2013 Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame inductees
The 2013 Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame inductees are Alumnus of the Year, Vince Krydynski III; Athlete of the Year, John Finnin; Fine Arts Distinguished Achievement, Bobby Lambert; Spirit of Marian, Edward Szymanski and Sister Marion Sitkiewitz; and Lifetime Achievement, Sister Agnes Ann Pisel.
Krydynski, a 1981 graduate and parent of 2010 graduate Hannah Krydynski, served on the Marian Catholic Advisory Board and continued his commitment when the advisory group transitioned to a board of directors.
Through the years, he has been active in the Marian Catholic Alumni Association, serving as an executive officer, and has worked prominently on several committees. An attorney with Krydynski and Frigo, he serves as a field advocate for the marriage tribunal of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is a past board member of St. Michael Catholic School.
John Finnin, a 1978 graduate, was a three sport athlete at Marian. His golf talent eventually led to four years on the golf team at the University of Miami-Florida where he perfected his craft.
In 2012, Finnin was co-medalist at the Riverside Golf Club sectional, earning him a spot in the U.S. Senior Open. The winner of 25 tournaments, Finnin played in two U.S. Amateurs, three U.S. Mid-Amateurs, three U.S. Amateur Public Links and two USGA Men’s Team State Championships representing Illinois. Finnin took home the Azalea Amateur in 1983 and competed in 13 Radix Cup teams.
Finnin, father of 2010 graduate Valerie Finnin, owns Absolute Best Cleaning Services.
Lambert has influenced Marian’s fine arts department as assistant band director since 2001. In addition to his work with the band, he has taken on the role of director of the copyrighted Marian Catholic Leadership Program.
A graduate of Western Carolina University with a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Massachusetts, Lambert also is head instructor for the WCU Summer Symposium Drum Major Camp and is a sought after guest speaker and consultant for other high schools and universities, according to a Marian spokesman.
Spirit of Marian awardee Szymanski, a 1978 graduate, is a deacon at his parish, Church of St. Mary in Park Forest.
He takes time out of his work as owner and engineer at Do-Rite Die and Engineering in South Chicago Heights, to volunteer for mission trips to Appalachia and has been a fixture in Snowball retreats at Marian.
For the past nine years, Sister Sitkiewitz is at home in every office at Marian. While stuffing envelopes, folding programs, preparing a mailing or cheering on the speech team as their “official sister,” she has molded her vocation into one with extended creativity and has had a tremendous impact on hundreds of students, families and co-workers, a Marian spokesman said.
Established in 1994 to honor graduates and friends of Marian Catholic High School who have embodied and upheld the school’s motto “teaching scholars with a soul,” the Hall of Fame has inducted 89 members.