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Unsung Hero: Swimmer, Scholar, & Future UCLA Bruin

Unsung Hero: Swimmer, Scholar, & Future UCLA Bruin

Congratulations to Kaitlin MacDonald '21, a captain of the Raider Girls Swimming & Diving Team, on being named a Commonwealth Motors Unsung Hero by The Eagle-Tribune.

Kaitlin MacDonald '21

Kaitlin will be attending UCLA in the fall.


Saluting the Commonwealth Motors Unsung Heroes

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.


Central Catholic Swimming


Katie is from a long line of Central scholar-athletes including dad, Chip MacDonald, and brother, Daniel. Both later played football at Tufts.

Coach Carlton Cronin said, “In our last meet, she was spectacular in the 200 freestyle. She went out fast and hung on. It was the best swim from our team this season.”

The senior scholar from Andover also is a synchronized swimmer.

She won the Dartmouth Book Award and has been accepted to several top schools including UCLA, Cal-Berkeley, NYU and Tufts.

She works at Whole Foods and has two beagles (Susie and Willow).

During the pandemic, Katie taught herself how to play guitar.

Her favorite teacher is English teacher Michael Clements.

Two swimmers in pool

Kaitlin MacDonald '21, on right, with teammate Nadine Sader '21


Congratulations, Katie! Thank you for all you do for your team, for Central Catholic, and for the greater community.


Underwater photo of the Raider Girls Swimming & Diving Team

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes who competed in the Fall 2 Sports Season!

The Fall 2 Sports Season (established in response to the pandemic) included:

  • Cheerleading
  • Boys Indoor Track
  • Girls Indoor Track
  • Football (Soph., JV and Varsity)
  • Football (Freshman)
  • Girls Swimming and Diving

Good luck to all of our teams and student-athletes competing in the Spring Sports Season!

For upcoming games and updates:


Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition
Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,300 students from over 60 cities and towns. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

For more information, please visit, call 978-682-0260, or email

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.

Raider Athletics

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Central Catholic offers twenty-seven (27) Varsity sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) as well as two (2) seasons of Cheerleading under the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

More than half of our student body, approximately 800 students, compete on at least one of these teams, an experience that fosters teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence, lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.