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Xaverian H.S. seniors get acceptance letters from colleges

January 20, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Isaac Jean-Francois plans to attend Columbia University next Fall. Photos courtesy of Xaverian High School
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Xaverian High School seniors are starting to get letters from colleges they have applied to for admission and the teens like answers they’re receiving!

Several students scheduled to graduate high school in June have received letters of acceptance from the colleges of their choice and some have gained acceptance to more than one elite university, Xaverian officials announced.

Senior Isaac Jean-Francois has been acceptance by Columbia University, where he plans on majoring in biology with a concentration in women’s and gender studies. He is a member of Xaverian’s speech and debate team, as well as the Young Democrats Club and Music at Xaverian. Jean-Francois has also taken part in volunteer service at CHIPS soup kitchen.

Jean-Francois said he attributes the education he has received at Xaverian as the main reason for his acceptance into an Ivy League school. “Speech and debate has been an amazing asset for college prep. I think Xaverian has given me the chance to find myself in ways that no other school can. This is truly a family environment that protects, cares and nurtures all of those involved in the community,” he said.

Another senior, Francis Coen, has earned acceptance to Georgetown University, Villanova University, Fordham University, Loyola College Maryland, Manhattan College, Iona College and Long Island University.

He is still weighing his options as to where to pursue his higher education.

Coen has been involved with myriad extracurricular activities during his time at Xaverian, including swimming, soccer, and lacrosse, as well as the Pipe and Drum Corps, and the Mock Trial program.

Coen said he is certain that his experiences at Xaverian have played a critical role in preparing him for college.

“Xaverian has allowed me to grow both academically and spiritually. It’s given me very rigorous and challenging academic courses, while still allowing me to join sports and activities that have helped me develop into a well-rounded person. Xaverian has also played a huge role in the development of my faith through community service and retreats,” he said.

In Xaverian’s Class of 2015, there were five students who earned acceptance to Cornell University. The Class of 2015 was also awarded scholarships totaling $25 million and its members earned acceptance to colleges and universities nationwide, including Brown University, Boston College, Boston University, CUNY-Macaulay Honors College, University College of Dublin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology, school officials said.

Founded by the Xaverian Brothers, a Catholic religious order, Xaverian is a Catholic high school for boys located at 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge. The Class of 2016 will be the last all-male class to graduate from the high school. Starting in September, Xaverian will admit female students.


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