The Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School Class of 2019 graduated in a ceremony in the school auditorium on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
“Their diplomas signify their intellectual commitment along with diligence, dedication and perseverance,” said Dr. James Newton, Timon principal, who handed each student his diploma.
The evening’s keynote speaker was 1982 Bishop Timon graduate and President of Rich Baseball Operations Michael Buczkowski. He has also served as Buffalo Bisons General Manager since 1993.
Life is a lot like a baseball game, Buczkowski told the 46 members of the Class of 2019. Just like a ball game has nine innings, he offered nine tips for a winning season.
“Graduation Day is just the beginning for you, it’s your Opening Day,” said Buczkowski. “Enjoy your day today – and hopefully we’ll see you in the playoffs. Congratulations – happy Opening Day!”
The members of the Timon Class of ’19 are:
Zachary Berta, Jake Blidy, Nyan Chigai, Joseph Cione, Colin Connors, Roberto Cordone, Ryan Cuddihy, Connor Davie, Connor Dean, Jackson Dunn, Lincoln Ellicott, Cody Flett.
Ryan Gall, Brendan Gavin, John Glascoe, Jeremy Glinski, Tahron Goudelock, Fergus Gould, John Haettich, Zachary Haller, Sean Hayes, Trai Jenkins, Michael Johnson, Connor Krombach.
Ezra La Forme, Jiayu (Peter) Liu, Ryan Maaghul, Jack Martello, Thomas Mesi, Ring Mobil, Patrick Nappo, Michael Neenan, Zensuke Pierchala, Austin Reszel, Michael Sands.
Hayden Sawynsky, Hunter Schmidt, John Shields, Mitchell Theal, Kobe Thurman, Cameron Velasquez, Adam Vullo, Noah White, Alero World, Andrew Wozniak, Nicholas Zabawa.
Austin R. Reszel is Valedictorian, Jeremy M. Glinski is Salutatorian.
Jake Blidy was named Paul Fitzpatrick Athlete of the Year and Lincoln Ellicott was named Timon Man of the Year.
Mrs. Sharon Schultz was honored with this year’s Franciscan Faculty Award.
At the time of graduation, 28 members of the Class of 2019 had won 177 college scholarships totaling more than $6 million.
The Timon Class of 1969 was also honored on the 50th anniversary of their graduation with an honorary diploma in recognition of their golden jubilee.
Class of 1969 member, longtime Timon faculty member, and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Member Joe Head lead both classes and the entire auditorium in the Timon Fight Song, “Lift up the Green and the Gold.”
Other 2019 academic awards included:
EXCELLENCE IN RELIGION: Lincoln Ellicott
EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jeremy Glinski
EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH: Jack Martello
EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL STUDIES: Austin Reszel
EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS: Austin Reszel
EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCES: Austin Reszel
EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH: Adam Vullo
EXCELLENCE IN ART: Thomas Mesi
EXCELLENCE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN: Noah White
EXCELLENCE IN VIDEO: Connor Krombach
EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC: Connor Krombach
ST. CLARE AWARD: Connor Davie
EXCELLENCE IN DRAMA: Kobe Thurman
PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Connor Krombach
Other distinguished awards:
BISHOP TIMON-ST. JUDE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND HEALTHCARE PARTICPATION AWARD: Connor Davie, Brendan Gavin, Jeremy Glinski, Sean Hayes, and Ring Mobil
MERCY HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Brendan Gavin and Jeremy Glinski
Tidings Newspaper Award: Thomas Mesi
Talisman Yearbook Award: Andrew Wozniak
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION: Thomas Mesi
INDEPENDENT HEALTH & BUSINESS FIRST COMMUNITY ALL-STAR AWARD: Lincoln Ellicott
NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S TRIPLE "C" AWARD: Connor Davie, Connor Krombach
STATE OF NEW YORK, OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Jeremy Glinski, Andrew Wozniak
NEW YORK STATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE recognizes the following students who have excelled in their New York State Regents Curriculum: Austin Reszel, Jeremy Glinski, and Sean Hayes
PETER KARAMANOS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP recognizes a student who possesses strong determination and motivation to reach the high goals he has set for himself: Andrew Wozniak
MICHAEL KEEFE MEMORIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP awards an athlete who possesses a commitment to community service and a college concentration in Sports Management /Marketing/Finance: Jake Blidy
RYAN PURCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to students who not only excel academically but are also involved in a number of school activities, with a special emphasis on including and encouraging their peers. Lincoln Ellicott, Noah White, and Fergus Gould.
ROBERT J. ROZESKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is given to Seniors planning to major in engineering, math or science, in memory of Robert, a member of the class of 2008: Austin Reszel and Jeremy Glinski.