Central High School Celebration of Excellence

 Adrian Ali-Caccamo

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Adrian Ali-Caccamo

College: Georgetown University
Major: International Politics/Government

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • IB Diploma Candidate
  • Varsity Baseball
  • Minnesota Youth and Government

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Find an activity that you love to do, and pour your heart into it. Choose not based on what you think you should do, but what you want to do. You will be happier, have more fun, and likely be more successful.

 Zipporah Cohen

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Zipporah Cohen

College: Wellesley College
Major: Computer Science and French

  • President of International Affairs
  • Member of Roots N Shoots
  • Excellence in AP Calculus and AP Computer Science
  • Excellence in World Languages

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
I would urge every freshman to push themselves, but without losing sight of what’s important. Good mental health is vital and in the Central’s competitive environment it is far too easy to forget that you should still enjoy yourself while getting an education.

 Simon Grow-Hanson

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Simon Grow-Hanson

College: McGill University
Major: Elementary Education

  • Captain of Boys Tennis Team
  • National Honor Society’s Children’s Committee
  • President of the Saint Paul Urban Tennis Youth Council
  • Diploma in French Language Studies

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Don't just write assignments in your planner, also write all the other "life" things that you look forward to like hanging out with friends or when a new season of your favorite netflix show comes out. This motivated me as it reminded me that my life is more than just homework.

 Kade Hagen

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Kade Hagen

College: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: Biomedical Engineering

  • President of Symphonic Band
  • Captain of Central Boys Swim and Cross Country team
  • St. Paul City Honors Band
  • Excellence in AP Calculus

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
High school is a time that everyone is trying to find out who they are, it’s useless to discover who you are through the scope of other people as they don’t know who they are yet either. The way to discover yourself is by finding who you want to be.

 Rosalie Kurtz

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Rosalie Kurtz

College: Undecided
Major: Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics

  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • National Honor Society President
  • Varsity Softball and Tennis Team Captain
  • 2018 National Merit Commended Scholar

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
It is important to find a life balance during high school. Find things that you genuinely enjoy and work hard at them.

 Sophie Le Meur

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Sophie Le Meur

College: McGill University
Major: Biology or Neuroscience

  • McGill Major Entrance Scholarship
  • National Merit Scholar Finalist
  • French Immersion Certificate Candidate
  • MinuteBots Robotics Team Business Captain

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Go to bed early.

 Eva Neira

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Eva Neira

College: Undecided
Major: Biology

  • French Club, Secretary
  • French Immersion Certificate Program
  • National Honors Society
  • Excellence in AP Calculus and AP US History

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
It is important to find a balance between studying and doing other things you enjoy. Find a method of organization that works for you. The sooner you get to your work, the sooner it will be done and then you will have time for other things.

 Leah Rivera

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Leah Rivera

College: Johns Hopkins University
Major: International Relations

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • IB Diploma Candidate
  • National Spanish Examination Silver Award
  • Economics Challenge Captain

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
What you give up now will be worth it in the end. High school is a series of trade-offs and you will have more opportunities than you have time to take advantage of. But don't sweat it, prioritize the things that make you happy and keep you on the path to achieving your goals.  

 Clara Schilder-Manning

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Clara Schilder-Manning

College: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Major: Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

  • Member of Roots and Shoots Club
  • Co-President of German Club
  • Member of Greenpeace Jugend, Hamburg
  • Excellence in Precalculus Accelerated

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Use Central’s size to your advantage and explore all it has to offer; take different types of classes, meet lots of new people, visit different clubs, or join a sport. Don’t shy away from branching out, Central provides you with many opportunities to grow.

 Mikhalina Solakhava

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Mikhalina Solakhava

College: Undecided
Major: Political Science, Psychology

  • National Merit Scholarship
  • Qualified to Nationals in Congressional Debate
  • National Spanish Exam Premio de Oro
  • IB Diploma Candidate

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Join extracurriculars! They're a great way to make friends, learn something outside of school, pursue something you're passionate about, develop new skills, and get involved at Central. We have so many; there's sure to be something you like!

 Jasper Zarkower

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Jasper Zarkower

College: McGill University
Major: Linguistics

  • National Merit Finalist
  • Math team co-captain
  • Robotics team member
  • National Olympiad of Spoken Russian Gold Medalist

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Most of your success will depend on finding out exactly what you're supposed to do and doing it when you're supposed to do it. Keeping up is much easier than catching up.