Joe Falco, Class of 1990, was named St. Isidore School’s Distinguished Graduate of the Year for 2019, announced at this week’s 8th grade end-of-year awards assembly. Joe is an Executive Recruiter for United Health Group and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of IL, and currently sits on the SIS school board. His background, volunteer/support activities for the school and other credentials as set forth by the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Graduate of the Year criteria qualified Joe for the honor, who was selected after being nominated by SIS faculty and staff.
This year’s honoree is a strong supporter and advocate for Catholic education, attended both a Catholic elementary and high school, and sends his own children to SIS because of his strong faith and belief that God and faith should be center of our lives. He believes that faith needs to be our foundation before we can focus on other things, whether it be our education or career, and feels we need to encourage our children to recognize that all we do, we do for God’s glory.
Joe has stayed connected to SIS through the years in several ways. He is a member of the St. Isidore School board of directors, is a PADS volunteer, has and continues to volunteer at many St. Isidore events and fund raisers, and helps coach both St. Isidore and other of his kids’ sports teams.
Perhaps making Joe’s award occurring in 2019 even more special, is that he is the dad of one of our 2019 graduates, daughter Alyssa, who was in attendance at the awards assembly, as was Joe’s wife Rita, his parents and parents-in-law. Joe also has a son, 6th grader Caden, currently a student at SIS.
Joe now joins six of his fellow alumni who have received the DGOY award since it was resurrected by the school in 2014. His name will join them on a plaque that is displayed on a wall at the entrance of the school.
“While in past years the Distinguished Graduate of the Year Award was presented at the annual Gala/auction dinner dance, we thought that a better time and place to recognize this year’s winner was at the 8th grade awards day,” explained SIS Director of Development Mike Yerly who provided those in attendance Joe’s background and qualifications before Fr. Jim Murphy and Principal Cyndi Collins presented Joe his award. “We wanted the 8th graders to see firsthand a perfect example of what being an alumnus of St. Isidore School is all about, and the importance of staying connected to their grade school alma mater.”