Sam Gomez '21 Named National Merit Semifinalist!

Detroit Catholic Central has a proud history of National Merit Scholars, with 25 Semifinalists since 2015.

Students recognized as a Semifinalist this year are part of a group of approximately 16,000 students out of more than 1.5 million from around the nation who entered the program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Sam Gomez '21 resides in Howell, and came to Catholic Central from St. Patrick School in Brighton. He took some time to answer a few questions about his time as a Shamrock.

What are you involved with on campus?
I am in our band, the drama club, and student activities (I was co-director of our DRIVE skit). I am also the staff photographer for Spectrum (school newspaper), a Kairos leader, and deliver the daily announcements as WCCTV anchor.

What are you involved with off campus?
I work at Sushi Zen in Brighton, and also take piano and trumpet lessons.

What made you decide to attend CC for high school? What is your favorite thing about CC?
At a high school fair at my middle school, CC stood out among the other schools that were present. It was the only one that made me feel like I would be stepping into something would allow me to reach my fullest potential among peers who also want to grow. My favorite thing about CC, then, is the students, teachers, and faculty. Many of the most impressive people I have ever met were people from within the walls of CC; people who genuinely care about both growing themselves, and fostering growth in the people around them.

How has CC challenged you to grow during your time here?
CC has provided so many opportunities where you are not FORCED to put in work. One of the biggest worries I had coming into high school is that I would not be able to find ways to apply myself, and yet every single year I have been able to pour my time, effort, and creativity into several different activities that I did not HAVE to join. The hardest steps are the first ones, and CC gave me tons of chances to take them in many different directions.

What are your plans after Catholic Central?
I am looking to attend the University of Michigan. I am also considering several of the nation's top universities, as well as other Michigan schools. I plan on studying applied psychology and business, as well as continuing my career as a musician.

What advice would you give to 8th graders considering Catholic Central as an option for high school?
I would tell eighth graders considering Catholic Central that it is worth it. I know it seems like a risk - no girls, maybe not as close to home - but the opportunities afforded students have left me with no regrets. I was told freshman year that CC is not here to make mediocre students less mediocre, but to make good students great. If you want an environment that truly exists for your growth, CC sets the standard.
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