September 25, 2018

Two Badin High School seniors named National Merit ‘Commended Students’

Two Badin High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors John Berg and Simon Hoppa scored in the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 scholarship competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

While they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit awards, they are among only 34,000 students in the country who will receive a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizing their excellent performance on the test.

"That’s quite an accomplishment for these two young men,"" Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said. “They have made a major impact on Badin during their years here, both in and out of the classroom, and this is just further confirmation of the positive careers they have enjoyed.”

Badin senior Cullen Gantenberg had previously been recognized as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition.

“We’re proud to have three students in the Class of 2019 receive National Merit recognition,” Pendergest added. “It’s a great credit to their efforts and to the outstanding education they have received over the years. They certainly have bright futures ahead of them.”

  • John Berg is the son of David and Cecelia Berg of Oxford and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He is planning to major in International Relations and his top college choices include Notre Dame, Georgetown and Boston College.
  • Simon Hoppa is the son of Jason and Laura Hoppa of West Chester Township and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School. He plans to major in Mechanical Engineering, with his top college choices being Ohio State, Purdue and Notre Dame.

“It’s awesome – a good achievement and I’m proud of it,” said Hoppa, who is active at Badin running cross country, indoor and outdoor track, swimming, playing volleyball and serving as a retreat leader. “It’s a matter of time management and commitment to your schooling.”

“It was very unexpected,” said Berg, who plays football and basketball at Badin and is a member of the Scholar/Leader Academy. “I’m happy because I wasn’t really expecting it. It’s pretty cool.”

“It’s a matter of working hard and putting the time in,” Berg added of his success. “I’ve really enjoyed the atmosphere at Badin. It’s been fun to be here. I’ve taken some tough classes but they’ve helped me get the most out of my high school career.”

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