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Taking the World by Storm

Taking the World by Storm

During her senior year, Class President Ranjana Ramesh '23 has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist, a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, and a Cameron Impact Scholar. She recently committed to attend Brown University, selecting it over Harvard, Dartmouth, and a host of other great options.

Ranjana Ramesh '23 is Taking the World by Storm…And She’s Just Getting Started

Ranjana Ramesh '23 at Academic Awards Night

One thing Ranjana Ramesh '23 has is endless choices for her future!

The National Merit Finalist and Presidential Scholar Semifinalist recently committed to attend the Ivy-league Brown University in fall 2023.

It was a tough decision given her additional acceptances to Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Boston College, Duke University, Boston University, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stonehill College, Providence College, University at Massachusetts (Lowell) and a few other schools.

"I’m very, very grateful to have all of these incredible options – it’s a blessing!" said Ranjana. "Having so much encouragement from my teachers, family, friends and classmates at Central Catholic is something I will always be thankful for!"

And Ranjana’s journey is just beginning…

Ranjana Ramesh '23 in hallway with students

Cameron Impact Scholarship

She is one of only 13 students nationwide to be named a prestigious 2023 Cameron Impact Scholarship recipient, earning her a four-year, full scholarship to attend the school of her dreams.

Ranjana recently traveled to San Diego, California, alongside Ms. Jeanne Burns, Academic Dean for CCHS, to receive her Cameron Impact Scholarship.

During her four years at CCHS, Ranjana served as Class President, is an AP Scholar with Honors, and is an entrepreneur champion through DECA…to name just a few of her major accomplishments to date.

"I believe Ranjana is driven by her passion and belief that she can and will make a difference in this world," said Ms. Jeanne Burns, CCHS Academic Dean.

"This gives her the strength and drive to accomplish the steps necessary to fulfill her dream to study medicine and then devote her life’s work to developing public policies that will affect, on a world scale, those most in need. I also want to add to this picture of a brilliant, compassionate and humble servant - the image of a young woman who is always smiling, upbeat and genuinely in love with life and all the opportunities she has been given."

Ranjana Ramesh '23 at the podium at Academic Awards Night

A 2023 Presidential Scholar

Ranjana was recently named a Presidential Scholar Finalist, where she is one of only 161 high school seniors nationwide. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently announced the 59th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing the Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Ranjana Ramesh '23

A 2023 National Merit Scholar Finalist

In February, Ranjana learned that she was one of only 15,000 students nation-wide to be named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

According to the National Merit® Scholarship Program, all winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Read more about Ranjana and the National Merit Program in Raider News: National Merit® Semifinalist, Class President, & International Award Winner (September 2022).


Ranjana speaks at the microphone at a coffeehouse

Ranjana Outside of the Classroom

  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Gavel Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Student Council (Executive 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 FEMA, and
    • tutoring.

What will Ranjana conquer next? Raider Nation will be watching!

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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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