Now in its 19th year, the Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann School of Excellence award is awarded annually by the Catholic Education Foundation to a partnering K-8 Catholic school receiving support from CEF’s traditional scholarship program.
From their multi-age Faith Family program to their new STREAM classroom and "Be Holy Cross" mantra, Holy Cross Catholic School is bringing the truth, beauty, and goodness of Catholic education to families throughout their Overland Park community.
Each year, the Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann CEF School of Excellence Award is given to the K-8 CEF school that demonstrates the most exceptional performance in five key areas of school and student body development:
The Catholic Education Foundation is proud to recognize Holy Cross Catholic School as the 2023 Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann CEF School of Excellence at this year's Gaudeamus benefit gala on Saturday, October 28th at the Overland Park Convention Center.
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2022 – St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Marysville, KS
2021 – St. Patrick Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2020 – Christ the King Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2019 – St. Benedict Catholic School, Atchison, KS
2018 – Christ the King Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2017 – Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral, Kansas City, KS
2016 – Holy Family Catholic School, Topeka, KS
2015 – Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral, Kansas City, KS
2014 – St. Matthew Catholic School, Topeka, KS
2013 – St. Patrick Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2012 – St. Matthew Catholic School, Topeka, KS
2011 – Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral, Kansas City, KS
2010 – Our Lady of Unity Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2009 – Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral, Kansas City, KS
2008 – Mater Dei Catholic School, Topeka, KS
2007 – St. Patrick Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
2006 – Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, Seneca, KS
2005 – Christ the King Catholic School, Kansas City, KS
The 2022 Gaudeamus gala chairs were Kyle and Nicole Hill and Jake and Ashley Rieke.
Jake Rieke and Nicole Davila Hill are grandchildren of Tom and Mickey Zarda, one of CEF's founding families.
Jake Rieke, COO of Ernie Rieke Equipment, is a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and serves as the Grand Knight of St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus council. Ashley, an event coordinator, is a graduate of Bishop Miege High School and has served as co-chair for the school auction at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shawnee, where their three children attend elementary school.
Kyle and Nicole Hill are both graduates of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. They have two young sons and are accomplished entrepreneurs. Together, they run Hill Homes KC, a remodel and home design company, and Kyle is the founder and CEO of Tywoo Technologies.
Both couples are members of the St. Joseph parish in Shawnee and share a passion for Catholic education.
The 2022 Gaudeamus committee included: Stephen and Joan Charbonneau, Andy and Stephanie Eilert, Brad and Katie Inman, Shannon Lillis, Darren and Janet Lovick, Mary Parrigon, Colin and Micala Quinn, Tom and Katy Rottinghaus, Chris and Megan Schumm, John and Rose Shaw, Jolynn Taratino, and Jeff and Amy Zeller
Together, they helped us recognize our founding leaders and celebrate 25 years of Catholic Education Foundation’s impact at the 2022 Gaudeamus benefit gala.
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