December 15, 2017
When Badin High School senior Andrew Noelker made his commitment in November to play baseball at Marian University in Indianapolis, he said he was also hoping to be admitted to the Catholic school’s faith leadership San Damiano Scholars Program.
That hope came true on Friday, when he was called to St. Basil’s Chapel at Badin for the surprise San Damiano announcement by officials from the school.
“I’m ecstatic,” Noelker said. “I’m very surprised, though when Coach (Brion) Treadway called me to the chapel, I figured it had to be something good.”
“We’re very happy to award this scholarship to Andrew,” said Patrick Verhiley, director of recruiting and marketing for the San Damiano program. “This is perfect for him – a faith leadership scholarship for someone who wants to be a part of Catholic school education.”
Indeed, Noelker, who plans to major in education, said his dream is to return to Hamilton and re-open St. Julie Billiart Elementary School. Noelker attended the school from kindergarten through 2nd grade before it closed, calling it “three of the best years of my life.”
Noelker has had a high-profile career at Badin, particularly as a pitcher in the baseball program and as a member of the golf team. As a sophomore, he earned high national honors through the First Tee golf program.
“Marian is an outstanding fit for Andrew,’’ said Treadway, who is also Noelker’s guidance counselor at Badin. “Baseball, education, faith leadership -- it’s all there for him in an excellent environment.”
Noelker is the son of Bill and Sharon Noelker of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.
The faith leadership scholarship is valued at a minimum of $8,500 per year and Marian also pays for a semester abroad in a country that will enhance a student’s major.
“It’s a great day,” smiled Noelker, as he donned a San Damiano Scholars Program t-shirt and chatted with Verhiley and Jen Waning, Marian’s area admissions representative.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org