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Henry Richards

It is a privilege and an honor to be nominated alongside Evan, Ryan, Petros, Pat and Matthew. Throughout our four years together I have been fortunate to get to know each one of you and am extremely thankful to Canisius for that.

Canisius fosters a family like no other. As a freshman I thought the “family” line was a cliche to draw more students, but I have been welcomed in with open arms. As a quieter kid, I never ventured out of my comfort zone in order to find others, but that didn’t stop the family from finding me. Canisius gave me an opportunity to go beyond what I ever thought possible and share amazing experiences both in and out of school with so many fabulous individuals who I now call friends.

I go to school everyday excited for the lessons that our wonderful teachers have prepared, never wanting to miss an opportunity to learn. Even more exciting than the opportunity to learn is the opportunity to be a member of the Canisius community. Each day we share new laughs and grow closer, deepening our bond.

I can without a doubt say that Canisius has prepared me to flourish beyond the Blue Doors. This school has given me the confidence and skills to succeed in whichever path I choose to take.

Thank you Canisius.

Henry Richards

Mr. Canisius 2024 Finalists

Evan Galvin of East Aurora (East Aurora Middle School) 

Matthew Hassenfratz of Orchard Park (St. John Vianney School) 

Petros Kollidas of Clarence (Elmwood Franklin School) 

Henry Richards of Buffalo (City Honors Middle School) 

Ryan Stravino of Grand Island (Connor Middle School) 

Patrick Sullivan of Orchard Park (Orchard Park Middle School)