Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – Archbishop Stepinac High School has inducted 34 academically high achieving students from throughout Westchester and the Bronx into the Honors Academy, the first-of-its-kind, three-year personalized learning program in the region.

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

Stepinac HS Inducts Students into Honors Academy

Archbishop Stepinac High School inducts students into Honors Academy. Photo: John Raiola

Stepinac’s Honors Academy was launched a year ago with 44 students who in September will begin their second year of intensive exploration in their chosen disciplines.

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

Paul Carty, Principal, 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 Honors Academy better prepares students for their chosen college major as the curriculum framework design is based on undergraduate core courses in the chosen concentrations.  “Students will develop and use complex algorithms to explore the major theories and principles associated with each discipline,” adding: “A primary goal is to empower students to see the relationship between their academy studies and their application to the real world.”

The program will culminate in the senior year with an internship and a final capstone research project and presentation that will be judged by a panel of faculty members and outside professionals in the fields that correlate with the respective academy.

Carty said that the Honors Academy is the latest initiative that has earned Stepinac as a leader in curriculum innovation. “It follows on the heels of the ground-breaking personalized blended learning platform including the first-of-it-kind all digital text book library that has been recognized by educators across the nation and around the world,” he explained.

Below are the new 34 Honors Academy members who will start their first year of advanced studies in the 2017-2018 school year:


Zach Barnes, Thornwood

Kasim Clarke, Bronx

Francisco Ferrisi, Larchmont

John Howard, Yonkers

Michael Tartaglia, Mohegan Lake

Michael Bellido, White Plains  

Health and Science

Jesse Ahearn, White Plains

Jonathan Basdeo, Bronx

Emmet Loughran, Yonkers

Raymond Moniz, III, Yonkers

Justin Rasche-Hotetz, White Plains


Anthony Abraham, Yonkers

Stephen Buckley, White Plains

Jordan Crichow, White Plains

Oluwatosin Gbotosho, White Plains

Matthew Guadagnolo, White Plains

Joshin Johnkutty, White Plains

Omar Loayza, White Plains

Stephen Magliocchino, Thornwood

Nicholas Morillo, Mt. Vernon

Nelson Pichardo, Yonkers

Matthew Powers, Bronx

Mychal Riccio, Harrison

Ethan Tieng, Port Chester

Joel Ythier, White Plans

Economics and Finance

Daniel Cregin, Yonkers

Moeen Ahmed, Wingdale

Maxwell Erb, Ossining

Matthew Halas, White Plains

Patrick Hehir, Bronx

William Henderson, Katonah

Quentin McCauley, Manhattan

Marcus Tiratsuyan, Bronx

Eli Rosenshine, Pleasantville

Below are the Honors Academy inaugural group’s 44 members who will continue in their second year of advanced studies in the 2017-2018 school year:


David Batchie, Elmsford

Alex Brenlla, Yonkers

Michael Ciffone, Tarrytown

Ryan Dass, Yonkers

Ryan Howard, Yorktown Heights

Thomas Silver, Hastings

Shane Saunders, Thornwood


Malak Abbassi, Yonkers

Ted Akuffo, Bronx

Matthew Alamon, Yonkers

Patrick Austin, White Plains

Gregory Bejnart, Scarsdale

Andre Braga, White Plains

John Cafferky,  Yonkers

Mario Colon, Yonkers

Peter Cronin, Thornwood

Nolan DeFreitas, Peekskill

Aidan Flood, New Rochelle

Anthony Goncalves, Yonkers

Nate Henderson, Katonah

Matthew Kelly, White Plains

Antony Makaj, Yonkers

Brian McElligott, Yonkers

Patrick O’Mara, Pleasantville

Adam Power, Yonkers

Tyler Saponara, Yonkers

Jared Williams, Yonkers

Christopher Yarina, Bronx

Health and Science

Peter Astriab, Yonkers

James Donovan, Bronx

Jordan Faulkner, Peekskill

Thomas Mueller, Yonkers

Thomas Minafra, Thornwood

Akshay Molekudy, Greenwich,CT

Akash Molekudy, Greenwich,CT

Rilind Rugova, Bronx

Michael Schwarz, White Plains

William Tancredi, Bronx

Economics and Finance

Jonathan Alviar, Yonkers

Aidan Benjamin, White Plains

Micahel Cally, Rye Brook

Angelo Ejli, Bronx

Colin Sharkey, Yonkers

Steven Vukaj, Yonkers


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