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Valedictorian & Salutatorian

updated March 2019 

Providence Catholic High School Principal, Dr. John Harper, announced Allison Brankin as the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Alyssa LaBine as Salutatorian. “We are very proud of these academically gifted students who are very strong leaders among their peers both in and out of the classroom. We know they have very bright futures,” offered Harper.

Valedictorian Allison Brankin (pictured left) is the daughter of Patrick and Susan Brankin. She is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, a parishioner at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and a resident of Orland Park, IL. Brankin will attend the University of Notre Dame and will study Chemical Engineering.

Allison has been a member of the Providence Catholic high honor roll all semesters and is a member of the National Honor Society. Brankin is an AP Scholar with Honor and an Illinois State Scholar.  She has received numerous academic subject awards from the school including AP US History, Chemistry Honors, English 2 Honors, English 3 Honors, AP Chemistry, and Church History. Outside of the classroom, she is active as a member of Student Council, Augustinian Youth Ministry and a sacristan for all school masses while being a participant in the Student Augustinian Values Institute. She is also a Eucharistic Minister, Student Ambassador, Celtic Time Leader, Kairos leader, and in Spanish National Honor Society. In addition, she has been a member of the PCHS volleyball team and was named team captain this year. She was also awarded the GCAC Top 10 Female Athlete Award and GCAC Academic All-Conference award. Outside of school, she coaches and referees volleyball games at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School.

Brankin credits the help of Providence Catholic High School in making her college decision. “Providence Catholic helped me greatly in choosing my future college,” Brankin said. “At Providence Catholic, the teachers and faculty help you challenge yourself in both the classroom and extracurricular activities. They help students decide what is most important when finding your future home. For me, God and family are the most important things in my life, and this is why I have chosen to attend a Catholic university where I most at home.”

Salutatorian Alyssa LaBine (pictured right) is the daughter of Brett and Lori LaBine, LaBine is a graduate of St. Mary Mokena, a parishioner at Palos Community Church and a resident of Mokena. LaBine will be attending Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University and will study Biomedical Engineering.

LaBine has been a member of Providence Catholic high honor roll all semesters and is a member of the PCHS National Honor Society. She was recognized as an AP Scholar and National Merit Commended Student. LaBine has also won numerous class awards for Geometry Honors, English 1 Honors, Old Testament, Algebra 2 honors, Spanish 4 Honors, and Honors Physics. She is also a member of the International Thespian Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society. Throughout her four years, she has been a part of the Providence Catholic Theatre, Girls Swim Team, Augustinian Youth Ministry, Respect Life Club, International Club, Mock Trial Team, Girls Golf Team, and a Sacristan. LaBine was also selected to compete in the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition, ILMEA District 1 Choir, IMEC All-State Choir, and IMEC All-State Honors Choir. Outside of school, she volunteers at Palos Community Church High School Youth Group, Palos Community Church Vacation Bible School, Smith Crossing Senior Living Facility, and a costume volunteer for St. Mary Mokena spring musicals.

LaBine says Providence Catholic has prepared her academically to continue at the University level. “Providence has prepared me for college through its counseling department,” LaBine said. “Because of it, I have been looking at potential schools and career options since early in my high school career, which has made that process much easier. I have also been able to take a variety of different classes, which has allowed me to figure out which subjects I would like to study further in college.”

ACT Scores

Our  average composite ACT Score is consistently higher than the Illinois average (see date in table below).

Even more impressive are the average scores from our honors students:

  • Average A.C.T. Composite score for PCHS Honors Students:  29.4
  • Average A.C.T. Composite score for PCHS Top 10%  Students:  32.2
YearPCHS AverageState Average

Academic Awards

Our Academic Awards ceremony was held on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Congratulations to all students who received an award for their outstanding performance!

View/print Academic Awards program.

AP Scholars

We are pleased to announce that 34 Providence Catholic students have earned AP Scholar Awards by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement ® Program Exams, which were taken in May 2018.

updated September 2018

National AP Scholar awardee includes:

Tianqi, Hu ’18  -Frankfort

AP Scholar with Distinction awardees include:

Tianqi, Hu ’18 – Frankfort

Kennedy A. Lake ’18 – Manhattan

John C. Land ’18 – Frankfort

Zackari E. Landy ‘18 – New Lenox

Brendan D. Nieukrik ’18 – Tinley Park

Joseph C. O’Connell ’18 – Mokena

Natalie E. Schaefer ’18 – Mokena

AP Scholars with Honor awardees include:

Kaylee Airola ’19 – Shorewood

Claire Barrett ’18 – Tinley Park

Allison Brankin ’19 – Orland Park

Bruno Caruso ’18 – Lemont

Stephanie Duensing ’18 – Mokena

Derek Freeman ’19 – Joliet

Emily Sicinski ’18 – Mokena

Mariano Sor-Marin ’18 – Mokena

Noah Wasicki ’19 – Frankfort

AP Scholars include:

Gregory Beeson ’18 – New Lenox

Dominic Borrelli ’18 – Frankfort

Daniel Connelly ’18 – Tinley Park

Emily Conway ’18 – Homer Glen

Isabella Corso ’18 – Palos Park

Nora Czupek ’18 – Mokena

Andrew Dalton ’18 – New Lenox

Sarah Deffenbaugh ’19 – Plainfield

Michelle Eckel ’18 – Mokena

Eduardo Favela ’18 – New Lenox

Brighid Fobert  – Channahon

William Griffiths ’18 – Mokena

Sydney Harder ’18  – Channahon

Jacob Hilty ’18 – Mokena

Jonathan Horak ’18 – Stevensville, MI

James Huguelet ’18 – Frankfort

Emily Joos ’18 – Country Club Hills

Ryan Joslyn ’18 –  Homer Glen

Caden Kalinowski ’18 – Mokena

Matthew King ’18 – Romeoville

Megan Kulpinski ’18 – Tinley Park

Alyssa Labine ’19 – Mokena

Kyle Laird ’19 – Mokena

Matthew Lewandowski ’18 –  Frankfort

Connor Lima ’18 –  Tinley Park

John McAllister ’18 – Lockport

John McGuire ’19 – Frankfort

Madeleine McGuire ’19 – Woodridge

Sarah Noone ’19 – Mokena

Joseph Nugent ’18 – Manhattan

Kathryn Pfeiffer ’18 – Lockport

Samuel Rost ’18 – Orland Park

Mary Santschi ’18 – New Lenox

Keely Tess ’18 – Orland Park

Yibai Xu ’18 – Joliet

National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955.  More than 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year.  Approximately 34,000 students are named Commended Students.

updated October 2017

Commended Students

  • Tianqi, Hu ’18  -Frankfort

National Honor Society

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955.  More than 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year.  Approximately 34,000 students are named Commended Students.

Providence Catholic National Honor Society is founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, character and service.  The selection process begins when students who meet academic qualifications are given applications for NHS membership.  Once the student completes their application, Providence Catholic faculty members are asked to evaluate the candidates on the four guiding principles.  Finally, the Faculty Council reviews the prospective students and makes the final decision on membership.

updated March 2018


Name Town
Kaylee AirolaJoliet
Gea AlbericoManhattan
Kayla AmbroseJoliet
Erik AndersonMokena
Isabella AndreanoShorewood
Savannah BakerPlainfield
Kyle BellJoliet
Eleanor BilottaLockport
Nicholas BobaNew Lenox
Joseph BorrelliManhattan
Allison BrankinOrland Park
Delaney BrayNew Lenox
Ryan BresinghamNew Lenox
Anna CabayNew Lenox
Carolina CastilloJoliet
Kenneth CatausanLockport
Matthew CervenNew Lenox
Christopher ClementLockport
Daniel ConnellyTinley Park
Joshua CosgroveNew Leo
Colin CothernPlainfield
Christopher DaltonNew Lenox
Cali DauparasNew Lenox
Sarah DeffenbaugPlainfield
Timothy DennisLockport
Jasmine DillmanPeotone
Matthew DiNardiPalos Park
Joshua DiPegoRomeoville
Brian DonlevyOrland Park
Grace DryerNew Lenox
Riley EvistonPeotone
Alyssa ForsterNew Lenox
Derek FreemanJoliet
Allison GardellaNew Lenox
Katie GardnerLemont
Toni GardnerLemont
Graham GarrettMokena
Brianna GearyMokena
Mason GeorgantasJoliet
Lindsay GrahamHomer Glen
James GrillHomer Glen
Riley GuillaumeNew Lenox
Khanh HauJoliet
Madison HayesManhattan
Harrison HoffTinley Park
Maeve HoulihanTinley Park
Gabrielle HuminskyElwood
Jiyoon ImNew Lenox
Lucas JacksonFrankfort
Alexandria JaworskiManhattan
Megan JeffriesMokena
Maggie JoutrasShorewood
Aiste KavaliauskasLemont
Andrew KayOrland Park
Kellylyn KotowskiChannahon
Nathan KrabbeS. Chicago Heights
Jessica KwasneskiPalos Park
Alyssa LaBineMokena
Kyle LairdOrland Park
Donald MackowiakShorewood
Madison MannJoliet
Scott MarmoMokena
Mary MathieuMatteson
Liam McGinnisMokena
John McGuireFrankfort
Madeleine McGuireWoodridge
Gwenevieve MilasLemont
Martin MisischiaNew Lenox
John MorrisonMokena
Calista MuraskasManteno
Christina MuraskasPalos Park
Joseph MurphyTinley Park
Sarah NooneMokena
Ryann OgarekJoliet
Grace PacigaOrland Park
Andrew PellettierHomer Glen
Michael PerinoOrland Park
Elise PersickettiManhattan
Colin PushicFrankfort
Daniel QuirkeFrankfort
Abigail RagusaJoliet
Joshua RamosPlainfield
Isabel ReidJoliet
Carly RenfroMokena
Elizabeth RoechnerJoliet
Bradley SampleChannahon
Regan SauerWoodridge
Emily SchroederJoliet
Jane SharpTinley Park
Cailyn ShieldsPlainfield
Hanna SpodarekPlainfield
Tyler StruckOrland Park
Marissa SullivanLemont
Rachel TeminCoal City
Brianna TullyLockport
Antonio TuminelloNew Lenox
Lauren TuresPeotone
Charlotte VenezioNew Lenox
Tristan VidicanMinooka
Jacob WalshElwood
Meaghan WalterHomer Glen
Noah WasickiFrankfort
Chelsea WellsMokena
Grace WheelerHomer Glen
Call of 2018
Antonio AlejoTinley Park
Bruno CarusoLemont
Morgan CoyleOrland Park
Devin EvansNew Lenox
Nate OhalloranHomer Glen
Jack PattersonMokena
Yibai XuJoliet
Patricia SabalFrankfort
Catherine SladeFrankfort

Illinois State Scholars

The following Providence Catholic students were named  Illinois State Scholars.  Selection is based on ACT scores received prior to senior year and other critical criteria as determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

updated March 2018

Name Town
Antonio Alejo  Tinley Park
Angelique Anonuevo  Tinley Park
Claire Barrett  Tinley Park
Bruno Caruso  Lemont
Kelsey Clarke Homer Glen
Anastasia Cokinos Orland Park
Emily Conway Home Glen
Andrew Dalton New Lenox
Stephanie Duensing Mokena
Michelle Eckel Mokena
Eduardo Favela New Lenox
Hunter Fenoglio New Lenox
Brighid Fobert Channahon
Aaron GaspardoOrland Park
Mitchell Gray New Lenox
William GriffithsMokena
Sydney Harder Channahon
Tianqi Hu Frankfort
James Huguelet Frankfort
Nicholas Jones Wilmington
Emily Joos Country Club Hills
Ryan JoslynHomer Glen
Caden Kalinowski Mokena
Matthew KingRomeville
Timothy Klotz Orland Park
Megan Kulpinski Tinley Park
Kennedy Lake Manhattan
John Land Frankfort
Zackari Landy New Lenox
Nicholas Lappin Orland Park
Matthew LewandowskiFrankfort
Connor Lima Tinley Park
John McAllister Lockport
Brendan Nieukirk Tinley Park
Joseph Nugent Manhattan
Joseph O'ConnellMokena
Jack PattersonMokena
Kathryn Pfeiffer Lockport
Emily PilonShorewood
Ryan Pintoy Plainfield
Bailey Remiasz Channahon
Corrin RemiaszChannahon
Jacob Reyes New Lenox
Samuel Rost Orland Park
Mary Grace Santschi NEw Lenox
Katherine Saunders Frankfort
Natalie Schaefer Mokena
Emily Sicinski Mokena
Mariano Sori-Marin Mokena
Keely Tess Orland Park
Emma Urchell Tinley Park

College Scholarships

View/print a list of college scholarships accepted by our most recent graduating class.

Student of the Month

Faculty members from each academic department select students for this award based on academic achievement, as well as attitude, effort, and improvement.   View the honorees for each month below.




Honor Roll

Providence Catholic is proud to have so many young men and women achieve academic excellence.  There are three ways to view the honor roll recipients; select the appropriate links below.

1st Qt Honor Roll 17-18 School Year

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