St. Pius X High School
“To Restore All Things in Christ”
St. Pius X High School strives to instill in every student an attitude of lifelong learning in the development of their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical gifts. The 88 students in the St. Pius X graduating class of 2016
accumulated significant academic, athletic, and cooperative education scholarships and grants totaling over $4.65 million in a four year period.
From academics to athletics; the classroom to the community - these students have demonstrated versatile interests and achievements. 25 will receive Presidential Academic Excellence Awards, 17 Presidential Academic Improvement Awards, and 18 are members of the St. Pius X High School National Honor Society Chapter. Giving back to their community has also been a strong theme for this class –
earning 9,196 hours of service while in high school.
Valedictorian Luke Ross earned
National Merit Finalist Scholar Status, Top 100 Missouri Scholar and Missouri Bright Flight. In addition, five other graduates reached the 97th percentile on the ACT or SAT, thus qualifying for
Bright Flight Scholarships: Amelia Bresette, Peter Boos, Gabrielle Chirpich, William Gerstner, and Sydney Routh.
Gabrielle Chirpich, Amelia Bresette, and Anne Tomes were
SPX pioneers in the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). Spending half of each day their senior year in the CAPS program, they were immersed in professional environments, engaging in curriculum developed by industry professionals and program instructors – ensuring that what is taught in the classroom is relevant to the workforce.
Nicco Salazar and Claire Jackson were awarded the Maple Woods Superintendent's Leadership Grant which includes free tuition and fees for 1 year.
The Guatemala Mission Trip has been a big part of the summers for many of our students. During these trips, the students build stoves and water filtration systems for families. The connections they make with the Guatemalan people are invaluable. Senior Katie Pileggi commented, “I thought the trip was going to be full of fun with my friends, gathering souvenirs and helping people. Once I got there, I realized it was completely life-changing. Working side by side with the people in their homes, witnessing their spirituality and love of God, and experiencing their generosity to us was not at all what I expected.
It’s hard to explain the impact the trip made on my life. I look forward to going back to Guatemala this summer and seeking out ways to help others as I go through college.”
Nine students signed to play athletics in college: Luke Baker - baseball at Rockhurst; Trevor Cissell - soccer at UMKC; Sydney Garcia – softball at UMKC; Allison Malott, Kaitlyn Pittala, and Charlie Parrish - soccer at William Jewell; Shannon McIlhenney - track at William Woods; and Sydney Routh – soccer at Benedictine. These seniors and many others were also a part of
several district and state athletic appearances throughout their four years at St. Pius X.
Senior Mari Torres sums up her experiences at St. Pius X,
“During our four years at St. Pius X, we have been prepared spiritually and academically. I will continue to build on the foundation provided to me as I begin my studies at Fontbonne University in the fall.”