Class of 2021 - Top Ten Academic Students


The top ten academic performers in the Class of 2021 (in alphabetical order):

  • Nicholas Dewhirst '21
    • Hometown: Novi
    • Parish: Hope Lutheran Church
    • Middle School: St. Matthew Lutheran — Walled Lake
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Cross country (varsity captain), track, string orchestra (lead cellist), broadcasting, backpacking, newspaper (1 of 3 editors-in-chief), student activities, Kairos (leader this year).
    • GPA: 4.618
    • Accepted To: University of Michigan, Penn State University, Valparaiso University 
    • Attending: University of Michigan 
    • Planned Major: Meteorology 
    • "Catholic Central has brought out the best in me and has allowed me to thrive off of my best skills and interests, primarily by my interest in weather becoming known pretty quickly. So many people have encouraged me to keep diving deeper into that, and those people have been almost entirely at CC.  That is something that I don’t think many others at other high schools can say. I’ve made so many friends through sports and classes, and I want to maintain those friendships well beyond graduation. Though it may sound cliché, CC truly has prepared me for college and my future career."

  • Sam Gomez '21
    • Hometown: Howell
    • Parish: St. Patrick’s Church in Brighton
    • Middle School: St. Patrick’s School in Brighton
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Band, The Spectrum Newspaper, Drama Club, Track and Field, Kairos (Leader), Student Activities, National Honor Society
    • GPA: 4.795
    • Accepted To: University of Michigan, University of California (Los Angeles), University of Washington (Seattle), Michigan State University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin
    • Attending: University of Michigan
    • Planned Major: Clinical Psychology
    • "The environment (at Catholic Central) both challenged me to push myself to grow, and gave me the mentorship and resources to meet and exceed those challenges."

  • Christav Illikman '21 - 4.684
    • Hometown: Commerce Township
    • Parish: Saint Patrick in White Lake
    • Middle School: Saint Patrick in White Lake
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Track and Field, Cross Country, Finance Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Fishing Club, Yearbook Editor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • GPA: 4.684
    • Accepted To: Case Western Reserve University, Hillsdale College, Hope College, Indiana University Bloomington, Miami University Ohio, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Villanova University
    • Attending: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
    • Planned Major: Finance
    • "Catholic Central has instilled a strong work ethic within my head and strong Christian faith within my heart. I learned the importance of supporting those around myself, so that they, in turn, will support me. Through the rigorous academics and motivating atmosphere at Catholic Central, I feel prepared to tackle any challenge ahead of me."

  • Matthew Kozma '21
    • Hometown: Ypsilanti
    • Parish: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
    • Middle School: Clague Middle School
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Swimming, Finance Club, Fishing Club
    • GPA: 4.986
    • Accepted To: Notre Dame, Villanova, Hope
    • Attending: University of Notre Dame
    • Planned Major: Finance
    • "Catholic Central has helped me grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially by providing great academics and opportunities for even greater relationships with my brothers. These past four years have helped me mature greatly as I feel prepared for the world ahead of me."

  • Jack Leuker '21
    • Hometown: Milford
    • Parish: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows
    • Middle School: St. Patrick White Lake
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Soccer, student activites
    • GPA: 4.673
    • Accepted To: University of Chicago
    • Attending: University of Chicago
    • Planned Major: Public Policy
    • "(My time at Catholic Central) has helped to push me as a student, and taught me how to manage my time more efficiently."

  • Brendan Nordstrom '21
    • Hometown: West Bloomfield
    • Parish: St. Patrick White Lake
    • Middle School: St. Patrick White Lake
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Cross Country, Track & Field, student activities, student council, newspaper, HOSA, backpacking club, and shotgun club
    • GPA: 4.685
    • Accepted To: Boston University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, DePaul University, Northern Michigan University, Loyola University, Michigan Tech University
    • Attending: Boston University
    • Planned Major: Journalism
    • "Over the past four years, Catholic Central has fostered my growth as I prepare to enter into adulthood. Its has provided me with rigorous academics which has led me to become prepared for college. CC has also allowed me to explore different areas of interest from cinematography to backpacking. Ultimately, it has provided me with some of my best friends, best memories, and unforgettable experiences."

  • George Nunu '21
    • Hometown: Dearborn Heights
    • Parish: Basilica of St. Mary Livonia
    • Middle School: Dearborn Heights Montessori Center
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Student Council President, Track and Field athlete, Spectrum School Newspaper Editor-In-Chief, DECA Vice President of Finance, HOSA officer, Spanish Honor Society officer
    • GPA: 4.782
    • Accepted To: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Dearborn, Wayne State University
    • Attending: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
    • Planned Major: College of Engineering, Undecided Major
    • "Catholic Central has given me the opportunity to find both my passions and purpose. Once I discovered this, I was able to surround myself with students and teachers who encouraged me to be the best. These relationships I developed with last a lifetime, all thanks to CC."

  • Alexander Perez '21
    • Hometown: Brighton
    • Parish: St. Mary Magdalen
    • Middle School: St. Patrick (Brighton)
    • Co-Curricular Activities:  DECA, Finance Club, Spanish and Regular Honors Society, Quizbowl, Track
    • GPA: 4.821
    • Accepted To: University of Pennsylvania, MSU, and IU Bloomington
    • Attending: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
    • Planned Major: Economics
    • "(My time at Catholic Central) has helped me learn the true value of teamwork and camaraderie, and the importance of forming bonds with people of all different walks of life."

  • Matthew Puente '21
    • Hometown: Novi
    • Parish: Catholic Church of the Holy Family
    • Middle School: Our Lady of Victory
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Symphonic/Marching Band, Quiz Bowl, Chess Club, Euchre Club, Spanish Honors Society
    • GPA: 4.642
    • Accepted To: Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Dearborn, Michigan State University
    • Attending: Michigan Technological University
    • Planned Major: Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science
    • "My time at Catholic Central has made me the man I am today. I'd barely recognize the diffident and timid boy who first walked through the doors of a new school four years ago. Catholic Central has done an amazing job preparing me both academically and emotionally for the world I'm soon to go out and face. The AP classes prepared me well for the exams and provided me the tools necessary to pass them. One of the biggest influences has been the band, which was a big upgrade from the middle school band I was used to. I have had some of the best experiences of my high school career performing varies outstanding songs, and it has helped me grow exponentially as a musician. This year, I participated in a Kairos retreat, and it has impacted me in ways I didn't know were possible. It helped develop my personality and expand my self-confidence, something I desperately needed help with and I'm very happy I made the decision to attend. These are just some of the many experiences at Catholic Central that have shaped me into the person I've become."

  • Thomas Shea '21 
    • Hometown: Commerce
    • Parish: St. Patrick of White Lake
    • Middle School: Clifford H. Smart
    • Co-Curricular Activities: Hockey, Lacrosse, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Government, Student Activities 
    • GPA: 4.691
    • Accepted To: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Lawrence Technological University 
    • Attending: University of Michigan
    • Planned Major: Undecided
    • "CC prepared me academically and socially so that I may excel in whatever I choose to do. The teaching staff gave me the support I needed to bolster my knowledge in each subject and inspire a passion about the topics. Student activities and elected officer positions, as well as being named the Captain of the hockey team, gave me the leadership skills that are essential in the job search."
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