Montini Catholic proudly awarded senior Sawyer White (Downers Grove) with the 2022 Kathy Filipiak Scholar/Athlete Award. The senior athletes accepted their awards during the Lasallian high school's annual Founder's Day ceremonies on May 20th. Each year, a recipient of the Kathy Filipiak Scholar/Athlete Award is chosen by the Lasallian college preparatory high school's Athletic Department in honor of former Assistant Principal, Kathleen Filipiak.
Kathleen Filipiak began her career at Montini Catholic in 1975 and retired in 2015 after 40 years of service. In addition to teaching PE and Science at Montini, Ms. Filipiak spearheaded an extensive girls' athletic program, beginning with volleyball. Filipiak was also Montini's first girls' sports coordinator. The Filipiak Award was presented to Sawyer for her excellence in academic and athletic participation throughout her four years as a Bronco.
Sawyer is a two sport achiever and has committed to joining the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington) this fall where she'll be swapping her maroon and gold for the Titan green and representing the Titans in two sports - Soccer and Basketball. Her impressive athletic - and academic career as a Bronco has easily earned her the Kathy Filipiak Scholar/Athlete Award. She was named All Conference during her freshman, junior and senior years of soccer (her sophomore season was canceled due to Covid restrictions in 2020) and named All Sectional this past season. She received All Conference for the winter season as well due to her abilities on the basketball court - and was named IBCA All-State Special Mention after the 2021-22 season. Throughout her four years on the court and field - she has achieved All Academic All Conference status in both Basketball and Soccer and received the IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award her junior and senior years - proving that her enthusiasm for achievement and success does not stop with athletics.
Sawyer is an involved member of Montini's Student Government and National Honor Society. She was recognized last school season for being Bronco Student of the Month for representing Montini's Lasallian values and traditions - and was most recently named an Academic All Star at Montini. She earned Illinois State Scholar accolades - ranking academically among Illinois' top 10% as well as the President's Award for Academic Excellence.
Sawyer is looking forward to pursuing a career in Elementary Education while at Illinois Wesleyan University.