Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Parish Awards and Scholarships for ASA Students


We are blessed to provide access to various forms of tuition support to ASA families at various times throughout the school year. In the spring our parishes have a few scholarships and awards they grant to students for the next school year. Below is information about student receiving scholarships or awards for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as information about how students qualify to be considered for these.  

Irene Czarnecki Memorial Award - Blessed Sacrament 


  • Conduct and effort marks of 1's and 2's only

  • Displays Christian stewardship by demonstrating

    • a) respect for self and others 

    • b) responsibility 

    • c) accountability

  • Student must be in grades 6 or 7


  • The middle school teachers will write a narrative of the candidate. 

  • The Pastor, Principal, and a member of the Czarnecki family will review all the narratives and select, through consensus, the narrative which exemplifies the criteria above. 

  • The student will receive the award at the end of the last school Mass in May.

  • The amount of tuition off for the following school year will be $500.00. A tuition-off certificate will be issued to the family. 

The winner of the 2021 Irene Czarneck Memorial Award is Abby Stanton. 

Sr. Olga Mizzi & Sr. Roberta Hefferan Scholarships - St. Alphonsus 

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters established these scholarships in the names of two members of their community who were deeply engaged in St. Alphonsus Parish. Sister Roberta Hefferan, OP, recognized and responded to the needs of others through vibrant social outreach programs including the Food & Clothing Pantry. Sister Olga Mizzi, OP, was devoted to religious service and education and brought joy and knowledge to thousands of students as a teacher in St. Alphonsus School.

Goal: To recognize and award two All Saints Academy students who model the examples set by Sister Olga Mizzi, OP, and Sister Roberta Hefferan, OP.  Recipients of the award will receive a $500 tuition credit for All Saints Academy.


  • Nominee must desire to attend All Saints Academy in the following academic year. 

  • Nominee must be a parishioner of St. Alphonsus Parish. 

  • Nominee must demonstrate excellence in social involvement, service to the community, religious service and/or education. 

  • Nominations must be submitted in writing with scholarship nomination form to the St. Alphonsus Parish office or All Saints Academy school office. 

The winners of the 2021 Sr. Olga Mizzi & Sr. Roberta Hefferan Awards are Sam Moll and Madelyn Alt.


Sean Earl Memorial Scholarship - St. Alphonsus

Goal: The Sean Earl Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to two seventh grade students who demonstrate strength of character, service, and kindness toward others.  Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 tuition credit for All Saints Academy.



  • Nominee must be a seventh grade student at All Saints Academy.

  • Nominee must desire to attend All Saints Academy in the following academic year. 

  • Nominee must be a parishioner of St. Alphonsus Parish. 

  • Award winners will be selected by the Executive Director and Principal of All Saints Academy Middle School.

The winner of the 2021  Sean Patrick Earl Memorial Scholarship is JJ Kelsey


Thank you, to our 4 founding Parishes for their continued support! 



Congratulations to ALL scholarship winners! 


All Saints Academy provides many opportunities to help families make Catholic education affordable and accessible. We want to be able to provide a Catholic education to any family who desires it. In order to alleviate this barrier for those who qualify, ASA offers financial aid through various scholarships, parish support, and donors. Please reach out to our offices today and visit our website to learn more about how a Catholic education can be affordable for your family.

All families are also invited to participate in one of our parishes' SCRIP programs to receive additional tuition savings. Additional information about this program will be shared this fall and can be found on our website.

We would not be able to provide this financial aid to ASA families without the support of our sponsors and individual donors. If you are interested in supporting a student or family pursuing a Catholic education at ASA, we invite you to learn more about our tuition angel program on our website. There are also many small ways you can support ASA through various rewards and recycling programs

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

GOTR So Much Fun!

The ASA Girls on the Run team completed a wonderful season with positive energy and strength! 

The girls developed and honed social emotional skills during the eight week program. Each practice integrated physical activity, SEL skills and growing a bond with their coaches, teammates while continuing to develop a positive relationship with themselves. 

This year, as an adjustment to COVID restrictions, the Kent County GOTR 5K’s were hosted at individual sites instead of Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.  The 2021 season ended with a memorable 5K hosted on the beautiful Upper Campus grounds. Our ASA community support was contagious. The running buddies and coaches helped encourage the girls, the fifth grade class wrote inspirational chalk messages on the running route, our mascot led warm ups and launched the start of the 5K, parents/families and staff members were supporting and cheering on the girls along the course. We were also blessed to have our administrators lead prayer and congratulate the girls with their 5K medals upon crossing the finish line. 

Our girls shined brightly during their 5K Celebration and we are so proud of them! 

Enjoy a short video that captures the celebration here.

Thanks to Ms Arbaugh and Mrs. Beckwith for coaching and to Mrs. Stoner for all of her coordination and communication! 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

All Saints Academy Class of 2021


Congratulations to All Saints Academy's newest alumni: Emma, Connor, Edem, Grace, Isabella, Mei, Josh, Hadrian, Thomas, Cadan, Jaighdyn, Wehazit, Nick, Brooklyn, Olivia, Owen, Niko, Maya, Tommy, and Isabella! 

We celebrated the graduation of the ASA class of 2021 at St Jude on the evening of June 1, 2021. The Mass and diploma ceremony can be viewed on St Jude's Vimeo Page

Mass started with an introduction written by the 8th grade class and their teachers, read by Niko Patterson: 

On behalf of the Class of 2021, I welcome you all to share in the joyful graduation of our class.  

We are the second, and hopefully last, class to graduate All Saints Academy during a global pandemic!

Each and every one of you has helped us to reach this stage of life.  We pause to reflect on our class verse:  1 Timothy 4:12 - “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

We know that it is because of the ASA community AND Christ’s love that we are here today! We gather now in celebration to rejoice in our accomplishments throughout our education thus far. 

As part of the evening Isabella Tardani and Nick Moll shared reflections on our Core Values of faith, learning, loving, serving: 

Faith & Serving Core Value Speech – Isabella Tardani

Hope. Confidence. Reliance. 

These three words all describe quite the same thing. 

They’re feelings a lot of us are very familiar with, as we’ve been experiencing them ever since this crazy pandemic began. 

These words also describe the feelings we’ve felt starting this completely new and different school year as 8th graders, but out of the numerous, countless descriptions there are for this year, the main one is Faith. 

This year, we had to learn to have a lot of Faith, especially when it got difficult. We had to figure out how to adjust to these new and strange changes, and what truly helped us do so was Faith. Faith in the belief that we’d still be able to spread God’s Love and participate in acts of service despite these circumstances. Faith in the fact that we’re a strong community, able to accomplish and overcome the things that we once considered challenging. And most importantly, Faith in the principle to never lose hope, for everything is slowly starting to dissolve in a circle of joy. 

Things are getting better, and they’ll look up even more if we follow the path that God wants us to follow. Whether it’s donating to a charity, or providing a helping hand to a friend in need, we can find a way to help. Contributing in acts of service has been our mission ever since we first set foot upon this school. It’s a mission now, and it’ll always be. It should never change. Because coming together to lift others up is what spreads love and kindness. And that’s more valuable than anything else.

Learning & Loving Core Value Speech – Nick Moll 

Here at ASA two of our core values are learning and loving. These values are demonstrated on a daily basis by our teachers, administrative staff, parents and students. Throughout the years numerous teachers have taken the time to give me the academic support I needed (especially with math, thank you Mr. Kress). I have developed great relationships with my teachers and feel they really care about my success and growth. Playing on the ASA basketball and baseball teams have taught me that it’s not always about winning, but more about the trust you build with your teammates and coaches.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for schools to offer consistent in-person learning to their students.  Since the beginning of the school year the ASA staff recognized the social and academic benefits of in-person learning. They developed a safe plan so we could be in the classroom learning five days a week. I am so grateful I was able to attend my entire 8th grade school year in-person learning alongside my classmates and teachers.  

I’m thankful that ASA has always promoted kindness and taught us to care for one another. I will cherish the many memories, experiences and friendships I have made at ASA. On behalf of the 8th grade class we would like to thank the teachers, administrative staff and parents for instilling these core values that will help us prepare for highschool and beyond.

Thank you.  

Despite COVID, this year’s graduates accumulated over 300 service hours and a number of other praiseworthy accomplishments. Here is the ASA class of 2021 and a snapshot of their achievements: 

Academic Excellence Award - The Educational Excellence Award is bestowed on students who have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5, AND who have scored at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT or MAPs standardized tests.

  • Edem Denoo
  • Grace Ellis
  • Isabelle Mitchell
  • Mei Moore
  • Josh Murray
  • Niko Patterson
  • Hadrian Smith

Faith Core Value Award - The Faith Achievement Award is given to students who model what it means to Be Like Christ.
  • Edem Denoo

  • HadrianSmith

  • Niko Patterson

Learning Core Value Award - The Learning Achievement Award is given to students showing tremendous academic growth, and a commitment to learning.

  • Connor Calton
  • Grace Ellis
  • Nick Moll
  • Francine Moore
  • Olivia Ontiveros
  • Cadan Wodarek
Loving Core Value Award - The Loving Achievement Award is given to students who are models of one or more of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

  • Jaighdyn Fyolek
  • Wehazit Gherihiwet
  • Owen Ott
  • Maya Schaab
  • Tommy Stanton
  • Isabella Tardani
  • Thomas VanWeezel
Serving Core Value Award - The Service Achievement Award is given to students who demonstrate joy in serving or the development of outstanding leadership skills.

  • Emma Bajdek
  • Isabelle Mitchell
  • Josh Murray
  • Brooklyn Ontiveros

Service Awards

Students who completed 30 hours of service in the course of this school year will be inducted into the St. Francis of Assisi Society. Students inducted tonight will receive a certificate and their name will be displayed on the perpetual plaque that hangs in the ASA Upper Campus  entryway.   

  • Isabelle Mitchell
  • Nick Moll
  • Brooklyn Ontiveros
  • Olivia Ontiveros
  • Isabella Tardani

Many students completed 40 hours or more of service to our school and parishes. These students will be inducted into the St. Francis of Assisi Society but will also receive the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Service Award pin. Their names will appear on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the entryway of the ASA Upper Campus.

  • Isabelle Mitchell
  • Nick Moll
Bishop Baraga Award - The venerable Frederic Baraga was a missionary, priest and Bishop known for his many works in our state of Michigan, even spending some time in Grand Rapids. 

Bishop Baraga exemplified the core values of All Saints Academy during his years of ministry. Faith. Learning. Loving. Serving. 

Our 2021 recipient of the Bishop Baraga award also exemplifies our core values of faith, learning, loving and serving. Congratulations to Isabelle Mitchell!

Band Director's Award: Niko Patterson
Jazz Band Award: Josh Murray

Since a band concert was not possible this year we recorded 1 performance by the 8th grade this spring: 

Congratulations Class of 2021!