Detroit Catholic is proud to congratulate the thousands of students graduating this year from the Detroit area's 23 Catholic high schools in 2019. 

In a special way, we also honor those students whose academic achievements earned them recognition as valedictorians, salutatorians and other top honors from their respective schools. We pray for these students, who are listed below, as well as their peers and classmates, and ask God to bless all of their future endeavors for the sake of His glory.

This year's valedictorians and salutatorians are:

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills

Claire Dennis

Valedictorian: Claire Dennis
Parents: Dr. Blaine Dennis and Dr. Luisa Partipilo
Parish: St. Owen, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan, undecided

Newell "Ellie" Wasson

Valedictorian: Newell "Ellie" Wasson
Parents: Paul and Lauren Wasson
Parish: Holy Name, Birmingham
College & Major: University of Rochester (New York), Film Studies

Austin Catholic High School, Chesterfield Township

Maria Elizabeth Schudt

Valedictorian: Maria Elizabeth Schudt
Parents: Joseph and Susan Schudt
Parish: St. John Vianney, Shelby Township
College & Major: Saint Mary's College, Chemistry

Peyton Teresa Weingartz

Summa Cum Laude: Peyton Teresa Weingartz
Parents: Kris and Dan Weingartz
Parish: St. Lawrence, Utica
College & Major: University of Dayton, Biology

Christian James Spearman

Summa Cum Laude: Christian James Spearman
Parents: Gregory and Carol Spearman
Parish: St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
College & Major: Xavier University, International Business

Bishop Foley High School, Madison Heights

Kelsi Karpinski

Valedictorian: Kelsi Karpinski
Parents: Michael and Deborah Karpinski
College & Major: Michigan State University, English

Sarah Gudenau

Salutatorian: Sarah Gudenau
Parents: Robert and Lisa Gudenau
College & Major: Oakland University Honors College, undecided

Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills

Kevan O’Brien

Valedictorian: Kevan O’Brien
Parents: Colleen and Michael O'Brien
Parish: St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Notre Dame, Engineering

Jacob Hannawa

Salutatorian: Jacob Hannawa
Parents: Judy and Kal Hannawa
Parish: St. Owen, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biology

Cabrini High School, Allen Park

Jonah Sobczak

Valedictorian: Jonah Sobczak
Parents: Kathleen Sobczak and Jeanne Aichele
Parish: St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Film Studies

Joseph Smith

Salutatorian: Joseph Smith
Parents: Edward and Cheryl Smith
Parish: St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park
College & Major: Wayne State University, Biological Sciences

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Marine City

Anikka Jordan

Valedictorian: Anikka Jordan
Parents: Timothy Jordan and Karen Brinkley
Parish: Immaculate Conception, Ira Township
College & Major: Emory University, Neuroscience

Hannah Heithoff

Salutatorian: Hannah Heithoff
Parents: Dr. Scott and Lynn Heithoff
Parish: St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biomolecular Science

De La Salle Collegiate High School, Warren

Kevin Kathawa

Valedictorian: Kevin Kathawa
Parents: Allen and Sonya Kathawa
Parish: St. Thecla, Clinton Township
College: University of Detroit Mercy

Joseph Schaeffer

Valedictorian: Joseph Schaeffer
Parents: Lee and Nancy Schaeffer
Parish: St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
College: Michigan State University

Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit

Valedictorian: Esmeralda Hermosillo
Parents: Sergio and Maria Hermosillo
Parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Shrine, Detroit
College & Major: Georgetown University, History

Salutatorian: Marisa De La Cruz-Martin
Parents: Alfredo Martin and Dora De La Cruz-Martin
Parish: Ste. Anne, Detroit
College & Major: University of Michigan, Education

Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi

Parker Stogdill

Valedictorian: Parker Stogdill
Parents: Sandy and Rob Stogdill
College & Major: University of Michigan, Computer Engineering

Hayden Kibbey

Salutatorian: Hayden Kibbey
Parents: Jennifer and Anthony Kibbey
Parish: Our Lady of Victory, Northville
College & Major: University of Michigan, Business Administration with concentration in Finance and Business Law

Divine Child High School, Dearborn

Allan Edward VanZandt

Valedictorian: Allan Edward VanZandt
Parents: Sara Tylo and Paul VanZandt
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Physics and Engineering

James Montgomery Utley

Salutatorian: James Montgomery Utley
Parents: Aurora and Brian Utley
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Classics, Latin and Greek

Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston

Mia Korns

Valedictorian: Mia Korns
Parents: Shawn and Thuy Korns
College: Davenport University

Shane Dolan

Valedictorian: Shane Dolan
Parents: Daniel and Patricia Dolan
Parish: St. Daniel, Clarkston
College: University of Michigan

Katelyn Allen

Salutatorian: Katelyn Allen
Parents: James and Mary Jo Allen
Parish: Holy Redeemer, Burton
College: Ave Maria University

John McGrath

Salutatorian: John McGrath
Parents: John and Barbara McGrath
Parish: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills
College: Michigan State University

Gabriel Richard High School, Riverview

Brooke Wrobel

Valedictorian: Brooke Wrobel
Parents: Thomas and Raquel Wrobel
Parish: Our Lady of the Woods, Woodhaven
College & Major: University of Michigan, Finance

Audrey Matildo

Salutatorian: Audrey Matildo
Parent: Daphne Matildo
Parish: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Rockwood
College & Major: Michigan State University, Neuroscience

Loyola High School, Detroit

Javionne Thompson

Valedictorian: Javionne Thompson
Parent: Jamie Thompson
College & Major: Central State University, Criminal Justice

D’Vaun Bentley

Salutatorian: D’Vaun Bentley
Parents: Kimberleyn Robinson and Damon Bentley
College & Major: Central State University, Psychology

Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills

Claire Fanning

Valedictorian: Claire Fanning
Parents: Kevin and Stephanie Fanning
Parish: St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN)/Pre-Med

Julia Barto

Salutatorian: Julia Barto
Parents: Michael and Jennifer Barto
Parish: St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Undecided/Pre-Med

Mercy High School, Farmington Hills

Casey Stoneback

Valedictorian: Casey Stoneback
Parents: Liliana and Gary Stoneback
Parish: Catholic (no parish disclosed)
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering

Sophie VanderWeele

Salutatorian: Sophie VanderWeele
Parents: Gigi and Mike VanderWeele
College & Major: Michigan State University, Chemical Engineering

Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Pontiac

Evaristo Garcia Reyna

Valedictorian: Evaristo Garcia Reyna
Parents: Evaristo and Claudia Garcia
Parish: St. Mary of the Hills, Rochester Hills
College: University of Michigan

Natalie Lyijnen

Valedictorian: Natalie Lyijnen
Parents: James Lyijnen and Heather Sullivan
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biology

Juliet Jacoby

Valedictorian: Juliet Jacoby
Parents: Mark and Denise Jacoby
Parish: St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biology

Christopher VanDieren

Valedictorian: Christopher VanDieren
Parents: Michael and Regina VanDieren
Parish: St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering

Alena Manzor

Valedictorian: Alena Manzor
Parents: Alberto and Odette Manzor
Parish: St. Andrew, Rochester
College & Major: University of Michigan, Business

Valedictory Court – Joseph Joppich, Brian Gebara, Celia Pagnucco, Elizabeth Brouns, Antonio Gonzales, Sydney Newby, Alejandra Gonzalez, Maria Ortiz Luna, Kevin Cragg, Sarah Belhasan, Araceli Rizzo, Alexander Deck, Thomas Frost, Aaron Crane, Matthew Wood, Andrew Hannoudi, Rachel DuRivarge, Maura Kruse, Maria Agoytia, Mary Wright, Kathyrn Kennedy, Kevin Orloski

Our Lady of the Lakes High School, Waterford

Natalie Koenig

Valedictorian: Natalie Koenig
Parents: Kirk and Sandra Koenig
Parish: Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford
College & Major: University of Michigan, Engineering

Gabrielle Hysni

Salutatorian: Gabrielle Hysni
Parents: Edmund and Nuha Hysni
Parish: Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford
College & Major: Undecided

Regina High School, Warren

Ireland Majewski

Valedictorian: Ireland Majewski
Parents: Mark and Heidi Majewski
Parish: St. Lawrence, Utica
College & Major: University of Notre Dame, History and Pre-Medicine

Victoria Maziarz

Valedictorian: Victoria Maziarz
Parents: Walter and Margaret Maziarz
Parish: Our Lady of Czestochowa, Sterling Heights
College & Major: Grand Valley State University, undecided

Rachael Miller

Valedictorian: Rachael Miller
Parents: Anthony and Michelle Miller
Parish: St. Ephrem, Sterling Heights
College & Major: Saginaw Valley State University, undecided

Elizabeth Nosek

Valedictorian: Elizabeth Nosek
Parents: Kevin Nosek and Jeanne Hannan
Parish: St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
College & Major: Valparaiso University, Meteorology

Monica Pitlock

Valedictorian: Monica Pitlock
Parents: Steven and Julie Pitlock
Parish: St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
College & Major: Loyola University Chicago, undecided

Shrine High School, Royal Oak

Brendan Bontrager

Valedictorian: Brendan Bontrager
Parents: Maureen Bontrager
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Pre-Medicine

Reilly Cannaday

Valedictorian: Reilly Cannaday
Parents: Katy and Chad Cannaday
Parish: Holy Name, Birmingham
College & Major: Michigan State University, Business

Luke Cerone

Valedictorian: Luke Cerone
Parents: Sarah and Shane Cerone
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Engineering

Ann Gladstone

Valedictorian: Ann Gladstone
Parents: Rob and Mary Gladstone
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Pre-Medicine

Grace Kruszewski

Valedictorian: Grace Kruszewski
Parents: Mary and Greg Kruszewski
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: University of Notre Dame, Actuary Sciences

Lydia Moylan

Valedictorian: Lydia Moylan
Parents: Mary and Dennis Moylan
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: Michigan Technological University, Engineering

Daniel Romano

Valedictorian: Daniel Romano
Parents: Walt and Cindy Romano
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: Hope College, Biomedical Engineering

Julia Schettenhelm

Valedictorian: Julia Schettenhelm
Parents: Joan Walton and Mark Schettenhelm
College & Major: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Political Science

Jonah Wisneski

Valedictorian: Jonah Wisneski
Parents: Mary Jo and Kenneth Wisneski
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: Hillsdale College, English

Kathleen Zink

Valedictorian: Kathleen Zink
Parents: Molly and Robert Zink
Parish: National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak
College & Major: Michigan State University, Pre-Medicine

St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom

Natalia Smerage

Valedictorian: Natalia Smerage
Parents: Lucia and Jeff Smerage
Parish: Holy Spirit, Brighton
College & Major: University of Florida, Microbiology and Biochemistry

Gabrielle Peters

Salutatorian: Gabrielle Peters
Parents: Richard and Aylisa Peters
Parish: Holy Spirit, Brighton
College & Major: University of Dallas, English

St. Mary Catholic Central High School, Monroe

Shelby Marcarian

Valedictorian: Shelby Marcarian
Parents: Deborah Decker and Matthew Marcarian
College & Major: Utah State University, Environmental Engineering

Emily Coll

Salutatorian: Emily Coll
Parents: Patrick and Rebecca Coll
College & Major: Grand Valley State University, Biochemistry

St. Mary's Preparatory High School, Orchard Lake

Michael Elias Jackson Strouse

Valedictorian: Michael Elias Jackson Strouse
Parents: Peter Strouse and Kim Garver
College & Major: University of Michigan, Business

Jack Patrick Mooney

Salutatorian: Jack Patrick Mooney
Parents: Joseph and Jennifer Mooney
College & Major: University of Michigan, Finance and Business

University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit

Kameron Aidan Bloye

Valedictorian: Kameron Aidan Bloye
Parents: Peter Bloye and Kara LaPointe
Parish: St. Francis Cabrini, Allen Park
College & Major: University of Chicago, Political Science

David William Bosek

Valedictorian: David William Bosek
Parents: Adam and Lee Bosek
Parish: St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills
College & Major: University of Michigan, Engineering

John David Cullen

Valedictorian: John David Cullen
Parents: Matthew and Karen Cullen
Parish: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
College & Major: Georgetown University, Business

Samuel Lenhard DeVooght

Valedictorian: Samuel Lenhard DeVooght
Parents: Brent and Kristen DeVooght
Parish: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
College & Major: Indiana University, Business

Matthew Steven Englehart

Valedictorian: Matthew Steven Englehart
Parents: Steven and Susan Englehart
Parish: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills
College & Major: University of Notre Dame, Business

Aidan Barry Finelli

Valedictorian: Aidan Barry Finelli
Parents: Thomas and Helen Finelli
Parish: St. Mary, Royal Oak
College & Major: University of Michigan, Math

Adam Abram Kuplicki

Valedictorian: Adam Abram Kuplicki
Parents: Francis Kuplicki and Andrea Abram
College & Major: University of Michigan, Bio-Chem

Charles Keats Paroly

Valedictorian: Charles Keats Paroly
Parents: Matthew and Susan Paroly
Parish: St. Thomas More, Troy
College & Major: Brown University, Pre-Med

Gillian Fillip Garcia Tubay

Valedictorian: Gillian Fillip Garcia Tubay
Parents: Florante and Glenda Tubay
Parish: St. Pius X, Southgate
College & Major: University of Michigan, Material Engineering

Jackson Bradley Vyletel

Valedictorian: Jackson Bradley Vyletel
Parents: Andre and Meghan Vyletel
College & Major: University of Notre Dame, Engineering


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