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Catholic high schools name top students

Seniors ranked at the top of their class competed over finals week for the highest grade point average among their peers. The final results are in for most of the local Catholic high schools, and valedictorians and salutatorians announced as follows.

UPDATE 6.4.2014: For more tops honors in area Catholic schools, click here.

Bishop Machebeuf High School
The Denver school’s leading seniors were ranked after finals week. Caroline Paciaroni, who will attend California Polytechnic State University to study engineering, was named the school’s valedictorian. She is a scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Paciaroni played on the softball and tennis teams, was an actor in a school play, member of the Student Council and vice president of the National Honor Society. The salutatorian this year is Nicholas McDonald. He will attend Creighton University, where he was offered a full-tuition scholarship. He started a mission group called the Universal Solidarity Organization where student members raised money for poverty-stricken countries and volunteered locally. McDonald was also captain of his soccer team and president of the Student Council.

Holy Family High School
The Broomfield school announced that its 2014 valedictorian is senior James Fross and salutatorian is Claudia Pena. Fross gained several honors including being named a National Merit Scholar and receiving a perfect score on his SAT. He was also the treasurer for the Student Council Executive Office and participated in school sports. He will attend the University of Oklahoma. Pena was the Student Council’s secretary, and a member of both the National Honor Society and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Hispanic Honor Society). She played on the volleyball and basketball teams. Pena plans to attend Colgate University.

Mullen High School
Mullen High School’s class of 2014 valedictorian is Jennifer Belz and thesalutatorian is Nathan Schmetter. Belz received theTorch Award from Mullen, the school’s highest scholastic honor, and she is a member of National Honor Society. She also participated in lacrosse and swimming; and will attend Stanford University in California on a rowing scholarship. Schmetter, also honored with theTorch Award, is a member of National Honor Society. He participated on the soccer team, Engineering Club, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He will attend Washington University in St. Louis as a Danforth scholar and Coca-Cola scholar.

Regis Jesuit High School Boys Division
Regis Jesuit High School Boys Division named Michael Dale Cobb valedictorian and Evan Jeffrey Bolling salutatorian. While at Regis Jesuit, Cobb served as a Model United Nations officer, editor of the student literary magazine Impressions, and a retreat leader. He also traveled to Belize and Guatemala for service immersion trips. He will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Bolling was a member of the cross country team at RJHS, participated in Mock Trial and served as a manager of the hockey team. He plans to study business at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Regis Jesuit High School Girls Division
The Girls Division of Regis Jesuit High School selected Jasmine Alexandra Lennert valedictorian and Brooke Elizabeth Barlock salutatorian. Lennert was involved in a variety of activities during high school including Mu Theta Alpha, Ping Pong Club, National Honor Society and Classics Club. She also served as a math tutor. She plans to study mechanical or nuclear engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During her four years at RJHS, Barlock was involved in Mock Trial, Spanish Honor Society, Cross Country and Arrupe Club. She plans to study economics and entrepreneurial management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.


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