EBCCS Student Selected as Carson Scholar East Boston Central Catholic School (EBCCS) announced this week that eighth grade student Dante Minacapilli has been selected as a 2021 Carson Scholar. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded in 1994 by pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson and his wife to motivate and reward academic excellence in young people. Recipients must be nominated by several educators. However, only one student may be recommended from an individual school annually. The candidates must epitomize the highest level of academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.75 while displaying leadership and humanitarian qualities through community service and social justice efforts. Dante Minacapilli was selected as a nominee through a rigorous application process at East Boston Central Catholic in the fall. Qualified students from grades 4-8 were asked to complete an essay explaining why he/she should be named to represent EBCCS. Dante was chosen by the six-person inner-school panel because of his high academic achievement, integrity, civic and social responsibility. The Carson Scholarship is highly selective and given to only 500 scholars across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Dante Minacapilli started at East Boston Central Catholic School in preschool and has been an active member of the school community since day one. He has participated in The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, the Relay for Life, and various other events and activities during his years at EBCCS. Dante currently serves as a captain in Kolbe House as part of the EBCCS Middle School House program where students learn to take on leadership roles, as well as, participate in community building activities in and around the school. Dante is now the second EBCCS student to win this prestigious award. Gabrielle Ribeiro also won in 2015. These two awards compliment the two Excellence in Academic teaching Awards EBCCS received from the Archdiocese of Boston presented to Sharon Rozzi, grade 5, and Kathy Summa, Pre-K. ABOUT EBCCS EBCCS was established in 1974 as the first multi-parish collaborative elementary school in the Archdiocese of Boston. The school currently serves students from Pre-K through Grade 8 from East Boston and the surrounding communities. EBCCS is dedicated to Equity, Excellence and Education. Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is now open. Visit the school website at EBCCS.org to learn more and rediscover excellence for your child!