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February 15, 2024

Badin’s Abner, Joesting named National Merit Finalists

The future is bright for Badin High School seniors Tyler Abner and Reed “Rudy” Joesting because they do what it takes to be successful. Their latest success has vaulted them into “finalist” status in the annual National Merit Scholarship competition.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” said Abner, the son of Pete and Lori Abner of Hamilton and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. “This puts me in line to receive a number of scholarships. I’m grateful for the opportunity it brings.”

Less than 1 percent of American high school seniors – some 15,000 students -- who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall of their junior year are now eligible for the $28 million in scholarships offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. in the spring of 2024.

“That’s a very prestigious group,” Badin Principal Patrick Keating said. “Being a National Merit finalist says a lot about your academic ability and the opportunity you have to excel in college and beyond. These two young men take a lot of pride in doing well.”

“It’s a nice sign of recognition,” said Joesting, the son of Emily and Rich Joesting of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Crossroads Middle School. “It feels good to get the news and to have accomplished this high qualification.”

Both boys have zeroed in on their future plans.>/

Joesting will attend the University of Alabama and major in either Chemical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. Abner is headed into Pre-Med at either West Virginia University or Ohio University, which has an “early assurance” program for potential medical students.

Joesting noted that he really enjoyed Chemistry at Badin, but has also been interested in aerospace since his grandfather took him flying as a child. Abner said the lure of medicine was a field “where I could look back in 20 years and feel like I’ve made a difference in people’s lives.”

Both students will receive significant scholarships from those schools based on their National Merit Finalist status, irrespective of whether they receive a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

“Hard work,” said Abner of what it takes to be successful in school. “It means doing what you need to do – and doing what you need to do to be successful even when it’s hard.”

“You have to stay persistent and work at it,” said Joesting. “You don’t have to be the best every time, but you have to give a good effort at everything you do. That serves you well.”

Abner was a second team Greater Catholic League selection as an offensive lineman on Badin’s football team, which has gone 10-0 two years in a row. He’s also a wrestler and volunteers at Fort Hamilton Hospital. Joesting runs cross country and volunteers at the Community Meal Center in Hamilton. He’ll join his older brother, Ryan, who is a member of the Class of 2026 at Alabama.

“I’ve really liked my time at Badin,” Abner said. “The teachers care about you and want to help you succeed.”

“It’s been great,” Joesting nodded. “It’s a good environment to push yourself. Everyone here is trying to help you do your best.”

Badin has now had five National Merit Finalists in the past three years, along with three National Merit Commended Students. In addition, Badin had two College Board African American Scholars – seniors Payson Wilks and Sophia Williams – recognized in the fall.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. of Evanston, Ill., will award 7,140 scholarships worth some $28 million. The NMSC was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by the NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 320 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the corporation’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. This is their 69th year of awarding National Merit Scholarships.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, or (513) 869-4490

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