June 4, 2018
Kenny Pendergest was awarded the Stephen T. Badin medal, the highest honor given to a Badin High School student, at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 1, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township.
The medal is given to the senior who is voted by the faculty as the most outstanding member of the graduating class in all aspects of his or her high school career.
Pendergest is the son of Brian and Kathleen Pendergest of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School. He will attend the University of Notre Dame and major in Civil Engineering.
“That’s obviously a proud moment for the Pendergest family,” said Badin Principal Brian Pendergest, Kenny’s father. “This has been an excellent class and we wish all of them nothing but the best. We know they will be strong representatives of the Badin Family.”
Two students shared the Archbishop McNicholas medal, which honors the top academic performer in the class. Andrew Abata and Jacob Waggoner were co-valedictorians as the No. 1 students over a four-year period.
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 degree. 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.
Daunte DeCello was awarded the Archbishop Alter medal, honoring the highest contribution to faith life at Badin. Daunte is the son of Mike DeCello and Melissa Sauceda DeCello of Oxford and a graduate of Talawanda Middle School. He will attend Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., and major in Finance and Communications.
Laura Lamermayer and Chloe Mallory shared the Archbishop Leibold medal, honoring the highest level of service to the school and the community. Laura is the daughter of daughter of Paul and Amy Lamermayer of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. She will attend the University of Akron and major in Nursing. Chloe is the daughter of Amy Mallory of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. John (Dry Ridge) School. She will attend Xavier University and major in Secondary Education.
“The medalists have had an outstanding four years at Badin and joined their classmates in honoring the message of Badin, to serve God and to serve others,” Brian Pendergest said. “We look forward to hearing about all of their success in the world beyond Badin.”
Badin graduated 117 students in the Class of 2018. Dr. Gregory P. Crawford, the president of Miami University, was the keynote speaker at graduation. As a whole, the graduates earned some $22 million in academic scholarship offers to college.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org