2015-2016 Students of the Year

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Mackenzie Jorgensen and Peter Fantozzi. Courtesy Photos Mackenzie Jorgensen and Peter Fantozzi. Courtesy Photos

Northwest Catholic is proud to honor our 2016 Students of the Year, Mackenzie Jorgensen and Peter Fantozzi, for their achievements in and out of the classroom and in their communities. The new grads will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to help them continue their education. 

Mackenzie Jorgensen

Holy Names Academy

Mackenzie received an Aspirations in Computing award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology for founding a computer coding club for fourth-grade girls at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake School and creating a nonprofit, Women Advancing Tomorrow’s Technologists, to start more coding clubs. A member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, she is also a competitive Irish step dancer. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and will attend Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar to study computer science and neuroscience. Before heading to Philadelphia, she will spend a week in Dublin at the Riverdance Academy.

Peter Fantozzi

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School

A true servant leader, Peter was vice president of Kennedy Catholic’s student government and the service-oriented Men’s Club. He is a cancer survivor, and has volunteered at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Northwest Sarcoma, Camp Side-by-Side and St. Baldrick’s. He founded Kennedy Catholic’s Relay for Life team, Lancers Against Cancer, and has shared his experience with cancer at fundraisers for Northwest Sarcoma and Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Guild. A member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way, he maintained a 3.95 GPA and will attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he plans to study nursing and business.

The Students of the Month/Year selection committee consisted of delegates from the Office for Catholic Schools, the Fulcrum Foundation, CYO Athletics and the Office of Religious Communities. Special thanks to our committee members for their dedication to youth.

Northwest Catholic - July/August 2016