The Top 10 Academic students for La Salle High School, after being recruited by many top universities and programs around the country, have all decided to stay close to home.
The University of Cincinnati will receive nine of La Salle's top ten graduates this year, each earning admission into selective admission programs within the university. Five students were invited to interview for the prestigious University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner Circle of Excellence Program. Three of the students accepted admission into the top honors program: Honors-PLUS program. They will receive a full-tuition academic scholarship at UC while attending special Honors-only courses and seminars, in-depth career co-ops, preferred academic course selection, an international trip, and special Honors housing. The other two students who interviewed will receive academic scholarships while being eligible for honors courses, study abroad programs, and preferred academic course selection. Four students will attend the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Sciences with declared majors in Engineering. Each of these students has received the Cincinnatus Academic Scholarship and has been admitted to the University Honors program and selective CEAS programs. One student, Josh Biery, is attending Ohio State University with a declared major of Chemical Engineering in the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program.
Total academic scholarships for the Top 10 was over $1.78 million. The graduates earned an average 32 ACT score with over 260 service hours. In addition, the graduates averaged completion of eight AP courses with a GPA of 3.96.
These 10 graduates are among the 28 students in the 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 Aronoff Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 28.
The graduates are led by valedictorian, Alexander Vidourek. He has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Mechanical Engineering with an offer for admission into the University Honors Program. He has been a 4-year student-athlete in Pole Vault in Track & Field, earning a varsity letter for three years. He was a member in the National Honor Society, Canned Food Drive volunteer, Signum Fidei Senior Leader, and Student Ambassador. During his time at La Salle, he earned 180 service hours including a Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trip to Give Kids the World. Alex's parents are Diane and Andrew Vidourek and are members of St. John the Baptist Dry Ridge parish.
Salutatorian is Joshua Otten. Josh has decided to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Chemical Engineering. He earned the Cincinnatus University Scholarship and CEAS Freshman Scholarship and has accepted admission into the University Honors Program. He was involved in a variety of activities including Key Club, LSI Team Leader, Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trip to New Orleans, National Honor Society, and a was a member of the Golf team for three years. He will graduate with 225 service hours. Josh's parents are Amy and Mike Otten and are members of St. Ignatius Parish.
Other members of the Top 10 include:
Joshua Biery – Josh has decided to attend The Ohio State University and major in Chemical Engineering. He has been active at La Salle including LSI Digital Content Chairperson, French Club Vice-President, Key Club Officer, and service activities, accumulating over 160 service hours. Josh's parents are Michelle and Donald Biery. They are members of Our Lady of Visitation parish.
Andrew Greiner- Drew has accepted a Carl H. Lindner College of Business Honors-PLUS admission at the University of Cincinnati. He has declared Finance as his major. He has been active in a variety of student activities including Signum Fidei Leadership, LSI Senior Chairperson, President of the National Honor Society, Key Club member, and member of the Baseball and Cross Country teams. He recently earned Honorable Mention on the All GCL-South Baseball Team. He has earned over 310 service hours. Drew's parents are Caroline and Scott Greiner and are members of St. Jude parish.
Anthony Hale- Anthony has accepted a Carl H. Lindner College of Business Honors-PLUS admission at the University of Cincinnati. He has declared Accounting as his major. He has been active in a variety of student activities including Signum Fidei Senior Leader, LSI Junior Chairperson, Vice-President of the National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, and a member of the Swimming team, being voted the captain his senior year. He has earned over 230 service hours. Anthony's parents are Roseanna and Robert Hale. He came to La Salle from Cincinnati Waldorf School.
Jacob Kroger- Jake has declared to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Aerospace Engineering. He is a National Merit Commended Student. He has been very active in band, earning honors recognition in The Pride of La Salle as a Field Commander, being invited to local honors bands and participating in the National Bands of America Honor Band. He is a member of the Volleyball team and was voted captain his senior year. He has earned 384 service hours, including Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trip to New Orleans. Additional activities include Key Club, La Salle Ambassador, National Honor Society, Academic Team, Canned Food Drive volunteer, Eucharistic Minister, and Signum Fidei Senior Leader. Jake's parents are Lisa and Jeff Kroger and are members of St. Ignatius Parish.
Luke Lecher- Luke has accepted a Circle of Excellence College of Business admission at the University of Cincinnati. He has declared Business as his major. He has had several leadership positions, including Signum Fidei Senior Leader, Key Club Officer, and Team Captain of the Cross Country team. In addition, Luke was active in the Canned Food Drive, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Track team. He has earned over 320 service hours including Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trips to Give Kids the World and New Orleans. Luke's parents are Carol and Rick Lecher and are members of St. Ignatius parish.
David Orth- David is planning to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Environmental Engineering. He has earned over 245 service hours including a Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trip to New Orleans. David is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and LSI. He is a member of the Swimming team and Tennis team, recently earning recognition as a GCL-South 2nd Team Singles All Conference Team. David's parents are Karen and Mike Orth and are member of St. James White Oak parish.
Brennan Schrand- Brennan has accepted a Carl H. Lindner College of Business Honors-PLUS admission at the University of Cincinnati. He has declared Business Marketing as his major. He was a member of the Golf team and Key Club, and held leadership positions in LSI and board positions with Drama. He has earned over 270 service hours including Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trips to Harlan, KY and Chinandega, Nicaragua. Brennan's parents are Carmen and Mark Schrand and are members of St. James White Oak parish.
Adam Woodard- Adam has accepted a Circle of Excellence College of Business admission at the University of Cincinnati. He has declared Finance as his major. He has been a Signum Fidei Senior Leader, Key Club Officer, National Honor Society member, and was a former member of the Golf and Basketball teams. He has earned over 278 service hours including Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trip to New Orleans. Adam's parents are Julie and Dan Woodard and are members of St. Ignatius 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.
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