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AMDG Award

Overview of AMDG Award

The AMDG award is given to the student who epitomizes the mission and vision of Bishop Canevin High School while doing all things for the “Greater Glory of God.” This award began in Fall 2019 and is voted on by the administration to honor senior students who especially demonstrate the mission of the school. Students selected honor God in all aspects of their lives. Senior Maddie Maziarz was the first-ever recipient.

Grace Ravenstahl

Senior Grace Ravenstahl was recognized as the inaugural 2022-2023 recipient of Bishop Canevin’s prestigious AMDG Award given to students who exemplify Bishop Canevin’s mission by ‘Doing All Things for the Greater Glory of God.’ Grace is a 4-time Carson Scholar, member of the National Honor Society, has earned perfect attendance, is a Junior Achievement officer, editor of the Leonid newspaper, and, as producer of BCTV, recently worked on off-hours projects including videos for the Grace Gaita Spaghetti Dinner and Black History Month Day Away.

John Ridilla



It is our great pleasure to announce Senior John Ridilla as the recipient of Bishop Canevin’s AMDG given to students who actively live Bishop Canevin’s mission by “Doing All Things for the Greater Glory of God.”


John continues the tradition of excellence in the classroom by carrying a 4.27 GPA and displaying academic consistency earning High Honors in all (14) quarters grades 9-12. 

In what is likely to resonate with future employers, John has never missed a day of school while enrolled at Bishop Canevin.  Not only been present but he has been on time for all 633 days he has been enrolled at Bishop Canevin. John’s daily actions reflect a true ‘Person for Others’ in a variety of ways. Completely unsolicited, John is one of the first students to arrive each morning and on his own spaces out the chairs in the cafeteria in an effort to keep us safe and socially distant throughout the school day.


Currently with Mr. Wiegand injured, John sets up for morning Phys. Ed classes well before most people have even arrived. John is highly involved in BC Athletics participating in (4) varsity sports and is considered a model teammate by coaches and fellow team members. “John exemplifies what it means to put we before me as an athlete, teammate, and competitor. His unselfishness and willingness to learn to learn and dedication to the team make him a pleasure to coach. (Head Soccer Coach Wes Burdette)”. “John is totally focused and committed to the success of the team.  He is proud to represent Bishop Canevin in everything he participates in, and we are proud to have him represent the school, (Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Pete Barakat).”


John is actively involved in both his parish and community. For (4) years he has accompanied Fr. Dan Sweeney to Appalachia building homes for those in need.  For the past (3)years he has served as recreation director for St. Therese Vacation Bible School and is a volunteer coach for the St. Therese Girls Volleyball and Basketball teams. A student with a deep appreciation for the history of Bishop Canevin High School, this student John has carved out for himself his own unique place in our school’s history. It is my pleasure to announce John Ridilla as the latest recipient of Bishop Canevin’s AMDG Award.

Mac Johnson

Bishop Canevin High School is pleased to announce Senior Mac Johnson as the latest recipient of its prestigious AMDG Award. The AMDG Award is presented to students who exemplify Bishop Canevin’s mission by doing all things for the “Greater Glory of God”.  Academically, Mac has earned High Honor distinction each quarter. That performance has qualified him for membership in both the National Honor Society and Bishop Canevin’s St. Ignatius Scholar Program.  Mac has demonstrated high academic achievement across all subject areas and has been selected for Departmental Awards in Social Studies, Religion, Math, and Spanish during his tenure at BC. He is a student who continues to challenge himself having taken (17) Honors and Advanced Placement courses.


Outside of the classroom, Mac is a valued member and holds officer positions in many BC clubs and extracurricular activities including Book, Science, and International Club.  He is a member of the Academic Team that recently qualified for Nationals, plays on the BC Volleyball team, and is the Editor of the Leonid. This fall he took on the role as Public Address Announcer for the Marching Crusaders. Mac has also proved to be a difference maker in his local community. He is currently working on a partnership between BC and the Carnegie Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  This relationship will provide service opportunities and exposure to cultural events for BC Students.  Additionally, Mac has recently been elected and sworn in as a Junior Councilperson at the most recent Carnegie Borough Council Meeting. This role will engage Mac in borough projects, government projects, and provide the opportunity for him to attend council meetings and participate in community events. Having been previously recognized at his grade school, St Philip’s, for exemplifying Christian values, Mac Johnson is a true “Person for Others” and is well deserving of this prestigious award.