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Published on Friday, May 25, 2018


On Thursday, May 24, Timon held its sixty-ninth Commencement Exercises. The Class of 2018 processed into Timon's Auditorium while a quintet comprised of Ted Smeltz, Carl Lam, Natalie Kane, Joe Isom and Michael Metzger played. An Invocation by Chaplain Fr. James M. Monaco '76 and the Prayer of Saint Francis, sung by Joe Head, Director of Music continued the Ceremony. Caelan Schneck, Senior Class President then led the graduates and honored guests in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of America the Beautiful led by Joe Head.

Those who were unable to make the ceremony were able to watch the live stream on WTSJ, Timon's Radio Station.      

Caelan Schneck, the Class of 2018's Salutatorian, addressed his fellow graduates and reminisced about his time at 601 McKinley Parkway. 


Commencement Speaker, Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott encouraged the Class of 2018 to “trust the process” and continued in sharing some life lessons, "It's important to remember that asking questions is a part of life, there’s no manual, you will make mistakes. You need to trust the academic preparation that you have received here at Timon. Remember to stay true to yourself and to respect yourself and once you have your vision, chase it!”.  


Following Sean McDermott's address to the Class of 2018, members of the Class of 1968, celebrating their Golden Jubilee, received their Honorary Diplomas.

The Faculty also commended the following students for their accomplishments in the following subjects; Excellence In Religion, Matthew Horrigan; Excellence In Community Service, Patrick Whelan; Excellence In English, Patrick Whelan; Excellence In Social Studies, Cullen Tonge; Excellence In Mathematics, Caelan Schneck; Excellence In Sciences, Amanuel Adebebe; Excellence In Spanish, Michael Larivey; Excellence In Art, Stephen Reinhardt; Excellence In Graphic Design, Stephen Reinhardt; Excellence In Video, Joseph Rozeski; Excellence In Music, Sean Jordan; St. Clare Award, David Roche; Excellence In Drama, David Roche and Perfect Attendance, Michael Klodzinski.

The following students were recognized for exceptional achievement and participation in extra-curricular school and civic activities; BISHOP TIMON -ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND HEALTHCARE: MERCY HOSPITAL ROTATION PROGRAM RECOGNITION, Justin Bott and Jonathan Stachowski, MERCY HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM RECOGNITION, Caelan Schneck, Amanuel Adebebe and Michael Klodzinski, CHESS TEAM SENIOR MEMBERS, Matthew Lynch, Cullen Tonge, Jim Kuang, Jonathan Stachowski and Zachary Plowman, MVP AWARD, Matthew Lynch, MOST IMPROVED AWARD, Jim Kuang,  CHARACTER/SPIRIT AWARD, Cullen Tonge, NYS BAR ASSOCIATION MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION, Jack Donahue, LITERARY PUBLICATIONS PARTICIPATION AWARDS: TIDINGS NEWSPAPER AWARD, Matthew Shalloe, TALISMAN YEARBOOK AWARD, Christian Watts, AUDIO-VIDEO CLUB SERVICE AWARD, Scott Wilson, INDEPENDENT HEALTH & BUSINESS FIRST COMMUNITY ALL-STAR AWARD  recognized Patrick Whelan for service to Timon and community, NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S TRIPLE "C" AWARD, recognized Amanuel Adebebe and David Roche for Commitment, Character And Courage. STATE OF NEW YORK, OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recognized Gavin Farrell, Zachary Plowman, Joseph Rozeski and Caelan Schneck for their Academic Excellence And Civic Commitment.

Special scholarships were awarded to deserving students to assist with their college education. NEW YORK STATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE recognized Michael Larivey, Caelan Schneck and Cullen Tonge who have excelled in their New York State Regents Curriculum; PETER KARAMANOS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP recognized David Roche who possesses strong determination and motivation to reach the high goals he has set for himself; MICHAEL KEEFE MEMORIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP was awarded to Sean Jordan, an athlete who possesses a commitment to community service. The RYAN PURCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was awarded to Michael Klodzinski, Matthew O'Brien and Cian Gould 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; the ROBERT J. ROZESKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP in memory of Robert, a member of the class of 2008, was given to Michael Larivey and Caelan Schneck. The AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP was awarded to Cullen Tonge and the NEW YORK STATE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS & POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC., was awarded to Joseph Rozeski.

The entire Timon community congratulated Joe Head '69 on receiving the Faculty of the Year Award. Mr. Head joined Timon as a teacher in 1999.  He taught numerous classes which included Music 1 and 2, Chorus, Band, History of Rock & Roll, Health, and the Civil War.  He brought a great energy to Timon and enriched many students love and talent for music and history.  

Gavin Farrell was named the Paul Fitzpatrick '66 Athlete of the Year.  Gavin will attend Mercyhurst University to study Chiropractic Science and continue to play lacrosse. 

The Man of the Year Award, the highest honor to be bestowed on a member of the graduating class was awarded to Amanuel Adebebe. As a young child, he and a family member fled from Ethiopia to the United States to seek asylum and a guaranteed education. His commitment to his education has earned him a scholarship to Cornell University, where he plans to study pre-med.

To conclude the Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises, Michael Larivey delivered the Valedictory Address.


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