Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • January 21, 2009 Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey has earned a reputation as of being a sports powerhouse, but this 93-year-old college prep school for boys is also an academic powerhouse. With a student body of 894 students, the school has already amassed numerous achievements during the current academic year. Two seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Kevin Stangl of Montebello, New York, and Michael Carapezza of Mahwah. In addition, 16 students have received recognition as National Merit Commended Students. They are Joseph Altura, Goshen, New York; German Chabur, Lodi; Brian Collins, Mahwah; Ryan Donohue, Stony Point, New York; Michael Dudas, Wyckoff; Hugh Garvey, Ho-Ho-Kus; Brendan Gleason, Park Ridge; Kevin Horan, Chester, New York; Robert Molke, Westwood; Stephen Montalto, Woodcliff Lake; Michael Nowicki, Nanuet, New York; Thomas Mulligan, Pearl River, New York; Ryan Muldoon, Pearl River, New York; Mark O’Dea, Washington Township; Peter Schmitt, Glen Rock; and Stephen Shami, Totowa. “The excellent academic achievements of our students on a yearly basis are emblematic of the dedication and academic strength of our educational faculty at Don Bosco Prep,” explained Rev. Louis J. Molinelli, SDB, director/ president. “It is our mission to educate young men so that through self-discovery, each student will come to recognize and acknowledge his talents and limitations in pursuing academic, athletic, artistic and personal excellence. Our schools athletic achievements are well known, but our strength in academics, extracurricular activities and spiritual training is not as widely recognized. Thirty-two Don Bosco students qualified in 2008 as Advanced Placement Scholars, including two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by Schools Now Registering Don Bosco Prep is academic powerhouse earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on five or more of these exams. They are Evram Dawd of Carlstadt, and Robert Hoffmann of Franklin Lakes. Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. They are Joseph Altura of Goshen, New York, Walter Hickey of Harriman, New York, Tony Battaglia of Blauvelt, New York, Brendan Travers of Monroe, New York, Michael DeLucia of River Edge, Chris Varano of Suffern, New York, and Daniel Fredeman of Valley Cottage, New York. Twenty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of three or higher including William Breitweiser, Nicholas Lennon, Joenard Camarista, Brandon Marsella, Michael Carapezza, Patrick Moore, Michael Cellini, Ryan Muldoon, Ian Cordasco, Mark ODea, Ryan Donohue, Stephen Oliwa, Stephen Flanagan, Michael Porta, Anthony Franco, John Reilly, Victor Gazivoda, Kevin Stangl, Dominick Grochowina, Matthew Suozzi, Mark Hayden, and Raymond Wong. Only about 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide, who took the AP exams in May 2008, performed at such a high level to merit such recognition. Nine students were recently named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars of New Jersey, including Michael (continued on page 21)