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Honoring Academic Excellence: Meet Our Valedictorian and Salutatorians


Honoring Academic Excellence: Meet Our Valedictorian and Salutatorians

Congratulations to the academic leaders of the Class of 2021!

Three members of Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2021 earned their way to the head of the class.

Maria Mataac '21 (on right) was named Valedictorian, while Olivia Benvenuto '21 (on left) and Kangqi Kevin Ni '21 (not pictured) were named Co-Salutatorians.

Congratulations to these accomplished Raiders!

Kevin is an International Student currently in China and was unavailable for photos.

 

Congratulations to Maria Mataac ‘21, Valedictorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2021!

Maria Mataac '21 in courtyard

This fall, Maria will be attending Northeastern University (MA) as a member of the Honors Program.

Maria is a resident of Newbury, MA.

Throughout her four years at CCHS, Maria successfully completed 12 AP Courses and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She also participated in several activities at CCHS including: Girls Varsity Tennis (Captain), Liturgical Band (Officer/Pianist), Passport Club (Co-President), National Honor Society (President), Girls Varsity Basketball (Manager), JV Girls Basketball, Student Ambassadors (Leadership Team), Visions Coffeehouse (performer), Student Alumni Association, Catwalk4Cancer, JV Girls Soccer, and Marist Mentors.

“Central Catholic pushed me to do my best in academics, while also stressing the importance of community and personal relationships,” said Maria. “My teachers instilled in me a joy of learning that makes academic work feel much less like a burden. I hope to carry that forward in my life by building a career that does not feel like “just a job.” The sports teams and clubs of which I’ve been a part have developed my ability to navigate challenges and achieve success as part of a group. Finally, the CCHS administration, my teachers, my classmates, and my friends have shown me time after time that the greatest personal success can be achieved when surrounded by people who uplift and support you.”

 

Congratulations to Olivia Benvenuto '21, Co-Salutatorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2021!

Olivia Benvenuto '21 in courtyard

This fall, Olivia will be attending Carnegie Mellon University (PA).

Olivia is a resident of North Andover, MA.

Throughout her four years at CCHS, Olivia successfully completed 12 AP Courses and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She also participated in several activities at CCHS including: Anime Club (Executive Board), National Honor Society (Secretary), Theater Guild, Concert Choir, Central Harmony, Student Ambassadors, and Visions Literary Magazine and Coffeehouses. 
 
“At Central Catholic, I have not only learned skills to succeed in school, such as what studying approaches work best for me or how to organize a schedule, but during my time here, I have grown as an individual as well,” said Olivia. “I’ve met some amazing people who are incredibly supportive and encouraging, and their positive attitudes have helped inspire me to challenge myself and take risks. Additionally, my teachers at CCHS have greatly encouraged participation and discussion. They pushed me to challenge myself and pursue a heavy academic workload, but to also ask for help, from teachers or classmates, because learning from each other can be just as important as learning the material itself. In short, CCHS has taught me skills not only to succeed academically in college, but also to become a better version of myself.”

 

Congratulations to Kangqi Kevin Ni ‘21, Co-Salutatorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2021!

Kangqi Kevin Ni '21 with poster Region IV Science Fair

This fall, Kangqi will be attending Rice University (TX).

Kevin is an international student from China who lived with a host family in Haverhill.
 
Throughout his four years at CCHS, Kangqi successfully completed 11 AP Courses and is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National AP Scholar. He also participated in several activities at CCHS including: Robotics Club, Math Team, and Science Olympiad.
 
“The most valuable lesson I learned at Central Catholic is that success requires hard work. The final outcome is always a reflection of the amount of effort you put in,” said Kangqi. “CCHS has also provided me with the opportunities to participate in the extracurricular activities that I am really passionate about, like going to competitions and events with my best friends.” 

 

Congratulations to Maria, Olivia, and Kevin for their accomplishments! 

The President and the Principal holding graduate signs in the Courtyard

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Visit the Class of 2021 page for upcoming events and additional information!



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 1,200 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.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

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.