Schoolwide Recognition

Academic Knights

Each grading period two students from each grade level are selected by the Academic Review Board to be Academic Knights. Academic Knights excel in scholarship. They also demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Leadership
  • Service to the Hoban family
  • Service to the community
  • Christian values
  • Good character

Advanced Placement Scholars

The College Board recognized Hoban students in 2019 based on the results of the Advanced Placement Examinations.
28 AP Scholars, 11 AP Scholars with Distinction, 9 AP Scholars with Honor and 1 National AP Scholar.

  • AP Scholars with Distinction: Lauren Fricker, Bridget Hahn, Joel Hottinger, Michael Jorgenson, Reese Marino, Corrina Mullins, Bennett Nichols, Andrew Pero, Nathaniel Plaspohl,  Andrew Rinaldi, Merideth Vieson
  • AP Scholars with Honor: Ian Doucet, Jacob Dudek, Allison Ewald, Zoe Farah, Jacob Givens, Abigail Griffith, Paul Hirsch Jr, Athena Markowski, Nathan Montecalvo
  • National AP Scholar: Joel Hottinger

Advanced Placement courses give students the chance to tackle college-level work while still in high school and earn college credit and placement. AP classes help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. They help students improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities and develop time management skills, discipline and study habits. For more information about the College Board's AP Program, click HERE.


Brother Andre Heart of Holy Cross Award

This honor, now in its third year,  is bestowed on a senior who has taken the Holy Cross mission to heart and follows the example of St. Andre Bessette, the first member of the Congregation of Holy Cross to be canonized a saint. The recipient welcomes all and shows care and concern for the whole Hoban community. Each member the of Hoban community who encounters this award winner is always shown the hospitality of Christ. 

The 2019 recipient of the Brother Andre Heart of Holy Cross Award is Owen Robinson.

Chivalrous Knights

Each grading period, two students from each grade level are selected by the Academic Review Board to be Chivalrous Knights. Chivalrous Knights exhibit the following qualities:

  • Industriousness in the classroom
  • Outstanding effort
  • Involvement in student activities
  • Christian values
  • A polite, positive and helpful attitude toward others

Hoban Purchase Prize

The Hoban Purchase Prize is a recognition program to honor and display the most outstanding work of Hoban art students. Their work is purchased, framed and displayed on the walls throughout the school. From all the student artwork produced each year, the fine arts department faculty selects the top 10 pieces. These works are shared with the faculty and staff so that they can vote on their favorite artworks. The works are anonymous so that the pieces would be judged solely on artistic merit. 

Honor for Academic Excellence

The Education Committee of the board of directors established the Honor for Academic Excellence (formerly the Academic Hall of Honor) in 1991 to recognize the academic achievements of Hoban graduates. It serves several purposes:

  • To symbolize the school’s commitment to academics.
  • To motivate students to their highest levels of achievement, both in the classroom and on college entrance examinations.
  • To recognize academic excellence among individual students.
  • To instill a sense of tradition among the classes of graduates of the school.
  • To assist in recruiting efforts.

To earn the honor, a student must:

  • Maintain a 3.80 grade point average
  • Score at the 98th percentile nationally on the SAT or the ACT
  • Graduate from Hoban after attending for four years

Class of 2019

Alexander Baumgartner
Sarah Caley
Ian Doucet
Jacob Dudek
Lauren Fricker
 Joel Hottinger
Megan Hutson
Justin Icsman
Michael Jorgenson
Grace Kolich
Reese Marino
Corrina Mullins
Kayla Mullins
Bennett Nichols
Andrew Pero
Andrew Rinaldi
Jessica Sheldon
Sophia Thomas
Merideth Vieson

Past Honorees


Monsignor Richard A. Dowed School Spirit Awards 

The highest award given by Hoban, the Monsignor Richard A. Dowed School Spirit Award singles out students who have made outstanding contributions of their time, effort and talent to the Hoban community and to the activities connected with the school. Faculty committees select students who have best exemplified the ideals of Christian service, leadership and spirit. 

Each year one student from each grade level is selected for the award. An individual may receive the award more than once. The awards are announced at the Spring Awards Night in May.

The award dates back to 1957 and is named after the late pastor of nearby Annunciation Church (now Visitation of Mary), who convinced Archbishop Edward Hoban of the need for a new Catholic high school for boys in Akron and acquired the land that was to become its campus.


Winners of the Monsignor Dowed Award for 2018-19 are senior Abby Griffith, junior Dominic DiMascio, sophomore Gavin Morrison and freshman Andrew Hardman.


Past recipients


National Merit Scholarship Program



Class of 2020 Recognition
Seniors Christina Worcester, Ayaka Coffman, Michael Bowling and Patrick Sullivan have been named National Merit Semifinalists. Over the past five years, 49 Hoban students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Commended students will be announced soon.




10 students from the Class of 2019 recognized in National Merit competition

Ten Hoban seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT they took as juniors.

Reese Marino was named a Finalist in the competition for Merit Scholarships.

The Commended Students are recognized for their scholastic achievement were:

  • Alexander F. Baumgartner
  • Ian J. Doucet
  • Jacob P. Dudek
  • Lauren M. Fricker
  • Joel T. Hottinger
  • Corrina L. Mullins
  • Kayla A. Mullins
  • Andrew M. Pero
  • Andrew F. Rinaldi



Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

  • Erin Armao Marjorie
  • Cantine Caroline Dzeba
  • Adam Gale
  • Joshua Schnitzler
  • Victoria Stewart

Commended Students:
  • Courtney Chlebina
  • Kathleen Davey
  • Andrea Hinton
  • Meagan McMahon
  • Rebecca Miesle
  • Maria Neugebauer
  • Nicholas Reymann


  • Terence M. Hillery
  • Patrick J. Kramer
  • Andrew D. Padula
  • Christopher G. Sarkis

Commended Students:

  • Sarah Blinka
  • Mike Horth
  • Catherine Huff
  • Ashley Markowski
  • Evan Merle
  • Charles Renner
  • Ethan Scott
  • Kyle Sokol
  • Rachel Wischt
  • Vincent Burns
  • Mary Dieglio
  • Jake Frego
  • Alexandra Kepler
  • Janelle Stalter
Commended Students:
  • Lawrence Anderle
  • Eric Antonucci
  • William Darby
  • Shannon Davey
  • Alec Droba
  • Brian Gibbons
  • Rachael Hershey
  • Mackenzie Kaser
  • Elizabeth Melhus
  • Stephen Veillette
National Achievement
Outstanding Participant:
  • Taylor Martin


  • Sean Cody
  • Justin Horning

Commended Students:

  • Jacob Belair
  • Mark Frego
  • Kevin Geary
  • Nolan Habel
  • Deanna Klettlinger
  • Kathryn Savako

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015


  • Connor Lynch
  • Ileana Horattas
  • Lindsay Huth
  • Jake Pelini
  • Ryan Will


  • Brock Barber

Commended Students:

  • Julianna Blischak
  • Kristin Brennan
  • Katherine Caprez
  • Abigail Dankoff
  • Caren Dieglio
  • Mary Stalter
  • Kellie Tomin


  • Sam Smartnick
  • Tony Burns
  • Lauren Whitehouse
  • Matt Onders

Commended Students:

  • Katherine Geary
  • James Marrter
  • Andrew Udovich

National Hispanic
Outstanding Participant:

  • Kristin Sanchez


  • Malinda Baer

Commended Students:

  • Madalyn Beban
  • Lucia Congeni
  • Katherine Frego
  • Ryan Kupcik
  • Susan Stalter


  • Anthony Incorvati
  • Evan Nichols
  • Anna Armao

Commended Students:

  • Matthew Rohrer
  • Madison Hughes
  •  Tess Davey
  • Graham Onders

National Achievement
Outstanding Participant:

  • Alexandria Jackson

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019


  • Marilyn Icsman
  • Benjamin Sutter
  • Chelsea Wein


  • Isabella Judge

Commended Students:

  • Joseph Brennan
  • Will Freeman
  • Madeline Grosklos
  • Nicholas Lewis
  • Michael Smith
  • Josh Sukie
  • Gabriella Wittbrod


  • Bryce Dzubara
  • Colin Fricker
  • Carson Keenan
  • Victoria Woodburn

Commended Students:

  • Mara Bahmer
  • Dominic Congeni
  • Andrew Hayes
  • William Schell
  • Luus Stricker
  • Anthony Ursetti


  • Luke Armao
  • Jack Bahmer
  • Joshua Parisi
  • Michael Rinaldi
  • Alison Ritenour
  • Victor Vogt

Commended Students:

  • James Bowling
  • Michael Davies
  • Patrick Hanlon
  • Sean Hayes
  • Kathleen McMahon
  • Jack Skinner
  • Ryan Volcansek
  • Chloe Weidrick


  • Reese Marino

Commended Students:

  • Alexander F. Baumgartner
  • Ian J. Doucet
  • Jacob P. Dudek
  • Lauren M. Fricker
  • Joel T. Hottinger
  • Corrina L. Mullins
  • Kayla A. Mullins
  • Andrew M. Pero
  • Andrew F. Rinaldi

National Honor Society

Seat of Wisdom Chapter

The purposes of Hoban's Seat of Wisdom Chapter of the National Honor Society are to honor outstanding students for their achievements and to provide service to both school and community. 

To be a member, a student must have an accumulative grade point average of 3.750 after five consecutive semesters and fill out a student profile sheet. A faculty selection committee then reviews students' scholarship, leadership, character and service before offering students membership in NHS. The student must be able to demonstrate leadership and service.

Projects of the National Honor Society include:

  • Sale of the KidStuff Coupon Book and App 
  • The Red Cross Blood Drive
  • The Adopt-a-Family for Christmas project
  • The tutoring program
  • Acme Fresh Market's Community Cash Back Program
  • Christmas tree wrapping at the Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival.
  • Coupon books

Hoban's chapter is affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Its faculty coadvisers are Mrs. Taylor Ball and Mrs. Laura Siplivy.

2019 Induction: A total of 62 students–57 juniors and five seniors--were inducted into Hoban's Seat of Wisdom chapter of the National Honor Society on May 12, 2019, in Holy Cross Chapel. The program began with an invocation given by junior Veronica McDowell and a welcome by Mrs. Laura Siplivy, NHS co-adviser. Student speakers on the NHS attributes were junior Alec Haas on Scholarship, senior Lauren Patterson on Service, junior Madeline Owen on Leadership and senior George Hudak on Character. Following a candle lighting ceremony, the new inductees recited the NHS membership pledge. After final remarks by Dr. Emily Ramos, principal, there was a reception in Moreau Ministry Hall.

Honor Roll

To be listed on the honor roll each quarter, a student must have a 3.00 grade-point average, with no grade lower than C-minus. If a student has a 3.00 GPA and a grade lower than C-minus, the student may appeal to the Academic Review Board. No student may be included on the honor roll until any incomplete grade (I) has been made up. 

There are three honor roll classifications: 

  • Highest Honors: 3.85 to 4.83
  • High Honors: 3.50 to 3.84
  • Honors: 3.00 to 3.49

The honor roll is published at the end of each of the first three grading periods. Students on the honor roll for the first three quarters qualify for a Scholastic Honor Award presented at the Honors Assembly in May.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The valedictorian of the graduating class is the senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average after seven semesters. The salutatorian is the second-highest. At the graduation ceremonies, the salutatorian delivers the welcoming speech and the valedictorian bids farewell.

View past valedictorians and salutatorians