Celebrating the Class of 2020

July 15, 2020

St. Augustin Catholic School Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2020

St. Augustin Catholic School graduated its ninety-sixth eighth-grade class with a commencement ceremony held at Saint Augustin Parish Church on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  Students received diplomas, recognition for scholarships and awards, and a blessing from Father Vince. 

Class of 2020 Awards and Scholarships

Subject Area Awards

Each year, the middle school teachers select students to receive individual subject area awards.

  • Science: Hannah Hayes
  • Social Studies: Allie Rutledge
  • Math: Andrew McDonough
  • Music: May Fitzgerald
  • PE: Abby Ruan & Alier Agau
  • Religion: Chloe Nielsen
  • Reading: Annie Honkamp
  • Language Arts: Audrey Stone
  • All Academic Award: Hannah Hayes

Dowling Presidential Scholarship Recipients

Only eleven Dowling Catholic High School Presidential Scholarships were awarded across the Diocese of Des Moines to next year's incoming freshman.  Four of the eleven scholarships were awarded to St. Augustin students in the Class of 2020.

  • Hannah Hayes
  • Andrew McDonough
  • Audrey Stone
  • Elizabeth Topf

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 2019 – 2020 school year and were in the 90th percentile or above on standardized assessments in reading or math.

  • Alier Agau
  • May Fitzgerald
  • Margaret Flanagan
  • Sasha Gisi
  • Hannah Hayes
  • Annie Honkamp
  • Reese Lovell
  • Andrew McDonough
  • Lilly Pertzborn
  • Danny Pierick
  • Allie Rutledge
  • Audrey Stone
  • Luke Susil
  • Elizabeth Topf

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 2019 – 2020 school year. 

  • Logan Bettis
  • Morgan Damge
  • Jackey Fang
  • Henry Fink
  • Charlie Lorbiecki
  • Maggie Richards
  • Joshua Tang

St. Augustin Scholarship to Dowling

Each year we award between one – five students with a scholarship (amounts range based on the number of recipients ($250 - $1,250) 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 Ms. Kautzky selected five students to receive $250 each to attend Dowling Catholic High School.

"Through my experiences at St. Augustin’s, I learned that Jesus has a plan for all of us, he loves us, and that no matter what we do he will always forgive us. Now, after my experience at St. Augustin’s, through the teachers, my parents, and my peers I have a new definition and relationship with Jesus. When asked to define Jesus I can confidently say, “He is a man who gave everything for us. A man who died on a cross for sinners. He is the reason that I get to grow every time I enter the church walls. A man who makes everything in my life happen for a reason.”  - Chloe Nielsen

“When I first walked through the doors of St. Augustin Catholic School, I was not aware that my life would truly change forever. I have been blessed to have so many amazing teachers and friends that have shaped me into who I am today. I have not only grown in my faith, but I have learned to grow with change. St. Augustin welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like part of a big family.” - Allie Rutledge

"For over 10 years, St. Augustin’s shaped and developed my faith.  I accumulated more knowledge here than possible at any other school in Iowa.  St. Augustin’s showed me reverence in the presence of God and in prayer.  The teachers taught me cursive, dissection, persuasive writing, and many other skills that will impact my future life.  Their smiles enlighten St. Augustin’s, making it a perfect environment for my class and me.

Picking only one individual who had the biggest influence on me during my time at St. Augustin’s is very difficult.  However, I would say Mrs. Lone is that person.  She taught me so much over the years, such as creating poems, formatting essays, speaking to large groups, and identifying verbs and prefixes.  With her excellent guidance, I won first place for Letters about Literature in 2018.  She always makes class enjoyable, but still challenges us." - Danny Pierick

"The person who has had the biggest influence on me throughout my educational journey at St. Augustin is Mrs. Brown. She taught me in third grade, and always encouraged me to do my best, even when the work was challenging. She pushed me to my limits, and helped me build character traits that I would keep with me throughout the years. Even though I am older, she still says hi to me in the halls and makes me feel like I was an important part of her classroom, even after I left it".- Luke Susil

"When I think of St. Augustin School, I think of it not just as a school, but as a family because of how kind everyone is to me.  It has shaped me into who I am today because it is there that I met every friend I have and learned most everything I know. The teachers taught me to read, write, do math, draw, speak Spanish, act, do science experiments, speak in front of people, sing, cheer, and pray.  They also taught me how to be a good friend.  They made me feel good about myself and I always knew they cared about me." - Maggy Sullivan

Congratulations Class of 2020