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Academic Awards Night Goes Digital; Class of 2020 To Be Honored At Separate Event

Academic Awards Night Goes Digital; Class of 2020 To Be Honored At Separate Event
Academic Awards Night Goes Digital; Class of 2020 To Be Honored At Separate Event
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The Academic Awards Night, held in the gym each year, was shifted to a digital production because of the impact of COVID-19.

"Our world has changed dramatically in the past two months," Principal Brendan Donohue said. "We never anticipated being separated from our school community. We never anticipated following strict social-distancing guidelines and attending a virtual school. We never thought we would have to worry about things we always took for granted and wonder when we would see one another again. It has certainly been a challenge filled with fear and anxiety. However, with every challenge we are given an opportunity to respond and it is our choice how we respond. As principal of Xavier High School, I am immensely proud of the response of our faculty, staff, and our students."

During this online ceremony the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and the incoming Class of 2024 are honored. Normally the senior class also would be honored at the same event, but because of the unusual circumstances the Class of 2020 will be honored at a separate event.


CLASS OF 2024 AWARDS


Each year applicants to Xavier are required to take the High School Placement Test – a national standardized test used by many private schools across the country. One measure of achievement on the test is a national percentile rating. Xavier honors those students who score in the 95th–99th national percentile as Ryken Scholars. The Ryken program is named in honor of the founder of the Xaverian Brothers, Theodore James Ryken.

THE ALUMNI ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of all deceased alumni and is awarded to those who scored in the 95th percentile on the entrance exam. The recipient is Noah Bergquist.

THE BR. DAVID EDDY ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of Br. David Eddy, a member of the Xaverian Brothers for 43 years and a member of the Xavier faculty from 1976-1985. The scholarship is awarded to those who scored in the 96th percentile on the entrance exam. The recipients are Cormac Burke, Andrew Foster, Jeth Gomez, Nathaniel Kerr, and Alejandro Oyewole.

THE THOMAS AIELLO ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of Mr. Thomas Aiello, who had a 27-year career at Xavier as a teacher of mathematics and an assistant principal. The scholarship is awarded to those who scored in the 97th percentile on the entrance exam. The recipients are Alvin Nellik, Henry Peeler, Sean Simonelli, and Lucas Tobon.

THE BISHOP VINCENT J. HINES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of the late Most Rev. Vincent J. Hines, second Bishop of Norwich, who, along with the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier, founded Xavier High School in 1963. The scholarship is awarded to those who scored in the 99th percentile on the entrance exam. The recipient is Juan Pacheco-O'Donnell.

THE BROTHER ROBERT SULLIVAN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of Br. Robert Sullivan, the first principal of Xavier and is awarded to the member of the Class of 2024 who scored in the 99th percentile and achieved the highest raw score on the entrance exam. The recipient this year is Ryan Coffey.

THE XAVIER EXCELLENCE AWARDS are granted to students entering the freshman year who, in the course of their middle school years, have consistently demonstrated the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service which we will expect of them here at Xavier. The recipients are Trey Barbieri, Colby Ciampi, Brendan Clow, Thomas Collison, Andrew Foster, Ryan Gerardi, Leo Gilman, Jeth Gomez, Euan Hall, Bryson Hester, Nathaniel Kerr, Kyle Kunzelman, Alvin Nellik, Jacob Pasato, Henry Peeler, Ryan Ruggiero, Nikhil Tailor, and Xavier Vasquez.


CLASS OF 2023 AWARDS


Xavier faculty members have selected the following freshman to receive Department Awards based upon their outstanding performance throughout the year:

The Freshman Religion Award is presented to Tristan Schemmerling.

The Freshman College Prep English Award is presented to Spencer Misenti.

The Freshman Accelerated English and Social Studies Awards are presented to Chase Costello.

The Freshman Honors English Award is presented to Nico Russo.

The Freshman College Prep Mathematics Award is presented to Peyton Cruess.

The Freshman Accelerated Mathematics and Science Awards are presented to Dominick Cusano.

The Freshman Honors Mathematics Award is presented to Wyatt Pestka.

The Freshman College Prep Science and Social Studies Awards are presented to Miguel Santos.

The Freshman Honors Science Award is presented to Matthew Whitaker.

The Freshman Honors Social Studies Award is presented to Samuel Matt.

The Freshman College Prep Foreign Language Award is presented to Richard Oliveira.

The Freshman Accelerated Foreign Language Award is presented to Giovanni Colavolpe.

The Freshman Honors Foreign Language Award is presented to Aiden Holmes.

The following freshmen have been recognized by the American Classical League for their Outstanding Performance on the NATIONAL LATIN I EXAM:

A Certificate of Merit Cum Laude is awarded to Zachary Bulkovitch.

Certificates of Merit Maxima Cum Laude are awarded to Daniel Gargano and Nicholas Miano.

Certificates of Merit Summa Cum Laude are awarded to Aedan Frazer and Samuel Matt.


CLASS OF 2022 AWARDS


Xavier faculty members have selected the following sophomores to receive Department Awards based upon their outstanding performance throughout the year:

The Sophomore Religion Award is presented to Joseph O'Brien.

The Sophomore College Prep English Award is presented to Luke Solomon.

The Sophomore Accelerated English Award is presented to Alexander Sauer.

The Sophomore Honors English and Science Awards are presented to Aidan Higgins.

The Sophomore College Prep Mathematics Award is presented to Michael Mahon.

The Sophomore Accelerated Mathematics and Science Awards are presented to Christopher Beaudoin.

The Sophomore Honors Mathematics Award is presented to Kevin Gilhuly.

The Sophomore College Prep Science Award is presented to James Colwell.

The Sophomore College Prep Social Studies Award is presented to Ziyang Zhang.

The Sophomore Accelerated Social Studies Award is presented to David Wright.

The Sophomore Honors Social Studies Award is presented to Nicholas Cusano.

The Sophomore College Prep Foreign Language Award is presented to Michael Reddick.

The Sophomore Accelerated Foreign Language Award is presented to Ethan Shen.

The Sophomore Honors Foreign Language Award is presented to Vincent Graham.

The following sophomores have been recognized by the American Classical League for their Outstanding Performance on the NATIONAL LATIN II EXAM:

Certificates of Merit Cum Laude are awarded to Ronan Hinckley and Evan McDonald

Certificates of Merit Maxima Cum Laude are awarded to Andrew Cataldi, James DeDonato, Stephen King, Peter Olis, Alexander Sauer and John Szeghy.

Certificates of Merit Summa Cum Laude are awarded to Benjamin Pitruzzello and Matthew Tracy.

The 2020 CONNECTICUT SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR ASSOCIATION has awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Second Honors in High School Physical Sciences to Jason Li.


CLASS OF 2021 AWARDS


Xavier faculty members have selected the following juniors to receive Department Awards based upon their outstanding performance throughout the year:

The Junior Religion Award is presented to Liam Houchin.

The Junior College Prep English Award is presented to Logan Saks.

The Junior Accelerated English Award is presented to Peter Mercugliano.

The Junior Honors English Award is presented to Wesley Harris.

The Junior College Prep Mathematics and Science Awards are presented to Mark Kowalski.

The Junior Accelerated Mathematics Award is presented to Brandon Mazzotta.

The Junior Honors Mathematics and Science Awards are presented to Ryan Frier.

The Junior Accelerated Science Award is presented to Sebastian LoGiudice.

The Junior College Prep Social Studies Award is presented to Cameron Fox.

The Junior Accelerated Social Studies Award is presented to Ian Domeika.

The Junior Honors Social Studies Award is presented to Eduardo Serrano.

The Junior College Prep Foreign Language Award is presented to Evan Eichhorn.

The Junior Accelerated Foreign Language Award is presented to Eoin Wallace.

The Junior Honors Foreign Language Award is presented to Brian Satrohan.

Each year various colleges and universities in the northeast sponsor Book Awards to recognize students completing their junior year who have shown significant academic prowess. This year's book award winners follow:

THE ST. ANSELM COLLEGE BOOK AWARD is presented to a student in recognition of superior academic achievement and personal character. The recipient is David Hunter.

THE ASSUMPTION COLLEGE BOOK AWARD recognizes an outstanding Xavier High School junior who exemplifies the academic success, leadership qualities and concern for others that Assumption College students are known for. The recipient is Andrew Mitchill.

THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION JUNIOR BOOK AWARD is awarded to encourage outstanding students to consider a career as an educator. The recipient is Timothy Gagliano.

THE CLARKSON UNIVERSITY Leadership and Achievement Awards recognize Xavier High School juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and have been positive contributors to the school community. The recipient of the Leadership Award is Wesley Harris. The recipient of the Achievement Award is Jake Lion.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT AVERY POINT BOOK AWARD is presented to a student in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in coastal and environmental issues. The recipient is Anthony Satrohan.

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BOOK AWARD is awarded to a student who embodies drive and spirit, specifically with their academic excellence, leadership, diversity of thought and ability to put knowledge into action. The recipient is Michael Stottlemyer.

THE GETTYSBURG COLLEGE BOOK AWARD is awarded to recognize distinguished study of American History. The recipient is Eduardo Serrano.

THE HARVARD BOOK PRIZE is offered each year by The Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut to a student completing his junior year. The award is donated by Mr. William Holley, an alumnus of Harvard's Class of 1983 and Xavier's Class of 1979 and recognizes a member of the junior class who combines excellence in academics with significant achievement in extracurricular endeavor. The recipient is Ryan Frier.

THE LASELL COLLEGE BOOK AWARD honors a student for their tenacity and their willingness to face a challenge head on and never quit. The recipient is Sebastian LoGiudice.

ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE BOOK AWARD is presented to two students for academic achievement with a social conscience and spirit of volunteerism. The recipients are Logan Barnes and Trevor Religa.

THE RENSSELAER MEDAL AWARD recognizes the superlative academic achievement of secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. The recipient is Brian Satrohan.

THE ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AWARD is presented to juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in computing or outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepreneurship. The recipients of the Innovative and Creativity Awards are Macklin Stevens and Holden Whalley. The recipients of the Computing Medal Awards are Brendan Zawisa and Zachary Dolan.

THE SETON/YALE BOOK AWARD is donated by the Yale Club of New Haven and is awarded to a member of the junior class who exhibits outstanding personal character and intellectual promise. The award will be presented at a formal ceremony held at Yale University in the fall. The recipient is David Jerman.

The following juniors have been recognized by the American Classical League for their Outstanding Performance on the NATIONAL LATIN III EXAM:

Certificates of Merit Magna Cum Laude are awarded to Finnian Dowler, Timothy Gagliano and Jacob Wirtes.

Certificates of Merit Maxima Cum Laude are awarded to Dominick Delaney, Wesley Harris and Anthony Satrohan.

Certificates of Merit Summa Cum Laude are awarded to Brian Satrohan and Brendan Zawisa.