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Academic Excellence: Meet Our Salutatorian & Valedictorian

Academic Excellence: Meet Our Salutatorian & Valedictorian

Congratulations to the academic leaders of the Class of 2022!

Two members of the Class of 2022 have earned their way to the head of the class.

Zachary Channen '22 (on right) was named Valedictorian, and Caroline Clark '22 (on left) was named Salutatorian.

Congratulations to these accomplished Raiders!


Zachary Channen '22 in the Memorial Gymnasium

About Zachary Channen '22, Valedictorian

  • National Merit® Scholarship Finalist
  • Hometown: Methuen
  • Middle School: Comprehensive Grammar School

A Bright Future

This fall, Zach will be attending Harvard University (MA), where he plans to major in Economics with a focus on government policy.


  • Varsity Tennis (Captain)
  • DECA (Vice President)
  • Student Alumni Association (E-Board Member)
  • Student Ambassadors
  • National Honor Society
  • In-House Math Club
  • Youth Tennis Instructor, Cedardale Health and Fitness

Academic Excellence

Zachary has successfully completed 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout his four years at CCHS.

He is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

"I enjoyed the challenge presented by many of my classes, as well as the variety and flexibility allotted to students in the course selection process. I enrolled in AP Macroeconomics as a junior, and this class was instrumental in my decision to major in Economics."

Zachary Channen '22 with Mrs. Doreen Keller, Principal

Beyond the Classroom

Outside of the classroom, he participated in a variety of activities including Tennis Team (Captain, Two Years), DECA (Vice-President, Two Years), the Student Alumni Association (Exec. Board), Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, and Math League.

"Central Catholic promotes a healthy balance between academics and extracurriculars," said Zachary. "There truly is something for everyone at CCHS!"

Zachary Channen '22 gets ready to serve in tennis

Committed to Service

Zachary also finds time to serve others by completing 43 hours of community service. He spent 24 hours to tutoring and mentoring students at Lawrence Catholic Academy. He also made 160 Christmas cards for nursing home residents to celebrate the holiday season during the height of the pandemic. 

Raider Pride

"Some of my favorite memories include being a part of the Red Sea, a great example of the pride Central’s students have for their school."

The Impact and Support of CCHS

"Central Catholic excels at promoting a school-life balance," said Zachary. "While CCHS offers a great college prep experience, it also features a wide variety of sports, clubs, and activities with something for everyone."

Zachary attributes some of his success to a supportive faculty, including Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06, a Mathematics Teacher, coach, and moderator.

"On Freshmen Day at Camp Marist, I met the man who became my mentor for the past four years. Mr. Sansoucie has played a huge role in my high school journey over the last four years. I have been fortunate to have him as a teacher, tennis coach, and club moderator, and he consistently encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. I credit much of my extracurricular success to his support and motivation."

"He is the moderator for DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and the Math Club. He taught my AP Macroeconomics class last year and has provided me with great support in and out of the classroom. No one cheered louder than Mr. Sansoucie when I won my district event for DECA in its inaugural year!"

"His encouragement and dedication to the success of his students, both academically and personally, has impacted not only my life but many of my peers as well. I know when I reflect back on my time at Central Catholic, some of my favorite memories will involve Mr. Sansoucie."

A Raider Legacy

Zachary's grandfather, Edward J. Schroeder Jr. '58, is a Central Catholic graduate. 



About Caroline Clark '22, Salutatorian 

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Haverhill
  • Middle School: Sacred Hearts School, Bradford

A Bright Future

This fall, Caroline will be attending Boston College (MA). She's interested in studying English, biochemistry, and cognitive neuroscience.


  • Theatre Guild
  • Student Ambassadors
  • National Honor Society
  • Art Club
  • Liturgical Band & Choir
  • Campus Ministry
  • Visions Magazine & Coffeehouse
  • Competitive dancer
  • Assistant dance teacher

Academic Excellence

Throughout Caroline’s four years at CCHS, she successfully completed 11 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and is a National Merit® Commended Student.

Caroline Clark '22 with Principal Doreen Keller

Beyond the Classroom

She was also very involved in several activities including Theatre Guild, Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Art Club, Liturgical Band & Choir, Campus Ministry, Visions Magazine & Coffeehouse, Competitive Dancer, and Assistant Dance Teacher.

Students on stage

The 2021-2022 Theatre Guild performs Schooled!

Committed to Service

Caroline also finds time to serve others, as she frequently lectors at her local parish and she greatly enjoyed volunteering at Academy Manor Nursing Home before the COVID-19 outbreak, where she'd visit with residents and assist with weekly prayer services.

The Impact and Support of CCHS

"My favorite parts about CCHS are the bonds and friendships that I'll cherish for years and the supportive faculty and staff members who ensure that we students feel comfortable and cared for each day!"

"I've loved all of my teachers at Central Catholic. I would especially like to mention Mrs. Ellen Marie Loycano (mathematics teacher), who is a constant source of encouragement and support and who gave me confidence in my calculus skills, Mr. Michael Clements '94 (English teacher), who has greatly helped me in developing strong writing and analysis skills, and Mr. Richard Cavanaugh (science teacher), who has always held faith in my abilities, even when I struggled."

A Raider Legacy

Caroline’s mother, Amy (Burns) Clark '90PMA, graduated from Presentation of Mary Academy.

Congratulations to Zachary and Caroline on their accomplishments! 


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