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May 28, 2024

Franchini earns top graduation medal at Badin High

Luke Franchini was awarded the Stephen T. Badin medal, the highest honor given to a Badin High School student, at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 24, at St. John the Evangelist Church in West Chester Township.

The medal is given to the senior who is voted by faculty and staff as the most outstanding member of the graduating class in all aspects of his or her high school career.

Franchini, a graduate of St. Ann School, was a leader throughout his four years at Badin. Among many accolades, Luke was a Kairos Senior Retreat leader, earned the Religion Department award as the top student, started on the offensive line on the Rams’ undefeated football team, and was voted Homecoming king. Known as “Chino” to his friends, he is the son of Tony and Krista Franchini of Hamilton. Luke will attend Miami University Regionals/Hamilton and major in Psychology.

“Luke is a terrific young man,” Badin Principal Patrick Keating said. “He is extremely well-liked by his peers. He’s a leader who has the gift of being able to bring people together. All of it will serve him well in his life beyond Badin.”

A total of 137 students were represented in Badin’s Class of 2024, the co-ed Catholic high school’s 58th graduating class since opening in the fall of 1966.

Paige Harris earned the Archbishop Leibold medal for outstanding contributions to the school and the community. Paige is the daughter of Rob and Maria Harris of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. She will attend Ohio University and major in Studio Art and Environmental & Plant Biology.

Paige was also one of seven students who were No. 1 in the class and earned the Archbishop McNicholas academic medal as the co-valedictorians.

Other co-valedictorians included:

  • Tyler Abner is the son of Pete and Lori Abner of Hamilton and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He will attend West Virginia University and major in Pre-Med.
  • Brayden Eldridge is the son of Joshua and Frances Smith of Hamilton and Chris Eldridge of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. He will attend Miami University and major in Engineering.
  • Reed “Rudy” Joesting is the son of Rich and Emily Joesting of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Crossroads Middle School. He will attend the University of Alabama and major in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Cameron Mueller is the son of Scott and Kim Mueller of Liberty Township and a graduate of St. Ann School. He will attend the University of Alabama and major in Data Science.
  • Maggie Peter is the daughter of Anthony and Lisa Peter of Hamilton and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. She will attend Purdue University and major in Cybersecurity.
  • Lena Trokhan is the daughter of Darren and Cynamon Trokhan of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph Consolidated School. She will attend the University of Tennessee and major in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Sam Pendergest earned the Archbishop Alter medal for outstanding contributions to faith life at the school. Sam is the son of Brian and Kathleen Pendergest of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School. He will attend Xavier University and major in Business and Psychology.

Badin graduates will attend 39 different colleges and universities in 12 states, including Arizona and California. The University of Cincinnati (28 students) and Miami University (26 students) lead the way, with 10 students headed to Ohio University and six to Ohio State. There were 42 students in Badin’s $250,000 academic scholarship club, earning some $22.8 million in college academic scholarship offers.

Badin’s Baccalaureate ceremony, celebrated by Badin chaplain Father Ed Pratt, took place at St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton on Wednesday, May 22. The graduation keynote speaker, a faculty member as voted on by the senior class, was Mrs. Beth Enderle, a 1990 Badin graduate who teaches Religion at BHS.

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

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