Saint Al’s Class of 2012 head off to college!
Saint Alphonsus alumni graduated in 2016 from area high schools and are heading off to universities and colleges! Our former students graduated at the top of their classes, many with honors, scholarships, and awards. Students will be attending Loyola University in Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northwestern University, University of Marquette, Bradley University, Drake University, among others. We are so proud of you!
Colin Bromer, graduate of Saint Viator High School, is attending Loyola University Chicago. Colin received academic and leadership scholarships from Loyola, and is studying neuroscience. He was admitted to the FYRE honors program, and will spend next summer doing research for Loyola as an intern.
Scott St. Onge, graduate of Saint Viator High School, is attending Drake University with a full scholarship. Scott graduated from Saint Viator at the top of his class, receiving numerous awards and honors, and is studying actuarial science.
Rachel Altergott, graduate of Wheeling High School, graduated with honors and is attending Butler University.
Saint Al’s Class of 2011 excelling in college!
Saint. Alphonsus alumni who graduated from area high schools in 2015 plan to attend Augustana College, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois-Champaign, Colorado State, Tulane, Bradley, Alabama, Michigan Tech, Dominican University, and Olivette Nazarene, and others.
More exciting news about our high-achieving Saint Al’s Class of 2011 is coming in every day, but here are reports we have so far:
Buffalo Grove High School
Tommy McSorley will attend Augustana College in Rock Island, where he plans to study business administration. Not only was he recruited to play football for a program that has won four NCAA Division III national championships, he also qualified for the Presidential Scholarship, an academic scholarship based on ACT and GPA. At Buffalo Grove High School, Tommy was an AP and Illinois State Scholar and seven-semester honor roll member. He earned the Norm Geske scholarship, $1,000 awarded by the football coaches and funded by the Northwest Football Officials organization to a deserving student who is going on to play college football.
John Hersey High School
Jack Frankel will be a freshman at Miami of Ohio this fall, majoring in psychology as part of a pre-med track. It’s not surprising that he’s pursuing the sciences; Jack and his science partner took first place in the single A division and fourth overall out of 44 teams in the 2015 Science Olympiad. Jack will start college with 25 credits already completed as a result of AP testing. His parents, Leann and Don Frankel, credit St. Al’s for the drive and solid academics of both Jack and his sister, Tressa. Leann writes, “St. Al’s gave them the foundation to study, character, and a moral compass. When transitioning from a small private school to a large public school, they were both faced with choices…they chose the right path, and I believe St. Al’s contributed a lot to that.”
Kelly Hill will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she was awarded a Dean's scholarship. During her Hersey High School years, she was an all-conference volleyball player, four-time conference champion pole vaulter, and four-time state qualifier for pole vault. She was also Hersey's female athlete of the year for 2014-2015. Kelly took several AP level courses at Hersey and she was on the Honor Roll all four years.
Saint Viator High School
Bianca DiVincenzo is off to Bradley University this fall, after a successful academic experience at St. Viator, where she was on Honor Roll for all four years. Her mother, Annamaria, states, “I can honestly say we had eleven beautiful years at St. Alphonsus, and Bianca did great. Her achievements in high school all started from the good solid beginning at St. Alphonsus!”
Wheeling High School
Ashley Talken is off to Augustana College this fall, with two other of her St. Al’s classmates, Zach Boesen (Wheeling HS) and Tommy McSorley (Buffalo Grove HS). These three alumni were invited in January to Augustana College to attend their All-Academic Sports banquet, which highlighted interested prospects that excelled in academics and sports. All three will attend Augustana, and all three received Presidential Scholarships based on ACT scores and GPA. Ashley is an Illinois State Scholar, a gold winner at the State Science Fair, WHS pole vault record holder and State qualifier, and 4-year volleyball player. She was on the seven-semester honor roll while also working a part-time job.
Class of 2014
Declan Ritzenthaler just completed his freshman year at Loyola Academy where he has participated in Football and Varsity Track and Field. Declan was the starting Cornerback on the freshman A football team, and his team achieved a 3-way tie for first place in the Chicago Catholic League Blue Division. Declan placed third in the 2015 outdoor Chicago Catholic League Men’s Varsity Pole Vault with a personal record vault of 12’6”. He also placed fourth in the 2015 outdoor Chicago Catholic League Men’s Frosh/Soph 300m Hurdles. Declan has been accepted into the Clavius Scholars Honors Program, an enrichment program that enhances the curriculum of the school’s most motivated students, while focusing their interests in science and math.
Jessica Talken just finished her freshman year at Wheeling. Jessica has a 5.0 grade point average. She started in Spanish 1, but thanks to St. Al’s Spanish teacher Mrs. Weiss, was moved into Spanish 2 and will take Spanish 3 next year, making her eligible to go to Spain with her school in her Junior year. She is in the Intro to Healthcare class which is a college level class (thank you, Mr. Crosswhite!) and has been advised to take honors and AP classes next year. Many of Jessica’s classmates are experiencing the same successes in high school. She is also on the volleyball and varsity track teams and is working part-time this summer.
Class of 2012
Aidan Ritzenthaler just completed his junior year at Loyola Academy. Aidan has participated in Varsity Track and Field for three years and placed second in the 2015 outdoor Chicago Catholic League Men’s Varsity Pole Vault with a personal record vault of 13’0. Aidan served as assistant coach for the 5th grade basketball team this past winter at St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Wilmette. He is also excited to be participating in a week-long service trip this summer to the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University. The mission promotes research, service, and advocacy, for and with the people of Appalachia, to build healthier, stronger, and more sustainable communities.
Colin Bromer has completed his junior year at Saint Viator High School. Colin participated on the Freshman Volleyball Team and performed in the school musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He served on the Saint Alphonsus Liguori Parish Advisory Council for three years. Colin also has been a Lector twice a month at Saint Alphonsus Parish Masses for three years and participated in Masses at Saint Viator. Colin volunteered for the past two years as Head 7th Grade Boys Volleyball Coach and Assistant 8th Grade Boys Volleyball Coach at Saint Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School. Colin is looking forward to coaching again during his senior year as well as performing in the Concert Choir at Saint Viator High School.
Class of 2009
Rosalie Chan graduated from Wheeling High School in 2013, and was the recipient of the SHADES Scholarship of Wheeling High School, the National Merit Scholarship, and the John Brownell Memorial Scholarship, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. She just completed her sophomore year at Northwestern University. She is double majoring in journalism and computer science. Rosalie serves as web editor for Mochi Magazine and as interactive editor for North by Northwestern, the university’s best online publication. A promising young reporter, she was just awarded a university grant to travel to Taiwan this summer to conduct undergrad research on Hakka cultural preservation. Rosalie was also selected as a Catholic Scholar at the Shiel Catholic Center at Northwestern University.
Greta Ritzenthaler graduated from Loyola Academy in 2013, summa cum laude, as a Dumbach Scholar, an AP Scholar, and Illinois State Scholar. She just completed her sophomore year at Boston College. Greta is a sousaphone player in the Screaming Eagles Marching Band and a vocalist in Boston College’s premier jazz ensemble, BC bOp. Greta received the Vanacore Award for outstanding musicianship and service to BC bOp and the entire Bands program. Greta was also selected by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as a Sophomore Scholar for 2015. Sophomore Scholars represent the top four to five percent of their class based on cumulative GPA and excellence in all aspects of their academic program. Greta is double majoring in Honors Economics and Music.
Tyler Sammons graduated from St. Viator High School in 2013 with highest honors, in addition to completing more than 100 hours of community service. Tyler was an Illinois State Scholar, an AP Scholar, and was on the Principal’s honor roll for all 8 semesters. He was a National Merit Finalist and a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. As an athlete, Tyler was a three-sport varsity letterman. He was named All-Conference and All-Sectional. Tyler was a state qualifier in both Cross Country and Track and was an Illinois State medal winner in Track. Tyler just completed his sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame, where he is majoring in Engineering and Computer Science and minoring in Business. Last summer, he was awarded a paid internship to work in West Midlands, UK, on a startup venture. During this past spring, Tyler returned to England to study in London for the semester. This summer he was awarded a fully funded Research Project in Dublin, Ireland. Tyler also participates in youth tutoring, the student magazine and various intermural athletic teams.
Allison Talken attends the University of Kentucky. She is on a medical field track and made the Dean’s list this year. As part of the Alpha Phi sorority, she continues the spirit of service she developed at St. Al’s by helping with many fundraisers and community service events. In the summer, she works two jobs to help pay her way.