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Scholastic Achievements 2004-2005

Recently, we had a visit from alumnus Igor Polishchuk. Igor just received his second Master’s Degree in International Relations at Oxford University. Oxford is one of the largest centers for graduate work in International Relations in Europe. This well-established Master’s course admits 25-30 students per year. Igor is now on starting his third Master’s course at Amsterdam University. Congratulations to Igor on his continuing academic success!

Nikita Mikhaylin was featured in the San Francisco Examiner’s “Hailing the City’s Best and Brightest Scholars” article. As one of San Francisco’s top students, Nikita will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2005. Nikita’s accomplishments included: receiving a Magna Cum Laude certificate for the National Latin Exam; receiving a Presidential Award of Excellence; volunteering at the Holy

Virgin Cathedral; and overseeing his school’s computer lab.
Congratulations to our poet - Sophia Jajeh! Sophia entered a poetry contest for young poets. Her poem has been found worthy of publication in the anthology A Celebration of Young Poets. There were thousands of entries in this contest and most of the entries were not invited to be published.

Saint John’s received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Center for Education Statistics (referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card”) in recognition of the professional support so instrumental in the successful accomplishment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This branch of the U.S. Department of Education measures the academic achievement of students across the nation.

We would like to congratulate Nikita Mikhaylin with his designation as a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He placed among the top 50,000 of over one million students who took the 2003 PSAT/NMSQT, and he is among the 34,000 Commended Students nationwide who has shown exceptional academic promise. The National Merit Corporation states, “..your performance was outstanding and recognition as a Commended Student is a credit to you, your parents, and your school.” Along with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, we join in with our best wishes to Nikita Mikhaylin and encourage him to develop his potential to the fullest. Nikita joins the ranks of other students in St. John’s who have either attained a Letter of Commendation (Oleg Merzlikin), or the National Merit Scholarship itself (Nicky Kotar). St. John’s Academy is very proud of all of its students past and present, and their accomplishments.