Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 awarded a $1,000 scholarship to each of three well-rounded scholars at a recent council meeting.
Mary Kate McGlynn, of St. John Fisher parish, received the Christopher Ullrich Memorial Scholarship; Elizabeth Simpson received the John Donovan Memorial Scholarship; and Dylan Sonne earned the Mike Cannon Scholarship. Both are from St. Christina parish.
The three students are enrolling at Catholic high schools this fall.
Nine graduating eighth-graders competed for the scholarships through a written exam at the Perez Clubhouse on May 8 proctored by Past Grand Knight Bob Szyman, and graded by Karen Lynch, a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher.
During the past 16 years, the council has distributed more than $68,000 in scholarships to young men and women who have matriculated to a Catholic high school.
McGlynn is proud to have earned the scholarship. She played volleyball and basketball as a Falcon while also being active in patrol and SOAR.
The older daughter of Andy and Beth, she sees herself in the Mighty Macs volleyball and lacrosse programs, and the Spanish Club and as a Student Ambassador. She has younger siblings, Molly and Billy. She plans a profession as a pediatrician.
Simpson, the daughter of Anne and Mike, is the sister of Sarah, one of last year’s scholarship recipients, sets out at Mother McAuley this fall.
Elizabeth had a highly active elementary school career. She played volleyball and basketball for the St. Christina Cardinals, was a premier altar server and a member of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 25111 while training and competing for the Richards Area Swim Club Otters. She plans to be a Mighty Macs swimmer and a member of the chorus and is considering preschool teaching or pediatric nursing as a career.
Sonne will attend Marist High School. He is the oldest son Larry and Jennifer, and has three younger brothers, Rowan, Gavin and Ethan.
Dylan graduated from Mt. Greenwood Elementary School, and he played basketball for Mt. Greenwood, football for St. Christina and played with Beverly Lacrosse. While he might try his hand at all three sports at Marist, lacrosse is by far his favorite. Dylan has his sight set on becoming a physical therapist.