Class of 2023 Honors and Awards

On May 31, 2023, we welcomed Bishop Michael Burbidge and Dr. Joseph Vorbach, Superintendent of Schools, to the 38th annual academic celebration of St. Paul VI Catholic High School.
This was the end and the beginning of each student’s journey of growth in grace and wisdom. 

Valedictorian - Morgan Thomas Vannell
Salutatorian - Joseph Douglas Moran

In recognition of excellence in academics and extracurricular activities, St. Paul VI Catholic High School presented the following awards.

Saint Thomas More – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award -
Saint Thomas More and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, holy persons known for their deep love for our Eucharistic Lord, devotion to our Blessed Mother, faithful witness on behalf of the sacredness of all human life, and humble service to the poor and those in most need.
Sarah Burkat

St. Paul VI Medal - Saint Paul VI, for whom our school is named, was the champion of justice in his time.  He was the first Pope to visit the United States and the first Pope to address the United Nations.  His message was simple and straight forward: Human dignity was non-negotiable, peace among nations was necessary and the poor were to be included in discussions of poverty, resources and war.  The recipients of these medals were chosen by the faculty and staff for their commitment to the service of others and work for justice in our world.
Raynelle Araque
Jackson Herrera

St. Jane de Chantal Medal -
St. Jane de Chantal was known throughout her life to be extremely compassionate and caring.  As a woman of faith, she was able to persevere and maintain a positive spirit despite the many trials she experienced.  She was a model of true forgiveness. St. Jane shared St. Francis de Sales gifts of humility and generosity.
Daniela Angarita
Mia Brinker
Brie Ferrufino

St. Francis de Sales Medal -
St. Francis de Sales, the Patron Saint of Paul VI Catholic High School, was a teacher.  As a teacher, he had a love of knowledge and a desire to help others discover their God-given talents.  He is known as the “Gentlemen Saint” for his love of God and respect for his fellow man.
Samuel Catts
Christopher Horan
Patrick Winkert

Father Heet Medal for Outstanding Leadership -
Father Donald Heet was the first Principal of St. Paul VI Catholic High School. As an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, he modeled St. Francis de Sales' teachings each and every day of the first 10 years of our school's history. He dedicated many hours to our school community and humbly lived his vocation as a leader in our school.  Much of the success that our school enjoys today is the direct result of the strong foundation and leadership established by Father Heet.
James Cosenza
Francesca Cristofari
DeShawn Harris-Smith

Martin Award - In recognition of this outstanding contribution and commitment, the Martin Award is presented to every peer mentor in the Class of 2023.
In the Class of 2023, there were 174 peer mentors who contributed 5,544 volunteer hours of guidance, friendship, and support to their fellow classmates with differing abilities.

Excellence in Theology
Sarah Burkat
Honorable mention: Andrew Pearce and Shannon Leavitt

Excellence in English
Marlene Brasco
Honorable mention: Clarisse Ladaban and Victoria Crofford

Excellence in AP Seminar
Gabriela Bryant

Excellence in Yearbook Production
Cecilia Pugsley
Honorable mention: Reagan Rankin, Giovanna Lee and Vy Le

Excellence in Social Studies
Marlene Brasco
Honorable mention: Francesca Cristofari and Joseph Moran

Excellence in AP Psychology
Reagan Barrett
Akhil Madipalli

Excellence in Practical Law
Camilla Madonna

Excellence in European History
Gerald Faist

Excellence in Human Geography
Eleanor Boehmcke

Excellence in AP Comparative Government & Politics
Amelia Valli

Excellence in Intro to Intelligence
Austin Ashe and Victoria Crofford

Excellence in AP Calculus AB
Shannon Leavitt

Excellence in AP Calculus BC
Joseph Moran

Excellence in AP Statistics
Francesca Cristofari
Joseph Girard

Excellence in Physics
James Martin
Honorable mention: Joseph Girard and Sarah Burkat

Excellence in Chemistry
Shannon Leavitt
Honorable Mention: Darlene Akaiso andbGerald Faist

Excellence in DE Environmental Science
Marlene Brasco

Excellence in Biology
Morgan Vannell
Honorable Mention: Sarah Terpenning and Macallan Gressinger

Excellence in DE Human Anatomy & Physiology
Eleanor Boehmcke
John Campiti

Excellence in Ecology
Kolbe Curtin

Excellence in Botany
Samantha Urgo

Excellence in Genetics
Katherine Elder

Excellence in French
Joseph Girard
Honorable mention: Claire Branic and Kelsey Andrews

Excellence in German
Sofia LaRoche
Honorable mention: Sofia Bertoldo and Matthew Muhlenberg

Excellence in Latin
Cecelia Pugsley
Honorable mention: Dawei Da and Autumn Williams

Excellence in Spanish
Marlene Brasco
Honorable mention: Clarisse Ladaban and Sarah Burkat

Excellence in Chinese
James Martin
Honorable mention: Jack Ferrier and Sarah Burkat

Excellence in Business
Darcy McFarlane
Honorable mention: Colin Fox

Excellence in Engineering
James Martin
Honorable mention: Jack Duren and Raegan Rankin

Excellence in Computer Science
Joseph Moran
Honorable mention: Joseph Girard

Excellence in Art
Melissa Vinh
Honorable Mention: Estella Dermody and Briseis Ferrufino

Excellence in Choral Music
Taira Cikotas
Honorable mention: Emily Hamrick and Stefania Anderson

Excellence in Band
Sean Wallace
Honorable Mention: Michael Hoess and Elias Guevara

Excellence in String Ensemble
Hannah Caldera
Honorable Mention: Tyler Wu and Alessio Del Toro

Excellence in Theater
Marlene Brasco
Honorable mention: Jackson Herrera and Sarah Burkat

Excellence in Backstage & Technical Theater
Jack Duren
Honorable mention: Autumn Williams and Carson Hill

Excellence in Options Math
Carson Hill

Excellence in Options Reading
Dominic Gelo

Excellence in Options Sports
Danny Stafford

Excellence in Options STEM
Danny Stafford

The Peter Menke Awards for Excellence in Athletics
Named after our previous Athletic Director who was known and loved by many for his positive attitude, big heart, intense loyalty, honesty and fairness. The MENKE AWARD is an award for seniors who exemplify Pete’s characteristics. These student athletes are in high academic standing, excellent citizens, and are among the top performing athletes in our school. This award is PVI’s highest honor for our student-athletes.
DeShawn Harris-Smith
Cecilia Pugsley

We are also proud of the many scholarships and grants which have been awarded to the Class of 2023. This year’s graduating class has been offered over $15,400,000 in awards and scholarships.

St. Paul VI Catholic High School is a private Diocesan Catholic preparatory school for girls and boys in grades 9-12 in Chantilly, Virginia, seeking to help our students Grow in Grace and Wisdom. Our school is part of the Diocese of Arlington and offers rigorous academics, an inclusive community focused on spiritual and leadership formation, and a proud athletic tradition featuring nationally renowned programs competing in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.

St. Paul VI Catholic High School is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.