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2016-06-09 / Education

Joseph Stoj given Marian Award at graduation


Joseph Stoj receives the Marian Award from St. Mary’s principal, Rebecca Kranz. Joseph Stoj receives the Marian Award from St. Mary’s principal, Rebecca Kranz. At the commencement ceremonies held on May 25, St. Mary’s High School presented its Marian Award to Depew native Joseph Stoj.

The Marian Award, the highest presented to a St. Mary’s graduate, recognizes the senior who has shown friendliness to all people, willingness to help others, leadership and active support of the school.

It is the only award presented at graduation.

Stoj was involved in many activities at St. Mary’s High School including being a member of the volleyball and basketball teams, Retreat Peer Ministry and the Recruitment Team.

He was voted as having the “Most Lancer Spirit” by his classmates and recently starred as the Cat in the Hat in the school’s production of “Seussical the Musical.”

Stoj plans to major in social psychology at Wells College, located in Central New York.

“My mother set an example for me … and I feel as if this is why I am who I am today,” he wrote in his nomination essay. “She showed me strength, character, positivity, responsibility, and leadership like I’ve never seen before.”

As a Marian Award recipient, the student received a trophy and a special gift from the school’s administration.

The other nominees for this year’s Marian Award included Kendra Ciezki and Madeline Wnuk of Lancaster and Julie Pijacki of Cheektowaga.

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