JCA Class of 2022 honored with Senior Awards at annual Baccalaureate Liturgy and Graduation

The Joliet Catholic Academy Class of 2022 graduated on Sunday, May 15 in the JCA Student Activity Center. Earlier in the week on Wednesday, JCA graduates took part in a Baccalaureate Liturgy led by Principal Celebrant the Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Bishop of Joliet-in-Illinois at the Cathedral of St. Raymond. The Class of 2022 received awards highlighting the numerous accolades they garnered during their high school careers. Sunday’s graduation culminated in JCA’s newest graduates walking the stage and receiving their diplomas. 

Click Here to view the full list of announced awards earned by JCA’s Class of 2022.

Click Here to view the 2022 Commencement Ceremony Program.

Click Here to a view a complete photo gallery of both events (password: JCAC).

The highlight of the Baccalaureate Liturgy was the final awards announced: JCA’s Angel of the Year and Hillman of the Year, and the presentation of Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

Joliet Catholic Academy’s most prestigious award recognizes the two students who have upheld the highest standards of honesty and reliability, courtesy, concern and respect for others, have carried out their accepted responsibilities with enthusiasm and dedication, influenced their peers by their positive attitudes, and have given witness to the Gospel values.

JCA ANGEL OF THE YEAR AWARD: Alexis Mikuska

JCA HILLMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: Michael Rouse

Each year the Administration of Joliet Catholic academy selects the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the senior class.  This year’s outstanding nominees also delivered addresses at the Commencement Ceremony.

VALEDICTORIAN: Alexis Mikuska

SALUTATORIAN: Charles O’Neill

The Joliet Catholic Academy community is extremely proud of these seniors and congratulate them and their parents for this great accomplishment.  They join the select few of previous candidates who have attained this tremendous academic distinction.

Each year the JCA Athletic Department honors students who demonstrated both academic and athletic achievement.

SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD: Anne-Claire Austrums

SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD: Daniel O’Brien

The JCA Spirit Award recognizes students who have displayed academic excellence, school spirit, cooperation, loyalty, and service to the JCA community.

JCA SPIRIT AWARD: Matthew Ardaugh

JCA SPIRIT AWARD: Molly O’Connell

The Administration, Faculty, Staff, Board of Members, and Board of Directors of Joliet Catholic Academy offer the heartiest congratulations to all recipients, their parents, step-parents, guardians, grandparents, relatives, and friends.

Joliet Catholic Academy’s Class of 2022 marked the 153nd year of Catholic education in Will County provided by the Carmelites and Franciscans between St. Francis Academy, De La Salle High School, Joliet Catholic High School, and Joliet Catholic Academy. Since the merger of JCHS and SFA in 1990, this year marked the 32nd graduating class at Joliet Catholic Academy.


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