On this date, May 21, 2020, which was supposed to be the day of the traditional graduation ceremony in the Canisius High School Scaccia Auditorium, followed by the procession of graduates out of the doors of the Rand Mansion/Koessler Academic Center onto the front lawn, we have found other ways to celebrate.
While we can not currently celebrate in large groups due to the on-going health crisis, we can participate in a drive-through parade at Canisius. That event is happening today, May 21, between 4:00-5:30pm. All seniors and families are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and drive through.
We are also announcing the recipients of senior awards here on our website. This page will be updated throughout the day as the awards are announced.
Mr. Canisius Award
Mr. Canisius is the senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes everything for which Canisius stands. Dan Sippel learned that he is Mr. Canisius 2020 via Zoom with several former Mr. Canisiuses on the call to congratulate him. Watch:
The Hogenkamp Award honors the top academic leader in the Class of 2020 over four years. We congratulate the winner and all of the top ten.
The family of Jeffrey Korn ’79 established an award to be presented to a senior who best exemplifies outstanding moral character, academic achievement, leadership ability, and good sportsmanship. The Korn family believes that these are qualities that Jeff epitomized and they would like others with similar talents and gifts to be recognized.
The Accolade Award is given in memory of Philippe B. Piedad ’93 to a senior whose quiet inner strength exemplifies the essence of the Canisius spirit through studies, athletics, and service. These are characteristics that Phil possessed and shared within the Canisius community.
Jesuit Schools Network Awards
Jesuit Schools Network Awards are presented to two seniors who best exemplify the Jesuit ideal of a well-rounded person: intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice — true “Men for Others.”
“Magis” is Latin, meaning “the 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 presented by each academic department to a student who displays a true passion and love for that area of study.
The Campus Ministry Awards honor students for their outstanding commitment and leadership with retreats, service trips, and Masses.
Student-Athlete of the Year
This year’s Athlete of the Year is known for his hard work both on the field for the Canisius High School football team and in the classroom.
Clubs and activities beyond the classroom are an important part of the Canisius experience. Congratulations to these club award recipients who have shown commitment to the mission of their clubs and selflessly contributed to our school community.
Canisius students and alumni know what JUG is. For those who don't, it's the name of the detention system at Jesuit high schools. Some Canisius students have completed their entire high school careers without having to serve JUG.
House Cup Winner
We implemented a House system at Canisius this school year. Each student is assigned to 1 of 6 Houses named for a prominent Jesuit. Houses accumulate points for activities throughout the year.