Each year at the Baccalaureate Mass, it is customary to share publicly some honors that have been bestowed upon the members of the graduating class. The tradition of that Mass, celebrated by the Rev. David Choquette '90, and those honors carried on despite the coronavirus, in a virtual form.
The final award of this event is the Principal's Academic Achievement Award & Scholarship. The prestigious award is given annually to a graduating senior in the College Prep or Accelerated programs who has embraced the full Xavier experience, consistently worked to his potential in and out of the classroom, steadily improved his GPA over four years and exemplified what Xavier demands of each student – do his best day-in and day-out.
The recipient this year is Samuel Martin, about whom Principal Brendan Donohue said, "He is, without a doubt, one of most sincere and pleasant students that I have ever met. He is kind, compassionate and trustworthy. ... He started his academic career at Xavier and did well in his freshman year earning a respectable GPA; however, he was not satisfied. He applied himself more diligently in his sophomore year and by his junior year had earned a 4.08 GPA and the Brother Celestine Award. He attended XLI last summer and is an active member of the Peer Ministry team. He is a valued contributor to the Principal's Advisory Council and a devoted runner on the cross country team."
Martin will attend Fairfield University.
Congratulations to Sam and all the honorees listed below.
The Mass can be viewed here.
NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
Each year, approximately 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT in their junior year. Of those students, approximately 3% are recognized nationally as Commended Students for their outstanding performance. Nine members of the Class of 2020 earned the honor:
Robbie Cozean, William Kaye, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, George Luke, Sean McKenna, Vincent Miano, Alexander Pralea, Jakob Slason and Matthew Zablocki.
NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS
Additionally, approximately 1% of those 1.5 million students are recognized nationally as finalists for their outstanding performance. Two members of the class of 2020 have been named National Merit Finalists:
Akshay Khunte and Hyun Lee.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS
Each year the college-board recognizes students who perform exceptionally well on multiple college-level Advanced Placement exams. While the results of this year's AP exams are not yet known, at the conclusion of their junior year 16 members of the Class of 2020 were recognized by college-board for their outstanding performance:
Michael Bevilacqua, Aiden Cardozo, Robbie Cozean, Landon Ghiroli, Benjamin Howell, William Kaye, Ethan Kerr, Akshay Khunte, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, Hyun Lee, George Luke, Joseph Marcin, Vincent Miano, Alexander Pralea, Luke Tischio and Matthew Zablocki.
Each year, Xavier recognizes as Distinguished Scholars those members of the senior class who have taken the most challenging course load over their four years. Students must have taken at least 5 AP courses in their time at Xavier while maintaining the highest academic standards. The 27 students honored:
Nathan Barandon, Michael Bevilacqua, Aiden Cardozo, Emad Cheema, Robbie Cozean, Benito Elcuri, Landon Ghiroli, Benjamin Howell, Alexander Inglis, William Kaye, Ethan Kerr, Akshay Khunte, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, Hyun Lee, George Luke, Aidan Lynch, Brad Malicki, Joseph Marcin, Sean McKenna, Vincent Miano, Fabian Morales, Alexander Pralea, Zhenhai Quan, Jakob Slason, Luke Tischio, Ryan Tobin, Matthew Zablocki.
BROTHER CELESTINE MEDAL
This is awarded each year to students who, upon the completion of the academic year, have an overall final average of A with no final average grade less than an A- in their major subjects. This prestigious award, which a student can be given only once during his four years at Xavier, is the highest academic tribute that the school bestows. The award is named after Brother Celestine Killigrew who taught history and Religion at Xavier in the early 1960's and died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Over the previous three years, 34 members of the class of 2020 have been honored with the Brother Celestine Medal:
Nathan Barandon, Emad Cheema, Zachary Ciampi, Blake Courchesne, Robbie Cozean, Christopher D'Agostino, Jonathan Ford, Landon Ghiroli, Mark Grasso, Giovanni Imme, William Kaye, Sean Kelly, Akshay Khunte, Aidan Lally, Hyun Lee, George Luke, Aidan Lynch, Joseph Marcin, Samuel Martin, Vincent Miano, Antonio Milardo, Kevin Monaghan, Griffin Moore, Fabian Morales, Alexander Pralea, Zhenhai Quan, Dinesh Ramchandani, Nicholas Romeo, Jakob Slason, William St. Pierre, Luke Tischio, Khai Ton, Marcus Williams and Matthew Zablocki.
In addition to these 34 students, 5 more members of the Class of 2020 are being recognized for having earned this honor in their senior year:
Samuel Baker, Cameron Bartolomeo, Peter Cavaliere, Justin Child, Justin Cyr
It is unusual for a young man not to miss a day of school during an academic year. This year one member of the Class of 2020 is recognized for having perfect attendance for all four years here at Xavier:
XAVERIAN BROTHERS SPONSORED SCHOOLS JUNIOR RETREAT
Each year six juniors represent Xavier at the annual XBSS Junior Retreat with students from the 12 other Xaverian schools. Today, we recognize our participants from the 2018-2019 school year, now seniors, for representing Xavier at this retreat and for living out the XBSS mission here at Xavier over the past four years:
Samuel Baker, Luke Bassett, Michael Bevilacqua, Mark Grasso, Luke Tischio and John Weinheimer.
Each year a number of our young men are selected through an interview process to serve the Xavier community as Peer Ministers. These young men play an integral part in our retreat programs, our prayer services and our liturgies. We recognize these men for all they have done in our peer ministry program to better the Xavier community.
Samuel Baker, Nathan Barandon, Luke Bassett, Michael Hogan Beatty, Michael Bevilacqua, Zachary Ciampi, Nicholas Dighello, Joseph Forrester, Mark Grasso, Alexander Inglis, Sean Kelly, Ethan Kerr, William Lallier, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, Sean Mahon, Samuel Martin, Shane Mendez, Antonio Milardo, Terrence O'Brien, Kaden Powers, William St. Pierre, Ryan Suprin, Luke Tischio, Max Tomaiuolo, Carson Waldron, John Weinheimer
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The award is presented each year to seniors in recognition of excellent academic achievement. Separately, The Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools (CAS) recognizes those students elected to the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools. The following students have received one or both of these distinctions:
Samuel Baker, Nathan Barandon, Cameron Bartolomeo, Cameron Beaudoin, Michael Bevilacqua, Timothy Boor, Robert Borruso, Aidan Cardozo, Peter Cavaliere, Emad Cheema, Justin Child, Zachary Ciampi, Andrel Correa, Blake Courchesne, Robbie Cozean, Justin Cyr, Andrew Czarnecki, Christopher D'Agostino, Kevin Dardick, Conor DeCosta, James Dickman, Nicholas Dighello, Liam Dillon, Owen Donegan, Benito Elcuri, Joseph Ewing, Benjamin Fiore, Jonathan Ford, Landon Ghiroli, Maxwell Gibson, Aidan Gillen, Mark Grasso, Kareem Grisham, Trevor Hayes, Seamus Hickey, Benjamin Howell, Giovanni Imme, Alexander Inglis, William Kaye, Sean Kelly, Ethan Kerr, Akshay Khunte, Stephen Kohs, Charles Kulhay, William Lallier, Aidan Lally, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, Casey Lavoie, Hyun Lee, George Luke, Aidan Lynch, Brad Malicki, Joseph Marcin, Ronan Marino, Samuel Martin, Sean McKenna, Matthew Miano, Vincent Miano, Antonio Milardo, Ryan Miner, Kevin Monaghan, Fabian Morales, Quinn Moynihan, Ryan Mut, Terrence O'Brien, Santiago Pacheco- O'Donnell, Steven Pepler, Alexander Pralea, Zhenhai Quan, Dinesh Ramchandani, Timothy Rinaldi, Nicholas Rodrigues, Nicholas Romeo, Matthew Ryan, Christian Schaefer, Maxwell Schroeder, Jakob Slason, Jackson Sokolowski, William St. Pierre, Bryce Sweetapple, Eamon Szilagyi, Luke Tischio, Ryan Tobin, Max Tomaiuolo, Khai Ton, Shreyas Vasireddy, John Weinheimer, Osiah Wiggins, Marcus Williams, Matthew Zablocki
OTHER AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Many graduates received special recognition from national, state and local organizations:
Aidan Cardozo received the CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD.
Peter Cavaliere received a scholarship from BIG Y CORPORATION.
Benito Elcuri received the WILLIAM AND MARION TITTEL SCHOLARSHIP.
Jonathan Ford received the MARK SCHAEFER SCHOLARSHIP.
Mark Grasso received the SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT CONFERENCE SCHOLAR LEADER AWARD.
Kareem Grisham received the MIDDLETOWN SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD, the NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION GENE CASEY SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD and a scholarship from TOWN FAIR TIRE.
Benjamin Howell received the JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA BAND AWARD.
Ethan Kerr received a Certificate of Merit Cum Laude from the AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE for his performance on the LATIN IV EXAM.
Akshay Khunte received the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY LOUIS V. TROTTA AWARD.
Stephen Kohs received the CONNECTICUT SOCIETY OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS AWARD.
William Lallier received the XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD.
Hyun Lee received the LOUIS ARMSTRONG JAZZ AWARD.
James Lunt received the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLTER ABELY ACHIEVEMENT FUND EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AWARD.
Joseph Marcin received a scholarship from the BIG Y CORPORATION and a Certificate of Merit Magna Cum Laude from the AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE for his performance on the LATIN IV EXAM.
Brian Masselli received the CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD and the JAMES V. TILLONA '96 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.
Fabian Morales received the WILLIAM AND MARION TITTEL SCHOLARSHIP.
Santiago Pacheco-O'Donnell received the GEORGE V. KEITHAN, SR. MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP.
William St. Pierre received the SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT CONFERENCE SCHOLAR LEADER AWARD and the XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS AWARD.
Alexander Pralea received the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY LOUIS V. TROTTA AWARD.
Luke Tischio received the CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD and the FOREST CITY KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL NO. 3 SCHOLARSHIP.
Osiah Wiggins received the KIWANIS MIDDLETOWN SCHOLARSHIP.
Matthew Zablocki received the KOREY LEE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP and a Certificate of Merit Maxima Cum Laude from the AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE for his performance on the LATIN IV EXAM.