Congratulations to the
Class of 2022!
After four years of hard work and achievement, we say goodbye to our 96th graduating class, the Class of 2022. 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 so proud of the Class of 2022 for the hard work they have put in over the last four years, and for the impact they have made on the Father Ryan community forever.



Acceptance and Matriculation Map

For our 97-year history, Father Ryan graduates have attended the nation’s finest colleges and universities while representing our mission, Faith, Knowledge, Service, in all aspects of their lives. They have built an incredible legacy and will always be known and loved at Father Ryan.

The Class of 2022 is no exception. Members of the class were admitted to 175 unique institutions and will attend 61 different colleges and universities across 24 states.

Scholarships offered to date total more than $24 million, averaging more than $119,000 per graduate.

Below is an interactive map of all the schools members of the Class of 2022 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 2022 Valedictorian: Clara Johnson

Father Ryan is pleased to announce that the valedictorian for the Class of 2022 is Clara Leland Johnson. While enrolled at Father Ryan, Clara has taken 7 AP courses and holds a current 100.7742 weighted GPA. Clara has been inducted into the National Honor Society, the Cum Laude Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Cardinal Newman Society, Thespian Honor Society, National Speech and Debate Association, Tri-M Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and Father Black Honor Society.

Clara has received the Colonna Club Nashville Literary Award, AP Scholar Award, and has received recognition for the Tennessee Midstate Choir; along with many class awards for highest grade average. She has placed 1st in Dramatic Interpretation in the Speech, Acting and Debate District III Championship this year and has received several honors for her performances in past competitions. Clara was also part of the Relay for Life Committee when they won the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award.

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    Clara has held leadership roles including Relay for Life Co-Chair, Head of Production and Logistics Committee member for Relay for Life. She has been the president and secretary for the Speech, Acting and Debate Team, and Company Leader for the Purple Masque Players. Clara has been Chaplain and Vice Captain in her mentor group, Vice President of National Honor Society, President of Cum Laude Society, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta and Vocal Captain in Show Choir.

    At Father Ryan, Clara’s extra-curriculars have included Relay for Life, Speech, Acting and Debate Team, Purple Masque Players, Peer Mentor, Music Ministry, Father Ryan Singers, Irish Service Corp and Spanish Club. Outside of Father Ryan, Clara has been involved with Preston Taylor Ministries tutor, Camp Marymount Counselor, Tutor, Nashville Youth Choir member, and working at Dessert Designs Bakery.

    Clara has applied and been accepted to Boston College; Elon University; Fordham University; College of the Holy Cross where she received the Magis Scholarship; Providence College where she received the St. Catherine of Sienna Scholarship; University of the South: Sewanee where she received the Wilkins Academic Scholarship and the Bonner Leaders Program; Saint Louis University where she received the Vice Presidential Scholarship; University of Dayton where she received the Trustees Merit Scholarship, and The University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received the Volunteer Scholarship.

    Clara will be attending Providence College in Rhode Island where she plans to study pre-med and English.

    Clara, we are very proud of you!

Meet the 2022 Salutatorian: Catherine Scott

Father Ryan is pleased to announce that the Salutatorian for the Class of 2022 is Catherine Clara Scott. While enrolled at Father Ryan, Catherine has taken 9 AP courses and holds a current 100.5238 weighted GPA. Catherine has been inducted into the National Honor Society, St. Vincent de Paul Service Society, International Thespian Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Mu Alpha Theta, and Cum Laude Society.

Catherine has been recognized as a Father James Black Award for Excellence Finalist and has received the Monsignor Pat Connor Award and Scholarship. She has held several leadership roles including Relay for Life Team Captain and Committee Member, Development Director, and most recently, Co-Captain. Catherine has been cross country captain, show choir dance captain, Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society, President of the Spanish Honor Society, and Secretary of the National Honor Society.

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    At Father Ryan, Catherine’s extra-curricular activities have included Relay for Life, Cross Country, Show Choir, Spring Musicals with the Purple Masque Players, and Music Ministry. Outside of Father Ryan, Catherine has been involved with Ainsley’s Angels, babysitting, nanny, caregiver, mental health advocate, and chemistry tutor.

    Catherine has applied and been accepted to University of Virginia, Villanova University, Miami of Ohio, Loyola University Chicago, Xavier University, Belmont University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. 

    As a recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, she plans to travel and study abroad before beginning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2023 with an intended major in Public Policy with minors in Spanish and Social Justice.
     
    Catherine, we are very proud of you!
The following awards are announced at the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony.

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.

    Award Winners: Clara Johnson and Declan Mahoney
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Clara Johnson
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Luca Daniels
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Clara Johnson

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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.

    Award Winner: Catherine Scott
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Jackson Weil
  • 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.

    Award Winners: Christine Quitalig and Colin Knapp
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Marie Forbes
  • 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.

    Award Winner: Joshua Bornot
  • 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.

    Award Winners: Clara Johnson and Luca Daniels