On Sunday, March 27, The John Carroll School hosted a welcome lunch for its newest group of “Carroll Scholars,” incoming freshmen whose strong test scores and academic record earned them an invitation to the school’s Archbishop John Carroll Scholarship Program. This lunch served as an opportunity for newly selected students to meet fellow scholars and future classmates, as well as the school’s administration and program faculty who will help to guide them during their high school careers.
Based on High School Placement Test scores and strong middle school academic performance, potential candidates are selected from hundreds of prospective students and are then invited to pursue placement as Carroll Scholars. Applicants to the program undergo a rigorous screening process, including an interview with school administrators and personal essay. From this pool of elite students, 20 have been selected from the incoming Class of 2026 to join the prestigious program, which includes the school’s highest merit-based scholarship.
Upon graduation, if all program requirements have been satisfied, these students will receive the AP Capstone Diploma, a designation highly sought after by top colleges. To achieve this distinction, Carroll Scholars must take two unique yearlong AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, in addition to four AP courses of their choosing, and receive scores of three or better on the AP exams for those courses. John Carroll was the first Catholic school in Maryland approved by the CollegeBoard to offer this prestigious opportunity to its students.
The Carroll Scholars from the Class of 2026 are:
Colleen Bauer - St. Ursula School
Lily Baumgartner - St. Ursula School
Dominic Dimino - St. Stephen School
Isabella Dobrzykowski - St. John the Evangelist School
Alexander Dunn - North Harford Middle School
Daisy Everett - St. Margaret School
Leah Foltyn - Southampton Middle School
Gianna Gargano -St. John the Evangelist School
Paige Gostomski -St. Margaret School
Jacek Grabowski - St. Stephen School
Annabeth Hohman - St. Margaret School
Madeline Kimmel - St. Margaret School
Kelly McGrain - Bel Air Middle School
Marquis Mingle - Fallston Middle School
Adelaide Nelson - St. Joan Of Arc School
Gabriel Olszyk - St. James Academy
Dylan Vo - St. Margaret School
Jonah Wade - Harford Day School
Margaret Wells - St. Stephen School
Sylvia Woosley - North Harford Middle School
Gabriel Olszyk was also awarded the inaugural John Carroll Trustee Scholarship for Academic Excellence, an endowed scholarship is awarded to the top incoming student at John Carroll.