24 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars for 2017-2018

(Photo; Above) Those 24 St. Charles seniors recognized by National Merit as Semifinalists and Commended Scholars for 2017-2018 are (front row, from left) Aaron Schossler ’18 (Heritage Middle School, St. Brendan parish), Nathan Kuhr ’18 (Holy Spirit School, Holy Spirit parish), Jackson Dabek ’18 (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare parish), Benjamin Mooney ’18 (Genoa Middle School) and Aneel Biswas ’18 (Genoa Christian Academy, Gahanna Community Congregational Church); (second row, from left) William Leithauser ’18 (St. Paul School, St. Paul parish), Matthew Turek ’18 (Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish), Will Morrison ’18 (Semifinalist)(Joyce Kilmer Middle School, New Albany Presbyterian Church), Matthew Frastaci ’18 (Semifinalist)(St. Paul School, St. Paul parish) and Ian Noonan ’18 (St. Cecilia School, St. Cecilia parish); (third row, from left) Mitchell Whittaker ’18 (Our Lady of Peace School, Westerville Community Church of Christ), Noah Baker ’18 (Dominion Middle School), Henry Valachovic ’18 (Semifinalist)(St. Agatha School, St Agatha parish), Maxwell Elliott ’18 (John Sells Middle School, St. Brigid of Kildare parish) and Jacob Waltermeyer ’18 (Olentangy Shanahan Middle School, St. Paul parish); (fourth row, from left) Devin Kellar ’18 (Semifinalist)(Blendon Middle School), Nathaniel Thomas ’18 (Immaculate Conception School, Immaculate Conception parish), Nathaniel Jaminet ’18 (Our Lady of Peace School, St. Patrick parish), Ian Smith ’18 (Lakeview Jr. High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish) and George Javitch ’18 (St. Paul School, St. Paul parish); (top row, from left), Luke Voegele ’18 (St. Andrew School, St. Brigid of Kildare parish), Anthony Ricaurte ’18 (St. Andrew School, St. Andrew parish), Nicholas Schuler ’18 (St. Paul School, St. Paul parish) and Jarrod Hay ’18 (Cypress Christian School, St. Cecilia parish).

 

Four Seniors names National Merit Semifinalists

St. Charles Preparatory School has four members of its senior class named 2017-2018 National Merit Semifinalists. These young men qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program, based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took last year as St. Charles juniors. Of the more than 1.6 million high school students who took the test, approximately 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $33 million that will be offered in the spring.

 

Matthew Frastaci ’18 is the son of Frank and Jeanine Frastaci of Westerville. He attended St. Paul School and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to major in mathematics and statistics in pursuit of a career in the fields of actuarial science or data analytics. He has applied to the University of Chicago (preferred), Washington University in St. Louis (preferred), Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, University of Rochester, Carleton College, Bowdoin College, Miami University, and The Ohio State University.

Matt is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society. The Mathematics Club and plays trumpet for the St. Charles Jazz Band. He is a volunteer at the Westerville Public Library and the Holy Rosary-St. John Community Kitchen. He also tutors classmates in geometry and biology through the NHS.

 

Devin Kellar ’18 is the son of Matthew and Jacqueline Kellar of Westerville. He attended Blendon Middle School. He plans to major in biology or chemistry to prepare for a career as a pediatrician or an emergency room physician. He is applying to Wake Forest University (preferred), Elon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Miami (OH) University and Vanderbilt University.

Devin is a member of the Engineering Team and the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, through which he tutors underclassmen in math and Latin. He runs both varsity indoor and outdoor track and holds school records in the shuttle hurdle relays and the 110-meter high hurdles. Devin volunteers at the Westerville Public Library as well as with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.

  

Will Morrison ’18 is the son of Robert and J. Lori Morrison of New Albany. He attended Joyce Kilmer Middle School and is a member of New Albany Presbyterian Church. He plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in the classics and journalism as preparation for law school. He is applying to Dartmouth, William and Mary, Wake Forest University, College of the Holy Cross, Washington and Lee University, Kenyon College, DePauw University and Denison University.

Will is treasurer of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, a member of the St. Charles Lacrosse Team, cantors at school liturgies and sings in the St. Charles Chorus. He is an intern at the Columbus Legal Aid Society, NHS tutor and organizer of Test Prep Outreach which collects and donates test prep books to high schoolers in need.

 

Henry Valachovic ’18 is the son of Stephen ’83 and Lori Valachovic of Columbus. He attended St. Agatha School and is a member of St. Agatha parish. He plans to study mechanical or aerospace engineering and is applying to Princeton University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University.

Henry is a member of the St. Charles Soccer Team and as a junior helped lead the team to the Division I state finals. He is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, the Engineering Team a four-time State History Day qualifier. He is a Eucharistic minister at St. Charles and a regular altar server at St. Agatha Church. He has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and volunteers at the Run the Race Farm.

 

Twenty Seniors Named Commended Scholars

In addition to the 4 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists, 20 more seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2017-2018. They placed among the top 5% of all the students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year (Fall 2016). While they don’t continue in competition for National Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:

 

Noah Baker ’18 is the son of Todd and Christiane Baker of Columbus. He attended Dominion Middle School. He plans to study Classics, mathematics or economics. He is applying to Tufts University (preferred), Bowdoin College (preferred), Lawrence University and Skidmore College.

Noah is a member of the Hockey Team, Engineering Team and the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society. He tutors classmates in math and Latin through the National Honor Society and volunteers at Sam’s Fans, a local non-profit organization that promotes music and art therapy in Children’s Hospitals throughout Ohio.

 

Aneel Biswas ’18 is the son of Arun and Julie Biswas of Galena.  He attended Genoa Christian Academy and is a member of Gahanna Community Congregational Church. He plans to study biological science with emphasis in genetics and computer science. He is applying to University of Chicago (preferred), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Rochester, and The Ohio State University.

Aneel is a member of the Robotics Team, My Brother’s Keeper, the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and also participates in the school’s fencing club.  This past summer he traveled with his church group on a mission trip to Mexico where he worked with disabled children.

 

Jackson Dabek ’18 is the son of Dariusz and Angelica Dabek of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study aeronautical engineering in pursuit of a career in engineering. He is applying to the United States Naval Academy (preferred), the United States Air Force Academy, Carnegie Mellon University and Harvey Mudd College.

Jackson has played on the varsity tennis team for four years and will be continuing his tennis career through NCAA tennis. In addition, he is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and the Engineering Team. He has also been a volunteer of the organization “Buddy-Up Tennis” for five years, where he teaches tennis to children with Down Syndrome.

 

Maxwell Elliott ’18 is the son of Matt and Kristin Elliott of Dublin. He attended John Sells Middle School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study biology, chemistry, and neuroscience following a track toward medical school. He has already committed to play lacrosse for Haverford College (Division III) in Philadelphia, PA.

Max has played lacrosse every year and is a member of a travel lacrosse club that plays nearly year-round. He played freshman football who has been a member of both the Engineering Team and Fishing Club the past two years. He is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and tutors classmates in math, Latin, and sciences through the group. or the past two years, Max has organized a volunteer effort with the St. Charles lacrosse program at the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. He also traveled on service trips to Guatemala and Hazard, Kentucky.

 

Jarrod Hay ’18 is the son of Laura Hay of Galloway. He attended Cypress Christian School and is a member of St. Cecilia parish. He plans to pursue a major in biomedical engineering and is applying to The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Notre Dame, and Wisconsin University (Madison).

Jarrod is a black belt and instructor at his Tae Kwondo school, a teen leader for his parish group and plays alto saxophone for the Saint Charles Jazz Band. He also participated in his youth group’s service trip to Guatemala and was in the Columbus School for Girls musical production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

 

Nathaniel Jaminet ’18 is the son of John and Emily Jaminet of Columbus. He attended Our Lady of Peace School and is a member of St. Patrick parish. He plans on following a path in Pre-Med or biology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in preparation for a career in medicine. He plays football for St.Charles and participates in the Ultimate Frisbee Club and CYO basketball. He has volunteered at the Brian Muha Run the Race Foundation benefitting underprivileged kids in Columbus and was an altar server for his parish for multiple years.

 

George Javitch ’18 is the son of Thomas and Miechelle Javitch of Westerville. He attended St. Paul School and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to study biology and neuroscience on a premed track before pursuing a career in surgery. He is applying to Northwestern University (preferred), Johns Hopkins University (preferred), Duke University, MIT and the University of Michigan.

George served as vice president of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and was a member of the St. Charles Student Council, Engineering Team, Basketball Team and My Brother’s Keeper. He tutors classmates in geometry and algebra II through the NHS and Latin and algebra II outside of school. George is an altar server and Eucharistic minister at his parish and also participated in the summer service trip to Nicaragua.

 

Nathan Kuhr ’18 is the son of Stephen and Anna Kuhr of Blacklick. He attended Holy Spirit School and is a member of Holy Spirit parish. He plans to study meteorology and/or atmospheric science in college. He is applying to Illinois University (preferred), the University of Oklahoma (preferred), The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Ohio University and Valparaiso University.

At St. Charles Nathan has participated in both the school’s theater and chorus programs and tutors classmates in chemistry and physics through the NHS.  He is also very involved with his parish, Holy Spirit. There he helps lead an Advent program entitled “The Giving Tree” which is done in coordination with the Whitehall Community Center which collects and distributes gifts for needy families based on “wish lists.” He is a lector at both Holy Spirit Church and St. Philip Church. He helps set up and run games at the Holy Spirit Parish Festival and serves meals at Lenten fish fries for the Shamrock Club. In addition, he helps with a program during the summer done through Pataskala United Methodist Church for Holy Spirit parish that provides free lunches to children.

 

William Leithauser ’18 is the son of Scott and Ann Leithauser of Westerville. He attended St. Paul School and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans on studying computer science and is applying to Case Western, Purdue University (preferred), The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Will is a member of the Math Club and the St. Charles Cross Country and Robotics Teams. He has participated in the Big Laurel service trip to West Virginia and is currently working on my Eagle Scout project that will benefit my parish, St. Paul’s.

 

Benjamin Mooney ’18 is the son of Paul and Megan Mooney of Columbus. He attended Genoa Middle School. He plans to major in biology with a specialization in marine studies. He is applying to Boston University, the University of Vermont and Bowdoin University.

Ben is a member of the St. Charles Concert and Pep Bands and Swim Team and plans to continue swimming at the Division III collegiate level.  He is a member of and tutors through the My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Group and the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and helps organize student study tables.

 

Ian Noonan ’18 is the son of Michael and Teresa Noonan of Galloway. He attended St. Cecilia School and is a member of St. Cecilia parish. He plans to study aerospace or chemical engineering and is applying to Case Western Reserve University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Alabama.

He has wrestled for the St. Charles Wrestling Team as well as participating in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling for a club team. He was a member of the school’s cross country team; Jazz Band and Concert Band; the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society; and performed as the ‘Charlie Cardinal” mascot. Ian volunteered as a tutor, with International Samaritan, Gospel Road and “Buddy Ball,” which helps people with special needs play baseball.

Anthony Ricaurte ’18 is the son of Mark and Teresa Ricaurte of Columbus. He attended St. Andrew School and is a member of St. Andrew parish. He plans to major in finance in preparation for a career in investment banking. He is applying tot eh University of Notre Dame (preferred), Cornell, University of Virginia, Duke University and Butler University.

Anthony is member of the Engineering Team and Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society. He is the captain on the St. Charles Golf Team, a golf caddie at Scioto Country Club, a St. Charles Student Council representative and NHS tutor. He is and Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and an altar server at St. Andrew parish and volunteers at the Worthington Resource Pantry, and Mount Carmel West Hospital.

 

Aaron Schossler ’18 is the son of Frank and Amy Schossler of Hilliard. He attended Heritage Middle School and is a member of St. Brendan parish. He plans to pursue a degree in finance or business analytics in preparation for a career in professional sports management. He is applying to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Villanova University and Butler University.

AJ tutors classmates in Latin, has been a member of the St. Charles Baseball Team all four years and plays travel baseball during the summer. Outside of school, he conducts molecular genetic and human nutrition research at The Ohio State University. He traveled on a service trip to rural West Virginia and volunteers at the Upper Arlington Senior Center and has participated in several small scale service projects at St Charles.

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Nicholas Schuler ’18 is the son of Robert and Regina Schuler of Westerville. He attended St. Paul School and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to study mechanical engineering I college and is applying to Purdue University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton (preferred).

Nick has been a member of the St. Charles Basketball and Track (High Jump) Teams. He is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and the Engineering Team. He has volunteered at Shepherd’s Corner and worked since 7th grade with the “Run the Race” charity event and its farm which provides cancer patients a place to relax.

 

Ian Smith ’18 is the son of Brian and Gaye Smith of Pickerington. He attended Lakeview Jr. High School and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. He is planning on pursuing a degree in biochemistry or molecular biology before attending medical school to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon. He is applying to Vanderbilt University (preferred), the University of Notre Dame, Princeton University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Ian is a co-captain for the St. Charles Soccer Team for which he has played four years. He served as a co-captain as a junior helping the Cardinals to reach the Division I state finals. He is also was a member of the Engineering Team, served on St. Charles Student Council and was the president of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, he volunteered at Shepherd’s Corner Farm (run by the Dominican Sisters), the Heinzerling Home for the disabled and went on a service mission to Portsmouth, Ohio with his parish. He also spent his sophomore and junior year summers as a research intern in medical labs at The Ohio State University.

 

Nathaniel Thomas ’18 is the son of Peter and the late Lori Black Thomas of Columbus. He attended Immaculate Conception School and is a member of Immaculate Conception parish. He plans to study musical theatre or acting in order to pursue a career in professional theatre. He is applying to Roosevelt University, Elon University, Otterbein University and Wright State University among others.

Nathaniel is a co-captain of the ten-time CCL champion St. Charles Cross Country team and also participates in the school’s Theatre Department and St. Charles Student Council. He is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, is very active in the Columbus theatre community and dances at Artisan Dance Studio. He also altar serves at Immaculate Conception Parish and tutors through NHS at school.

 

Matthew Turek ’18 is the son of William and Lesley Turek of Grove City. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish. He plans to pursue a degree in mathematics or chemistry in pursuit of higher post-grad education and ultimately, a career in mathematical research at a university level. He is applying to University of Chicago (preferred), Loyola University Chicago, The Ohio State University, Syracuse University and Denison University, among a few others.

Matthew participated as both an actor and member of the stage crew for the St. Charles Theater program, taking part in a total of 13 shows. He was also a St. Charles Student Council representative, a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, a staff writer for “The Carolian” student newspaper, and took part in the Fishers of Men and St. Charles Prayer Club.

He attended and helped lead his youth group at St. Patrick’s (Columbus) Church, regularly volunteered at South Side Roots Café, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and helped lead baptism retreats for inner-city children at “Run-The-Race” with Mrs. Rachel Muha.

 

Luke Voegele ’18 is the son of Francis and Rosemarie Voegele of Powell.  He attended St. Andrew School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study mechanical or chemical engineering in preparation for a career in special project management. He is applying to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Purdue University, the University of Michigan, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University.

Luke is the secretary of the Borromeo Chapter of the National Honor Society, vice president of the My Brother’s Keeper MBK) mentoring program and the director of the St. Charles Prayer Club and Fishermen of Men campus ministry group. He is also a member of the school’s Engineering Team and St. Charles Student Council as well as a staff writer for “The Carolian” student newspaper. He is a member of the St. Charles Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams. He is a tutor through the NHS, a leader with the St. Brigid Youth Group, a leader for the Diocesan Youth Council and a tutor at the Columbus Collegiate Academy through MBK.

 

Jacob Waltermeyer ’18 is the son of Todd and Karen Waltermeyer of Lewis Center. He attended Olentangy Shanahan Middle School and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to pursue either business or law and he is applying to Cornell University (preferred), Villanova University, South Carolina University, The University of Virginia (2nd preference)Boston College, Indiana University Bloomington, and The Ohio State University.

Jake is a member of the St. Charles Football and Wrestling (captain) Teams, plays for the Bexley rugby team, is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, the school’s JAM public speaking club and he plays tuba for the St. Charles Concert band. He also participates on the Engineering Team and he volunteers some of his free time at the Heinzerling Foundation.

 

Mitchell Whittaker ’18 is the son of Aaron and Erin Whittaker of Westerville. He attended Our Lady of Peace School and is a member of the Westerville Community Church of Christ. He plans to study pre-medicine or dentistry in college and is applying to The Ohio State University (preferred), University of Miami (FL) (preferred), University of Michigan, Indiana University and Northwestern University.

Mitchell is a member of the St. Charles Cross-country and Baseball Teams, the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and plays music at music festivals and events with the band, “Cousin Simple,” made up of fellow St. Charles student. He volunteers for the development board at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and I has helped with events such as the Slice of Columbus and the Columbus Duck Race. This year he also helped organize St. Charles’ Freshman Welcome.

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