The John Carroll School Welcomes 27 Inaugural “Carroll Scholars” to the Class of 2022
Front row (L-R): Samantha Ashton, Abigail Leslie, Colin DiIorio, Mark Ghattas, Austin Shorts, Gianna Bullington; Second row (L-R): London Poist, Selona Baker, Nathan Gostomski, Alita Pirozzi, Blair Mergerian, Emma Runyeon, Abigail Field, Chloe Connolly; Back Row (L-R): Holden Loader, Steven Snyder, Chance Woosley, Travis Smith, Jacob Freeland, Gavin Innes. Not Pictured: Emily Baranoski, Jeremy Biggerman, Robert Hauf, Annelise Lakatta, Rosalie McGuirk, Benjamin Rosensteel, Max Snellenburg.
On Sunday, March 19, faculty and administration of The John Carroll School hosted a welcome lunch for its first group of Carroll Scholars, incoming freshmen who qualified for the new Archbishop John Carroll Scholarship Program. The welcome lunch gave this elite group of students an opportunity to meet each other as well as key faculty who will support them during their four years at John Carroll. These students will be the first in the school—and the first in any Catholic school in Maryland—to be eligible to graduate with the AP Capstone Diploma, a new distinction from the CollegeBoard.
Based on High School Placement Test scores in the 90th percentile and a strong academic and testing record in middle school, prospective Carroll Scholars were hand-picked from hundreds of applicants, then invited to apply to the brand new scholarship program. Applicants were required to undergo a rigorous screening process that included a personal interview and essay, and 27 students from the class of 2022 were ultimately accepted into the prestigious program and awarded the school’s highest merit-based scholarship.
Enrolled Carroll Scholars may elect to take two unique AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, yearlong courses that, according to the CollegeBoard, “focus on developing the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management and presentation skills you need for college-level work.” If students earn a score of three or higher in AP Seminar and AP research, as well as on four additional AP exams of their choosing, they will graduate with the AP Capstone Diploma.
According to John Carroll Principal Tom Durkin, “These students really astounded us with their talent. We initially thought we might have around 15 students who qualified as Carroll Scholars, but after meeting with each of these remarkable young men and women personally, we quickly realized just how deep a pool of bright, highly motivated students we had in our applications. We are very fortunate to have them join the John Carroll family and look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next four years.”