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St. Mary's High School - News

SMHS wins award at Art Alive

For the first time since 2011, St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster placed an entry into the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Art Alive Competition.

Held on Saturday, June 7, students, teachers, and friends created living representations of works of art from the Albright-Knox's Collection and beyond for the 18th annual Art Alive living art contest.

Under the leadership of Art teacher Ms. Laura James, the students of St. Mary’s chose to recreate several of Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art paintings including Ohhh … Alright, In the Car, and M-Maybe (a Girl’s Picture).

The nearly 2,000 spectators at the event voted for the People’s Choice Award; they selected the St. Mary’s entry for the Best Tableau in Grades 9-12.

Congratulations to the St. Mary’s art students Anna DiDomenico, Leah May, Kaila McKay, and Nick Samson and art teacher Ms. James for their hard work and success with their prize-winning entry.

In the collection of pop art pieces by Roy Lichtenstein are Leah May (left panel), Anna DiDomenico and Nick Samson (center panel), and Kaila McKay (right panel).

Lancaster native wins Marian Award

At its Commencement Ceremonies held on June 4 at Villa Maria College, St. Mary’s High School presented the school’s Marian Award to Lancaster native Erica Swannie. 

The Marian Award, the highest award presented to a St. Mary’s graduate, recognizes the senior who has shown friendliness to all people, willingness to help others, leadership, and active support of the school.  It is the only award presented at Graduation.

Erica was involved in many activities at St. Mary’s High School: president of the Senior Class for all four years; member of the National Honor Society, Scholar Program,

Erica Swannie (center) receives the Marian Award from St. Mary’s Principal Rebecca Kranz, while Most Rev. Richard Malone, guest speaker at this year’s Commencement, applauds.


Recruiting Team, SEEK, and the Student Mentoring Program; and she played varsity and junior varsity volleyball, including the 2012 State Championship team.  She has received numerous awards including inductee into the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame, All-Western New York Scholar Athlete for Fall 2013, Brady Workplace Safety Academic Excellence Award, 2013 Student Sage Scholarship Award, Pure Love Award, and the Linda Morgante Memorial Scholarship.  She was also the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.  Erica plans to major in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida, the University of Buffalo, or Daemen College.

As a Marian Award recipient, Erica received a trophy and a special gift from the school’s administration.
Erica is the daughter of Mark and Darlene; she has one sister, Jessica, who is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s.
The nominees for this award are selected by their classmates.  After the nominees are chosen, they are asked to write an essay explaining what their four years at St. Mary’s High School have meant to them and their personal growth.  The faculty and staff then vote for the winner of the award.

In addition to Erica, the other nominees for this year’s Marian Award were K. Eric Eggert of Cheektowaga, Christopher Hoffman of Depew, and Erin Neidhart of Lancaster.

June School / Regents Exam / Review Schedule

Mon., June 9 Tues., June 10 Wed., June 11 Thur., June 12 Fri., June 13

Classes Continue

Academic / Special Awards Ceremony 6:30pm

Last Day of Classes

Spring Sports / Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 6pm

Service Awards Ceremony

School Picnic

Noon Dismissal

English 9 Reg/Hon School Exam
English 10 Reg/Hon School Exam

OPTIONAL Review for Geometry Honors School Exam

Christian Family Living School Exam

Earth Science School EXam
Physics School Exam

Living Environment MANDATORY Review
Conner 8-9:30am
Walh-Henshaw 8-11am
Conner 9:30-11am

Algebra 2B School Exam
Algebra2/Trig A & Hon School Exam
Geometry Hon School Exam

Mon., June 16 Tues., June 17 Wed., June 18 Thurs., June 19 Fri., June 20

Understanding Catholic Christianity School Exam
New Testament School Exam

MANDATORY Review for US History Regents Exam (option for AP US students)

MANDATORY review for Sophomores taking Algebra2/Trig Regents Exam

PreCal Hon School Exam
Spanish 1, 2, 2 Hon School Exams

French 1 & 2 School Exams

Algebra B School Exam

US History Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for Global Regents Exam (optional for AP World students)

Living Environment Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for Juniors taking Algebra2/Trig Regents Exam

Global 9 Reg & Hon School Exam

Global Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for English Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for Earth Schience Regents Exam

Algebra2/Trig Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for Computer Foundations Exam (optional for students with average 95 or above)

English Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for Integrated Algebra Regents Ex

Geometry B School Exam

Earth Science Regents Exam

MANDATORY Review for General Chemistry

General Chemistry School Exam

Integrated Algebra Regents Exam

MANDATORY Geometry Review for Geometry Regents Exam

Geometry Regents Exam
Physics Regents Exam

Mon., June 23 Tues., June 24 Wed., June 25 Thur., June 26 Fri., June 27

Spanish 3 Checkpoint B Exam
French 3 Checkpoint Exam

MANDATORY Review for Chemistry Regents Exam
Derrico 11:30am-1pm
Hider 12noon-1:30pm
Derrico 1-2:30pm

Chemistry Regents Exam

Computer Foundations School Exam

Health School Exam
Rating Day Freshman/ Sophomore Darien Lake Field Trip (students must provide own transportation to / from school)

AP / Senior Exam Schedule

Monday, May 5 Tuesday, May 6 Wednesday, May 7 Thursday, May 8 Friday, May 9
AP Psychology
12 to 3:30 PM
AP Computer Science
8 to 11:30 AM
AP Calculus
8 to 11:30 AM
AP English Literature
8 to 11:30 AM

AP English Language
8 to 11:30 AM

Comprehensive Final Exam in English 12 Regents
8:15 to 10:15 AM

AP Statistics
12 to 3:30 PM

Accounting Final Exam
12 to 2 PM

Monday, May 12 Tuesday, May 13 Wednesday, May 14 Thursday, May 15 Friday, May 16

AP Biology
8 to 11:30 AM

General Chemistry Final Exam AND Physics Final Exam
9 to 11 AM
(Seniors Only)

Religion 12 AND RPM Religion 12 Final Exam
12 to 2 PM

AP US Government
8 to 11:30 AM

Economics Final Exam
12 to 2 PM

AP US History
8 to 11:30 AM

AP Stats AND AP Calculus School Final Exam
8 to 10 AM

Pre-Calculus AND Math IVB Final Exams
12:30 to 2:30 PM

AP World History
8 to 11:30 AM

AP Macroeconomics
8 to 11:30 AM

AP Biology School Exam
8 to 10 AM

1 PM to 2 PM
Mandatory for all seniors

Special Schedule
Moving Up Ceremony with May Crowning
Senior Retreat

9 AM - 3:30 PM

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Two juniors named Altar Servers of the Year

Congratulations to juniors RiverLeigh Martinez and Julie Sobczynski who were recently honored as Altar Servers of the Year by the Diocese of Buffalo.

The two were among over 100 young men and women from throughout the diocese who were recognized for their service and dedication to their parish. Bishop Richard Malone presented a medal to each of the recipients at a Mass held on March 1 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo.

RiverLeigh is a member of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster. Julie belongs to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga.

RiverLeigh Martinez

Julie Sobczynski

Juniors participate in March for Life

Thousands of people from throughout the United States travelled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Among these thousands were two juniors from St. Mary’s High School, Lonnie Bowlds and RiverLeigh Martinez.
RiverLeigh Martinez (left) and Lonnie Bowlds (second from left) stand with other students from the Diocese of Buffalo as they take part in the annual March for Life.

The March, held every year on January 22, marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

RiverLeigh called the event “an amazing experience” and a “memory I will never forget.” Lonnie described it as “powerful.”

For Lonnie, RiverLeigh, and the group from the Diocese of Buffalo, the experience actually began the day before when they took a nine-hour bus ride to the Nation’s Capital. They spent the day sightseeing before heading to the Catholic University where they spent the night with hundreds of teens from throughout New York State. They awoke the next morning to cold and snow and took part in the March for Life.

In addition to the walk in front of the Supreme Court Building, the day’s activities also included prayers for the end of abortion, speeches from several national politicians, and a live concert by Matt Maher, a Catholic song-writer who has a huge following among young Catholics.

“It was great to see mostly teenagers there, all for the same cause: to defend life,” said RiverLeigh. “It’s a great feeling knowing you’re not alone in what you believe.”
For Lonnie, a lasting memory will be the March itself.

“When it started, it was kind of slow,” he remembered. “Then things started to speed up, and more and more people began to join. Then I looked back to see this large group – thousands of people – all walking and chanting and praying. It was awesome.”

“I loved going to the March and being in the presence of people who shared my beliefs,” RiverLeigh concluded, “and I can’t wait until next year!”

St. Mary's announces scholarship recipients, accepted students

St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster recently announced the recipients of Scholarships to attend St. Mary’s High School for the 2014-2015 school year.

The scholarships, with a total value of over $85,000, were awarded to students who will be freshmen in the next school year. Scholarship awards were based on the Admissions Test, applications, letters of recommendation, and/or personal essays.

The following is the complete list of scholarship winners:

  • Leadership Scholarships for Lancaster/Depew Students – Joseph Flading and Chelsea Okon, both from Lancaster
  • Gus Galasso Scholarships – Kristen Barczykowski from Cheektowaga, Marysia Paradis from Depew
  • Mrs. Judy Brzuszkiewicz Memorial Scholarship – Jacob Fay from Depew
  • Katherine Czapski Kipp Memorial Scholarship – Emily Bookmiller from Lancaster
  • Mrs. Judy Hokaj Memorial Scholarships – Shae Antonicelli from Lancaster, Sydney Kwitowski from West Seneca
  • Gordon Hoppe Scholarship – Stephanie Baran from Lancaster
  • Albin Kocialski Scholarship – Heather Gotro from West Seneca
  • Msgr. David LiPuma Scholarship – Christina Federico from Cheektowaga
  • Fr. Leon Ross Scholarship – Zackary Laistner from Lancaster, Jillian Vitale from Cheektowaga
  • Rose McKeating Scholarship – Klye Kwitowski from West Seneca
  • Board of Trustees Scholarship – Veronica LaPort from Lockport
  • Student Senate Leadership Scholarship – Alec Zimmerman from Cheektowaga
  • Alumni Academic Scholarship – Madeline Was from Depew
  • Alumni Service Scholarship – Erin Gregoire from Lancaster
  • Service / Academic Scholarships – Victoria Camillo from Cheektowaga, Zoi Mastoras from Orchard Park, Kyle Schaffstall from West Seneca
  • Academic Scholarships – Emily Brandon from Depew, Benjamin Cehulic from East Aurora, Sarah Daigler from Williamsville, Sophie May from Cheektowaga, Madelyn Potter from Lancaster, Jaymee Reszel from Lancaster, Jeffrey Rosner from Buffalo, Jessa Syracuse from West Seneca, Rieleigh Tobolski from Cheektowaga, Lauren Vilardo from West Seneca, Andrew Wargo from Lancaster, Jacob Was from Depew, Jacob Winiarski from Cheektowaga
  • St. Mary's High School President’s Scholarship – Ryan Tytka from Lancaster

The Admissions Committee of St. Mary’s High School is also pleased to announce the complete list of students who have been accepted as members of the Class of 2018.

The Admissions Committee of St. Mary’s High School is also pleased to announce the complete list of students who have been accepted as members of the Class of 2018:
Shae Antonicelli from Lancaster
Marykate Aronica from Clarence
Stephanie Baran from Lancaster
Kristen Barczykowski from Cheektowaga
Alexandra Bielewski from Williamsville
Jacob Bloom from Cheektowaga
Emily Bookmiller from Lancaster
Emily Brandon from Depew
Eric Brown from Lancaster
Scott Brown from Williamsville
Gabrielle Burkard from Cheektowaga
Angelo Caizza from Cheektowaga
Victoria Camillo from Cheektowaga
Marie Caruana from Clarence
Benjamin Cehulic from East Aurora
Rachel Cichocki from Lancaster
Joshua Ciesielski from Cheektowaga
Matthew Ciezki from Lancaster
Ja’Shawn Collins from Buffalo
Michael Cowan from Cheektowaga
Ryan Crapo from Lackawanna
Samuel Croce from Elma
Sarah Daigler from Williamsville
Elizabeth D’Andrea from Lancaster
Mohanad Darfor from Buffalo
DaVontae Davis from Buffalo
Margaret DeWitt from West Seneca
Erin DiPirro from Lancaster
Hakeem Dobbins from Buffalo
Onalee Duane from Lancaster
Kevin Durkin from Williamsville
Caitlyn Dyster from Lewiston
Mary Eggert from Buffalo
Blake English from Lockport
Jacob Fay from Depew
Christina Federico from Cheektowaga
Christian Fisher from Buffalo
Joseph Flading from Lancaster
Maria Fontaine from Darien Center
Dean Gallagher from Lancaster
Rebecca Garner from Buffalo
Troy Gooch from Lancaster
Heather Gotro from West Seneca
James Graff from Depew
Erin Gregoire from Lancaster
Jayden Gulledge from Buffalo
Natalie Halady from Cheektowaga
Davonte Hall from Buffalo
Sarah Hapeman from Williamsville
Angelique Hartman from Buffalo
Grace Harvey from Williamsville
Daniel Hatfield from Bowmansville
Noah Hausbeck from Tonawanda
Adam Helwig from Alden
Angela Hora from Cheektowaga
Kenyatta Huston from Lockport
Chloe Isbrandt from Cheektowaga
Ander Jankowski from Cheektowaga
Victoria Jasinski from Lancaster
Julia Jaworski from East Aurora
Robert Jellinick from East Amherst
Sarah Jiva from Williamsville
Derek Johnson from Buffalo
Jeremy Johnson from Buffalo
John Kandler from Lancaster
Jessica Kozminski from Depew
Nicole Kruse from Cheektowaga
Cole Kruszka from Hamburg
Krystian Krzyszton from Buffalo

Kyle Kwitowski from West Seneca
Sydney Kwitowski from West Seneca
Zackary Laistner from Lancaster
Veronica LaPort from Lockport
Emily Lewandowski from East Aurora
Tayzhauna Lewis from Cheektowaga
Tyron Lott from Buffalo
Jacob Lukasik from Depew
Katherine Makowski from Depew
Anthony Maple from Buffalo
Antonino Marino from Lancaster
Zoi Mastoras from Orchard Park
Gout Mawien from Buffalo
Sophie May from Cheektowaga
Benjamin Mazurowski from Williamsville
Mairead McGovern from Williamsville
James Miller from Buffalo
Madison Moore from Buffalo
Shannon Murty from Depew
Nicole Nazzarett from Cheektowaga
Janyah Nelson from Buffalo
Danielle Norton from Lancaster
Chelsea Okon from Lancaster
Alicia Pacer from Depew
Marysia Paradis from Depew
Taven Payne from Buffalo
Emily Pijacki from Cheektowaga
Madeline Pike from Cheektowaga
Bria Posey from Buffalo
Mia Posey from Buffalo
Madilyn Potter from Lancaster
Frank Propis from Lancaster
Robert Pugh Jr. from Lockport
Donovan Queeno from Buffalo
Saequan Reid from Buffalo
Jaymee Reszel from Lancaster
Taylor Robinson from Lancaster
Trinity Robinson from Elma
Jeffrey Rosner from Buffalo
Adam Roszczyk from Cheektowaga
Joseph Rozeski from Orchard Park
Jae’lin Russell from Buffalo
Kyle Schaffstall from West Seneca
Anna Schmitz from Marilla
Nicholas Schultz from Lancaster
Matthew Shalloe from West Seneca
Summer Slade from Lancaster
Samantha Smith from West Falls
Brandon Smith from Depew
Andrew Snyder from Lancaster
Julia Soluri from Depew
Mitchell Stein from Clarence Center
Matthew Swiatek from Depew
Jessa Syracuse from West Seneca
Christian Szablewski from Lancaster
Rieleigh Tobolski from Cheektowaga
Brendan Trapper from Lancaster
Robert Trusiak from Lancaster
Melanie Tunkey from Getzville
Ryan Tytka from Lancaster
Lauren Vilardo from West Seneca
Jillian Vitale from Cheektowaga
Wyatt Von Wrycza from Sloan
Kylie Wagner from Williamsvile
Andrew Wargo from Lancaster
Jacob Was from Depew
Madeline Was from Depew
Christopher White from West Seneca
Jacob Winiarski from Cheektowaga
Shala Wright from Buffalo
Alec Zimmerman from Cheektowaga
Andrew Zimniewicz from Cheektowaga

St. Mary's creates
president, vice president positions

Mr. Mark Tramont

Mr. Kevin Kelleher

The Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s High School recently announced that they have created the positions of President and Vice President for the school in Lancaster.

In addition, the Board announced that they have hired Mark Tramont, a 1977 graduate of St. Mary’s, to be president and Kevin Kelleher, a 1989 graduate, to be vice president. 

According to Deacon Michael McKeating, Chairman of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, the decision to create the positions of President and Vice President is a project that the Board has been working on for quite a while.

“When we studied other Catholic private schools – both in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the country – most of these schools have a president-principal model, with the president responsible for the financial aspects of the school and the principal responsible for the academics,” Deacon McKeating said.  “We as a Board decided that for St. Mary’s to continue to grow financially and academically, the school would benefit from the establishment of the President and Vice President positions. 

“Mrs. Rebecca Kranz, the current principal of St. Mary’s, has done a marvelous job of leading the school to its position as one of the top Catholic schools in Western New York,” Deacon McKeating continued. “The Board felt that the experience and expertise that Mr. Tramont and Mr. Kelleher possess will make them excellent choices to lead the school to even more success in the future.”

Mr. Tramont received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Buffalo and completed graduate work at Montclair State College.  For the next 29 years he was employed in the wine and spirits industry in the Buffalo/Rochester area and in New Jersey/Metro New York.  He worked on the national and international level, first for Angostura Limited, based in Trinidad, and Distillerie STOCK of Italy, before helping to form an independent import company, Touchstone Wines LLC.

Upon his return to Western New York, Mr. Tramont and his wife Eileen purchased AuNaturel Boutique, a company that helps pre and post-operative women with breast cancer to regain symmetry and confidence.  AuNaturel has expanded to operate their main location in Amherst and two satellite locations.  In 2010, he became the Business Development Director for Parkview Health Services, where he was responsible for obtaining new business and creating new ways of marketing the company’s pharmaceutical services.

“From the first time I walked into St Mary’s some 41 years ago, I knew this is a special place,” said Mr. Tramont. “My four years as a student taught me many valuable lessons on academics, life, friendship, and faith.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with Kevin Kelleher in his new role,” Mr. Tramont continued. “And, most importantly, I look forward to working alongside our talented faculty, staff, and our Principal Rebecca Kranz to insure that St. Mary’s will continue to be that special place for our students and their families.”

After graduating for St. Mary’s, Mr. Kelleher went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in History from St. Bonaventure University, followed by his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.  Upon earning his degrees, he moved on to work for the Atlantic 10 Conference in Philadelphia, where he served as the Assistant Director of Championships and Compliance.  From there, he worked for a sports event management firm known as the Gazelle Group, where he was the Director of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic held annually at Madison Square Garden.

In 1993, Mr. Kelleher became the founder of the Chris Wanat Memorial Foundation.  Through the work of this foundation, the Foundation has given over $250,000 to the Lancaster/Depew community.

In the summer of 2000, Mr. Kelleher returned to St. Mary’s High School, where he served as Athletic Director and Enrollment Director for six years.  He also served as Varsity Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team and brought home the first-ever state championship for St. Mary’s.  He was also instrumental in the building of the state-of-the-art Athletic Center, which still stands as one of the best high school gyms in the state.

In 2006, Mr. Kelleher became one of the owners of Integrity Distribution and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ADPRO Sports.

Commented Mr. Kelleher, “I am looking forward to working together with Mr. Tramont, Mrs. Kranz, the tremendous faculty and staff, along with the deep and successful alumni base of St. Mary’s High School to ensure our one and only mission: to provide our students and their families with an exceptional four-year high school and college preparatory experience, based on strong spiritual principles of faith, discipline, and service to our community.”

“I am excited to welcome home these two alumni who I’m sure are going to do great things for St. Mary’s,” said Mrs. Kranz.  “I have worked alongside them for many years in several different capacities and am confident that St. Mary’s will be a stronger school with them as part of the team.  St. Mary’s offers one of the best college-preparatory educations in the area, and our family, faith-based foundation will be a staple in this area for generations to come because of the wonderful things these two gentlemen will be able to do.”

Mr. Tramont and Mr. Kelleher will officially assume their new positions beginning on January 6.

St. Mary's celebrates SEEK Week, Reconciliation

The St. Mary's community celebrated SEEK Week the week of December 9 through 13. The week is designed to allow all members of the school to realize and appreciate all that they have the same and different.

The week concluded with a SEEK celebration. At this event, a video was shown introducing the International and Foreign Exchange students to the community. After the video, the students from China demonstrated how to make a paper bracelet to small groups.

At the same time, the school also celebrated Reconciliation, allowing all of the students to take part in this very important Sacrament.

Mr. Tom Fay leads the Reconciliation Prayer.

John Zhang helps Maya Zelazny with her bracelet.

First Quarter Honor Roll Students

St. Mary's High School is pleased to recognize the following students for making the First or Second Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year:

Senior 1st Honors
Adams, Torey M
Blaszak, Catherine
Bookmiller, Kathleen
Braniecki, Dylan F
Bystrak, Caitlin M
Bystrak, Holly A
Casillo, Alexandra T
Cavallari, Laura E
Chen, Mamin Amy
Cheng, Yijing Shery
Craddock, Reagan
Denz, Aaron M
Dolinar, Daniel J
Dziadosz, Natalia
Eggert, Kevin E
English, Tyler R
Enzinna, Laura A
Francemone, Vincent
Goldyn, Chelsea K
Gonzalez, Marc E
Hacker, Jacob J
Haffey, Rylee T
Heffernan, Chelsea
Helak, Meghan E
Helmbrecht, Brett A
Hoffman, Christopher
Kacala, Brooke L
Keith, Nathaniel III
Kiebzak, Cory J
Krucenski, Emily A
Krygier, Cailyn M
Langley, Allison E
Lyons, Ana B
Martin, Mary T
Matteini, Marco
McManus, Mark W
Michalski, Bailey S
Molino, Rachel L
Neary, Erin V
Neidhart, Erin E
Podwika, Joseph R
Raab, Katarina L
Rockwood, Francesca
Rodriguez, Samantha
Roman, Kayla M
Rowe, Michaela C
Rozler, Victoria C
Salamone, Abigail M
Santucci, Christina
Schroeder, Claire E
Soluri, Nicholas T
Steck, Jacqueline
Sugg, Nicholas A
Swannie, Erica R
Szumla, Christopher
Talbot, Erika L
Tyson, Latrell C
Wnuk, Hayley K
Wrest, Megan N
Wrobel, Matthew J
Wrona, Trevor J
Wu, Yige Jessica
Zelli, Collin P
Ziomek, Grant R

Senior 2nd Honors
Cousineau, Samantha
Evans, Benjamin W
Faulkner, Cassandra
Harris, Peyton J
Hunziker, Jeffrey T
Irish, Sydney K
Kaetzel, Austin P
Musialowski, Melissa
Parente, Allison R
Sperduti, Lucas G
Vallone, Nicholas W

Junior 1st Honors
Bargnesi, Paul A
Blaszak, Andrew J
Burkard, Paige A
Cometto, Theresa V
Concannon, Jacob P
Cronmiller, Teresa M
DeSanto, Nicolas
Drzymala, Ashley R
Dudzinski, Jennifer C
Federico, Nicholas J
Filion, David M
Gorny, Brittany A
Grabski, Katie A
Gresham, Hannah M
Guan, Xinyue Chloe
Hamilton, Joseph R
Hapeman, Hannah T
Hersey, Justin J
Hockwater, Danielle
Hojna, Rebecca L
Ineson, Zachary D
Kenneweg, Katrina S
Klink, Austin W
Kwitowski, Victoria A
Lukasik, Nicholas R
Manuel, Magdalene
Martinez, RiverLeigh
Meyer, Leah M
Michalski, Jessica A
Milholland, Agatha B
Murphy, Kayla R
Piotrowski, Tia L
Poules, Brianna J
Ratajczak, Ryan R
Roskopf, William R
Sacco, Gillian A
Schneider, Matthew F
Schott, Kaitlyn R
Shepard, Jacob C
Smith, Mason P
Sobczynski, Julie A
Sperduti, Jackson W
Strausbaugh, Shelby
Szpila, Alexandria B
Szpila, Zachary M
Tomaszewski, Jacob
Troidl, Mariah
Truesdale, Christopher
Tytka, Kaitlyn A
Wierzbicki, Matthew J
Wierzbicki, Michael A
Wilk, Amber M
Zelazny, Alexandra L
Ziobro, Alyssa K

Junior 2nd Honors
Cassel, Kayle M
Coleman, Joseph
Fontaine, Jonathon
Freeman, Samuel D
Heigl, Nicholas D
Howard, Rachael K
Kozminski, Sydney N
Kruse, Michael T
Mulkey, Sydney A
Nasca, Nicholas W
O’Neill, Marc A
Propis, John E
Tobolski, Benjamin
Wang, Yu Charlotte
Weber, Brandon T
Wilson, Sean P
Yebernetsky, Alyssa A

Sophomore 1st Honors
Badura, Jordan R
Baran, Jennifer N
Berchou, Bradley D
Braniecki, Garrett F
Calkins, Austin T
Carl, Olivia N
Cianciosa, Joelle M
Ciezki, Kendra N
Dantonio, Marissa A
DiDomenico, Anna D
Dolegowski, Bailey
Fermo, Madison M
Gali, Lisa A
Gibson, Helen P
Gorny, Victoria C
Gresham, Christopher
Hamilton, Ann R
Hathaway, Jack M
Hokaj, Alexander J
Kidder, Carolyn R
Kobis, Nicholas J
Kranz, Jessica L
Martin, Rosalie G
May, Leah L
McCartney, Mikala M
McKeating, Brendan
Mecca, Ariel
Netti, Katherine J
O’Scier, Nina J
Owczarczak, David G
Pijacki, Julie H
Piskor, Jennifer
Powell, Victoria B
Pyszczek, Grace A
Ratigan, Jessica S
Roetzer, James J
Rozler, Veronica M
Rusinski, Allison J
Salamone, Andrew J
Vallone, Joseph P
VanRemmen, Isabel
Vogel, Megan A
Weiss, Regan T
Winiarski, Emma
Wnuk, Madeline L
Zaprzal, Evan T
Zirnheld, Alyssa M
Zolnowski, Kevin

Sophomore 2nd Honors
Blackhall, Benjamin
DiGesare, Joseph D
Dionne, Ean J
DiPirro, Mitchell D
Fischer, Allyson M
Gu, Jia Wei Jimmy
Herod, Bridget L
Irish, Maddisen K
Junik, Ashley M
Krygier, Ethan R
Maciejewski, Cora
MacKay, Kaila M
Michalski, Erica L
Rowe, Jonathan C
Samson, Nicholas J
Solomon, Andrew S
Thomas, Emily A
Wisniewski, Stephen
Zajac, Genevieve A

Freshman 1st Honors
Alexander, Asia A
Ando, James A
Appenheimer, Gina
Bakeman, Elizabeth
Bish, Alexander P
Bristol, Charles E
Connolly, John J
Cress, Daniel J
Cronmiller, Mark D
Erwin, Jenna M
Fontaine, Joshua R
Fuller, Grace M
Grabski, Samantha L
Hanna, Meghan C
Heerdt, Anna R
Hossenlopp, Stephanie
Jankowski, Victoria R
Loniewski, Marissa L
Meyer, Caitlyn
Meyers, Faith V
Meyers, Savannah H
Nemmer, Stephanie
Paul, Alex F
Pufpaff, Hannah E
Smith, Kristi A
Stegmeier, Alexander
Story, William L
Tytka, Collin
Vogl, Kathryn G
Waley, Nathan C
Wipperman, Haley N
Zajac, Sydney E

Freshman 2nd Honors
DeJesus, Taylor C
Feldmann, Kendra
Freeman, Grace A
Greene, Jill
Hufford, Erin M
Seeloff, Andrea E
Tredo, Jacob M
Wachowski, Brittany
Zelazny, Maya A


Mrs. Tytka named "Math Hero"

Raytheon Company in Waltham, Mass., recognized 32 teachers from 18 states as “Math Heroes” for their effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement. Nominated by students, parents, and school administrators, these teachers are honored for using interactive and creative learning approaches to make math real and relatable for their students.

Raytheon recently announced that Mrs. Lynn Tytka, a math teacher at St. Mary’s High School, has been named a “Math Hero,” one of only two in New York State.

A teacher at St. Mary’s since 2005, Mrs. Tytka has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College and a Master’s Degree from the University at Buffalo. Mrs. Tytka presently teaches Advanced Placement Statistics, Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors & A-level, and Algebra II B at St. Mary’s.

A resident of Lancaster, Mrs. Tytka and her husband Christopher have four children, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Collin, and Ryan.

“Teaching at St. Mary's has been a blessing,” Mrs. Tytka said.  “I'm excited to be a recipient of this award, and to be able to use this grant to further enhance the learning of all our students.  St. Mary's has been a second home to me and my four children.”

In her application for the award, Mrs. Tytka explained how she has tried to be creative and enthusiastic about math to make learning more interesting, not boring and difficult. She sings, dances, and stands on desks to make learning more fun, and, as a result, students are more successful.

“When you read the description of this prestigious award, Lynn Tytka immediately comes to mind,” said Rebecca Kranz, Principal of St. Mary’s High School. “Multitudes of our students over many years have considered her a ‘Math Hero’ for the incredible amount of time she spends helping her students. Lynn is a 24-hour teacher: she doesn’t stop at dismissal time. She is involved in numerous activities, and she makes herself available to help students morning, noon, and night.

“The entire St. Mary’s community is proud to have Lynn as part of our Lancer family and pleased that she was recognized by this national organization for the wonderful things she does every day,” Mrs. Kranz concluded.

Mrs. Kranz announced the award to the entire school as part of a recent pep rally, where Mrs. Tytka received a standing ovation from the entire student body.

Winners of the Math Hero Award are selected based on compelling submissions from nominators on the effective and creative ways teachers work with students in math, drawing on new and advanced approaches. Each Math Hero receives a $2,500 award and a matching grant for their school.

Former NFL player speaks at St. Mary's

Mike McCoy, a retired NFLY player for the Green Bay Packers, Oakland raiders, and New York Giants, came to St. Mary's High School on Monday, Oct. 21. The theme of his talk was "Play Like a Champion," the sign found in the football locker room at the University of Notre Dame, where Mr. McCoy was an all-American.

In his talk, Mr. McCoy shared some of the lessons that he has learned throughout life, especially regarding faith, friends, and resisting the "Landmines in the field of life." He shared stories of people that he has met throughout his life -- whether in high school in Erie, Pa., in the NFL, or at his talks to students throughout the nation. He explained that God has given all people the gift of free will, how decisions determine destiny (what he called the Three Ds), and how choices determine who or what everyone becomes.

Mr. McCoy also challenged the students to turn away from their bad choices - sex, alcohol, and drugs - and to commit themselves to read the Bible, especially the Book of Proverbs.

More information on Mr. McCoy and his work is available at

Mike McCoy, former NFL player, speaks to the students about making good decisions. Aggie Milholland takes part in Mr. Mcoy's demonstration on whose voice to listen to.
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