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A Changemaker Refreshing the World

A Changemaker Refreshing the World

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Congratulations to Navin Ramesh '24 on being named a Regional Finalist in the competitive 2024 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He is one of only 250 high school seniors nationwide – one of just six students representing Massachusetts – competing for the scholarship.

Navin is now in the second stage of selection after the review of 1,514 Semifinalists who were chosen from among more than 103,800 applicants hoping to be named Coca-Cola Scholars this year.

Navin Ramesh '24 at Visions Coffeehouse

"It is a great honor, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to become part of this community of change-makers refreshing the world!" said Navin.

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Program furthers a legacy of service and collaboration to be leaders of the future. What I want more than anything in my future is to have a positive impact in my local community and on a larger scale, harnessing passions for equity in healthcare and education, influenced by Central’s mission of serving the least favored. I’m grateful for the support of my teachers, mentors, family, and friends, who energize me and whose encouragement and guidance have been invaluable to me."

Navin Ramesh '24 at podium

"The entire Central Catholic community is incredibly proud of Navin as he competes for this incredible scholarship opportunity," said Mrs. Doreen Keller '71PMA, CCHS Principal. "We have full confidence that Navin will proudly represent CCHS, and we look forward to witnessing the various other accolades we’re sure Navin will receive in the future. We’re very fortunate to have Navin as a student here at Central Catholic."

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About the Coca-Cola Scholarship - Refreshing the World

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation exists to bring better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others.

According to the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, Regional Finalists have been notified of their advancement and will participate in virtual interviews with a committee of Scholar alumni and staff members in the coming weeks. After these interviews are complete, 150 of the 250 Regional Finalists will become Coca-Cola Scholars, receive a $20,000 scholarship, and be honored at the 2024 Scholars Banquet on April 25 in Atlanta, GA.



Navin in the library

About Navin

  • Hometown: North Chelmsford
  • Middle School: Ste Jeanne d'Arc School, Lowell


  • Student Council E-Board
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Alumni Association
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • IYNA Neuroscience Club
  • Gavel Club
  • National Honor Society (NHS), NHS E-Board
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Visions Literary & Arts Magazine, Coffeehouse
  • Campus Ministry
  • Outside of CCHS
    • FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council
    • Volunteer for Sudanese American Medical Association
    • Congressional Intern for Massachusetts' 3rd District
    • Director of Recruitment at Interns 4-Good
    • American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer,
    • Tutoring

Navin aspires to one day enter the medical field, specializing in pain management or surgery.

"I want to become involved with public policy, enabling me to serve through medicine in impoverished areas in the U.S. and beyond, combating both physical pain and the pain of poverty. I am also hoping to serve in the armed forces at some point in my career."

Navin Ramesh '24

Navin attributes much of his success to the support he received from his teachers at CCHS. “I’d like to thank several of my teachers including Ms. Burns (Ms. Jeanne Burns, Academic Dean), Ms. Ciccolo (Ms. Stacy Ciccolo, Social Studies Teacher), Mr. McCarthy (Mr. Kevin McCarthy, Director of School & College Counseling), Mr. Benedetto (Mr. Robert Benedetto '89, Science Teacher) and Mr. Dumas (Mr. Shawn Dumas, School & College Counselor) for being coaches, teachers, mentors, and role models for me throughout my time at Central. There are many, many more faculty and staff members who have made my CCHS experience special!"

In addition to excelling academically, Navin serves on the Student Council (Exec. Board), Student Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association, DECA, IYNA Neuroscience Club, Gavel Club, National Honor Society (Exec. Board), Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Visions Coffeehouse and Magazine, and Campus Ministry.

Navin Ramesh '24 running in a cross country meet

Navin also volunteers for several organizations including the American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and the Medical Reserve Corps at local and national events and fundraisers, to name a few.

"Leading and attending retreats, orientations, and other events with Campus Ministry and working with incoming classes through Student Ambassadors are among my favorite involvements at Central," said Navin.

Navin Ramesh '24 with the president

"CCHS fosters a community of such kind and open people, resulting in a welcoming and close-knit atmosphere created by all the students and faculty who call Central home," said Navin.

Navin Ramesh '24 at podium

Outside of CCHS, Navin is also a member of the FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council, a volunteer for Sudanese American Medical Association, a Congressional Intern for Massachusetts' 3rd District, Director of Recruitment at Interns 4-Good, a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer. He also tutors.

Navin’s sister Ranjana Ramesh '23, who was Co-Valedictorian for the CCHS Class of 2023 and was also a National Merit Semifinalist and Finalist, is currently studying at Brown University (RI).

The Ramesh Family with Mr. Merrill