On Sept. 15, St. John’s honored students and teachers for their achievements during the 2018-2019 school year at the annual Academic Convocation.
Each September, St. John’s recognizes current sophomores, juniors and seniors for their academic success during the previous school year. For the 2018-2019 year, 377 students earned Certificates of Achievement with Distinction for receiving a 3.6 GPA with no grade lower than a B. Of that group, 88 students received the San Miguel Febres Cordero Award for earning straight As. In addition, St. John’s academic departments presented individual awards to outstanding students in each class.
At this year’s Academic Convocation, four students received special awards. Victor Aldridge ’20 received the La Salle University Book Award, Thomas Kresina ’20 received the George Washington University Book Award, Paul Teter ’20 received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award and Maddie Vincent ’20 received the Wellesley College Book Award.
Three educators were also recognized at this event. St. John’s faculty selected religion teacher Jonathan Navas and social studies teacher Jason Smith as the recipients of the Gasser Award, which is presented annually to two teachers who serve as Christian role models for the students and who are committed to excellence in teaching. English Department chair Brendan Shea received the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, which is presented each year to a faculty member who embodies the Lasallian ideals.
During the second half of the program, St. John’s Archbishop Hannan Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 162 new members, and faculty members Chris Maloney, Kellie Prendiville, Tom Sipowicz and Michelle McIntosh-Peters each spoke about one of the society’s four pillars: leadership, scholarship, service and character.