Recipients of our club awards have demonstrated commitment to the mission of their club, have regularly attended meetings, coordinated events or projects, and selflessly contributed to service to our school as well as the Western New York community. 

* Mr. Sam Rizzo honored Richard Neil with the American Civil War History Club Award. 

* Mr. Bryce Hopkins honored Jacob Hanesworth, Joshua Henderson, and Alex Mazurek with the Arena yearbook award.

* Mr. Tom Coppola honored Jacob Hanesworth with the Black Student Union award.

* Ms. Brigid Monica honored Richard Neil with the Carr Memorial Library Literacy Award.

* Ms. Brigid Monica honored Phillip Attea, Ethan Cholewinski, Connor Paradis, Aidan Riker and Zachary Tell with the Chess Club award.

* For the Canisius High School Book Club, Ms. Brigid Monica honored Jiho Kang, Nicholas Pratt, Dakari Sawyers and Jackson Strzalka.

* Ms. Luciana Galante honored Nicholas Mann with the Culinary Club award.

* Mr. David Hayes honored James Burnett, Jiho Kang, Nicholas Mann and Christian Nettina with the Drama Guild Award.

* On behalf of Euchre Club, Mrs. Missy Langworthy honored Aidan Riker and Nicholas Moscovic. 

* Dr. Mark Veronica honored Brian Manning with the Flight Club award. 

* Ms. Jennifer Johnson honored Francis Eskra with the Jazz Ensemble Award.

* Ms. Mia LaMarco honored Aidan Riker with the Masterminds Award.

* Mr. Hopkins honored Charlie Fortner, Kieran Galvin, Luke LoTempio and Peter Spira with the Mock Trial award.

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. 

Requiescat in Pace, Liz Lyons Friedman

We mourn the loss of Friedman, who was the first female full-time teacher at Canisius High School.

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.

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

Check out hundreds of awesome items, from a signed Josh Allen authentic Buffalo Bills helmet to an embroidered CHS dog sweater (dog not included :-) ).

The auction runs through Saturday night, when hundreds will gather at CHS for GAMBIT XLVII.

'All you really need is heart:' Great run for 'Damn Yankees' cast and crew

"You've gotta have heart ... all you really need is heart. ... When the odds are sayin' you'll never win ... that's when the grin should start."

Congratulations to the grinning cast and crew of "Damn Yankees," who seemed to take manager Van Buren's advice after they endured several Covid-related delays and switched musicals in the middle of the rehearsal schedule (!) ... only to respond by putting on a great show for three evenings last week in our historic Scaccia Auditorium.

CHS students raise more than $5,500 in Lenten Mission Drive

A special dress-down event on St. Patrick's Day capped off a very successful Lenten Mission Drive by Canisius students.

More than $5,500 was raised in two weeks, marking the drive's highest total in five years. The Lenten Mission Drive, as it has for the last decade, benefitted two fellow Jesuit schools in Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean: Yap Catholic High School and Chuuk Xavier High School.