Fifty-Two SHS Seniors Honored with John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Posted on: December 20, 2023
SHS John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Scholarship honors seniors demonstrating outstanding MCAS scores

SALEM (Dec. 20, 2023) – Fifty-two members of the Salem High School Class of 2024 were honored Wednesday morning with the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship in a ceremony and breakfast held at the SHS Auditorium.

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The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is presented to SHS seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement through the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) test scores in high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:

  • Score in the ‘advanced’ category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science/Technology/Engineering (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering).
  • Score in the ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests.
  • Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.

The scholarship is a merit-based program which provides college tuition credits for up to eight semesters of undergraduate studies at a Massachusetts state college or university. 

The 52 seniors, many joined by their families, included: 

Logan AbboudBarza FathallaAidan O’Loughlin
Meaghan AmyotNatalia FelizAlexis Padoski
Liam BautistaRiley FenertyJacob Pina-Harding
Heather BernardShane FieldDylan Polo 
Tyler BizjakJohn Christopher GonzalesSyed Ramim
Emma BouldryMichael GreenJoe Reyes Rodriguez
Colin BowkerCasey GriffinTilda Rieder
Jessica CajigalSimon HammontreeAustin Ryan
Adrian CalderonAlejandro HernandezIsvely Severino
Josean CastilloSenwong HwongCristal Severino Fabian
Yoniel CastilloChristian LaneAna Gabryella Soares
Fabian Cortes FontanezChloe MageeCameron St. Germain
Nicholas Da CostaAngel MartinezSkylar Sverker
Caroline DevoeMya MartinezJessica Valatka
Jamie DuffyKhary Mimms-O’NealEmi Whitfield
Karma Eastman Gus Mulligan Aktrim Xhemaili
Teandra Encarnacion CespedesJohn O’ConnellSamin Yasir

About Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools is an urban public school district in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is a small, diverse city with a proud maritime and immigrant history. Our leaders and our teachers are all passionate about education and understand the urgency of improving student achievement with equity and social-emotional needs as the lens we view all of our work through. We respect and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools staff serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Salem Public Schools enrolls approximately 4,000 students across its eleven schools.