​Antonian College Preparatory High School honors class of 2020

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Antonian College Preparatory High School honors class of 2020

As a result of recent events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors across the country have felt a void and continue to miss out on end of year milestones, whether large or small. Antonian College Preparatory High School has been working diligently to continue to support their seniors by honoring them through various social media campaigns.

“From this point forward in our school year, we would typically hold several assemblies to recognize the various academic, athletic, and extracurricular pursuits of our students. Even though we cannot gather in person, we believe it is vital for our community to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of our students, especially our seniors. We want to show them the love and support that they so very much deserve,” shared Diann Montemayor, assistant principal. ”

Each year, the College Board recognizes more than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test awarding those Letters of Commendation for their outstanding academic promise and also recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino students for their outstanding performance. This past Sunday, Antonian College Preparatory announced it would acknowledge the four students who have received these honors from the College Board, as well as those students who comprise the top ten highest ranking members of the class of 2020. These students have been spotlighted on Antonian’s social media platforms. Spotlights will continue for the remainder of the class of2020 through the end of May.

“It has been truly wonderful to see our Antonian community embrace our students, virtually,” stated the Director of Communications Mason Finch. Finch started drafting a timeline that mirrors the award calendar as if the students were still in the traditional school setting and sought new ways to honor these young men and women. “Our students deserve the recognition, however, that may look within our new scope and reason. They have put in endless hours of hard work — it is up to us that we acknowledge that,” stated Finch.

Antonian is proud of their diverse and well-rounded students who demonstrate an array of talents including athletic prowess. On April 15, a National Letter of Intent signing day, Antonian recognized ten (10) students who have committed to continue participating in athletics at the collegiate level. Antonian acknowledges the significance of this as only a little over 7 percent of high school athletes (about 1 in 14) go on to play a varsity sport in college and less than 2 percent of high school athletes (1 in 54) go on to play at NCAA Division I schools.

Antonian class of 2020 students who will continue to play sports at the collegiate level include: Brandon Beckel (Texas Tech University — Baseball); Drake Denning (University of the Southwest — Baseball); Ian Sexton (Texas A&M International University — Baseball); Emma Richards (Ball State University — Softball); Samantha Stephens (Frank Phillips College — Softball); Megan Barthol (Widener University — Volleyball); Devin Grant (University of Colorado — Football); Khalil Warfield (University of Texas-El Paso — Football); Aeneaus Gray (McMurray University — Football); and Devin Montgomery (Sweet Briar College — Swim).

Antonian College Preparatory also recognizes one of its own for another outstanding accomplishment. The National Honor Society (NHS) announced that Jenna Tarrillion, a high school senior at Antonian, has been selected as an NHS Scholarship recipient. Tarrillion was chosen from nearly 7,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

She is 1 of 9 San Antonio area high school students to have received this prestigious award and the only Catholic high school recipient from San Antonio. This marks the second consecutive year that an Antonian student will receive this distinguished honor.