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Senior Spotlight - Ryan Hubeny Headed to USC!

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It was just a few short years ago when one of Montini Catholic's most recent graduates, Ryan Hubeny '22, walked through the doors - 'stepping up' as a 7th grader from St. Mary of Gostyn School in Downers Grove - full of dreams of the day he would join brother, Jimmy '21 and officially become a full-fledge Montini Catholic Bronco.   Fast forward four (extremely fast) years and Ryan is packing his bags and heading west to become a Traveler at USC (the University of Southern California) - with only the sky as his limit.

"I am very excited!  USC is a great school with a great campus, academics, and student life," says Ryan who also fielded scholarship offers from the University of Alabama, the University of Illinois and Clemson University.  "Simply getting into USC is a great accomplishment for me, and I was pretty shocked and happily surprised to see that I got in." (In its comprehensive 2022 ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 19th among more than 1,000 public and private universities. Among all California institutions - public and private - only USC, Caltech and Stanford University ranked within the top 20.)

Ryan, an Advanced Placement Scholar and Illinois State Scholar, was proud to have earned generous scholarship offers from USC.  He was among nine Montini Catholic Broncos earning over $500,000 in academic scholarship offers this spring.  He will be majoring in Business Administration in the Marshall School of Business.  "USC is a prestigious university with many benefits, so choosing to go there was not too difficult of a decision to make.  It is also in downtown Los Angeles, and I have never been to the west coast. It will be a much different lifestyle than I am used to, but I am still very excited to go!"

Parents, and Montini Catholic grads themselves, James '96 and Katie Doll Hubeny '96 are also looking forward to this great opportunity for Ryan.  "They know it is a great school that will help me find a great career after graduating. My mom is a little nervous about me going all the way to California for college, but it’s worth it to go to USC!" (Katie Doll Hubeny '96 is currently serving her first year as Montini Catholic's Alumni Director.)

Ryan was most recently recognized for being an Academic All Star and recipient of the President's Award for Academic Excellence.  He is also the recipient of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce's Educational Foundation (WCCEF) Scholarship.  He was a member of Montini's National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (Math) Honor Society and helped lead the Bronco Math Team to their 6th place inState finish this past spring. In addition to his academic achievements, he received the IHSA Scholastic Recognition Award his junior and senior year and received Academic All Conference honors in two sports, Golf and Volleyball.  Ryan was one of few selected to help welcome potential Broncos to campus throughout his time at Montini, representing the Lasallian college preparatory school as a Student Ambassador.  He also served as a senior leader at Montini's Kairos retreat and lent his time as a member of Lasallian Youth.  He inspired many by proudly attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. with his peers during his freshman and sophomore years.

His academic, extracurricular and service accomplishments in addition to his excellent attitude and willingness to get involved earned Ryan his Paul VI Award this year, one of Montini's highest honors, announced during Montini's Founder's Day ceremony on May 20th.

"Montini has prepared me for college through the independent teaching style some teachers have in my upper level classes," says Ryan. "This style of teaching gave me a good feel for what college courses will be like."  Ryan has nothing but praises for Math teacher, Mrs. Chrissy McManus - crediting her for playing a huge role in the success he's achieved at Montini. "She showed me that I have the ability to achieve any goal I want if I set my mind to it. Especially in Calculus junior year, she pushed me to be the best student I could be, and it taught me how to be disciplined and successful as a student. She has inspired me by supporting me in anything I do whether or not it involves math. Without Mrs. McManus, I definitely would not be where I am today."

Will he miss Montini Catholic once he gets to the City of Angels? According to Ryan - absolutely! "Montini has a close-knit community and family atmosphere like no other school I have been a part of, and I will surely miss that. At Montini, you feel like you know everyone, and we all have each other’s best interests at heart. I see Montini more as a community than it is a school, so I will miss having that feeling of a community. I am truly thankful for Montini and everything they have done to help me get through high school and onto USC. I have never felt more welcomed and cared for than I have at Montini. The faculty and staff at Montini are the kindest people I have ever met, and I will always be grateful for how they have helped me succeed."

Montini Catholic's faculty and staff take pride each spring as college decisions are announced and Broncos are sent all over the country.  "We have students this year and practically every year going to all four corners of the United States," said President Jim Segredo.  "We are so thrilled for students like Ryan who take the bold steps to put themselves out there and make decisions that can be quite scary at such a young age.  We know he is going to love it at USC and we're so proud of him - we can't wait to hear about his successes in college. Go Broncos - Go Travelers!"

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