Tampa Catholic Honors Andrew Joseph III At Senior Farewell

TAMPA, Fla. -- Parents Andrew Joseph II and Deanna Joseph are presented with an honorary diploma by Tampa Catholic High School Principal.

A little over 4 years ago Andrew Joseph, III was an 8th student at St. Stephens in Riverview.  He applied to Tampa Catholic and looked forward to being a student-athlete and represent the green and white as a Crusader in high school. Tragically, Andrew lost his life before he could realize his dreams. 

This week we remember Andrew, and the qualities that made him part of our TC Family, the Crusader qualities remembered by his mother Mrs. Joseph. 

“Andrew Joseph III was our only son, he was kind and generous and possessed many of characteristics of a well-rounded human being. Andrew had many friends, he was and advocate for those who struggled with self-esteem or lacked motivation. 

Andrew was an exceptional athlete, he loved being in activities and energizing those around him. Andrew had a great sense of humor and could always look to the bright side of issues, he was the child every parent would dream of by his love for Christ and his family.

When Andrew was alive he had a deep desire to attend Tampa Catholic High School, he knew that this was the one place that was Christ driven and carried the mission of service with love and integrity. His love and light continue to resonate today, 4 years since he was killed.”

Andrew was accepted to Tampa Catholic but his acceptance letter arrived after his death.  That letter is a cherished memento in the Joseph household.  It speaks to affinity and love that Andrew and his family have for Tampa Catholic.

He would have been a senior, set to graduate from Tampa Catholic High School this month, had he lived to grow up into a young adult.  Andrew’s path was cut short in 2014 when he was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 4.  Since this time, Andrew’s family and local community groups have made an effort to work with local government to continually improve the safety of Student Fair Day. He is remembered by the tireless work of the Andrew Joseph Foundation.

This week at the Senior Farewell event, we remembered and honored Andrew’s memory by issuing him an honorary diploma with the Class of 2018, his high school graduation year.  Andrew will always be a Crusader.

About Tampa Catholic High School is located in central Tampa and derives its 762 students from all areas of Hillsborough and surrounding counties. TC is the only co-educational Catholic diocesan high school in Hillsborough County and serves a diverse student population, both Catholic and non-Catholic. The school offers Honors, College Prep, Advance Placement and Dual Enrollment courses of study. TC students consistently score above state and national averages on SAT and ACT tests with 100% of graduates continuing on to a college or university.