Timon's tradition of naming a graduating senior Man of the Year dates back to the early years of the founding of Timon. Each year, a student is selected who has exhibited strong academic achievement and integrity in his studies and leadership among his peers, has demonstrated respect and courtesy to everyone he meets and has shown outstanding character development as demonstrated by a strong moral and religious dimension to his life. The 2018 graduate who is this year's recipient surpassed these criteria.
This year's recipient was inducted into the Duns Scotus Chapter of the National Honor Society, served as a Student Ambassador, was a member of the soccer and track and field teams as well as the Healthcare Career Club and later the Academy of Science and Healthcare, participated in Mock Trial, Chess Club, and the St. Jude Society.
As a young child, Amanuel Adebebe and his family 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 Amanuel Adebebe, receiving a Franciscan education meant more than knowing several prayers of St. Francis; it also meant learning, and understanding what St. Francis did and how to become like St. Francis. Amanuel shared that, "our motto, "Strong in Faith" is the embodiment of what Timon is."
Amanuel and his mother, Tegest Asras reside in the City of Buffalo.