Skip To Main Content

Header Utility Navigation


Canisius Logo Wordmark


Menu Trigger Container

Top Container


Landing-nav, don't delete

Breadcrumb, don't delete

Patrick Sullivan

As the third and youngest boy in my family, I had always planned to follow my brothers to Canisius. It seemed like a simple decision. When I toured the school, it felt like home – and it has been ever since.

I didn't realize at the time what an impact it would have on my life. My four years here shaped me to be the man I am today and I am eternally grateful to have had this opportunity.

It has taught me so many things. Canisius has taught me what it takes to be a student who excels in the classroom. Canisius has taught me how to balance academics, athletics, and a social life. Canisius has taught me how to respond to failures by working hard and coming back stronger. Of course, these are lessons that many high schools teach, but there is a special lesson that is elevated at Canisius, and that is how to be a Man for Others. I have been taught this value through the Canisius family of teachers, coaches, administrators and classmates.

This brotherhood, this family, has shown me the importance of looking outside of myself to support my peers. Through this a strong lifelong bond with my Canisius brothers has developed.

My first few weeks at Canisius were focused on getting to classes on time and meeting new people – not what kind of man I would become. Now that I am looking at things on the other side, I realize that in between these seemingly trivial experiences, Canisius has not only shown me what a better man is, but the incremental steps it takes to become a better man: The self-discipline I gained through difficult times, the compassion I gained through the love of what I do everyday, or the confidence I gained through the great relationships that I have developed. Using these qualities I’ve gained, whether on the football field or in the classroom, are great assets I can utilize for the future.

The experience of going to this school is remarkable. Whether it is going on a retreat, attending a sporting event, or simply being able to walk through the Blue Doors every morning. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.

I want to express my gratitude for being nominated for this. I would also like to congratulate the other nominees: Petros, Evan, Henry, Matthew and Ryan. It is an honor to even be compared to these great men.

Thank you,

Patrick Sullivan


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)