After four years of hard work and achievement, we said goodbye to our 90th graduating class... the Class of 2016. This class was filled with scholars, athletes, artists and servants whose talents and successes in the classrooms, on the fields and in the community will take them to new heights. We are proud to call all of these students Father Ryan High School graduates, and we are immensely proud of the success of the Class of 2016.
No one can dispute all that Father Ryan Valedictorian Matthew Canonico has achieved in the classroom. It’s the stuff of legend. Matthew has taken nine AP courses and currently holds a 5.0023 weighted GPA. He has been inducted into the Cum Laude Society, Latin Honor Society, Chinese Honor Society, Cardinal Newman Association, Mu Alpha Theta Society, Father Black Honor Society and National Honor Society.
But it’s all that he has experienced outside the classroom that Matthew says he’ll treasure most when he heads off to college at the University of Notre Dame next year. The relationships with friends and faculty. The chats with Father Gervan. The unforgettable memories with his teammates and coaches on the Cross Country team, including the Metro Championship.
And just like he did in academics, he excelled at cross country and track at the highest levels. He was awarded the Coach’s Award in 2014, the Champions Award in 2015, and the Father Ryan Summer Challenge award three times. He’s also been named an All Metro Runner, Metro Champion, Regional Medalist and City and State Runner-Up. Outside of the classroom and athletic fields, he has shown real leadership skills as the National Honor Society President, Cum Laude Society President, Mu Alpha Theta Treasurer, Cross Country Co-Captain and Class Representative for Grades 10, 11 and 12. He has also served as a part of the Room in the Inn Service Crew, as a SEARCH participant for two years and as a Student Ambassador and Minister of Holy Communion for Father Ryan.
A Christ the King graduate and parishioner, Matthew followed in the footsteps of family members when he enrolled as a third generation student at Father Ryan, and he’ll do the same in South Bend: his father, two uncles, two brothers, and a cousin have all attended Notre Dame. As long as he can remember, he says, he’s imagined himself on that same campus, joining another community of Irish. He says he sees Notre Dame as a very special place with great academics, legendary athletics, and a sense of community that’s second to none, allowing him to develop as a complete person.
Matthew, who has enjoyed his BC Calculus class most of all at Father Ryan, says he plans to continue his focus on math in college. He loves the way the rules of math, which often seem indecipherable, ultimately make sense, emerging in beautiful patterns. Judging from his pedigree and list of accomplishments at Father Ryan, he will continue to achieve his goals.
Meet the 2016 Salutatorian
Father Ryan has many legacies, students who follow in the footsteps of their parents, but our 2016 Salutatorian, Connor Sloan, took it one step further. Not only did he follow his mom to Father Ryan, he became Field Commander of the Father Ryan Irish Guard Marching Band 31 years after she held the same title. His talents on and off the marching field and in and out of the classroom make him one of the Class of 2016’s most talented and active members. He will be attending the University of Notre Dame, where he was accepted as an early-decision applicant after being impressed with the Catholic university’s traditions, academics and sense of community on his two campus visits. Connor, who said his AP Physics class was one of his most memorable at Father Ryan, plans to earn a dual degree in South Bend with a bachelor’s in engineering and a master’s of business administration.
A parishioner at St. Matthew Church and a graduate of St. Matthew School, Connor has earned many accolades at Father Ryan. He has taken nine AP courses and holds a weighted GPA of 4.9709. He is a National Merit Finalist, placing him among the top high school students nationwide. He made the President’s List and the Academic Dean’s list every quarter of his high school career, winning the Academic Dean’s award four times. He is a member of Father Ryan’s National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society, Father Black Society, Mu Alpha Theta Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Cardinal Newman Association.
Connor is also active in the Multicultural Student Union, Spanish Club and the varsity Soccer team. He is also an avid volunteer at St. Matthew’s, where he serves as an assistant at its Summer Vacation Bible School and as a coach for the 5th/6th grade boys basketball team.
But, it is with the Father Ryan band program where he felt the strongest sense of belonging. Connor joined the Marching Band his freshman year and had the privilege of marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He says it was leading the high brass section to the WGI Winds World Championship that was the highlight of his band experience, taking great pride in winning the championship for Father Ryan, building up the band program’s reputation and leaving “a legacy.” Connor has left quite a legacy these four years. Congratulations and good luck in South Bend!
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...where they are known and loved.
The Class of 2016 is no exception. This Class has earned acceptances to 182 colleges and universities, including 27 Catholic institutions, with more than $27 million in scholarships already awarded. We are truly proud of the wonderful achievements of the Class of 2016. Below is an interactive map of all the schools Father Ryan students have been accepted.
A purple marker indicates a school where a student has been accepted, while the Father Ryan crest indicates a school where a student will be attending and lists which students will be attending.