June 12, 2017
Andrew Walsh was awarded the Stephen T. Badin medal, the highest honor given to a Badin High School student, at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 2, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township.
The medal is given to the senior who is voted by the faculty as the most outstanding member of the graduating class in all aspects of his or her high school career.
Walsh is the son of Tim and Teri Walsh of Hamilton and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with an as yet undecided major.
“Andrew has been a tremendous representative of Badin High School and well deserving of this recognition,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said. “We are thankful for everything he did for Badin, and now for everything he will do in the service of our country.”
Walsh was a member of the Top 10 in the graduating class, an excellent athlete, and was also offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, but opted for the Navy.
Two students shared the Archbishop McNicholas medal, which honors the top academic performer in the class. David Berg and John Marot were co-valedictorians as the No. 1 students over a four-year period.
Berg is the son of David and Cecilia Berg of Oxford and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He will attend the University of Notre Dame and major in economics. Marot is the son of Pat and Mollie Marot of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. He will attend Miami University and major in finance.
Elizabeth “Libby” Crank was awarded the Archbishop Alter medal, honoring the highest contribution to faith life at Badin. Libby is the daughter of Jason and Katie Crank of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School. She will attend Xavier University and major in nursing.
Dominic Scalf was awarded the Archbishop Leibold medal, honoring the highest level of service to the school and the community. Dominic is the son of Brian and Monica Scalf of West Chester Township and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School. He will attend Ball State University and double major in telecommunications and business administration.
“This class celebrated Badin’s 50th anniversary of our opening in the fall of 1966, and they did it in fine fashion,” Pendergest said. “There is a lot of success on the journey ahead of them.”
Badin graduated 133 students in the Class of 2017. Ian Mackenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, was the keynote speaker at graduation and encouraged the students to “be brave, be true and be careful.” As a whole, the graduates earned some $19 million in academic scholarship offers to college.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org