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Class of 2024 Top Ten Scholars

Detroit Catholic Central High School celebrates the top 10 scholars from the Class of 2024 for exemplifying academic excellence, leadership, and dedication throughout their high school years. 

Congratulations to the following outstanding students:

 

DOMINIC APAP

 

Parents: Mark and Angela Apap

Resides in: Livonia

Parish: St. Edith

Middle School: St. Edith

Clubs/Activities: Quiz Bowl, Newspaper, Symphonic/Marching Band, Jazz Band, Linking Hearts Mentorship, Spanish Honor Society

Where will you be attending college? The University of Michigan

What is your planned major? Biology (Pre-Med)

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? CC has impacted my life by exposing me to students and teachers who challenged me academically. The amount of opportunities at the school have helped me stay active. CC has also taught me to be confident and take risks. Everyone here will endure adversity, but CC has taught me to relax and have some fun along the way.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? This is a tough question because I enjoyed every single day at CC. Overall, my favorite memory will always be the band trip to Spain last year. Leading off a parade in Toledo and playing in front of a massive aqueduct were both amazing experiences. However, I'll always be nostalgic for my average day at school where I had to scramble to study for a quiz the class before because I spent the previous night completing groundbreaking fantasy football research.

 

PATRICIO EZDEBSKI

 

Parents: Jeffrey and Maria Ezdebski

Resides In: Farmington

Parish: Our Lady of Sorrows

Middle School: Our Lady of Sorrows

Clubs/Activities: Junior Class President, DECA, Spectrum Newspaper, National Honor Society, Kairos Leader

Where will you be attending college? University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

What is your planned major? Economics (Pre-Law)

How has Catholic Central impacted you? Catholic Central has guided me in my journey to adulthood, instilling in me a tradition of excellence. Goodness, discipline, and knowledge are no longer platitudes; they are the code by which I live. From the rigorous curriculum, which drove me to learn more than I could've ever imagined, to the friends I made, CC has left a lasting mark on me.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory of my time at Catholic Central was definitely DRIVE each year, as going to school but not having to stress over homework and exams is a wonderful combination. And, of course, the days off that followed when we ineluctably broke records year after year.

 

JOHN HARVEY

 

Parents: George and Cheri Harvey

Resides in: New Hudson 

Parish: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Middle School: Our Lady of Victory

Clubs/Activities: I was on the Robotics Team (11th/12th grade), Chess club (10th/11th grade), and the Shotgun Club (9th/10th grade). I was also part of the National Honor Society.

Where will you be attending college? University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

What is your planned major? Mechanical Engineering 

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? The community at Catholic Central has been very impactful for me. I find myself being pushed to be better every day, not only as a student, but also as a person.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory from my time at Catholic Central was from the 2022 Drive. I remember the excitement for the last day, and seeing the final number and rushing the court was a really fun experience.

 

LUCAS JRAICHE

 

Parents: Pierre and Colleen Jraiche

Resides In: Livonia

Parish: St. Michael the Archangel

Middle School: St. Michael the Archangel

Clubs/Activities: CC Media, Academic Team, IBA, Shamstock, and Deca

Where will you be attending college? University of Michigan

What is your planned major? Undecided

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? I have grown as a man in my faith and made great friends I hope to have for a very long time.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memories at Catholic Central are all the times I was calling football and basketball games for the media team.

 

OLIVER KAMMERAAD

 

Parents: Bryan and Julie Kammeraad

Resides In: Plymouth

Parish: First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth

Middle School: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Clubs/Activities: Finance Club President, Spectrum Newspaper, Shamrock Study Hall Tutoring, NHS, STEM Club, Quiz Bowl, Cross Country

Where will you be attending college? University of Michigan 

What is your planned major? Undecided 

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? I learned the importance of determination and confidence at Catholic Central, and I’ve formed strong relationships with my teachers and classmates.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory of my time at Catholic Central is being a part of the student section at the final basketball game of the 2023-2024 season, when the team played a very competitive game and lost on a half-court buzzer beater from Huron. It was a tough game in which our team played very well.

 

RYAN ILLIKMAN

 

Parents: James and Sue Illikman

Resides In: Commerce Township

Parish: St. Patrick’s (White Lake)

Middle School: St. Patrick’s (White Lake)

Clubs/Activities: Cross country, Track, DECA, Spanish Club and Honors Society, Yearbook, NHS

Where will you be attending college? Notre Dame

What is your planned major? Finance 

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? My time at Catholic Central has pushed me to become a better student, athlete, Catholic, and leader. I have learned to manage my time and collaborate with others and have made many friendships that will last a lifetime. I not only feel prepared for college but also for a successful life after school.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memories were spending two weeks every summer camping with the cross country team and going to the cross country state championship.

 

DANIEL MOORE

 

Parents: Scott and Katie Moore

Resides in: Plymouth

Parish: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Middle School: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Clubs/Activities: HOSA, Finance Club, National Honor Society, Intramural Soccer, Quiz Bowl, Tutor

Where will you be attending college? The University of Michigan

What is your planned major? Nursing 

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? Catholic Central has had a great impact in every aspect of my life. Catholic Central provided me an excellent academic education to prepare me for college and allowed me to develop strong, lifelong friendships. Most importantly, Catholic Central has deepened my faith, establishing a strong foundation, which I will take forward to college and beyond.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memories from my time at Catholic Central are from the drive weeks. I love the effort the whole school puts into all the assemblies and decorations. The school spirit during the entire week is something I have not seen at any other high school. The sense of camaraderie and brotherhood that the drive inspires is truly one of the best aspects of being a student at Catholic Central.

 

JOE SIEVERT

 

Parents: Glenn and Karen Sievert

Resides In: Ann Arbor

Parish: St. Francis of Assisi

Middle School: St. Francis of Assisi

Clubs/Activities: Hockey, soccer, DECA, finance, NHS, student council

Where will you be attending college? University of Michigan

What is your planned major? Electrical Engineering

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? CC pushed me academically and athletically to perform at my maximum potential.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memory is winning the State Championship in hockey.

 

FRANCIS TOMA

 

Parents: Angie and Leon Toma

Resides In: Commerce Township:

Parish: St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church

Middle School: St. Patrick's White Lake

Clubs/Activities: Media Team, Newspaper, Spanish Honors Society, HOSA, Linking Hearts Mentorship

Where will you be attending college? Michigan State

What is your planned major? Biology/Pre-Med

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? The difficult classes and rigorous schedule at Catholic Central have prepared me for any challenge, academically or personally, that may affect me in my lifetime. Through all of the challenges I've faced at Catholic Central, I've grown into a resilient man and ultimately diligent student for life. These growths and impacts through Catholic Central will accompany me on my road through undergrad, medical school, and life as a whole.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? The final 2022 Drive Assembly where we rushed the floor.

 

ANDREW ZOLTOWSKI

 

Parents: Kelly Bladzik and Jim Zoltowski

Resides in: Northville

Parish: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, MI

Middle School: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School

Clubs/Activities: Quiz Bowl, HOSA, Shamrocks for Veterans, Esports, Ut Fidem, Spanish Honors Society, National Honors Society

Where will you be attending college? The University of Michigan

What is your planned major? PharmD

How has your time at Catholic Central impacted you? It helped me develop disciplinary habits, while also instilling extremely strong faith values in me, as well as preparing me more than adequately for college.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Catholic Central? My favorite memories from my time at Catholic Central were the bonds and connections I formed with friends, peers, and teachers.

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