March 9, 2022
Badin High School senior Case Trokhan has a lot of success during her prep career … president of the Youth Philanthropy Commission, state swimmer, Top 10 student, and more.
Now, add National Merit Scholarship Finalist to that list.
“It’s very exciting,” Trokhan said of her latest high-profile accolade. “Being a National Merit Finalist opens a lot of doors course-wise, scholarship-wise.”
Case is the daughter of Darren and Cynamon Trokhan of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Consolidated School in Hamilton.
“Being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist is an outstanding accomplishment,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said. “It’s a very rare feat and worth all of the congratulations Case has earned. She has done a tremendous job in high school – this is just the start of many good things in her life.”
“I’ve loved it at Badin,” Trokhan said. “I’m so glad I made the decision to come here. I don’t think I’d have been as happy anywhere else. Badin has done so much to contribute to my success in high school.”
Trokhan was one of less than 1 percent of American high school students who qualified to be a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of 2020. Of those 16,000 students, some 90 percent of them become National Merit Scholarship Finalists, and about 7,500 of those will receive a portion of the $30 million in scholarship dollars awarded.
Asked about her academic success, Trokhan – who is #10 in the Class of 2022 at Badin – said it takes “focus and dedication. There’s not any one quality. If you dedicate yourself to success in school and work hard at it, everyone is capable.”
Trokhan plans to go to college for pre-med. She has applied early admission to the University of Cincinnati medical school; has been admitted to the biomedical science program at Ohio State; and is also looking at Princeton, Northwestern and Case Western Reserve.
She is president of the Youth Philanthropy Commission of the Hamilton Community Foundation; has been to the Division II state swim meet in Canton for three consecutive years; is on Badin Student Council, in the Ambassador Program, and volunteers at HOPE-full Pastures therapeutic farm on Ross Hanover Road.
“She’s had a great career at Badin,” Pendergest said. “She’s active, involved, and does a terrific job in the classroom. The sky’s the limit for Case.”
Trokhan is the first Badin National Merit Finalist since Cullen Gantenberg ’19. The National Merit Scholarship Program was established in 1955 with the goal of “honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.”
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, Dallen@BadinHS.org or (513) 869-4490