St. John Vianney High School


senior honors

Class of 2017 web

Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2017. The Commencement for the Class of 2017 will be held on May 13 at 7 pm at Vianney.

At the Senior Honors Convocation, held on May 2 at Vianney, several awards were presented. They included the following:


2017 Griffin of the Year Award - James Whalen


Chris Fiala Award - Conor McEntee and Brian Moore


National Merit Scholarship Foundation Finalist - Paul Morrison

Each year our juniors take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which predicts their ability to do well on the Scholastic Aptitude Test for college admission. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who score among the top juniors taking the test each year. 


Perfect Attendance - Alex Auck

The next award literally took four years to earn. It is the type of recognition which we as a school take special delight in giving as it is not given every year. According to the school records this student has not missed a single day nor has he ever been tardy to school in 4 years. 


The Campus Ministry Program recognizes seniors who perform Christian Service above and beyond the expected minimums of the program.  These seniors receive Vianney Service Awards because they performed a minimum of 150 hours of Christian Service while they were students here at Vianney.  They were: Zach Ellis, Vincent Fedorko, Connor Grzovic, Alex Isaak, Luke Johnson, Ryan Kleine, Zach Layton, Robert Marcolina, Paul Morrison, Thomas Sauer, James Schueler, Ian Tierney, Andrew Townsend and Thomas Varghese.


The Archbishop John May Service Award -  Zachary Ellis

This award is presented to the student chosen by the school who has extraordinary achievement in service.  This award was presented in a separate city-wide awards ceremony.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award - Paul Morrison

The Archdiocesan Commission on Human Rights honors students who perform an outstanding amount of community service with an award named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Principal’s Leadership Award - James Whalen

The next award is the Principal’s Leadership Award.  It is presented through the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  This award goes to an individual who displays outstanding leadership traits, participates in service organizations and clubs; and achieves academic excellence throughout his high school years. 



This award was established in 1967 by St. Louis Post-Dispatch  Sports Editor Bob Broeg.  It was Broeg’s idea to honor high school seniors whose excellence on the playing field and in the classroom set them apart from the rest.  This year over 150 high schools in the Metro St. Louis area selected a scholar-athlete from their senior class.  These athletes are recognized in the Post-Dispatch and in a pre-game ceremony at a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.  To earn consideration for this award, student athletes must participate in one or more varsity sports and be a high academic achiever in the senior class.  This year’s awardee is Eric Krus.


This award is given annually to the “Athlete of the Year” in the senior class.  Brother Lanfer was one of the original Marianists at St. John Vianney High School and he was actively involved in the school’s athletic program.  He served as a coach and athletic director and set the foundation for our current athletic program.  When Brother Lanfer passed away, Athletic Director Don Heeb and the coaching staff chose to honor him by naming the school’s athlete of the year after him.  The criteria established for this award are that the senior student must participate in two or more varsity sports and rank in the upper 50% of his class. 


MSHSAA Sportsmanship Award - Alex Heib, junior

This award is given by the Missouri State High School Activities Association to recognize a student who exhibits outstanding sportsmanship, ethics and integrity while participating in interscholastic competition. 


Mercy Health Center Blood Apostles:

Mercy Health Center, the Mercy Blood Donor Program and our Campus Ministry recognize four of our graduates for outstanding leadership and commitment to saving lives, as well as their service as captains during the Advent and Lent Blood Drives this year. Zachary Ellis, Alex Auck, Lucas Giegling, and Robert Spencer, receive certificates this year.


Boys State Honor:

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day, hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through “doing,” not just learning. This year’s honorees are Alec Dickison, Vincent Fedorko, and Thomas Sauer.


John Philip Sousa Band Award - Nicholas Macchi

The John Philip Sousa Band Award honors a graduate’s contribution to the band program. Nick received his award on Sunday at his final band performance at Vianney. 


G.W. CARVER AWARD for the top 10% of the graduating class is given by the State Department of Education. Based upon cumulative GPA, these are the top 15 students in the senior class this year.  Please come forward as your name is called to receive your certificate. They are: Tyler Dreiling, Zachary Ellis, Alex Isaak, Ryan Kleine, Eric Krus, Zachary Layton, Nicholas Macchi, Bennett Montgomery, Paul Morrison, Kevin Reilly, Nicholas Rych, Jacob Schneider, Andrew Townsend, Thomas Varghese and Nicholas Zeigler.


The DAR Good Citizens Program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public and private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. The student selected as the school's DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree. The award was presented earlier this semester by the DAR. This year’s recipient is James Whalen.


National Honor Society -  The members of the society wear white pendants that signify scholarship.  Membership in the National Honor Society is based upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  A 3.75 cumulative academic average or above is necessary to become eligible for membership in the society.  The following members of the graduating class have consistently met the rigid standards demanded by the National Honor Society:

Joshua Arndt

Adam Bockskopf

Eric Bruce

Philip Daugherty

Tyler Dreiling

Zachary Ellis

Vincent Fedorko

Sean Freihaut

Lucas Giegling

Derek Gross

Connor Grzovic

Cameron Haegele

Alex Isaak

Luke Jacobson

Nicholas Kellar

Benjamin Kilper

Ryan Kleine

Ethan Kleinheider

Thomas Kraus

Caleb Krull

Eric Krus

James Laaker

Zachary Layton

Paul Morrison

Nicholas Macchi

Aaron Manley

Robert Marcolina

John Markiewicz

Carson Meyer

Bennett Montgomery

Andrew Poelzl

Kevin Reilly

Benjamin Rule

Nicholas Rych

Thomas Sauer

Jacob Schneider

Charles Schoen

James Schueler

Trent Short

Joseph Souvannarath

Ian Tierney

Andrew Townsend

Thomas Varghese

Adam Voorhees

Kevin Wang

James Whalen

Michael Wobbe

Peter Zheng

Nicholas Ziegler


College Scholarships - This year's graduating class has earned $12 million in academic and athletic scholarships for college. They are:

Adam P. Aldridge
Ryan James Allgeyer
Joshua W. Arndt
Christian Jeffrey Atkins
Timothy A. Babb
Zachary Ray Baliva
Nicholas A. Barrera
Adam A. Bockskopf
Eric Raymond Bruce
Alexander Robert Canupp
Jason Charles Cariolano
TJ F. Cochran
Philip S. Daugherty
Alec B. Dickison
Tyler Richard Dreiling
Zachary W. Ellis
Vincent A. Fedorko
Joseph Reeve Galczynski
Jacob R. Gauvain
Matthew Stephen Gibson
Lucas Robert Giegling
Derek B. Gross
Connor Matthew Grzovic
Cameron Thomas Haegele
Cole Daniel Hensel
Gavin Paul Hensel
Jeremy Joseph Hoehn
Robert Nathaniel Hudson
Alex Michael Isaak
Luke Thomas Jacobson
James Joseph Kaiser
Benjamin James Kilper
Ryan Bernard Kleine
Ethan James Kleinheider
Gage W. Kramer
Thomas J. Kraus
Joseph Caleb Krull
Eric John Krus
James Thomas Laaker
Joshua Matthew Langevin
Zachary S. Layton
Aaron Mathew Llewellyn
Jacob M. Lyon
Nicholas D. Macchi
Connor J. Mallett
Robert M. Marcolina, Jr.
John R. Markiewicz
Daniel J. McCauley
Conor Thomas McEntee
Carson James Meyer
Bennett Mason Montgomery
Brian M. Moore
Paul Joseph Morrison
Andrew John Muckerman
Logan S. O'Connor
Lucas James Ott
Paul August Passafiume
Mark Louis Pelizzaro
Grant Richard Pinkston
Andrew C. Poelzl
Joseph Michael Raidt
Rigoberto Ramirez-Reyes
Bradley Franklin Ramsey
Daniel Patrick Reardon, IV
Sean T. Regan
Kevin James Reilly
Evan Joseph Rief
Benjamin John Rule
Jack James Ryan
Nicholas J. Rych
Matthew Joseph Sarich, III
Thomas D. Sauer
Aaron M. Schmerold
Jacob Thomas Schneider
Charles A. Schoen
James M. Schueler
Trent L. Short
Benjamin Duncan Smith
Joseph Thomas Souvannarath
Robert Michael Spencer
Jack Thomas Springer
Lucas W. Terry
Ian Michael Tierney
Andrew Joseph Townsend
Thomas S. Varghese
Dennys O. Vazquez
Adam William Voorhees
Rongkai Kevin Wang
James Michael Whalen
Shirong Peter Zheng
Nicholas Ryan Ziegler
Reid M. Zimmermann