May 22, 2019
Students in the Class of 2019 were recognized for receiving nearly $17.5 in academic scholarship offers to college during the school’s 13th annual Academic Signing Day on Wednesday, May 22.
“As a high school that focuses on college opportunity for our students, we also are concerned with their ability to pay for that opportunity,” BHS Principal Brian Pendergest said. “Our students search far and wide for scholarship dollars, have earned these offers through their hard work, and now will take advantage of them in their college experience.”
The current total for the Class of 2019 is $17.5 million in college scholarship dollars, with more expected. That averages to nearly $135,000 per student in the school’s 53rd graduating class.
A total of 130 students will walk on Friday, May 31, during the graduation ceremonies at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township. Of those, 59 students have earned more than $100,000 in academic scholarship offers for college.
“College is very important, but it’s also expensive and students want to find their way into the Real World with as little debt as possible,” Pendergest said. “Our college-bound students certainly understand that and put in a lot of effort to make it affordable.”
Two students are co-valedictorians of the senior class.
Cullen Gantenberg is the son of Nicholas and Julie Gantenberg and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School. A National Merit Scholarship winner, Cullen will attend an as-yet-undetermined university and major in Physics and Math.
Simon Hoppa is the son of Jason and Laura Hoppa and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School. A National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, Simon will attend the Ohio State University and major in Mechanical Engineering.
“Our top students have been strong students as well as outstanding representatives of Badin High School,” Pendergest said. “We know they will go on to be outstanding representatives of the world around them. They are well-rounded and responsible, and we are proud to have them as graduates of Badin High.”
Other members of Badin’s Top 10, with their college of choice, include: Ben Cogan (Ohio State University), Aidan Drake (Miami University), Sara Fields (University of Dayton), Anthony Hunt (Miami University), Andrew Jones (Centre College), Allie Kopeck (Miami University), Grace Larkin (University of Tennessee) and Mike Rand (University of Alabama).
Badin’s Top 10 averaged a 4.84 weighted grade point average, a 32.3 on the ACT, and earned a total of $3.5 million in college scholarship offers.
The 59 students who are members of the $100,000 Club will be attending 25 schools in 10 different states. Those schools include:
Ohio (9) – Bowling Green State University, Christ College of Nursing, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Xavier University.
Kentucky (6) – Bellarmine University, Centre College, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University, University of the Cumberlands, University of Kentucky
Indiana (3) – Ball State University, Purdue University, Saint Mary’s College
Alabama – University of Alabama
Georgia – University of North Georgia
Florida – Nova Southeastern University
Massachusetts – Boston College
North Carolina – Appalachian State University
Tennessee – University of Tennessee
West Virginia – Marshall University
Badin will also sent two students into the military. Joey Catalano will report to Fort Bliss (Ga.) in June, and Andrew Bushman will report to Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) in August. In addition, Ben Grawe has received a substantial Army ROTC scholarship to the University of Dayton.
As of Wednesday’s Academic Signing event, 85 members of Badin’s Class of 2019 have received some college scholarship dollars, according to the Badin Guidance Office.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org