The 2014-2015 Neumann Scholar for St. Patrick School is 8th grader, Michael Prieto. Mrs. Kim Simmons from the Connolly Foundation, told the assembly of 5th, 6th, 7th, and, 8th graders that there are about 4,000 eighth graders in the 122 Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese. Over 1300 met the strict criteria set by the Foundation and nearly 900 took the Neumann Scholarship Test in October. From that 900, 35 were chosen to be named a Neumann Scholar – Michael is one of those 35 top scoring students! This scholarship awards Michael a 4-year tuition free education at one of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan high schools. Throughout his high school years, Michael will also receive opportunities for career exploration, assistance with college applications and also be part of a mentoring/guidance program.
Michael is the youngest of 3 children to Jay and Trisha Prieto. Michael is the last in a long line of Prieto children and has been a SPS Warrior for 9 years. During his time here he has developed into a fine young man as well as a scholar. Michael has plans to major in Computer Science at MIT after he completes his 4 years of high school. He is an avid wrestler as well as a baseball and basketball player. Michael hopes to play football for Bishop Shanahan next year. If he had tons of time on his hands, he would go on-line and learn more about computer programming – and maybe have some time to play X-Box.
One of Michael’s favorite memories from St. Pat’s is the Kindergarten Teddy Bear picnic. This is one of his first memories of school and one that he has cherished over the years. One important lesson Michael has learned from St. Pat’s is the importance of family – and he says he has experienced “family” every day of his 9 years as a St. Patrick School Warrior!
Congratulations to Michael and to the Prieto Family! Go Warriors!