Class of 2018 Academic Top 10 Announced
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The Top 10 Academic students for La Salle High School includes a National Merit Scholar, an Eagle Scout, and a Mr. Greater Cincinnati Athlete of the Year Nominee. Total academic scholarships for the Top 10 was over $1.78 million. The graduates earned an average 33 ACT score with over 290 service hours. In addition, the graduates averaged completion of seven AP courses with a GPA of 3.98.

These 10 graduates are students in the prestigious Lasallian Scholars Institute. As a part of the Institute, this group of young men experienced more than 50 experience-based learning opportunities with companies such as General Electric, Kroger, Beacon Orthopedic, Johnson Investment Counsel, Dunhumby USA, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, LPK and many more of the "who's who" in Cincinnati business and industry. They also took advantage of more than 100 hours of professional development in areas such as public speaking, project management, group collaboration, and strategic planning.

The Lasallian Scholars Institute is a four-year program that adds an unprecedented learning experience to the already rigorous academics of honors-level students by providing extensive career and college pathway exposure through experiential, company-sponsored, and college-facilitated learning. It is designed specifically to provide real-world opportunities for top-tier, motivated students by forming industry partnerships in the fields of Engineering, Global Business, Healthcare, and Information Management and Technology as well as other professional areas. Students learn in-depth career information, inside information about Cincinnati-based employers, and connect with and learn from some of the most qualified individuals in specific industries.

La Salle will host their Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony at the Sharonville Convention Center on Sunday, May 27.

The graduates are led by Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar Evan Paul. He has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati and has accepted a Lindner Honors- PLUS award. His majors will be Business Economics and Mathematics. He is a Senior Leader, participated on the Lancer Soccer team for four years, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Key Club Co-President, and a LSI Senior Chair. He has also volunteered as a Santa Maria Child Mentor, St. Ignatius PSR Teacher's Aid, La Salle Auction Volunteer, and the La Salle Canned Food Drive earning over 400 service hours. He is the son of Ted and Sue Paul and are members of St. Ignatius Parish.

Salutatorian is Austin Kaiser. He has decided to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Pharmacy. He earned the Cincinnatus Scholarship and acceptance into the Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program. He has been very involved at La Salle including Key Club, National Honors Society, Spanish Club, and a four-year athlete on both Lancer Baseball and Cross Country teams. His service activities include being a Kairos Retreat Leader, Santa Maria Mentoring, Rost Elementary School Volunteer, La Salle Canned Food Drive, and LYSIT trip to Give Kids the World. He will graduate with over 320 service hours. His parents are Jim and Kathy Kaiser and are members of both Little Flower and St. Ignatius Parishes.

Other members of the Top 10 include:

Jordan Atherine – Jordan has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati with a major in Mechanical Engineering. He has accepted a Cincinnatus Scholarship, an Engineering & Applied Science Scholastic Award and has been accepted into the University Honors Program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Key Club, and participated on the Lancer Soccer team. He has earned over 350 service hours including LYSIT to both Appalachia, KY and New Orleans, LA, La Salle Canned Food Drive, and St. James Parish Festival Volunteer. His parents are Nickolas and Jennifer Atherine and are members of St. James White Oak Parish.

Brandon Grosheim- Brandon has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati with a major in Marketing. He has accepted a Cincinnatus Scholarship and has been accepted in the University Honors Program and into the Kolodzik Business Honors Program. He will graduate with over 300 service hours including two LYSIT trips to Appalachia, KY and New Orleans, La Salle Canned Food Drive, and tutoring. His is a member of the National Honors Society, Key Club, Lancer Volleyball team and was the IBA Chairperson. His parents are Larry and Colleen Grosheim and are members of St. Ignatius Parish.

Brendan Kolbinsky- Brendan has accepted a Brown Fellow to attend the University of Louisville with a major in Marketing. He been accepted into the Honors Business program as well as the University Honors program. He has been active at La Salle with the National Honors Society, Key Club, Sports Journalism Club, and Junior and Senior Leaders. He has earned over 260 hours through tutoring, La Salle Ambassador, La Salle Canned Food Drive, LYSIT trip to New Orleans, and a volunteer Youth Baseball Coach. His parents are Matt and Missy Kolbinsky and are members of both St. Ann and St. James Parishes.

Maxwell Merk- Max has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati with a major in Operations Management. He has accepted the College of Business Circle of Excellence Award and a Cincinnatus Scholarship. He has been very active at La Salle on Lancer Cross Country and Track teams, a Junior and Senior Leader, Academic Team, and La Salle Drama. He has earned over 260 service hours with many hours towards the Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation founded in his brother's memory. In addition, he has participated in the La Salle Canned Food Drive and a LYSIT tip to Nicaragua. His parents are Rick and Lynne Merk and are members of St. Ann Parish.

Griffin Merritt- Griffin has declared Biology/ Pre-Dentistry at the University of Cincinnati. He has accepted an Athletic Scholarship with the Bearcat Baseball Team. He has been active at La Salle as a four-year player on both Lancer Football and Baseball teams earning nominations for both Mr. Greater Cincinnati Athlete of the Year Award and the Joe Quinn Scholar Athlete Award. He also held leadership positions as Co-Senior Chairperson for LSI and Vice President of the National Honor Society. He has earned over 200 service hours with various tutoring programs, Kairos Retreat Leader, La Salle Summer Camp volunteer, and La Salle Canned Food Drive. His parents are Patrick and Jennifer Merrit and are members of St. James White Oak Parish

Jonathan Miller- Jonathan has declared Business Economics at Ohio State University. He has accepted the Maximus Scholarship and the Business Scholar Program. He has earned over 400 service hours including being a Kairos Retreat Leader, one LYSIT trip to Appalachia, KY and two LYSIT trips to New Orleans, LA. He participated on the Lancer Soccer team, Key Club, National Honor Society and Mt. Notre Dame's Theater program. His parents are Jeff and Kati Miller and are members of St. James White Oak Parish.

Evan Ogilvie- Evan has accepted a Presidential Scholarship and an Engineering Scholarship to the University of Alabama. He has declared Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as his major. He has been accepted into the honors college. Evan has earned over 400 service hours including two LYSIT to New Orleans, Santa Maria mentor, La Salle Canned Food Drive, National Honor Society tutor, and Cheviot School Tutor. Evan is a National Honor Society member, participated on the Lancer Hockey and Lacrosse teams, and has earned his Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts of America. His parents are Dan and Cathy Ogilvie and are members of St. Ignatius Parish.

Leo Pierani- Leo has accepted a Cincinnatus Scholarship at the University of Cincinnati and has declared a major in Nursing. He has been involved at La Salle as a Student Ambassador, the Math Club, Senior Leader, and National Honor Society. He has earned over 200 service hours including Kairos retreat leader, La Salle Canned Food Drive, and St. James Cafeteria Assistant. His parents are Missy and Steve Pierani and are members of St. James White Oak Parish.

La Salle High School is located at 3091 W. North Bend Rd. in Green Township and has served students from Greater Cincinnati since 1960. The school website is www.lasallehs.net. Follow us on Twitter at @LaSallePride and Facebook at facebook.com/CincinnatiLaSalle

MISSION: As a Catholic School in the Lasallian tradition, La Salle High School prepares young men to achieve their full potential in body, mind and spirit.

VISION: Students will be guided to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.