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Valedictorian & Salutatorian

updated April 2017

We are proud to announce the Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians for the Class of 2017.

Valedictorian Samantha Dorning is the daughter of Michael Dorning and Mari Ann Herbert.   She is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School (Orland Hills), a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Orland Park), and a resident of Orland Park.  Dorning will attend Boston University and will study Political Science/Business.  Samantha has been a member of the Providence Catholic high honor roll all semesters and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.  She is an Illinois State Scholar and received numerous academic subject awards from the school including Biology Honors, English 1 Honors, Spanish 1A, AP US History, AP English 3, AP US Government and Politics, and Spanish 3 Honors. Outside of the classroom, she is active in the Augustinian Youth Ministry and Law Club while being named PCHS Student of the Month four times.  In addition, she has been a member of the PCHS soccer and track teams.  Outside of school, she has played ice hockey for 12 years, seven for Chicago Fury AAA Women’s Hockey Team.  She is also a youth volunteer coach for the Fury.  She was a District Finalist for “Voice of Democracy” and volunteers South Suburban Hospital and Victorian Village Senior Living.

Co-Salutatorian Meghan Howat is the daughter of Rick and Janet Howat of Plainfield.  Meghan is a graduate of St. Mary Immaculate School and a parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church.  Howat will attend the University of Notre Dame on the Notre Dame Provost Scholarship and University Scholarship and will study Pre-Health and Poverty Studies. Meghan has been a member of the high honor roll all semesters and is a National Merit Commended Student, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Illinois State Scholar, and Student of the Month and Joliet Exchange Club Youth of the Month.
She represented Providence at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and founded the annual Easter Basket Drive. Meghan also started a tutoring program that partners PCHS students with elementary students from local schools.

She attended the Student Augustinian Values Institute and is a member of the National Honor Society, Augustinian Youth Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Student Council, Student Ambassador, Sacristans, Respect Life Club, International Club, and Art Club.   Meghan has also served as captain for the school’s Cross Country Team as was a member of the soccer team. Outside of PCHS Meghan has excelled in dance, St. Mary’s Youth Ministry, volunteered at Presence -St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, Miracle League, Daybreak Shelter and St. Jude Joliet.

Co-Salutatorian Michael Massaro is the son of Mike and Lea Massaro of Homer Glen. Michael is a graduate of Oak Prairie Junior High (Homer Glen) and a parishioner at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church (Homer Glen).  Massaro will attend either the University of Notre Dame or Hillsdale College on athletic and merit scholarship.  He plans to study Finance. He is an Illinois State Scholar, National Merit Scholar Commended Student, Student of Month and a Freshman Celtic Scholar.  He attended the Student Augustinian Values Institute and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity, Augustinian Youth Ministry, and Law Club.  He is an officer for the National Honors Society, member of the Student Council, National Spanish Honors Society, Band and Celtic Time Leader.  Michael plays baseball and hockey for the Celtics.  He is a 4-time Kennedy Cup Champion and has had 4 state championship appearances in hockey, one state championship in baseball.


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 24, 2017.  Congratulations to all students who received an award for their outstanding performance!

View/print complete list of award recipients here.

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 2016.

updated October 2016

National AP Scholar awardee includes:

  • Colin Brankin ’16 (Orland Park)

AP Scholar with Distinction awardees include:

  • Colin Brankin ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Patrick Connelly ’16 (Tinley Park)
  • Mayrna Dababneh ’16 (Tinley Park)
  • Thomas Dillman ’16 (Peotone)
  • Patrick Kay ’16 (Orland Park)
  • John Scholl ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Benjamin Wasicki ’16 (Frankfort)

AP Scholars with Honor awardees include:

  • Grace Baffoe ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Jessica Baldys ’17 (Mokena)
  • Samantha Dorning ’17 (Orland Park)
  • Rachel Gorski ’16 (Shorewood)
  • Hunter Klein ’16 (Joliet)
  • Blake Labelle ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Grace Rost ’17 (Orland Park)
  • Catherine Spesia ’16 (Joliet)
  • Kyle Struck ’16 (Orland Park)

AP Scholars include:

  • Claire Baudek ’16 (Joliet)
  • Lauren Bernas ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Jason Ciabattoni ’16 (Frankfort)
  • Joven Garces ’16 (Plainfield)
  • Grace Huguelet ’16 (Frankfort)
  • Alexander Jedlicka-Kriz ’16 (Frankfort)
  • Michael Kamowski ’16 (Peotone)
  • Jakob Lambert ’16 (Homer Glen)
  • Joshua Lambert ’17 (Homer Glen)
  • Justin Lumanga ’16 (Mokena)
  • Maegan Magante ’16 (Homer Glen)
  • Mia Massaro ’16 (Homer Glen)
  • Daniel McDonald ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Michael McGuire ’16 (Frankfort)
  • Bernard O’Donnell ’16 (Lemont)
  • Scott Tatro ’16 (Orland Park)
  • John Wolf ’16 (Orland Park)
  • Kaitlyn Ziska ’16 (Homer Glen)

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 2016

Commended Students

  • Jessica Baldys ’17 (Mokena)
  • Mark Cachey ’17 (Tinley Park)
  • Meghan Howat ’17 (Plainfield)
  • Michael Massaro ’17 (Homer Glen)
  • Isabel Rossi ’17  (Naperville)
  • Cecilia Spesia ’17 (Joliet)

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 2016


Class of 2017
Ryan Anderson (Mokena)Maureen Hennenfent (Homer Glen)Claire Paciga (Orland Park)
Francis Baffoe (Orland Park)Max Hernandez (Homer Glen)Nina Pantoja (Lockport)
Brad Baldys (Mokena)Kevin Horan (Orland Park)Brian Peck (Orland Park)
Jessica Baldys (Mokena)Meghan Howat (Plainfield)Zachary Pell (Romeoville)
Makenna Bartecki (Lockport)Alexandra Hoye (Homer Glen)Joseph Pericht (Orland Park)
Thomas Bernecker (Orland Park)Drew Hunniford (Frankfort)Timothy (TJ) Quinlan (Orland Park)
Tyler Bomba (Plainfield)Ryan Iaciancio (Tinley Park)Kellista Quirke (Frankfort)
Alejandra Botello (Monee)John Irwin (Frankfort)Hailey Radakovitz (Tinley Park)
Madysen Brenn (Channahon)Mallory Jatis (Homer Glen)Jenna Renas (Lockport)
Isabella Bucciferro (Joliet)Amy Jensen (Tinley Park)Grace Rost (Orland Park)
Kelcie Burdiak (Joliet)Eric Juds (Orland Park)Dominic Russo (Mokena)
Luke Bussey (Lockport)Sarah Kaley (Tinley Park)Gino Sanfilippo (Tinley Park)
Mark Cachey (Tinley Park)William Karabel (Homer Glen)Isabella Santangelo (Manhattan)
Daniel Canning (Homer Glen)Danielle Kieffer (Orland Park)Ingrid Schwartz (Joliet)
Michael Cascino (Palos Park)Domenic Kimak (Bolingbrook)Matthew Sebek (Joliet)
Alexi Cornelio (Wilmington)Shannon Knoebel (Lockport)Sophia  Senese (Lemont)
Cara Cox (Mokena)Claire Kruchten (Joliet)Caitlin Shanahan (Orland Park)
Michael Crawford, Jr. (Elwood)Danielle Lagone (Mokena)Samantha Sharkey (Mokena)
Emily Cummings (New Lenox)Joshua Lambert (Homer Glen)Alexandra Smyth (Lemont)
Angelique DeBellis (Orland Park)Nicole LaPapa (Lockport)Cecilia Spesia (Joliet)
Joshua Deffenbaugh  (Plainfield)Jacob Mahaffey (Plainfield)Stella Spesia (Joliet)
Allyssa Demma (Orland Park)Haley Malovan (Homer Glen)Caitlin Stephens (Orland Park)
Natalie Deters (Joliet)Maggie Manalli (Lemont)Celine Stroup (Shorewood)
Thomas Dickason (Frankfort)Lindsey Marnell (Mokena)Patrick Sullivan (Tinley Park)
Samantha Dorning (Orland Park)Karly Marth (Mokena)Maria Svidron (Shorewood)
Margaret Doyle (Orland Park)Colin Martin (Orland Park)Justin Tomaselli (Shorewood)
Michael Drew (Plainfield)Michael Massaro (Homer Glen)Ursulina Tomczak (Homer Glen)
Hope Ehling (Plainfield)Kyle McBrady (Frankfort)Aaron Tompkins (Palos Park)
Liam Flaherty (Mokena)Brendan McGuire (Woodridge)Matthew Troy (Homer Glen)
Bridget Geary (Mokena)Meaghan McGuire (Woodridge)Natasha Tuminello (New Lenox)
Samantha Gillooley (Homer Glen)Paulius Mikuzis (Homer Glen)Morgan VanderWey (Tinley Park)
Elise Grill (Homer Glen)Kate Miller (Tinley Park)Richard Warfield (Orland Hills)
Alyssa Gromala (Mokena)Meghan Mitoraj (Mokena)Rachael Wasmund (Lemont)
Molly Hallberg (Tinley Park)Faith Morrison (Mokena)Aidan Wheeler (Homer Glen)
Michael Halleran (Orland Park)Meghan Morrissette (Joliet)Joshua Wilcox (Mokena)
Adam Harrington (Orland Park)Robert Mueller (Frankfort)Jamie Zavodny (Orland Park)
Joseph Harris (Orland Park)Caroline Murphy (Tinley Park)Joshua Zubik (Homer Glen)
Christian Hecht (Tinley Park)Kevin O'Boyle (Plainfield)Kailey Zych (Monee)
Class of 2016
Bryan Gronek (Tinley Park)Michael Markasovic (Frankfort)

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 December 2016

Ryan Anderson (Mokena)John Irwin (Frankfort)Hailey Radakovitz (Tinley Park)
Cameron Aurelio (Orland Park)Mallory Jatis (Homer Glen)Isabel Rossi (Naperville)
Francis Baffoe (Orland Park)Amy Jensen (Tinley Park)Grace Rost (Orland Park)
Brad Baldys (Mokena)William Karabel (Homer Glen)Isabella Santangelo (Manhattan)
Jessica Baldys (Mokena)Danielle Kieffer (Orland Park)Matthew Sebek (Joliet)
Thomas Bernecker (Orland Park)Joshua Lambert (Homer Glen)Caitlin Shanahan (Orland Park)
Tyler Bomba (Plainfield)Maggie Manalli (Lemont)Cecilia Spesia (Joliet)
Isabella Bucciferro (Joliet)Michael Massaro (Homer Glen)Celine Stroup (Shorewood)
Luke Bussey (Lockport)Brendan McGuire (Woodridge)Justin Tomaselli (Shorewood)
Mark Cachey (Tinley Park)Paulius Mikuzis (Homer Glen)Ursulina Tomczak (Homer Glen)
Daniel Canning (Homer Glen)Kate Miller (Tinley Park)Matthew Troy (Homer Glen)
Samantha Dorning (Orland Park)Faith Morrison (Mokena)Morgan VanderWey (Tinley Park)
Alyssa Gromala (Mokena)Meghan Morrissette (Joliet)Richard Warfield (Orland Hills)
Joseph Harris (Orland Park)Robert Mueller (Frankfort)Rachael Wasmund (Lemont)
Christian Hecht (Tinley Park)Claire Paciga (Orland Park)Aidan Wheeler (Homer Glen)
Maureen Hennenfent (Homer Glen)Nina Pantoja (Lockport)Joshua Wilcox (Mokena)
Max Hernandez (Homer Glen)Brian Peck (Orland Park)Jamie Zavodny (Orland Park)
Meghan Howat (Plainfield)TJ Quinlan (Orland Park)Joshua Zubik (Homer Glen)
Alexandra Hoye (Homer Glen)Kellista Quirke (Frankfort)

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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