Marian Central Catholic High School

Graduates in Class of 2020: 161

Valedictorian: Zofia Stawiarska

Salutatorian: Stephen Foster

Class Executive Council: Brogan Pivnicka, president; Daniel Stumpf, vice president; Faith Diamond, recording secretary; Bennett Arza, corresponding secretary; Ben Minneci, treasurer.

Senior Council: James Rochotte, president; Maaz Haque, vice president; Sophia McManus, corresponding secretary; Jayden Thiergood, recording secretary; Carly Hill, girls social chair; Paul Serder; boys social chair; Hailea Sacco-Nicketta, treasurer.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Business - Delaney Yarwood; Engineering - Shaun Nayahangan; English - Zofia Stawiarska; French - Hailea Sacco-NIcketta; Mathematics - Sarah Scheper; Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award - Zofia Stawiarska; Physical Education - Drew Gillum and Abigail Kurcz; Science - Susan Lim; Social Sciences - Stephen Foster; Spanish - Zachary Carrera; Theology - Zofia Stawiarska.

East Suburban Catholic Conference Scholar Athletes: Stephen Foster, Andrew Pascente, Benjamin Minneci, Brogan Pivnicka, Samuel Lavin, Benjamin Reuter, Matthew Wember, Alexander Eschenbacher, Daniel Stumpf, Benjamin Schneider, Zofia Stawiarska, Siobhan Stoll, Sarah Scheper, Hailea Sacco-Nicketta, Madeline Conti-Mica, Madison Hogel, Faith Diamond, Samantha Stevens, Mackenzie Goad, Reagan Kelly.

Athletic achievements:

• Janelle Allen, first-team all-conference in basketball, earned a scholarship to Holy Cross

• Ryan Jones took 15th place at the Class 2A IHSA Cross Country State Finals and fifth place at state in the 3200-meter race in track (2019) and earned ESCC All-Conference Class 2A All-State (cross country)

• Reagan Kelly participated in the three events at the state series in track (2018 & 2019)

• Siobhan Stoll, 13th place at state in the 3200-meter race in track (2019), eighth place at the Class 2A IHSA Cross Country State finals, earned ESCC All-Conference, Class 2A All-State, was named Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year (2019), and earned a scholarship to Creighton University

• Jayden Thiergood, football, earned MVP for the purple division of the ESCC, ESCC All-Conference, and earned a scholarship to Air Force Academy

• Daniel Valeria, wrestling, earned ESCC All-Conference, was ESCC wrestling champion at weight class 132, won regional and sectional (Class 2A), finished in fourth place at Class 2A Individual State Finals, became all-time career leader in wins with 146

• Wrestling team won ESCC championship, regional and sectional (Class 2A), and qualified for Class 2A State Finals.

Extracurricular achievements: Olivia Arza, Newspaper Service Award and Yearbook Service Award; Alexander Eschenbacher, Scholastic Bowl; Abigail Kurcz, Outstanding Female Senior Artist; Robert Motta, Outstanding Male Senior Artist; Mary Narusis, Outstanding Thespian; Cecilia O'Neill, National School Orchestra Award; Emily Ostrowski, crew member for the 2020 Illinois High School theater production of "Aida"; Hannah Paulson, National School Choral Award, Theater Character Award and member of the Illinois All State Choir 2019 and 2020; Brogan Pivnicka, Student Government Service Award; Ben Schneider was the recipient of the 2020 St. Timothy Award; Zofia Stawiarska, John Philip Sousa Band Award; Eva Tersteeg, National Honor Society Leadership Award.

Theater productions: "Ask Any Girl (fall production) and "Annie" (spring musical)

Homecoming King and Queen: Marcus Hennigfield and Madison Hogel

Homecoming theme: Yacht Party

What was new for the Class of 2020: New principal Debra Novy; Through private donations, new classroom was built, offering students a unique entrepreneurial class; new Spiritual Director Father Jared Twenty; new Assistant Superintendent Mike Shukis; new Assistant Principal Joe Price; experienced a fall lightning strike to the school that caused extensive damage; repairs were made structurally as well as to air conditioning, lighting, technology infrastructure and boiler.

Notable visitors: Rachel's Challenge program, 2019; Marcus Robinson, former Chicago Bears wide receiver; Deacon Art Miller.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: The members of the Class of 2020 are some of the most creative, intelligent and resilient individuals that I have ever encountered. Their passion for the events of the world, their service to others and problem-solving abilities allow them to focus on how they can individually and collaboratively make a positive impact on the world. I am particularly connected with this graduating class because, as I began my principalship of Marian Central Catholic High School when they were freshmen, we took this journey together. I am extremely proud of this class and am excited to see how they take on the world!

- Principal Debra Novy

  Marian Central Catholic High School 2020 senior graduation sign at a home on Doty Road near Woodstock. Paul Valade/
Logo for Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic's Daniel Valeria won 4th place in the 132-pound class of the Class 2A IHSA state wrestling meet this year in Champaign. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic runner Siobhan Stoll finished in eighth place at the Class 2A IHSA state cross country meet. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic theater students at the Woodstock school. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic theater students. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic students. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
Marian Central Catholic girls basketball team. Courtesy of Marian Central Catholic
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