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Stepinac Welcomes 33 Into Honor Society

Archbishop Stepinac High School has inducted 33 academically high achieving students into the Honors Academy, the first-of-its-kind, small personalized learning
program in the region.
Archbishop Stepinac High School has inducted 33 academically high achieving students into the Honors Academy, the first-of-its-kind, small personalized learning program in the region. Photo Credit: Provided

Archbishop Stepinac High School has inducted 33 high achieving students into the Honors Academy. It's the first-of-its-kind, small personalized learning program in the region, officials at the private school in White Plains said.i

Starting in September, the group of sophomore-year students will pursue advanced studies in either engineering, health sciences, finance or law.

Launched three years ago, Stepinac’s Honors Academy has captured headlines, most recently for the inaugural group’s Symposium last May on the unresolved Flint, Michigan, contaminated drinking water crisis.

To qualify for acceptance into the Honors Academy, students in their freshman year need a cumulative average of 90 percent or higher and are required to apply with the knowledge and support of their parents. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor.

Principal Paul Carty said: “Our Honors Academy is designed to help foster the development of skills that the honors students will need to become globally competitive at the college level and beyond.”

Frank Portanova, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Academic Studies, noted that Stepinac’s Honor Academy better prepares students for their chosen college major as the curriculum framework design is based on undergraduate core courses in the chosen concentrations.

The program culminates in the senior year with an internship and a final capstone research project

Below are the new Honors Academy members and their hometowns who will start their first year of advanced studies during the 2018-2019 school year:

Engineering

  • Daniel Bowen, Yonkers
  • Declan Bruton, White Plains
  • Nicholas DeSanctis, Ossining
  • Matthew DiLullo, White Plains
  • Brian Henry, White Plains
  • Devlin Hose, Garrison
  • Marcos Morales, Yonkers
  • Julian Mueller, Tarrytown
  • Ryan Nieves, Hartsdale
  • Andrew Occhi, Yonkers
  • Vincent Trujillo, Bronx
  • Shawn Vembenil, Yonkers

Health Sciences

  • James Brone, Hartsdale
  • Nicholas DeMatteo, Yonkers
  • Ryan Eddington, Valhalla
  • Justin Paz, Tarrytown
  • Angelo Perrino, Yonkers
  • Kyle Shepherd, White Plains

Law

  • Michael Castellano, West Harrison
  • Zachary Dowicz, White Plans
  • Joseph Goonan, Bronx
  • Jason Pietroluongo, Bronx
  • Christopher Spano, Yonkers

Finance

  • Ryan Caserta, White Plains
  • Kieran Daly, White Plains
  • Christian Gallaher, Wappinger Falls
  • Brennan Hogan, White Plains
  • Juan Ibarra, Mount Vernon
  • Luke Phillips, Yonkers
  • Christopher Pierz, Yonkers
  • Napol Sabsuebwong, Hartsdale
  • Raffaele Tammaro, Harrison
  • Jason Villareal, Yonkers

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