The Cum Laude Society, founded in 1906, is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. Membership at Father Ryan is based on grade point average, standardized testing, and rigor of courses– the top 20% of the Senior class and top 10% of the Junior class are inducted into our Hibernian Chapter in the spring of each year. This is the highest academic honor society available at the secondary school level.
The National Honor Society recognizes and inducts students who have demonstrated the four qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Juniors and Seniors are selected for this society based on a minimum 93 GPA, active involvement, and service, demonstrated leadership, and favorable character.
The Father Black Honor Society inducts Freshmen who have earned Academic Honor Roll or Academic Dean’s list for the first 3 quarters of the year. Freshmen in this society were recently recognized in Theology classes.
Mu Alpha Theta is an organization that recognizes excellence in mathematics and promotes interest in math related careers and the continued study of mathematics. To be eligible a student must have completed at least Algebra II (High Honors or Honors) and have a cumulative math GPA of 93 or greater and have additional qualifying factors including teacher recommendations.
The International Thespian Society at each school is known as a troupe, and is led by a troupe director, usually the school’s theatre teacher. Thespian Troupes include students in grades 9-12 who have completed at least 100 hours of excellent work.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society opens a world of opportunities for students who have already shown themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted. Through performance and community service, they’ll develop confidence, creativity, critical thinking, compassion, and a host of other leadership skills sure to serve them well in school and beyond.
Membership in the St. Vincent de Paul Service Society is conferred upon students at Father Ryan High School who have completed a minimum of 120 hours of service to the poor and marginalized through the Corporal Works of Mercy. At least 40 of these hours must be with one organization, showing a depth of commitment and an ongoing relationship of solidarity that the student has built over time.
Father Ryan’s House System fosters a caring and supportive environment where students from all grade levels have more opportunities to lead, collaborate, and contribute. This model allows for more peer-to-peer mentoring, leadership opportunities, and spiritual development.
In the House System, students, faculty, and staff are divided into 6 Houses. Students participate in House Games, Canned Food Drive, House Service Days in the community, and more. They have the opportunity to participate in spirit weeks, video game and fishing tournaments, as well as many other events. During the school year, points are awarded for participation in these events, for academic achievement, and for community service. The House that accumulates the most total points is awarded the Irish Cup.
This is our 15th year recognizing those students who have scored 30 or higher on their ACT composite or a 1390 or higher on their combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections of the SAT having met the criteria by April 1, 2023.
Named for Mr. Ray, an outstanding football player for Vanderbilt and the Green Bay Packers, a coach for the Commodores and a Father Ryan parent, the award was created by the Ray family to be presented to the Senior football player with the highest grade point average.
Named for long-time Father Ryan registrar, Alice Gentry, the award recognizes a member of the Girls Basketball Team for her leadership and contributions to the team, and who serves as a role model for others.
Presented to a member of the Volleyball Team for contributions to the team, for scholarship and for leadership. It is named for the founding volleyball coach, Jinx Cockerham, who led the Irish to five State Titles.
Named for Fr. Fleming, teacher, principal, and long-time priest at Father Ryan, the award is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive. It is presented to one male and one female student and recognizes outstanding individuals whose lives off the field, court, or mat are models for others to follow, and who are true reflections of the Tradition of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.