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Honoring Academic Excellence: Meet Our Valedictorian and Salutatorians

Honoring Academic Excellence: Meet Our Valedictorian and Salutatorians

Three members of the Class of 2020 earned their way to the head of the class!

Sean Vumbaco '20 has been named Valedictorian, and Mia Haynes '20 and Surabhi Keesara '20 have been named Co-Salutatorians

Congratulations to these incredibly accomplished Raiders on behalf of the Central Catholic Administration, Faculty, & Staff!! The students and their families were brought the special announcement by the CCHS Administration via Zoom.

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Congratulations to Sean Vumbaco ‘20, Valedictorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2020!

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This fall, Sean will be attending Northeastern University in Boston with a major in electrical engineering.

Sean has successfully completed 11 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and throughout his four years at CCHS, Sean he was involved in ski and snowboard club, baseball, track and field, tennis and band. 

“I'm eternally grateful to Central Catholic not just for this award, but for every experience with every person along the way that helped shape me into who I am today,” said Sean. 

Sean’s brother Kyle J. Vumbaco '18 and grandfather Michael Bellia '49 are both graduates of Central Catholic.


Congratulations to Mia Haynes '20, Co-Salutatorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2020!

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This fall, Mia will be attending University of Connecticut in Mansfield, CT with a major in biomedical engineering.

Mia has successfully completed 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and participated in many sports and clubs including Swim and Dive team, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, and Ski Club.

She also served as the Secretary of the National Honor Society and participated in Campus Ministry, the AP Capstone program, Student Ambassadors, Passport Club, Art Club, the Math Team, Camp Champagnat Leadership Institute, Camp Marist, and volunteered at Sunday Swim. 

“It’s an incredible honor to receive this award and I owe so much to my parents who have supported me through every step of the way, the teachers I have had in class who dedicate their time to make sure students like me do well, and my friends!” said Mia. “It’s been many late nights studying and doing hours of homework, but I am both proud, yet humbled to be named Co-Salutatorian. Most of all, I cannot thank Central Catholic enough for the countless opportunities I’ve received these last few years. I have grown to call CCHS my second home and I’m ecstatic to represent my community and the Class of 2020.” 

Several of Mia’s relatives are also CCHS graduates, including her father Thomas Haynes '74 and uncle George Haynes '73. Her mother Janis (Bortolino) Haynes graduated from St. Mary High School in 1973.

Congratulations to Surabhi Keesara '20, Co-Salutatorian for Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2020!

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This fall, Surabhi will be attending Northeastern University in Boston studying computer science and math.

Throughout her four years at CCHS, Surabhi successfully completed 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and participated in several sports and clubs including Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Student Ambassadors, band (concert, pep and jazz), Coding Club, Student Alumni Association, Campus Ministry, Camp Champ, Encounter retreats, theater, and National Honors Society, serving as President this past school year. 

“I am truly humbled to be receiving this honor, especially alongside Sean and Mia,” said Surabhi. “I remember first quarter freshman year when the three of us first received an academic award together, and it is amazing to think that we have come full circle. Also, the faculty and staff at Central, and their willingness to answer questions and emails at all hours, have significantly contributed to me being able to receive this honor.”

Surabhi’s sister, Sreeja Keesara '15, also graduated from Central Catholic.


Congratulations to Sean, Mia, and Surabhi for their accomplishments! 


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Celebrate the Class of 2020



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.

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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.