Celebrating the Class of 2021

May 27, 2021

Celebrating the St. Augustin Class of 20221
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Congratulations Class of 2021

St. Augustin Catholic School graduated its ninety-seventh eighth-grade class with a commencement ceremony held at Saint Augustin Parish Church on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Students received diplomas, recognition for scholarships and awards, and a blessing from Father Pisut. 

Class of 2021 Awards and Scholarships

Subject Area Awards

Each year, the middle school teachers select students to receive individual subject area awards. Students receiving these awards have excelled in these particular subjects - they may have earned the highest grade, put forth the most effort, been the most dedicated, or had the best attitude.

  • Math - Gregory Pease
  • Social Studies - Cate Sullivan
  • Language Arts - Lilly Hutchins
  • Reading - Veronica Smith
  • Science - Alex Gaskell
  • Religion - Johnny Ruan
  • Art - Estella Koenigsfeld
  • Music - Riley Hogendorn
  • PE - Eli Wees

All Academic Award

St. Augustin Catholic School also recognizes one student who has earned the highest GPA for his/her eighth grade year. For the 2020 - 2021 school year, the All Academic Award has been awarded to Cate Sullivan.

  • Cate Sullivan

Optimist Award Recipients

On behalf of the Central Iowa Optimist Club, St. Augustin Catholic School recognized two students whose contributions of time, talent, and enthusiasm have made for a better school and better community.  Conrad Krantz and Marren Dirks are St. Augustin's Optimist Award recipients. 

  • Conrad Krantz
  • Marren Dirks

Dowling Presidential Scholarship Recipients

Only 13 Dowling Catholic High School Presidential Scholarships were awarded across the Diocese of Des Moines to next year's incoming freshman.  Two of the 13 scholarships were awarded to St. Augustin students in the Class of 2021.  To qualify for the Dowling Catholic High School Presidential Scholar Award, students took the high school placement test at their current school in December.  All those that scored in the 97th percentile or higher were notified by Dowling Catholic and given an application to apply for this award. The Dowling Catholic High School Class of 2025, had 13 students win this award. St. Augustin students Nathan Mauro and Max Piazza have received Dowling Presidential Scholarships and were recognized at a ceremony at Dowling Catholic.  This is especially prestigious since there are 360 incoming freshmen this year - having two recipients of the 13 at St. Augustin speaks to our students level of preparation and dedication to their academics.

  • Nathan Mauro
  • Max Piazza

Presidential Education Awards

Founded in 1983, the President's Education Awards Program honors graduating elementary, middle and high school students for their achievement and hard work. The program has provided individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. Each year, thousands of elementary, middle, and high schools participate by recognizing deserving students.

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence recognizes St. Augustin Catholic School students who earned Gold Honor Roll both first and second trimester of the 2020 - 2021 school year and were in the 90th percentile or above on standardized assessments in reading or math.

  • Alex Gaskell
  • Lilly Hutchins
  • Conrad Krantz
  • Nathan Mauro
  • Gregory Pease
  • Johnny Ruan
  • Veronica Smith
  • Cate Sullivan

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement recognizes students who either were on gold or silver honor roll or scored in the 90th percentile on standardized assessments for the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

  • Sophia Burns
  • Marren Dirks
  • Elizabeth Fletcher
  • Blake Grask
  • Audrey Lynner
  • Max Piazza
  • Eli Wees

St. Augustin Scholarship to Dowling

Each year St. Augustin Catholic School awards between one – five students with a scholarship to attend Dowling Catholic High School. Students interested in applying for the scholarship submit essays detailing answers to the following three questions. 

1.     How has St. Augustin Catholic School helped to shape you into who you are today?

2.     Who has had the biggest influence on you throughout your educational journey?

3.     Why should we select you as a recipient of this scholarship? What sets you apart from the other students in your class? 

This year, the middle school teachers and Principal Spike selected three students to receive $400 scholarships to attend Dowling Catholic High School. 

  • Conrad Krantz
  • Veronica Smith
  • Cate Sullivan

An excerpt taken from each scholarship recipient's essay:

"St. Augustin Catholic School has shaped me into the person I am today in many ways. Teachers have challenged me academically, which has provided me with an educational foundation for my academic career in high school, college, and beyond. Another way St. Augustin has shaped me is through the teaching of faith. I believe that a person’s character is powerful. I have been taught to show kindness, be respectful, and the importance of serving others and giving back to my community. This solid foundation and the lessons I have learned in school will stay with me throughout my life." - Conrad Krantz

"As a result of attending St. Augustin my whole life, I have been influenced by some extraordinary people. However the most impactful people on my educational career are people who I’ve shared my life with since the very beginning. My fellow housemates, or in other words, my siblings. 

The great thing about my siblings is that they can easily relate to the problems that I have and I am stressing about. All of them, except my younger brother, have gone through St. Augustin elementary and middle school. They know what it’s like to have frustrating homework or projects. It is easy for me to talk to them about my problems and they always seem to have solutions to the littlest and silliest of problems. Besides helping me with problems I have, my siblings are the best encouragers in the world." -  Veronica Smith

"I can’t think of any one person from St. Augustin who has had the largest effect on me. Rather, I would say there have been many people here that have helped me as I matured and grew up. All of these people have impacted me in some way and I will treasure the experiences we have and the memories we made. Mrs. Casey, who helped me read in first grade; Mrs. Brown, for forcing me to memorize my times tables in third grade, which proved to be very beneficial to me later on; Ms. Waller for encouraging me to stop reading and participate in the class’s spelling game back when I was a fifth grader; I will cherish all of these wonderful memories forever. It wasn’t any one person that made St. Augustin special, it was all of them. All these people have affected me and I am glad I had such wonderful people in my life, back when I was younger and currently. Though I would specifically like to mention the people who have nurtured my writing the most, Miss Caligiuri and Mrs. Lone, because I am very thankful for the way  they have helped me to grow as a writer and develop my skills more." - Cate Sullivan

Families Celebrating the Graduation of Their Youngest or Only Child

St. Augustin Catholic School would like to recognize families who are celebrating the graduation of their youngest child.  We share our appreciation and gratitude for your investment in Catholic education.

  • Burns
  • Deng
  • Eide
  • Grask
  • Hutchins
  • Kilbride
  • Klemm
  • Koenigsfeld 
  • Konrad
  • O’Connor
  • Piazza
  • Schultheis

Recognizing Mrs. Maureen Casey

Principal Spike ended the graduation prayer service by recognizing Mrs. Maureen Casey.  Mrs. Casey has spent the last 26 years at St. Augustin Catholic School, and the last 36 years in education. She’s made a lasting impact on countless students as exemplified by the following two student reflections. 

"In her class, she showed me that it is okay to take reading and writing at my own pace. She showed me that I could still progress, even if I was not as fast as other students. Mrs. Casey provided me with the positive reinforcement and support I needed to feel and be successful." 

"She made every one of her students feel happy and helped them. The information Mrs. Casey has taught me is valuable and I will remember her teachings for the rest of my life." 

We recognize and congratulate Mrs. Maureen Casey for her service to St. Augustin Catholic School. 

Congratulations Class of 2021