May 23, 2018

More than $21 million in scholarships to Badin High School Class of 2018

Badin High School’s Class of 2018 has amassed another big number when it comes to academic scholarship offers, earning more than $21 million for a graduating class of 117 students.

“We like to use the word ‘opportunity’ at Badin, and this dollar figure represents a large amount of opportunity,” said Principal Brian Pendergest as Badin hosted its 12th annual Academic Signing Day on Wednesday, May 23. “Our students work hard to prepare themselves for college and our counselors help them search for scholarship dollars that will help them fulfill their goals and dreams. We’re very pleased with this success.”

The current total for the Class of 2018 is $21.1 million in college scholarship dollars, with more expected. Students don’t use all of the money offered, but it is a good benchmark of the opportunity students have to help fund their college education.

Badin will graduate 117 students on Friday, June 1, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township. Of those, 57 students have earned more than $100,000 in academic scholarship offers for college.

“We’re proud of our students for going to college, but obviously there is a significant expense involved in the college experience,” said Mrs. Angie Bucheit, one of Badin’s guidance counselors. “Their ability to get college scholarship dollars to help offset the cost of that experience is very important, and our students are in a great position to get those dollars to make college more affordable for them.”

Two students are co-valedictorians of the senior class.

Andrew Abata is the son of Jeffrey and Jenny Abata of Liberty Township and a graduate of John XXIII School. He will attend Miami University and major in Biochemistry as a pre-med major.

Jacob Waggoner is the son of Brad and Paula Waggoner of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph School. He will attend the University of Alabama and major in Management Information Systems.

“This is another outstanding Top 10 contingent, with a Naval Academy appointment and 10 different schools among the group,” Pendergest said. “These students have been great representatives of Badin High School, and we’re confident that they will continue to do well as they tackle the next phase of their lives.”

Badin’s Top 10 – 11 students overall, based on ties -- averaged a 4.78 weighted grade point average, a 32.7 on the ACT, and earned a total of $4.16 million in college scholarship offers.

Other members of Badin’s Top 10, with their college of choice, include: Dominic Anthony(Mount St. Joseph University), Jordan Flaig (Ball State University), Ethan Krug (United States Naval Academy), Josie Link (University of Cincinnati), Lauren Moser (University of Findlay), Lucas Nartker (Ball State University), Darby Oliver (Ohio State University), Kenny Pendergest(University of Notre Dame) and Annie Wesner (University of Dayton).

The 57 students who are members of the $100,000 Club will be attending 28 schools in six states.

Those schools include:

Ohio (14) – Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Mount St. Joseph University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, University of Toledo, Ursuline College, Wittenberg University, Xavier University

Indiana (8) – Ball State University, Butler University, DePauw University, Marian University, University of Evansville, University of Indianapolis, University of Notre Dame, Wabash College

Kentucky (3) – Bellarmine University, Georgetown College, Northern Kentucky University

Alabama – University of Alabama

Hawaii – Hawaii Pacific University

Maryland – United States Naval Academy

“The Academic Signing has done exactly what we hoped it would do when we initiated it with the Class of 2007,” Bucheit said. “Students are searching for schools, maximizing their opportunities, and seeking new horizons. It happens every year as the students take their futures very seriously.”

Seniors Jared Berger (Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind.) and Alex Honeycutt (Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.) each earned more than $1 million in academic scholarship offers for college. Berger received the prestigious San Damiano faith life scholarship from Marian.

As of today, 90 members of Badin’s 2018 graduating class have received some college scholarship aid, according to Bucheit.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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