Meet the National Merit Scholars!

Bryce Murray, Daniel Cernak, Mark Holowicki, Jackson Peurach, Kyle Rodrigues, Jacob Seabolt, Nick Smulsky, and Zachary Warner were all recognized as National Merit Scholars for 2020. They sat down to answer some questions about their CC experience.

Read on to learn more!

What are some of the things you are involved with at Catholic Central? 
  • Bryce Murray '20: Academic Team, Spectrum Newspaper, Latin Club (Vice President), Chess Club

  • Daniel Cernak '20: Varsity Cross Country and Track (team captain for both)

  • Mark Holowicki '20: Secretary of Finance Club, Captain of Cross Country and Track Team, Spanish Honor Society, National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, March for Life.

  • Jackson Peurach '20: Student Government (Student Council Vice President), Spanish Honor Society (Officer), Programming Club, HOSA, Finance Club, National Honor Society

  • Kyle Rodrigues '20: Academic Team, Varsity Tennis, Co-founder of the Health Service Initiative, Co-president of HOSA, National Honor Society

  • Jacob Seabolt '20: Finance Club, DECA, Chinese Club

  • Nick Smulsky '20: Basketball, intramural sports, chess club, tutoring, Latin Club

  • Zachary Warner '20: Varsity soccer, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society , DECA

What are some of the things you are involved with off campus?

  • BM: I like to play piano and guitar, and write poetry and short fiction.
  • DC: I usher at St. Gerald’s Parish in Farmington.

  • MH: I volunteer at Our Lady of Victory volunteer and a Bank of America Financial Literacy Intern.

  • JP: I am involved in volunteer work both in and around Detroit along with abroad, and I have been to multiple computer camps at colleges.

  • KR: I am an Eagle Scout, a Math and Reading tutor at Kumon, I am involved with the St. Fabian Youth Group, and have gone on mission trips to Peru and Kansas City.

  • JS: I have a job at Northville hills golf club and intern at Foguth Financial.

  • NS: I play travel basketball and volunteer at Vacation Bible School, a local food bank, and a local movie theater.

  • ZW: Catholic Heart Work Camp (x2) churches attend a weeklong program designed to combine faith with service projects in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Piano. I have been playing since the first grade, including involvement in performance and testing. Steubenville Catholic Conference. Michigan Jaguars Club Soccer. Michigan Math and Science Scholars summer program (Anatomy and Physiology). Medical Mentors Pipeline Program 6-week internship at Sinai-Grace Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center in downtown Detroit, shadowing physicians.
What made you decide to attend CC for high school? What is your favorite thing about CC?

  • BM: The open house proved CC is committed to excellence. I love the rewarding nature of classes, however intense.

  • DC: Both of my older brothers attended CC. My favorite thing about CC is the countless academic, athletic, and extracurricular options that the school gives to allow everyone to succeed and do something they like to do.

  • MH: I chose CC because of the academic rigor and strong traditions. Running for Coach Magni and the alumni brotherhood and network is my favorite thing about CC.

  • JP: I decided to attend CC for high school after seeing how much my older brother enjoyed the school during his time here. My favorite thing about CC is the environment of hard work tied in with community fun.

  • KR: In searching for a high school, the combination of accessibility, modernness, academic vigor, and lively environment were essential to me. CC possesses all these features and was a perfect fit for me. My favorite part about CC is the connection between the students and other students, and the connection between the students and the faculty. Everyone is interconnected and wants to help each other out in any way they can.

  • JS: I went to CC after my experience shadowing. My favorite thing about CC is the school spirit at sporting events and assemblies.

  • NS: CC seemed like the perfect place to go because it has a great reputation for being college prep school and also because my brother and father attended. My favorite thing about CC is the brotherhood among the students.

  • ZW: I came to Catholic Central for exceptional academics and an opportunity to play sports, as well as to continue to surround myself in a Catholic environment. I enjoy the character of the school the most; not only does it produce great men, but it also displays excellence in academics, athletics and personal development.
How has CC challenged you to grow during your time here?

  • BM: The teachers of CC have challenged me to think critically.

  • DC: CC has challenged me though the rigorous academic courses that it offers.

  • MH: CC has taught me what being a man of CC is. I've learned to grow in maturity, faith, leadership, dedication, commitment and perseverance.

  • JP: CC has challenged me to figure out how to manage my time, with everything going on at once I learned how to plan my schedule very quickly after coming here.

  • KR: Catholic Central has provided me with a competitive academic environment so that I, as well as my classmates, may perform to the best of our abilities. Outside of the classroom, CC has caused me to mature into a man of diligence and compassion.

  • JS: The hardest part about CC is balancing a challenging course schedule with time management. Teachers are very good at helping with that, and it is helping prepare me for college.

  • NS: The challenging curriculum and large amount of homework forced me to push myself academically and become more responsible.

  • ZW: The academic rigor has surely proven challenging, especially a plethora of AP and Honors courses. Catholic Central’s curriculum pushes students to learn to be both efficient and to work diligently.
What are your plans after Catholic Central?

  • BM: I hope to attend the University of Michigan, where I plan on studying neuroscience.

  • DC: I want to attend the University of Michigan. I want to study physics and participate in intramural or club cross country.

  • MH: My college plans are undecided at this point, but I would like to study biology and business and continue my journey as a scholar athlete.

  • JP: I plan to attend a college in order to obtain a degree in Computer Science.

  • KR: I am applying to University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University to pursue the pre-medical track studying biomolecular science.

  • JS: I want to attend business school at either Michigan or Miami (Ohio).

  • NS: I want to study mechanical engineering at The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, or Purdue University. I want to be active in specific engineering clubs as well as join intramural sports.

  • ZW: I would hopefully like to attend the University of Michigan or Notre Dame University to pursue a career in medicine. I would like to continue to play the piano, as it has been an important part of expressing myself. In addition, I have developed a love for soccer and wish to continue to play club soccer in college.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.