It is very special when a school has one or two students who earn the top score of 36 on the ACT. But the
St. Charles Class of 2024 can boast something extraordinary: FOUR of its members, out of a class of only 121
seniors, have done so!
They are (photo, from left) Malcolm D’Souza ’24 (St. Brendan School, St. Brendan Parish), Andrew Kane (Jones
Middle School), William Malerich ’24 (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish), and John Bryner
(St. Timothy School, St. Timothy School Parish).
Bryner, a 2024 National Merit Semifinalist, is the son of Jeff and Amy Bryner of Dublin. He would like
to study mechanical engineering in college.
Andrew Kane, a National Merit Commended Scholar, is the son of Kurt and Christine Kane of Upper
Arlington. He plans to major in chemistry and minor in biology.
Malerich, a 2024 National Merit Semifinalist, is the son of Will and Patricia Malerich of Powell. He would
like to study aerospace engineering or medicine.
D’Souza, a 2024 National Merit Semifinalist, is the son of Melroy and Wilma D’Souza of Hilliard. He would
like to pursue medicine as a field of study, majoring in biomedical engineering and business, with a possible minor in Latin.
Nationally, only a quarter of 1% of students who take the test earn what is considered a top score. Colleges use ACT scores as evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.
“We are very proud of these young men for their tremendous accomplishment,” said St. Charles principal James Lower. “It is a tribute to these students, their parents and our SC faculty to a continued commitment of learning.”
St. Charles Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.