May 27, 2019
Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises highlight this week for Badin High School, which will celebrate its 53rd graduating class Thursday and Friday nights.
Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at Sacred Heart Church in Fairfield. Graduation will take place at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township on Friday, May 31. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m.
A total of 130 students will walk in the graduation activities, with the 7:30 start times representing a move of one-half hour earlier from previous years for each event.
“This is another group that has done very well representing Badin both in our hallways and in the communities around us,” Badin High Principal Brian Pendergest said. “The students have shown themselves to be well-rounded and have excelled all across the board. We know they will continue to make a difference in the world beyond Badin as time goes on.”
The Class of 2019 amassed some $17.5 million in college academic scholarship offers, with 59 students being a part of the $100,000 Scholarship Club. There was one National Merit Finalist and two National Merit Commended students. And 15 members of the class have committed to play sports at the intercollegiate level.
The Rev. Ed Pratt, Badin’s chaplain, will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday along with the Rev. Larry Tharp of Sacred Heart Church.
Sister Rita Sturwold, the U.S. Director of Mission Integration for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, will be the keynote speaker at Friday night’s graduation. Sister Rita, the former president of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, has been a vital connection to Badin’s re-affiliation with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur over the past two years. Badin High opened in 1966, the merger of all-boys Hamilton Catholic and all-girls Notre Dame High, which was then affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Badin has co-valedictorians in the Class of 2019. Cullen Gantenberg is a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School and will attend either Harvard University or the Ohio State University in the fall, majoring in Physics and Math. Simon Hoppa, also a Mother Teresa graduate, will attend the Ohio State University in the fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Badin seniors concluded their career with numerous May highlights, including the Academic Awards Night, the $100,000 Scholarship Club signing day and Top 10 recognition, the Senior Cookout, and the annual Senior Mass, the final all-school Mass of the Class of 2019 after their career at Badin.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org