The Class of 2021 was no stranger to challenges during their time at Belmont Hill. The students in this year’s class displayed incredible leadership and academic excellence not only this year but throughout their time at Belmont Hill. During the fall cum laude chapel, Mr. Schneider touched on the resiliency of the senior class and the independence they showed during the remote period last spring and this year.
Multiple senior students stood out, receiving Cum Laude honors in the fall. Those students were Aaron Belluck, Mathew Britt-Webb, Ryan Cannistraro, Streetej Digumarthi, Justin Paré, Abraham Tolkoff, Mathew Travalagni and Charles Wells. Eight boys were also given National Merit Recognition: Adam Alto, Mathew Britt-Webb, Sammy Jomaa, Theodore Stoll and Abraham Tolkoff, Paul Vander Vort, and Charles Wells. Three boys, Aaron Belluck, Streetej Digumarthi, and Max Hall, were all National Merit Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Competition.
The Class of 2021 excelled on multiple AP subjects: 10 students had AP Honor Designations AP Scholar, granted to students who scored a 3 or higher on three AP exams. Theodore Stoll stood out on the AP exams, being the only Belmont Hill student to score a 3 or higher on four exams or an average of 3.25 on all exams. In addition, seven students received AP Scholar with Distinction by scoring a three or higher on five or more AP exams or an average score of at least 3.5. Finally, Streetej Digumarthi received the Monaco American History Prize, a prestigious award given for his research paper entitled “The Oil Weapon: How the 1973 OAPEC Oil Embargo transformed relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The Class of 2021 faced academic challenges unlike most years, but they excelled in multiple ways regardless of the obstacles they faced. They were incredible role models for younger students in terms of their academic excellence, and the Belmont Hill community will most definitely miss them on campus next year.