Catholic high school graduates share future plans


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

Engineering, kinesiology and business are among the majors that new graduates of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Davenport plan to study next. Graduates who are Catholic also plan to continue attending Mass and grow in their faith.

Some of the students recognized by their diocesan Catholic high schools shared their goals with The Catholic Messenger. Catholic high schools recognize students in various ways, such as valedictorians and salutatorians. Others may choose the president of the National Honor Society and class president for recognition.
Burlington Notre Dame

Matthew To, the school’s salutatorian, is the son of Richard and Francesca To of Burlington. They are members of Divine Mercy Parish in Burlington/West Burlington. Matthew plans to attend the University of Florida to study applied physiology and kinesiology and to continue to sing with a church choir and to cantor.


Prince of Peace Catholic School, Clinton


Jeremiah Wauford, the school’s valedictorian, is the son of Ivalyn and Jon Wauford of Clinton. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Clinton. Jeremiah plans to major in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.


Domenic Niles, the school’s salutatorian, is the son of Bradley and Lyudmyla Niles of Camanche. He plans to major in chemical engineering at Iowa State University.

Assumption High School, Davenport


Adam Heinrichs, president of the school’s National Honor Society, is the son of Tim and Missey Heinrichs of Davenport. They are members of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport. Adam plans to attend Grand Canyon University to study engineering. He hopes to serve the Church by becoming a better person and to demonstrate what a Catholic should “look like.” He said he chose Grand Canyon University in part because it is a Christian school with people devoted to their faith. “I hope to become stronger in my faith and grow as a person by surrounding myself with these people and helping others also grow closer to God.”


Jadelyn Jackson, president of the school’s student council, is the daughter of Jennifer and Michael Jackson of Davenport. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf. Jadelyn plans to attend Minnesota State University to study law. She also plans to play soccer, pray daily and attend church. “My university has a chapel right behind it, so I will encourage my teammates and friends to join me for Mass every once in a while. I plan on serving God for a long time to come.”

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Fort Madison


Mitchell Pothitakis, the school’s valedictorian, is the son of Niko and Carrie Pothitakis of Fort Madison. They are members of Harmony Bible Church. Mitchell plans to attend the University of Iowa to study human physiology. While at Iowa, he hopes to participate in college ministry and is thankful to all the teachers at Holy Trinity.

Kassidy Randolph and Jack Malinski shared honors as salutatorians.


Kassidy is the daughter of Brad and Jan Randolph of Fort Madison. They are members of Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison. Kassidy plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in criminology on the pre-law track. She feels blessed that her Catholic education allowed her to grow in her spiritual development and plans to continue that in college and beyond. “Investing time in my relationship with God through prayer is and always will be a priority in my life.”


Jack Malinski is the son of Greg and Leslie Malinski of Keokuk. They are members of Holy Family Parish. He plans to attend St. Louis University.

Regina Catholic School, Iowa City


Adam Boblenz, the school’s salutatorian, is the son of Dave and Jennifer Boblenz of Iowa City. They are members of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City. Adam plans to attend Creighton Univer-sity in Omaha to major in business finance. While at Creighton, he would like to lector at Mass and continue that ministry after college. He said he plans to support St. Patrick Parish financially.

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