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Class of 2019 Top Ten


Class of 2019 Statistics

  • 132 students
  • 1 National Merit Finalist
  • 2 National Merit Commended Students
  • 15 students with NCAA athletic commitments
  • A highlight of the universities and colleges at which the Class of 2019 will be attending: Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Boston College, Appalachian State University, University of North Florida, University of Kentucky, Youngstown State University, The Ohio State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Urbana University, Bowling Green State University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Marian University, University of North Georgia, Georgetown College, Purdue University, University of Toledo, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, The University of Findlay, Kent State University, Centre College, Thomas More College, University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Northern Kentucky University, Marshall University, Saint Mary's College, Ball State University, Flagler College, Nova Southeastern University, Trevecca Nazarene University, The University of Alabama, Eastern Kentucky University, University of the Cumberlands, The University of Akron, Westminster College and accepted to many more!

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Top Ten Statistics

Average GPA: 4.80 (weighted)

Average ACT: 32.8

 

Cullen Gantenberg

Class Rank: # 1 (Tied)
National Merit Finalist
Co-Valedictorian
Parents: Nicholas and Julie Gantenberg
Plans to attend: Undecided
Majoring in: Physics and Mathematics
Grade school: Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
Career goals after college: A researcher and professor in the field of physics
Favorite thing in high school: My favorite part of the Badin experience was going on Kairos and having the opportunity to form deep connections with my classmates and teachers.
Favorite class at Badin: US History!
Favorite Badin teacher: Mrs. Minton- she always makes an effort to make you feel valued and happy.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: National Honor Society- President, Varsity Swimming- Co-Captain, Scholar Leader Academy, Junior Engineering Technical Society- Team Captain, US Marine Corps Award for Scholastic Excellence, American Chemical Society Olympiad Award, Bausch and Lomb Science Award, National Merit Finalist
Scholarships received: P & G Scholarship, National Merit Finalist Scholarship, Joe Nuxhall Scholarship, UC Cincinnatus Scholarship, UC Distinction Scholarship- Full tuition, OSU- Maximus Scholarship
Colleges applied to: Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Duke University, MIT, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Michigan
Other interesting information: In my free time, I love to hike, read, and play the guitar.

Simon Hoppa

Class Rank: # 1 (Tied)
National Merit Commended Student
Co-Valedictorian
Parents: Jason and Laura Hoppa
Plans to attend: The Ohio State University
Majoring in: Mechanical Engineering
Grade school: Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
Career goals after college: Become an engineer working electric vehicles or space exploration
Favorite thing in high school: I have loved the opportunity to participate in sports year-round
Favorite class at Badin: Physics I
Favorite Badin teacher: Mrs. Thompson- she gives the most energetic, entertaining lectures I’ve ever had
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: National Merit Commended Student, National Honor Society, Cross Country, JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) Team, Swim Team, Volleyball, Track
Scholarships received: The Ohio State Maximus Scholarship, University of Cincinnati CEAS Excellence Scholarship, GE Star Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Scholarship, Jean and William Wolf Memorial Scholarship, Robert R. Lippert Memorial Scholarship, and grants from the Universities of Dayton and Alabama
Colleges applied to: The Ohio State, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, MIT, and the Universities of Alabama, Dayton, Cincinnati, Michigan

Sara Fields

Class Rank: # 3 (Tied)
Parents: Amy Coleman and Mick Fields
Plans to attend: University of Dayton
Majoring in: Biology
Grade school: Sacred Heart
Career goals after college: Doctor
Favorite thing in high school: Meeting new people and making new friends
Favorite class at Badin: AP Biology
Favorite Badin teacher: Mrs. Breetz because she does a great job of teaching Biology along with incorporating things like ‘Motivational Monday’ to make her students better people.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: Varsity Softball, History Club, Spanish Club, volunteering at the Reds Urban Youth Academy helping little kids with t-ball
Scholarships received: Academic Scholarhships from the University of Dayton, Ohio University, Xavier University and Miami University.
Colleges applied to: University of Dayton, Xavier University, Miami University, Ohio University

Mike Rand

Class Rank: # 3 (Tied)
Parents: John and Kathy Rand
Plans to attend: University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
Majoring in: Chemical Engineering
Grade school: Cherokee Elementary (Lakota)
Career goals after college: My goal is to be a project manager in the biofuels industry or pharmaceutical industry.
Favorite thing in high school: Being a part of the cross country and track teams and going to State with them.
Favorite class at Badin: Physics I
Favorite Badin teacher: Mark Merz, because he prepared me very well for college and I love his teaching style.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: Scholar Leader Academy, Grade 9 – present, Badin High School Ambassador, Grade 9 – present, Badin Cross Country, Grade 9 – present, Badin Track & Field, Grade 9- present, Spring Musical, Grade 10, TEAMS Competition, Grade 11-present, Science Club, Grade 11- present, Interalliance Club, Grade 12, Badin Festival 5K Organizer, Grade 10-11, Magnified Giving, Grade 11- present. Awards/Certificates: Principal's Honor Role, Grade 9 – present; Student of the Month, May 2017; AP Scholar with Distinction, 2018 (awarded to students who average a minimum of 3.5 on all their AP exams and score 3 or more on at least five of these exams).
Scholarships received: Various merit/academic scholarships, athletic scholarship, and Proctor and Gamble Scholarship
Colleges applied to: University of Kentucky University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Ohio State University, University of Memphis, University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, Stanford University, University of Alabama, Seton Hill University
Other interesting information: I created and ran the first and second Badin Festival 5k.

Grace Larkin

Class Rank: # 5
Parents: Amy and Ed Larkin
Plans to attend: University of Tennessee
Majoring in: Speech Pathology and Audiology
Grade school: Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary
Career goals after college: I want to be a speech pathologist and work in a NICU with babies
Favorite thing in high school: Making new friends and going on a summer mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Favorite class at Badin: Algebra I freshmen year
Favorite Badin teacher: Mr Keating because of his passion for teaching!!
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: Varsity basketball and volleyball, JETS member, NHS member, Scholar Leader Academy, school ambassador
Scholarships received: Academic Scholarships from University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, Miami University, Xavier University, University of Dayton and Indiana University.
Colleges applied to: University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, Indiana University, Xavier University, University of Dayton, Miami University, University of Tennessee, Ohio State University
Other interesting information: I also want to minor in Spanish and be fluent!!

Aidan Drake

Class Rank: # 6

Parents: Duane and Jennifer Drake
Plans to attend: Miami University
Majoring in: Chemical Engineering
Grade school: St Joseph Consolidated
Career goals after college: Chemical Engineer
Favorite thing in high school: Running Cross Country and Track
Favorite class at Badin: AP US History
Favorite Badin teacher: Either Mr. Keating or Mrs. Breetz because they can connect with students on a personal level the most.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: National Honor Society, Community Service Award, Honor Roll, JETS, Badin Festival 5K, Scholar Leader Academy, Shop worker at Ron's Machine Shop, two time state qualifier and Second Team All GCL - Indoor Track.
Scholarships received: Academic scholarships from all schools listed below.
Colleges applied to: Allegheny College, University of Illinois, Indiana University, Miami University, Purdue University, Rose Hulman, University of Toledo, Tulane University, Wabash College, Willamette University.
Other interesting information: I helped organize the Badin Festival 5K, and I play guitar in my spare time.

Allie Kopeck

Class Rank: # 7

Parents: John and Suzie Kopeck
Plans to attend: Miami University
Majoring in: Undecided in the College of Arts & Science
Grade school: Lakota Libery Junior
Career goals after college: I want to have a career in healthcare in which I can help others as much as possible.
Favorite thing in high school: Coming from a large public school, I’ve loved how Badin is smaller which allowed me to feel very welcome. I could get to know my class better and feel more connected to my peers and teachers.
Favorite class at Badin: Honors Physiology and AP US History
Favorite Badin teacher: Mr. Keating because he was the first teacher to make me excited about learning
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: Competitive gymnast at Flip n Twist Gymnastics throughout high school (Winning at State twice, was a two-time member of the Ohio State Team, and qualified for Regionals 3 years, 3-year Badin Cheerleader (2-year varsity), Scholar Leader Academy, National Honor, and a Badin Ambassador.
Scholarships received: Academic scholarships from The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Xavier University, Indiana University, Miami University, Ohio University, and University of Toledo
Colleges applied to: The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Xavier University, Indiana University, Miami University, Ohio University, University of Toledo

Anthony Hunt

Class Rank: # 8

Parents: Randy and Beth Hunt
Plans to attend: Miami University
Majoring in: Business Undecided
Grade school: St. Joseph Consolidated School
Career goals after college: I want to get a good job that pays well and start a family after graduating from college.
Favorite thing in high school: Playing sports
Favorite class at Badin: AP US History
Favorite Badin teacher: Mr. Keating because he always made class challenging and fun at the same time.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: First honors all 4 years, swimming all 4 years, football for first 3 years, track for 2 years, and cross country for 1 year, Scholar Leader Academy, National Honor Society
Scholarships received: Miami University - Merit Scholarship, Ohio State University - Provost Scholarship, Butler County Alumni Scholarship, University of Dayton - Trustee’s Scholarship, University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati’s Scholarship.
Colleges applied to: University of Dayton, Miami University, The Ohio State University, and University of Cincinnati

Andrew Jones

Class Rank: # 9

Parents: Joe and Missy Jones
Plans to attend: Centre College
Majoring in: Economics of Business Finance
Grade school: Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary
Career goals after college: Financial Manager or Lawyer
Are you playing a varsity sport in college? Football
Favorite thing in high school: Building relationships with amazing people that will last a lifetime.
Favorite class at Badin: AP US History
Favorite Badin teacher: Mr. Keating. He showed some of the greatest passion for the subject that I've ever experienced.
Extra-curricular Activities & Awards: National Honor Society (Treasurer), Scholar Leader Academy, JETS (2019 team won 2nd place in our division), Freshman/JV Basketball, DECA (2nd place in 2019 Business Finance team event with Joe Walsh), Volunteer with Sleep in Heavenly Peace Organization, Varsity Football (2018 2nd Team Offense All District Southwest Ohio Division III, 2018 1st Team GCL, 2017 2nd Team GCL, 2018 Varsity Team Captain, 2018 Varsity Offensive Lineman of the Year)
Scholarships received: Merit Scholarships at Centre College, Baldwin Wallace, Miami University and Case Western, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnatus Scholarship, Kolodzik Business Scholars)
Colleges applied to: Centre College, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and University of Notre Dame

Benjamin Cogan

Class Rank: # 10

Parents: Ryan and Laura Cogan
Plans to attend: The Ohio State University
Majoring in: Finance
Grade school: Lakota
Career goals after college: I would like to work in personal finance or work on Wall Street
Favorite thing in high school: I enjoyed going to football and basketball games and being a part of the student section.
Favorite class at Badin: AP US History
Favorite Badin teacher: Mr. Keating - He made history fun and easy to learn. I also had him as a baseball coach.
Scholarships received: Merit Scholarships from Ohio State, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Dayton
Colleges applied to: The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, University of Dayton