JCA announces January Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is pleased to announce the January Students of the Month: Taylor Shelby (Kiwanis Club), Katherine Jorgensen (Rotary Club), and Johnny Ragusa (Lions Club). JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community.


Taylor Shelby

Taylor Shelby, daughter of Ronnie and Debra (McFarland) Shelby, currently has a 4.63 GPA in JCA Honors and AP classes. Shelby is a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Award. She is also a member of the JCA chapters of National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National English Honor Society. Shelby is undecided on her current college destination, but plans on pursuing a career in law, public relations, or speech pathology.

Katherine Jorgensen

Katherine Jorgensen, daughter of Dr. Jon and Dr. Karen Jorgensen, currently has a 4.82 GPA in JCA Honors and AP classes. Jorgensen is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Thespian Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and also received a medal in Algebra I for being the top student in class. She also participates in the JCA Drama Club, is president of the JCA Spanish Club, and is also member of Key Club, Respect Life Club, and JCA Student Council. Jorgensen volunteers in her spare time at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and has also had three paintings displayed in public art shows with Snow City Arts. She plans on attending either Loyola University, Chicago or Saint Louis University, intending to major in nursing with a minor in Spanish.

Johnny Ragusa

Johnny Ragusa, son of Carlo and Mary Ragusa, currently has a 4.08 GPA in JCA Honors and AP classes. Ragusa is a member of National Honor Society, JCA Student Ambassadors, Key Club, and Leo Club. He has been class president in JCA Student Council all four years of high school. Ragusa has received special recognition by being invited to attend the Rotary Club Leadership Conference. He was also a member of the Joliet Catholic football program from freshman-junior year. Ragusa works as a file clerk at Spesia and Taylor Law, a waiter at the Jacob Henry Mansion, and as a lifeguard at Splash Station and the Inwood Athletic Club.  He is currently undecided on his college of choice, but intends to major in finance with career plans to become a financial analyst.

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