May 20, 2021
Students in the Badin High School Class of 2021 set a school record with more than $35.3 million in academic scholarship dollars. They were recognized during the school’s 14th annual Academic Signing Day on Wednesday, May 19.
“It’s been an unusual year,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said, referring to the pandemic, “and the fact that our students persevered to such a great extent is underlined by this outstanding total of academic money. They will use it to move forward with great success into their futures beyond Badin High School.”
A total of 85 students in the graduating class of 157 members eclipsed the $100,000 mark, and 23 more earned scholarship dollars that did not rise to that six-figure level. The $35.3 million easily surpassed the previous record total of $25.6 million earned by the Class of 2016. The Class of 2020 received some $17.8 million in academic offers.
“We understand that students are not using all of these academic dollars,” Pendergest said. “At the same time, their ability to earn this money speaks to the opportunity that a Badin education has afforded them. We’re confident that they will take advantage of those opportunities.”
Badin’s Class of 2021, the school’s 55th graduating class, will walk on Friday, May 28, during graduation exercises at Christ’s Church in Mason. That will be preceded by Baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday, May 26, at St. John the Evangelist Church in West Chester.
The class valedictorian is Nick Young. Nick is the son of Bret and Teri Young of Liberty Township and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He will attend the University of Cincinnati as a pre-med major.
Five students tied for No. 2 in the class. The Top 10 students averaged a 32 on the ACT, and Logan Hage was a National Merit Commended Student. She will attend Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
The other eight members of the Top 10, with their college of choice, include: AJ Enginger (Thomas More University), Logan Japikse (Trade School to be an Electrician), John Kline (University of Alabama), Zach McElfresh (University of Cincinnati), Hannah Moss (University of North Carolina/Wilmington), Eli Pappas (University of Cincinnati), Maddie Thompson (Centre College) and Emma Trusock (St. Louis University).
The 85 students who are members of the $100,000 Club will be attending 39 schools in 13 different states and the District of Columbia. Those schools include:
Ohio (15) – Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Capital University, Kent State University, Miami University, Mount St. Joseph University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, Wilmington College, Wittenberg University, Xavier University
Indiana (5) – Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana University East, Marian University, St. Mary’s College
Kentucky (4) – Centre College, Thomas More University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville
Missouri (3) – Lindenwood University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis
Alabama (2) – University of Alabama, University of South Alabama
North Carolina (2) – Appalachian State University, UNC/Wilmington
Tennessee (2) – Rhodes College, Trevecca Nazarene University
California (1) – University of California/Irvine
District of Columbia (1) – George Washington University
Illinois (1) – DePaul University
Pennsylvania (1) – Saint Joseph’s University
Texas (1) – Trinity University
West Virginia (1) – Alderson Broaddus University
Kailynn Berger (Marian University) led the way with $1.1 million in academic offers. Six others were offered more than $800,000 – Mia Lowery (Miami University), Ben Marischen (Butler University), Grace Meehan (Marian University), Bella Williams (University of Kentucky), Taylor Wissman (Butler University) and Ava Zettler (Butler University).
Three seniors in the class have joined the National Guard and will attend college while serving. They include Will Brossart (Army), who will train at Fort Sill, Okla., and subsequently attend Miami University; Logan Hargis (Air Force), who will train in Butler County and attend Miami University; and Jayla Starks (Air Force), who will train in Mansfield and attend Kent State University.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 869-4490; Dallen@BadinHS.org