Dumfries, VA – May 20, 2014: Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School will graduate 149 impressive students on May 30, 2014. Two students from the Class of 2014 stand out for their remarkable achievements and contributions:
Senior André Michell Establishes Scholarship for Military Families; Commits $50,000 over 25 years
André Michell transferred to John Paul as a junior after having lived in Kuwait with his family for a number of years. He received a scholarship and tuition assistance from the school to help make it possible for him and his younger sister to enroll.
Because of the impact Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School had in his life, André has started a new scholarship to help other military families attend the school in the future, committing $2,000 a year of his own money for the next 25 years, for a total of $50,000.
André received appointments early in the admissions process for the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He will attend West Point. While at Saint John Paul the Great, André was an accomplished student, athlete, member of the NHS, and served as a Peer Tutor and Student Ambassador. He is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2014. André has already made his first $2,000 installment to the St. Michael the Archangel Scholarship.
Senior Samantha Scott Earns EMT Certification While in High School
Samantha Scott began training as a junior EMT with Prince William County at the beginning of her senior year. She passed the state practical exam and is now a state certified EMT. She sits for the National Registry Exam on Tuesday, May 27, and expects to graduate from John Paul days later as a fully certified and nationally registered EMT.
As a four-year student at Saint John Paul the Great, Samantha credits her science and bioethics classes for propelling her in a very realistic way towards her dream of becoming a doctor. Becoming an EMT was an unexpected, but valuable step towards that goal. While maintaining an impressive GPA at John Paul, Samantha took additional EMT courses and field training, paid for by Prince William County, and worked 24-hour shifts as a volunteer with the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton (OWL) Station.
In addition to her classroom achievements, Samantha played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran track for JP. She was also in band as a section leader, an altar server, and a Student Ambassador.
Samantha will attend Loyola University-MD on scholarship as a pre-med student. She hopes to join the fire department in Baltimore to be trained as a fire-fighter, and then as a paramedic, while pursuing her goal of becoming a doctor.
Both students are available for interviews.
About Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School:
Established in 2008, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is a co-educational, college-preparatory, high school currently serving more than 600 students from Northern Virginia. It is the only high school in the United States to offer a 4-year Bioethics Curriculum©. In only 6 short years, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School has produced high achieving graduates who attend some of the nation’s best colleges and universities including Ivy League schools, Catholic institutions, and military academy appointments. SAT exam scores exceed national averages by more than 200 points, and Virginia averages by more than 170 points. Athletic achievements include state champions, and students playing division I – III sports in college.