Nearly Every Marian Grad Heads for Higher Education

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Byline: Paul Anderson Daily Herald Correspondent

Marian Central Catholic High School

Academics

- College-bound students: 98 percent.

- Academic awards and achievements: More than $2.1 million in scholarships. Average ACT score of 24.7 percent. Northwest Spelling Bee contest winners.

- Individual Achievements: National Merit Scholar finalist Patrick Richardson, salutatorian. Four National Merit Scholar semi-finalists Courtenay Hager, Johnna Hertzfeld, Thomas Reed and Clare Sullivan.

Illinois High School Association All-State Academic team: Katherine Klos (valedictorian), Amy Loizzo, Zachary Reichert, Thomas Westfall, Stephanie Reinboldt, Greg Snyder, Brittany Witek, Gregory Klein, Colleen Pratt, Amanda Vite, Anne Stegmaier, Jack Rockers, Kristen McGinn, Kathleen Keith, William Morkes, Jennifer Lada, Courtney Clark, Elizabeth Gruebnau, Nicholas Guderyahn, and Christine Neese.

Making it big

- Kevin Landers was also named to the IHSA All-State Academic team for maintaining a grade point average above 3.5 percent (on a 4.0 scale) while playing a sport. Landers, who played football and basketball, won a scholarship to attend Notre Dame.

- Jay Hanson, who is going to the U.S. Naval Academy, and William Morkes, who is going to the U.S. Military Academy, received full-ride scholarships.

Social

- Homecoming king and queen: Joel Jackson and Amy Loizzo.

Good citizens

- Many students volunteered for Project Hope which contributed to various charities throughout the year. The seniors also initiated Thanksgiving and Easter food drives, walked in the March of Dimes and Crop Walk for the hungry, as well as cleaning up Route 120 for the Illinois Department of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program.

Sports

- The varsity baseball and football teams won the Suburban Catholic Conference.

Human interest

- The seniors took perverse pride in coming in last each year in the contest for best homecoming parade float. From their freshman year on the students came in fourth when competing against their classmates.

Source: Marian Central Catholic High School

All but one of the 176 seniors who graduated from Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock this year are going on to higher education.

One student will attend a technical school, two will continue their education in military schools and only one has opted for full-time work. …