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Commended! Our National Merit® Scholarship Program Students


Commended! Our National Merit® Scholarship Program Students

Congratulations to the Central Catholic seniors who were recently recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Program, including six "Commended Students" and a National Merit® Semifinalist.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes academically talented high school students.

CCHS Principal Mrs. Doreen Keller '71PMA presented the students with a Letter of Commendation for their academic accomplishments.

Commended Students

National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist

Read more about each student below.

"The entire Central Catholic community is incredibly proud of the academic success of these talented students," said Mrs. Doreen Keller. "We have faith that they will all accomplish wonderful things moving forward."

 

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About the 'Commented Students' Program

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

 

Meet the Scholars...


Sydney L. Demers '23 

Sydney L. Demers '23  

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: North Andover 
  • Middle School: North Andover Middle School 

Activities

  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track
  • Mock Trial, Captain
  • Chinese Culture Club, President
  • Peer Leaders
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Ambassadors  
  • Service: Special Olympics

In Her Words

Serving others...

"I really enjoyed volunteering in the Special Olympics - track and basketball. It’s a fun mix of volunteering and my favorite sports, and it’s nice to see everyone supporting and encouraging each other."

Her teachers...

"I'm grateful for all of her teachers, but in particular Mr. Welch (Joseph W. Welch '90, English Teacher). "Mr. Welch was one of my track coaches and my AP English teacher, so he saw all my ups and downs and supported me through it all."

The Central Catholic family...

"Central Catholic does a good job in creating a warm and fun community," said Sydney. "From the Red Sea to Pep Rallies, it's always genuinely fun to participate in school activities - they’re invigorating." 

Raider Legacy and her future...

Sydney is part of a Raider legacy with father Eric M. Demers '92 and brother and current CCHS student Ryan A. Demers '25.

Sydney looks forward to studying business, law, or physics in the future.

 


Colin S. Fague '23

Colin S. Fague '23

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Andover
  • Middle School: St. Augustine School (Andover)

Activities

  • Cross Country
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Marist Youth Group
  • National Honor Society
  • Service
    • Cor Unum (local soup kitchen)
    • Lazarus House Ministries

In His Words

Serving others...

"I love serving at Cor Unum and Lazarus House, because it really does seem to make an impact," said Colin. "It's something I can do that physically helps someone else get through their lives. Even though I was getting up at 5 a.m. on a Saturday to get to Cor Unum, it still felt more rewarding and more satisfying than sleeping late."

His teachers...

“Though all the teachers at Central tirelessly push us to our best potential, I'd like to mention my freshman and senior Biology teacher and Cross Country coach, Mr. Benedetto (Robert T. Benedetto ’89),” said Colin. “His unique style of teaching and his amazing breadth of knowledge makes for lively conversations and examples that teach the lessons better. As a coach, he pushes us to work harder than anyone else, and he himself cheers at meets harder than anyone I've ever known.”

The Central Catholic family...

"The Central Catholic community is truly a family who supports each other no matter what," said Colin. "At Central, you're always able to find a community who does something you love. Whether you love sports, art or learning about different cultures or learning and practicing your faith, there's always a group of people here - teachers and students - who will happily welcome you in.”

Raider Legacy and his future...

Colin is part of a strong CCHS legacy with sister Lindsay Fague '09 and brothers Jeremy R. Fague '12, Justin D. Fague '15, Aidan E. Fague '19, and current student Brendan Fague '26.

After Central Catholic, Colin hopes to explore options in the medical field, possibly in the sports medicine or pediatrics path.

 


Anthony D. Kim '23

Anthony D. Kim '23

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Andover
  • Middle School: The Pike School (Andover)

Activities

  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Service: Camp

In His Words

Serving others...

Worked with elementary school students from the New York/New Jersey area for a zoom camp. “I really was able to bring out the kid’s personalities and interactions almost as if the camp was in-person.”

His teachers...

"I would like to thank Mr. Joyal (Matthew J. Joyal '08, Social Studies Teacher), Mr. Welch (Joseph W. Welch '90, English Teacher), Mr. Lynch (Joseph A. Lynch, Social Studies Teacher), and Mr. Cavanaugh (Richard Cavanaugh, Science Teacher)," said Anthony. "Mr. Joyal taught me how to be organized, Mr. Welch for pushing me to the brink and squeezing the very best out of me under any circumstances, Mr. Lynch for being the ideal teacher: patient, caring, and understanding, and Mr. Cavanaugh for all his support in my physics classes."

The Central Catholic family...

"The aspect of family makes Central very special,” said Anthony. “Even though I came in as a transfer, who didn’t know how to make friends, didn’t have any, and didn’t have a clue as to what would be going on, people from the different parts of Central - whether it be teachers, teammates, coaches or classmates - accepted me for who I was, gave me advice to be better, and asked help from me with their own problems. I integrated seamlessly with the crowd, being able to stay unique in the red sea of individuality.”

Raider Legacy and his future...

Anthony is leading a Raider Legacy consisting of himself and his younger brothers Darren J. Kim '24 and Sean H. Kim '26

Anthony aspires to be an engineer and is applying to some of the leading schools in the country.

 


Allyson D. Lightburn '23

Allyson D. Lightburn '23

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Andover
  • Middle School: Wood Hill Middle School (Andover)

Activities

  • Swimming & Diving Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Peer Leaders
  • Hurricanes Swim Team
  • Community Service
    • Sunday Swim at the Reading YMCA

In Her Words

"Central is a special place because the students, administrators, and teachers are all friendly and compassionate."

She is a part of a Raider Legacy with her sister Margaret E. Lightburn '23.

Allyson plans to attend college and graduate school for law.

 


Margaret E. Lightburn '23

Margaret E. Lightburn '23

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Andover
  • Middle School: Wood Hill Middle School (Andover)

Activities

  • Swimming & Diving Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Peer Leaders
  • Hurricanes Swim Team
  • Community Service
    • Sunday Swim at the Reading YMCA

In Her Words

"The Central Catholic Community is always supportive."

She is a part of a Raider Legacy with her sister Allyson D. Lightburn '23.

Margaret plans to attend college.

 


Caleb M. Scotch '23

Caleb M. Scotch '23

  • National Merit® Commended Student
  • Hometown: Amesbury
  • Middle School: Amesbury Middle School

Activities

  • Robotics Team, Captain
  • Mock Trial, Co-Captain
  • Project Recycle
  • Competitive Dance
  • Competitive Archery
    • Barebow Massachusetts State Champion
    • Ranked 4th Nation-Wide

In His Words

Serving others...

"As a leader of the CCHS Project Recycle, I'm pushing to make CCHS more aware of the environmental struggles our earth faces and the small things we can do to change that," said Caleb. "Things like announcements at lunch, posters around the school and collecting bottles and cans during lunches can all help us make CCHS a ‘greener’ place."

His teachers...

"Mrs. Loycano (EllenMarie Loycano, Mathematics Teacher) made time for everyone, whether we were struggling with a math problem or just wanted to tell her how our day was going - Mrs. Loycano would make her students her top priority," said Caleb.

"Mr. Cavanaugh (Richard Cavanaugh, Science Teacher) made classes fun and engaging, not just focusing on the academic side of physics, but providing us with entertaining stories and problem sets that kept us engaged in the material and in the class. He would often play the guitar at the end of classes and his physics class became a special place for us to not only learn but enjoy ourselves."

The Central Catholic family...

"Central Catholic offers something for everyone!" said Caleb. "Whether you're interested in academics, sports or technology, CCHS offers a pathway to make the high school experience truly unique. In one word, Central is special because it provides Opportunity.”

Raider Legacy and his future...

Caleb is part of a strong Raider Legacy with brother Aaron C. Scotch '17 and sister Hanna K. Scotch '19.

After graduation, Caleb plans to major in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Zero-Gravity Mechanics and a possible minor in Aerospace or Nuclear Engineering.

 


National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist

Ranjana Ramesh '23

About Ranjana Ramesh '23

(Originally compiled December 2021)

  • Hometowns: Lowell and Chelmsford
  • Middle School: Ste Jeanne d'Arc School, Lowell
  • AP Scholar with Honor
  • DECA Glass Award Winner (top 10 internationally)
  • President, Student Council Executive Board

Activities

  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Gavel Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Student Council (E-Board)
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Theatre Guild
  • Visions Literary & Arts Magazine
  • Outside of CCHS
    • research and studying Psychological First Aid
    • Volunteering with the Red Cross
    • Volunteering with the FEMA
    • Tutoring

Click here to read more about Ranjana: National Merit® Semifinalist, Class President, & International Award Winner.

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Congratulations to these scholars on their impressive achievements!



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Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. 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.

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