Tesauro ’24 Completes Student Body Presidency, CBA Career on High Note

Over the past few years, there has been a familiar face at just about every Christian Brothers Academy event.

From admissions welcome nights to the biggest state championship games, Michael Tesauro ’24 has been front and center as the student leader of the Academy. After all, he has served on the Student Council Executive Board for multiple years and was voted the Student Body President for 2023-2024.

“It was just all about finding what fueled me to keep going,” Tesauro says. “I think I found that in talking to people and walking the hallways, saying hi to kids, and finding what they wanted out of CBA.”

His initial motivation as a young CBA student came from a visual representation that hangs in the hallway.

“There is that plaque next to the senior hallway, the list of the past presidents” he says. “That fueled me to keep going. I wanted to be on there one day and I wanted to cement my legacy here in the best way that I could. Some people put their trust in me and I was honored to be that person.”

The Bucknell-bound senior wraps up his year as president with his head held high. After being voted president by his peers, the faculty and administration chose him for another special honor.

Tesauro was named the 2024 Doctor William J. Zapcic, AFSC Award winner, which is given to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the administration, most exemplifies the spirit, ideals and achievements of Christian Brothers Academy.

“I love the people here and I have made such great friends,” he says. “The people are what I will miss the most. From my closest buddies to the other kids in my class to teachers and administrators, people who have really gone out of their way to help me. I have found relationships in those people.”

Plenty of students embrace the community of CBA each and every year. Tesauro took his role as a student leader seriously, making sure he was present to support his fellow classmates as well as every other student at the Academy.

“Going to sports games and being a spectator is one of my favorite things,” he says. “Just like wow, that kid can really excel in his spot. I also find that in Pegasus Productions. I never ever seen talent like this and I never knew it would be at CBA.”

While he is excited to participate in the 62nd Commencement of CBA on May 23, it is a bittersweet feeling to be leaving a place that he truly considers a second home.

To that end, Tesauro wants the next generation of Colts to heed some great advice that he once received.

“So I would say to freshmen, walk slowly in the hallways, say hi to everyone, have a smile on your face, high-five someone. Those little moments are what you are going to remember. You’re not going to remember the test you didn’t do well on, but you are going to remember the feelings and the way people made you feel.”

About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through generous contributions from family and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $2.3 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at CBALincroftNJ.org.