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LPHS Senior Awards 2022

Numerous LaSalle-Peru Township High School graduating seniors received special awards and scholarships during the annual Senior Awards Program at LPHS.

Major Academic Awards

Connor Noramczyk, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Esther Styma Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student with a GPA of at least 3.0, is a resident of LaSalle, and who submits an essay on the topic of "How education will make a difference in my life." The scholarship was presented by Beth Beck of Hometown National Bank.

Connor Noramczyk stands with Beth Beck

William Daugherty (center), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Quesse Technology Scholarship, presented by Bill and Gracelyn Quesse. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in a field related to computer technology. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.25, plan to attend college or university, and submit an essay on his/her interests in a computer technology career and record of participation in school and community activities.

Will Daugherty stands with Billy and Gracelynn Quesse

Justice Stillwell, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Ficek-Carboni Heritage Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.4, plans to attend college, and who wrote an essay on the topic of "How the lessons I learned from my family have influenced my life."

Justice Stillwell stands with Bill Carboni.

Jack Scheri, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Business Education Award from L-P Business Division Chair Tiara Bedenko-Hill and Eric Heagy of Peru Federal Savings Bank.

Jack Scheri stands with Tiara Bedenko-HIll and Eric Heagy

Allison Legrenzi (from left), Ryan Morgan, Kaya Watson, Sebastian Serratos, Shea Rathburn, Cooper Vaske, and Emma Wasilewski, all LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received Evelyn E. Biederstedt Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships valued at more than $2,000 are awarded to students who attended L-P for 4 years, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, participated in band or chorus, plan to attend college or university, and who submit an essay on how they have been influenced by music. The scholarships were presented by Beth Beck (right) of Hometown National Bank.

Winners of the Biederstedt award pose as a group.

Cooper Vaske, LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received the L-P Agriculture Scholarship from the L-P FFA Alumni. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students interested in pursuing an agriculture-related career.

A headshot of Cooper Vaske

Matthew Beard, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the L-P Class of 1956 Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who has attended L-P for at least two years and has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. The student also must be accepted into a two- or four-year college or university and have participated in school or community activities with a leadership role.

A headshot of Matt Beard.

Elijah Arthurs (from left) Emma Borio, Madeline Pangrcic and Mary Grace Schmollinger, all LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received the Robert Alpert Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Robert Alpert, who was a beloved educator, counselor, and coach at Peru Washington School. Though a decorated U.S. Marine in WWII, education was his passion and he believed in lifelong learning. These scholarships benefit three graduating seniors from the Peru Elementary School District with plans to pursue an education major in college.

Winners of the Alpert Scholarship pose as a group.

Elia Becker, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received a PQ Corporation Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to seniors who excelled in science and math and plan to pursue a career in chemistry or a related field.

A headshot of Elia Becker

Mary Kuzma, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received a PQ Corporation Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to seniors who excelled in science and math and plan to pursue a career in chemistry or a related field.

A headshot of Mary Kuzma

Alina Allen (right), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Linda Levine Memorial Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a female senior at L-P High School who plans to pursue a degree in business, has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, is accepted to and plans to attend a 2-year or 4-year college full-time, and demonstrates participation in school-community activities. The scholarship was awarded by L-P Business Division Chair Tiara Bedenko-Hill.

Alina Allen stands with Tiara Bedenko-Hill.

Emilio Phlippeau (center), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the L-P Foundation for Educational Enrichment Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating L-P senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, acceptance to 2- or 4- year college or trade school, and a combination of classroom excellence and extra-curricular activities including 100 hours of community service. The scholarship was presented by L-P Foundation Board Members Jane Riva (left) and Margie Schmitt.

Emilio Phlippeau stands with Jane Riva and Margie Schmitt

Shea Rathburn (left) and Alina Allen, LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received the L-P Renaissance Scholarship, presented by L-P Renaissance coordinators Jean Ganze (left) and Andrea Henry (right). This $750 scholarship is awarded to L-P seniors who actively participated in Renaissance during their junior and senior year and plan to attend a two or four-year university. Evaluation of this scholarship is based on solid academic performance, leadership, and good character. Deb and Mike Nelson graciously sponsor this scholarship. During her 20 years as principal, Mrs. Deb Nelson and husband Mike were integral members of L-P’s Renaissance Committee.

Shea Rathburn and Alina Allen pose with their Renaissance Awards.

Ricardo Hernandez (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Lambert Jones Auto Technology Scholarship, presented by Mike Fisher, Area Career Center automotive teacher. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to seniors who plan to major in auto technology and who has at least a C average GPA.

Ricardo Hernandez stands with Mike Fisher.

Alexis Lucero (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Harry Debo Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship, named in memory of local businessman Harry Debo, is awarded to a L-P senior who plans to pursue a degree in business, is accepted to and plans to attend a 2-year or 4-year college full-time and demonstrates participation in business-related activities and classes. The scholarship was presented by Eric Heagy of Peru Federal Savings Bank.

Alexis Lucero stands with Eric Heagy.

Peyton Heagy, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Thomas K. Kujawa Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship, named in memory of registered nurse and Vietnam War-era U.S. Army veteran Thomas Kujawa, is awarded to a L-P senior who is pursuing a degree in nursing upon graduation. The scholarship was presented by Susan Movic.

Peyton Heagy stands with Susan Movic.

Mary Kuzma, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Jack Lyon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at at least $1,000, is named in honor of U.S. Air Force veteran and retired educator Jack Lyon. The memorial scholarship is given to a senior who has taken four years of German, earned a 2.5 minimum GPA, and who submitted an essay on what they’ve gained from taking German at L-P. The scholarship was presented by Christine Theisinger, LPHS German teacher.

Mary Kuzma stands with Christine Theisinger.

Amilia Sanchez, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Knights of Columbus Calvert Council 892 LaSalle-Peru Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Kyle Foley.

Amilia Sanchez stands with Kyle Foley

Francesca Eggersdorfer (center), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Jaiden Allen Memorial Scholarship. This one-time $1000 scholarship is established in memory of Jaiden Allen, sponsored by his parents Andrew Allen and Sangita Patel Allen. The memorial scholarship is awarded to any graduating senior who has a minimum GPA of 3.25, is accepted to a 2-or 4-year college full-time, demonstrates participation in school-community activities, and submits an essay on "how you plan to make the world a better place and in what ways are you already doing so?" The scholarship was presented by Sangita Patel Allen (right) and Alina Allen.

Francesca Eggersdorfer stands with Alina Allen and Sangita Patel-Allen.

Mallely Ontiveros and Karina Moscosa, LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received the Illinois Valley Hispanic Partnership Council Scholarship. These $500 scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students who wish to further education beyond high school. The scholarships were presented by Mario Espinoza (left) and Kevin Vetos.

Mallely Ontiveros and Karina Moscosa stand with Mario Espinoza and Kevin Vetos

Jack Scheri, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Ken Carey Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is in honor of L-P class of 1984 graduate, Ken Carey. It is awarded to a qualified male applicant who has been involved in sports and submits an essay on the topic of "Describe your hunger to continue education beyond high school and why you are most deserving of this award."

Headshot of Jack Scheri

Peyton Heagy (left) and Isabella Lambert (right), both LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, shared the George Preston Blow Medal/John & Lucy Pomatto Scholarship, presented by Jane Riva. The $1,500 scholarship is considered the highest award the L-P athletics department bestows. A recipient must have a GPA of at least 2.75 and have been outstanding in general athletics. Candidates are nominated by varsity head coaches and voted on by L-P administrators.

Peyton Heagy and Isabella Lambert stand with Jane Riva.

Ann Marie Depenbrock (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the City Center Physical Therapy Scholarship, presented by Gina Martin. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a career in physical therapy or sports medicine. A student must have a GPA of at least 3.25 and be accepted to a college or university.

Ann Marie Depenbrock stands with Gina Martin.

William Daugherty (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Hubert "Huby" Sarver Scholarship, presented by Brian Sarver. Named for former L-P coach Huby Sarver, the $1,000 scholarship is awarded by the Sarver family to an L-P student based on the student’s character, work ethic, leadership and multiple sport participation. Daugherty will also have her name added to the plaque of past recipients.

Will Daugherty stands with Brian Sarver.

Christopher Swayne (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the $1,000 William Plantan Football Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a L-P football player who exhibits a high standard of leadership and citizenship and who plans to attend a two-year or four-year college. Swayne also received the A.J. “Butch” Nowack Memorial Award, which is presented to a student-athlete who has shown excellence in football, combined with courage, determination, leadership and character. The award was presented by L-P Football Coach Jose Medina.

Chris Swayne stands with Jose Medina.

William Daugherty (from left), Jack Scheri, John Riva, and Avery Urbanski, all LaSalle-Peru Township High School seniors, received Athletic Booster Club Scholarships. The L-P Athletic Booster Club presents these $500 scholarships to L-P student-athletes who participate in at least one sport each year of high school, have a GPA of at least 3.0, have at least one parent active in the Athletic Booster Club, and who complete an essay. The recipients also have their names added to a plaque. The scholarships were presented by L-P Booster Club president Tara Backes (right).

Recipients of the Booster Club Scholarship pose with Tara Backes.

Christopher Swayne (left), a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Mike Kasap Memorial Football Scholarship, presented by Michael Kasap. The $1,000 scholarship recipient is chosen by the Kasap family for his/her devotion and loyalty to the sport of football.

Chris Swayne stands with Mike Kasap.

John Riva, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Herbert W. Bekermeier Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has received a varsity letter for participation in track or basketball.

Headshot of John Riva

Ethan Bell, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Vito Ricci Football Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a team leader, who displays the character traits of LP spirit as well as a commitment to excellence. The scholarship was presented by L-P Football Coach Jose Medina.

Ethan Bell stands with Jose Medina

Maria Pawlak, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Gary Eccles Scholarship, presented by firefighter Tom Riordan. The $500 scholarship is awarded to an L-P senior going into emergency services and who will attend IVCC.

Headshot of Maria Pawlak.

Isabella Lambert received the Nancy Kochis/Brian Towne Scholarship for the Legal Profession. The $500 scholarship was presented by L-P Science Teacher Nancy Kochis and Brian Towne.

Isabella Lambert stands with Nancy Kochis

Raymond Miller received the Eddie Bray Football Scholarship, which is a $500 award given to a four-year L-P football player who displays the traits of teamwork, sportsmanship and the potential for solid academic success in higher education.

Raymond Miller stands with Jose Medina

Benjamin Stupegia received the Pat Weber Memorial Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to an “earnest senior who exemplifies qualities of leadership in school, extra-curricular, and civic activities, and plans to continue her/his education in college in the fields of teaching/counseling.”

A headshot of Ben Stupegia.

Alina Allen received the Andrew J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, presented by Andrew’s mother, Terri Kelly. The $300 scholarship is awarded to the senior class president with plans of attending college or vocational school.

Alina Allen stands with Terri Kelly 

Avery Urbanski received the Elizabeth Boyle/Richard Henneberry Scholarship, a $500 scholarship, for students who plan to major in nursing, biology, speech pathology/audiology, or psychology.

Avery Urbanski stands with Troy Woods

Emilio Phlippeau received the Dr. A.J. Sellett Medical Scholarship for students planning to pursue a career in medicine. The scholarship was presented by Sharon Lamps.

Emilio Phlippeau stands with Sharon Lamps.

Luke Mertes received the Dr. and Senator Rezin Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated strong character, positive academic achievement, and a desire to pursue higher education after high school.

Headshot of Luke Mertes.
Elia Becker, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Tirza B. Ennor Mathematics Scholarship. This scholarship in honor of Tirza B. Ennor, a former L-P math teacher, is awarded to a graduating senior of L-P High School who has attended L-P for at least three years. The student must have completed four years of college preparatory math, plans to enroll in college upon graduation from high school, and have demonstrated good character throughout their high school career. The scholarship was presented by LPHS Math Division Chair Nick Stevenson.

Elia Becker stands with Nick Stevenson

Caden Valenzuela, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Central Bank Illinois Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a L-P senior who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA after 7 semesters and has been accepted to a 2- or 4-year college. The scholarship was presented by Scott Coutts.

Caden Valenzuela stands with Scott Coutts.

Allison Legrenzi, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Robert and Judith Quick Family Education Scholarship. This scholarship, in honor of the Quicks who attended LPHS and Mr. Quick who returned to L-P as a teacher, is awarded to a L-P senior who plans on going into education and attending either IVCC or a 4-year school.

Headshot of Allison Legrenzie

Alexis Lucero received the $500 Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti Future Law Scholarship.

Headshot of Alexis Lucero.

Wesley Ruppert received the $500 Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti Importance of the Trades Scholarship.

Headshot of Wes Ruppert

Isabella Lambert, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the R. Earl Trobaugh Presidential Scholarship, presented by LPHS English Division Chair Michele Honecker-Ummel. The $275 scholarship is awarded to students who have attained the highest averages in English and Foreign Language. The student must attend Illinois Valley Community College.

Isabella Lambert stands with Michele Honecker-Ummel

Maria Pawlak, a LaSalle-Peru Township High School senior, received the Dale Family Scholarship. This $500 scholarship, recognizing those dedicated to the betterment of society and who believe in investing in the youth, is awarded to an L-P senior who demonstrates a desire to make a difference in the world with plans to attend a two- or four-year university or trade school. The scholarship was presented by Rodney and Rici Dale.

Maria Pawlak stands with Rodney and Rici Dale

Departmental Awards

Each year, members of the LaSalle-Peru Township High School graduating senior class are awarded special honor awards by L-P’s academic departments. This year the recipients are: Benjamin Stupegia (English Award), Shea Rathburn (Georgia Stohr Memorial Award and Carol Walsh Memorial Spanish Award), Stevan Sanchez (Math Division Rabe Award), Mary Kuzma (German Award), Addison Ernat (Illinois Science Teachers Chemistry Award), Matthew Beard (Illinois Science Teachers Biology Award), Stevan Sanchez (Illinois Science Teachers Physics Award), Shea Rathburn (Knights of Columbus U.S. History Award), Shea Rathburn (Bertusi Award for social science), Kali Romagnoli (Art Department Award), and Catherine Znaniecki (Eldon Gunia Memorial Art Scholarship).

Kali Romagnoli stands with Julie JenkinsCatherine Znaniecki stands with Julie JenkinsBen Stupegia stands with Michele Honecker-UmmelMatt Beard stands with Angelique Depenbrock.Addison Ernat stands with Carol NavarroShea Rathburn stands with Troy Woods

Shea Rathburn stands with Michele Honecker-UmmelShea Rathburn stands with Gladys RameyStevan Sanchez stands with Madeline Piller