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Class of 2022 Top 10 Scholars

Detroit Catholic Central recognizes the academic excellence of our top 10 students from the Class of 2022:


Jonah Hurley

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.891
  • Co-Curricular Activities: DECA, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Parents: Steven and JoAnn Hurley
  • City: South Lyon
  • Parish: St. Joseph, Dexter
  • Middle School: East Middle School, Plymouth
  • Accepted to: University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Hope College, University of Pittsburgh
  • College & Major: University of Michigan (business and environmental engineering)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? CC has given me the best support system I could ask for. From teachers to friends, it’s given me life long relationships.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? Walking out of my last AP exam with kids I had been in the same Latin class with for 4 years

Neil Zhu

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.876
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Finance club, varsity golf, DECA
  • Parents: Jinshuo Zhu and Lisa Guang Xu
  • City: Novi
  • Middle School: Hillside Middle School
  • Accepted to: Michigan State University, Swarthmore College, Indiana University
  • College & Major: Swarthmore College (computer science)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? I become a more mature person and have a better understanding of what is important in life like family, friends, and hard work.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory of my time at CC was competing for a state championship in varsity golf in 11th grade. For me, I appreciated the thrill of competition with teammates who were hard working and dedicated to playing to the best of their abilities.


Cole Nogawa

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.846
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Tennis, jazz band, student activities, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Spectrum Newspaper, science olympiad, Kairos
  • Parents: Catherine Collins and Yukikazu Nogawa
  • City: Commerce Township
  • Middle School: Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Accepted to: University of Michigan
  • College & Major: University of Michigan (psychology/pre-medicine focus)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? My time at Catholic Central helped me to grow as a whole man in a way that time at no other school could have. CC has taught me that goodness is far more important than success, imparting a worldview that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? Senior year DRIVE assemblies

Joshua Bisdorf

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.788
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Varsity wrestling, Spectrum Newspaper, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), STEM club, National Honors Society, and Kairos leader
  • Parents: Angela and Jeremy Bisdorf
  • City: Lyon Township
  • Parish: Our Lady of Victory, Northville
  • Middle School: Meads Mill Middle School
  • Accepted to: University of Michigan and Michigan State University
  • College & Major: University of Michigan College of Engineering  (computer science)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? The brotherhood provided me a sense of friendship wherever I looked. I could connect with others on an intellectual and emotional level. The teachers were phenomenal, as they inspired my curiosity and passions. I hope to honor the legacies of those who guided me along my journey by pursuing a life of goodness, discipline, and knowledge.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory at CC was DRIVE 2022. It was fun to beat the freshmen as seniors, crush the previous record, and earn many days off.

Ryan Luke

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.745
  • Co-Curricular Activities: tennis and band
  • Parents: Chris and Laura Luke
  • City: Milford
  • Parish: St. Mary, Milford
  • Middle School: St. Patrick White Lake
  • Accepted to: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Hope College, Case Western University, University of Florida, Purdue University
  • College & Major: University of Michigan (undecided)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? To put it simply, CC has made me the person I am today. Going into freshman year as a small and shy freshman, I met some of my best friends, through the tennis program and my classes. During my four years, I was able to create real relationships with my teachers, some of which I intend on maintaining for years to come. These teachers are a core reason for my academic success, and my education has prepared me well for college. To top it all off, I will cherish my memories of CC events forever. Boys’ Bowl, DRIVE, assemblies, the Senior BBQ and party, and much more contribute to a unique high school experience unattainable anywhere else.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? DRIVE and going to states for tennis

Antonio Bush

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.712
  • Co-Curricular Activities: chess club, euchre club, Esports, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), science olympiad
  • Parents: Deirdre Bush and Alejandro Valdivia
  • City: Southfield
  • Middle School: Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Accepted to: University of Chicago
  • College & Major: University of Chicago (undecided)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? There's really no way to quantify how it impacted me. All I can really say is that it was a great experience and that I'm better off for going to CC. Made a lot of friends, improved myself, and just enjoyed my time. 
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? All the days after school hanging out in Mr. Cornish's room with some friends. If I was to pick one memory, it'd probably be the time I hid a euchre deck around my teacher's classroom. I still don't know if she has found all of them yet. The final DRIVE where we destroyed the freshmen was pretty good too.


Drew Laroo

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.71
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Academic team,  Spectrum Newspaper, Spanish club, Spanish Honor Society, and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Parents: Christopher and Stephanie Laroo
  • City: Canton
  • Parish: St. Thomas a'Becket, Canton
  • Middle School: All Saints Catholic School
  • Accepted to: Baylor University, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, Miami University (Ohio), Michigan State University, Penn State, Seton Hall University, St. Bonaventure University, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Wofford College, and Xavier University
  • College & Major: University of Michigan (biology)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? I believe that my time at Catholic Central has impacted me through instilling within me a powerful work ethic and a desire to strive to be the best student and person possible. 
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory is definitely DRIVE 2022. Setting a school record for money brought in alone was amazing, but the cherry on top will forever be upsetting the freshmen and winning it as seniors!

Andrew Ciarelli

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.692
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Academic team, finance club, yearbook, Spectrum Newspaper
  • Parents: Joan and Gary Ciarelli
  • City: Milford
  • Parish: St. Mary, Milford
  • Middle School: St. Patrick White Lake
  • Accepted to: DePaul University, University of Michigan Dearborn, Michigan State University
  • College & Major: DePaul University (marketing)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? Coming from a relatively small school, CC immediately got me outside of my comfort zone from day one. The classes were certainly challenging enough to keep me engaged academically. Catholic Central’s wide variety of events, clubs, and games taught me a plethora of different skills that science or English couldn’t help with, like the importance of staying involved in a community, which I’m 100% confident will remain with me forever.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My first DRIVE in freshman year was unforgettable. If there were any doubts about CC being right for me, they were gone by the end of that first assembly.


Ryan Jansen

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.679
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Lacrosse, DECA, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), National Honors Society
  • Parents: Cathleen and Joseph Jansen
  • City: Northville
  • Parish: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth
  • Middle School: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth
  • Accepted to: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Loyola Chicago
  • College & Major: University of Michigan (psychology)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? My time at Catholic Central has been invaluable to me, and I am extremely grateful for all of my experiences with CC. Through CC, I have formed incredible bonds with people in my clubs, the lacrosse team, and the classroom that I hope will last a lifetime. The academic rigor of a CC education challenged me in many ways, but rising to these challenges has made me a better person in many aspects of my life. Taking advantage of opportunities such as Kairos and open discussion in theology classes has allowed my faith to grow alongside my study habits and friendships, and for that I am truly grateful. I am very excited for the next chapter of my life, but I will never forget the profound impact Catholic Central has had on me.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? DRIVE 2020 where we broke $600,000 for the first time ever and rushed the court.


Colin Harris

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.654
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Robotics (team captain), student activities, game development, mens' volleyball, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), IFL, and euchre club
  • Parents: Michelle and Brian Harris
  • City: Farmington Hills
  • Parish: Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington
  • Middle School: Sacred Heart, Dearborn
  • Accepted to: Case Western Reserve University, University of Michigan, Seton Hall University
  • College & Major: University of Michigan School of Engineering (computer science)
  • How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? Catholic Central has helped me to find my passions, strengthen my knowledge in them, and realize how I can turn it into something I will continue for the rest of my life. In the case of the robotics team, I learned how to take my introductory level interest in computer science and have since advanced to be a proficient programmer, and I now am hoping to make a career out of it. I've found passions and interests that I will maintain for the rest of my life. On top of this, I've made some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime, and I truly believe that no other high school could have put me in the situations that Catholic Central did, that led to these great relationships being formed. Finally, I found my character, my identity, and my plans for the rest of my life through the amazing theology department, counseling services, and general support from everyone at the school.
  • What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? I remember most vividly the DRIVE of senior year, mostly because this was the first year that I had participated in it as a member of student activities, and as the director for the DRIVE video game. I was able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how such an important and thought-out event was prepared for the entire school.

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