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Valedictorian & Salutatorian

updated May 2020 

Providence Catholic High School Principal, Dr. John Harper, announced Christopher Cokinos as the Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Ryan Hilty 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 Christopher Cokinos is the son of Peter and Tracy Cokinos. He 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 Frankfort.  Cokinos will attend Villanova University and will study Political Science. Christopher has been a member of the Providence Catholic high honor roll all semesters and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He  is an Illinois State Scholar and received numerous academic subject awards from the school including English 1 Honors, Algebra 1 Honors, Biology Honors, Spanish II, AP United States History, AP Government, AP Language, Chemistry Honors, Pre-Calculus Honors, and Geometry Honors. Outside of the classroom, Christopher is active in the Scholastic Bowl, Mock Trial, Augustinian Youth Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI), and served as a Sacristan.

“My teachers here have pushed me to go above and beyond the typical classroom expectations to truly get me to be ready for college. Not only am I challenged here, but I am also given the skills to  be successful in college and whatever comes next,” says Christopher.

Salutatorian Ryan Hilty is the son of Dave and Carleen Hilty. He is a graduate of St. Mary Catholic School (Mokena), a parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Parish (Mokena), and a resident of Mokena.  Hilty will attend Saint Louis University and will study Biomedical engineering with a plan to go into dental school after getting an undergraduate degree. Ryan has been a member of the Providence Catholic high honor roll all semesters and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is an Illinois State Scholar and received numerous academic subject awards from the school including Geometry Honors, Algebra II Honors, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National Merit Scholar Commendation. Outside of the classroom, Ryan has been active on the golf team, has served as Golf captain, and was a golf state qualifier his senior year. In addition, he was active in the Augustinian Youth Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Math Team, Scholastic Bowl, Theatre, and the Spanish National Honors Society. Ryan also served as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, and Kairos leader during his time at Providence Catholic.

“Providence has provided me with the knowledge to succeed in more ways than one,” says Ryan. “The classes and teachers here have really helped me to discover what I truly enjoy doing and what I want to do with my life. High school is a challenge, but Providence has found a way to academically push me in a way that will help me to thrive at the next level of education. It has really helped me feel like I am ready to learn even more as I prepare for my future.”

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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