Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

Keith McShea

 

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. With any luck, we’ve shared a classroom, huddle, retreat, dugout, lunch table, or an auditorium. I could only hope that I made as positive an impact on you as others had on me.

"Unlike many of my Canisius experiences, this nomination is not about winning or losing. My journey has been more fulfilling than any competition of which I have been a part. 'The win' has been my growth in mind, body, and soul alongside all of you.

"I am eternally indebted to all my Canisius brothers for the relationships we forged. I am thankful for the guidance of staff, administration, and coaches. Collectively, you have all been a part of my growth into the Man for Others I am today. Whether we have been best friends, teammates, retreatants who shared tears together, or simple acquaintances who shared a smile in the hallway, I am thankful for you.

"Canisius High School, you’re different; I thank you for that. I wish I could bottle up your magic and spread it outside the Blue Doors; however, I promise to go forth and set the world on fire with that magic potion that you have sprinkled upon me."

Thankfully,

Victor Mazzara

AMDG 

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 complete list of Mr. Canisius winners:

1962 Jerry Best

1963 Tom Haney

1964 Jeff Woeppel

1965 Tom Lombardo

1966 Robert Reger

1967 Tim Harmon

1968 Greg Pratt

1969 Larry Chojecki

1970 Mike Connolly

1971 Peter Curtin

1972 Mark McNamara

1973 Scott Barry

1974 Gary Pollock

1975 Kevin Curran

1976 Bryan Tenney

1977 Patrick Plunkett

1978 Paul Gregory

1979 Mark Fitzgerald

1980 Rick Divalerio

1981 Larry Hokaj

1982 Mike O’Neill

1983 Ken Crosta

1984 John McCarthy

1985 Mike Naughton

1986 Hank Nowak

1987 Salvatore LaDuca

1988 Timothy Rine

1989 Ben Batory

1990 Thomas Enstice

1991 Brendan Malley

1992 James Swartz, Jr.

1993 Harvey Young

1994 Carlos Perez

1995 Noel Sutton

1996 Thaddeus Kresse

1997 Paul Cumbo

1998 Brian Lysiak

1999 Martin LaFalce

2000 Timothy Leary

2001 Timothy Short

2002 Joshua Birdsall

2003 Michael Fitzgerald

2004 Stanley Pietrak III

2005 Theophilus Ossei-Anto

2006 Timothy Keating

2007 Cosimo Polino

2008 Stephen Brenner

2009 John Urschel

2010 Cameron Walsh

2011 Gordon Lyons

2012 Russell Fiorella

2013 John “Jack” Sardinia

2014 Kevin Driscoll

2015 Frank Fialkiewicz III

2016 Christopher “C.J.” Wild

2017 Caleb Blodgett

2018 George Burnett

2019 Joel Nicholas

2020 Daniel Sippel

2021 Eric Geisler

2022 Victor Mazzara

This year's six finalists were: 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).

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.