• Issue 5

Kennedy Catholic faculty and staff hand-delivered these awards during the graduation ceremony this year.

Val Kirk Student-Athlete Award: Justin Baker + Natalie Degagne
Selected by the faculty and staff and awarded to one boy and one girl who have excelled in the classroom and have maintained a high GPA while excelling in one or more sports.

Carl J. Velling Student-Athlete Award: Kolbe Ritter + Hannah Scandiffio
Selected by the faculty and staff and awarded to one boy and one girl who have shown dedication and work ethic in the classroom, as well as excelling in one or more sports.

Brian McCluskey Integrity Award: Sandy (Ngoc) Giang
In honor of religion teacher, Brian McCluskey. Selected by the senior class and awarded to the boy and girl who consistently make ethical choices, are good role models, who make a difference in others’ lives, and who strive to do their best.

Service Above Self Award: Garrett Bretz
Selected by the faculty and staff and awarded by the Burien Rotary Club to the student who has gone above and beyond in service to Kennedy Catholic and the greater community.

Class of 1977 In Memoriam Inspirational Award: Grace Ginther
Originally named the “Class of 1977 Lanigan-Kelley Inspirational Award”, the title of this award is now called the “Class of 1977 In Memoriam Inspirational Award”. Selected by the faculty, and awarded to the student who has a positive outlook on life; has been thoughtful and giving; has consistently shown support of classmates through friendly actions; has not been presumptuous toward impressing others; and has participated in extracurricular activities while at Kennedy Catholic.

Rev. Michael Batterberry Solidarity Award: Yarangel John
In honor of long-time Kennedy Catholic chaplain, this award is voted on by the senior class and awarded to the student who most actively celebrated the various cultures, races, ethnicities, talents, gifts, and abilities present within the Kennedy Catholic community.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Award: Brandon Ducusin
In honor of our patron saint, this award is voted on by the senior class and selected by the faculty and awarded to the student who emulates the Beatitudes: someone who is humble, virtuous, and authentic; who is a seeker of justice, shows mercy, is pure at heart, and a peacemaker within the Kennedy Catholic community and beyond.

John Goodwin Loyalty Award: Yarangel John
In honor of long-time Kennedy Catholic principal, this award is voted on by the faculty and staff and awarded to the boy and girl who have done the most for Kennedy Catholic during their four years here.



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