Congratulations to the
Class of 2019!
After four years of hard work and achievement, we said goodbye to our 93rd graduating class... the Class of 2019. This class was filled with scholars, athletes, artists and servants whose talents and successes in the classrooms and throughout our community will take them to new heights. We are immensely proud of the Class of 2019!

Acceptance and Matriculation Map

Father Ryan High School graduates have performed on stages, made life-saving discoveries, become high-ranking business executives and defended our freedom in service to our country. They have attended the nation’s finest colleges and universities. They have built a lasting legacy, and one we will remember. And it all started with Father Ryan. They are known. They are loved.

The Class of 2019 is no exception. This Class submitted 1,039 applications (an average of more than four per student) to 235 unique colleges and universities. Members of the class will attend 63 different institutions of higher learning. 

Scholarships received to date total more than $31 million, averaging more than $136,000 per graduate, and awards are still coming in. 

Below is an interactive map of all the schools members of the Class of 2019 will be attending in the fall. Each crest represents a different university, and the number of Irish attending that institution can be found by clicking on the crest. 


Meet the 2019 Valedictorian: John Bottei

While enrolled at Father Ryan, John Bottei has taken 10 AP courses and holds a 102.1429 cumulative weighted GPA through eight semesters. He has been inducted into the Cardinal Newman Association, St. Vincent de Paul Service Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society, International Thespian Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, and Father James A. Black Honor Society.

John has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist, National Spanish Exam Silver and Gold Medalist, and National Latin Exam Gold Medalist. He was chosen for the Tennessee Mid-State Choir for his junior and senior year and All-State Choir his junior year. He attended the Governor’s School for International Studies and received 29 medals for Science Olympiad, including 1st in state in Astronomy. John has been recognized on the Principal’s List several times and has been recognized for having the highest grade in a subject area 17 times. He was also a Father James A. Black Award for Excellence Finalist.

John has held several leadership roles, as a member of Student Council for all four years, and as a SEARCH leader, Peer Mentor, and Student Ambassador. He has been the Purple Masque Players Company Co-Leader, Science Olympiad Co-Captain, and Music Ministry Co-Leader on Student Ministry Team. He was the Vice President of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica his junior year and President of the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society his senior year. John has been a part of Show Choir, the Environmental Awareness Club and the Relay for Life Committee, including as Production Director his senior year.

John’s faith is extremely important to him, and being involved in Alternative Spring Break, Bethlehem Farm, March for Life, and Eucharistic ministry has helped him grow deeper in his faith.
Outside of Father Ryan John has been a part-time intern and volunteer at Nation’s Ministry and a yearly volunteer at the Keith Searcy Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner. He is part of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University and the HAWC Youth Group.

John has been accepted into the following colleges and universities: University of Notre Dame; Boston College, where he received the Gabelli Presidential Scholarship; Villanova University, where he received the Veritas Scholarship; College of the Holy Cross, where he received the Holy Cross Merit Scholarship; Loyola University of Chicago, where he received the Presidential Scholarship; Santa Clara University, where he received the Provost Scholarship; and Fordham University, where he received the Cunniffee Presidential Scholarship. John was also named a National Semi-Finalist for the National Honor Society Scholarship.

John, an alumnus of St. Bernard, plans to attend Boston College and major in International Studies.

Meet the 2019 Salutatorian: Elizabeth Wehby

While enrolled at Father Ryan, Elizabeth Wehby has taken 10 AP courses and holds a 100.7258 cumulative weighted GPA through eight semesters. She has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Cardinal Newman Association, Cum Laude Society, St. Vincent de Paul Service Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Latin Honor Society.

Elizabeth has been recognized for achieving a perfect score on the English, Science, and Reading sections of the ACT. She has had the highest grade in Modern World History, Dance II, Latin II, and AP US History. Elizabeth was honored as a Father James Black Award for Excellence Finalist and has been recognized as an outstanding student in several of her classes. She has also been recognized on the Principal’s list.
Elizabeth has held leadership roles as a Sophomore Retreat Leader, Freshman Night Leader and Head of Sponsorship and Fundraising for Relay for Life.

At Father Ryan Elizabeth is involved in cross country, Relay for Life Committee, Youth in Government, Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Catholic Heart Work Camp, and was one of two students appointed to the 2017-2018 Father Ryan Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Outside of school Elizabeth has been involved in SEARCH, Cottage Cove, St. Thomas West Hospital, Special Olympics, Martha O’Bryan Center, babysitting, and as a swim instructor.

Elizabeth has been accepted to the University of Mississippi where she received the Furlong Family Scholarship and recognized for Academic Merit. She has received the Redhawk Excellence Scholarship and University Academic Scholar from Miami University; the Distinguished Tennessean Award, UT Volunteer Scholarship, and Hope Scholarship from University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and The Distinguished Scholars Award from Tulane. University of Georgia awarded her the Classic Scholars Award; and Clemson University recognized her with the Clemson University Scholarship and Out of State Tuition Scholarship.

Elizabeth, a Christ the King alumna, will attend Clemson University where she plans to study Microbiology.
The following awards were announced at the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 17 and at the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Baccalaureate Awards

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Graduation Awards

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  • Excellence in the Arts Awards

    The Excellence in the Arts Awards has been established by the Fine Arts Department and is presented to a student or students who have demonstrated superior talent and dedication and who have attained personal achievement in the arts both in and out of school.

    This year's recipient for the Excellence in the Arts Award for Women is Maggie Rodgers. 
     
    This year's recipient for the Excellence in the Arts Award for Men is Tan Nguyen.
  • Excellence in English Award

    The Excellence in English Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in English Award is presented to John Bottei. 
  • Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award

    The Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, the Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award is presented to John Bottei. 
  • Excellence in the Sciences Award

    The Excellence in the Sciences Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in the Sciences Award is presented to John Bottei. 

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  • Excellence in the Social Sciences Award

    The Excellence in the Social Sciences Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in the Social Sciences Award is presented to Elizabeth Wehby. 
  • Sister Mary John Math Award

    The Sister Mary John Math Award is presented to the senior who has maintained the highest average in Mathematics for a four-year period.

    This year the award is presented to John Bottei. 
  • Scholar Athlete Awards

    The Scholar Athlete Awards are presented to a young woman and a young man who rank very high in the graduating class academically and who have also made major contributions to the school through participation as athletes.

    The recipient of the Women’s Scholar Athlete Award is Mary Kate Newman. 

    The recipient of the Men’s Scholar Athlete Award is Will Turner. 
  • Monsignor Albert A. Siener Memorial Award

    The Monsignor Albert A. Siener Memorial Award is presented to the young woman who has ranked high in her religion class work, and at the same time has shown the finest practical application of religious principles and ideals in her daily life.

    This year the award is presented to Andrea Fonseca. 
  • Bishop Alphonse J. Smith Award

    The Bishop Alphonse J. Smith Award is given in memory of Bishop Smith, founder of our school, to the young man who is ranked high in his religion class work and at the same time has shown a true application of religious principles and ideals in his daily life.

    This year the award is presented to Ward Jaeger. 
  • General Excellence Awards

    The General Excellence Awards are given to the students showing, to the highest degree, all those qualities which Father Ryan High School seeks to promote in its students: excellence in the classroom, ingenuity, accomplishment in extra-curricular activities, leadership, and exemplary conduct.

    The General Excellence Award for Women is presented to Elizabeth Wehby. 

    The General Excellence Award for Men is presented to John Bottei.