Eleven seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists & Commended Scholars for 2018-2019

Those 11 St. Charles seniors recognized by National Merit as Semifinalists and Commended Scholars for 2018-2019 are (front row, from left) Alex Wing ’19 (Commended Scholar) (Olentangy Orange Middle School, St. Michael Parish), Phillip Wible ’19 (Commended Scholar) (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish), Aidan Brennen ’19  (Commended Scholar) (Our Lady of Peace School, Our Lady of Peace Parish) and William Sweatt ’19  (Semifinalist) (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare Parish); (Middle, row, from left) Matthew Hohmann ’19 (Semifinalist) (St. Joseph Montessori School, Thomas More Newman Center), Alex Leonard ’19 (Semifinalist) (St. Andrew School, St. Andrew Parish), Liam O’Reilly ’19 (Commended Scholar) (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Catherine Parish) and Cameron DeShetler ’19 (Commended Scholar) (New Albany Middle School, Church of the Resurrection Parish); (Top row, from left) Adam Groene ’19 (Semifinalist) (St. Pius X School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish), Noel Sarver ’19 (Semifinalist) (St. Brendan School, St. Brendan Parish) and Nathan Lancia ’19 (Semifinalist) (St. Cecilia School, St. Cecilia Parish).

 

Six Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

St. Charles Preparatory School has six members of its senior class named 2018-2019 National Merit Semifinalists. These young men qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program, based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took last year as St. Charles juniors. Of the more than 1.6 million high school students who took the test, approximately 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

 

Adam Groene ’19, son of Stacy and Anita Groene of Pickerington, attended St. Pius X School and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He plans to major aerospace engineering with a specialty in materials or chemical engineering and is applying to the University of Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.

He is a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team, a four-year member of the Cross-Country Team and three year member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team. He spent his summers as a research intern in engineering labs at The Ohio State University and was a delegate to Buckeye Boys State. He is an altar server at his parish and a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society.

 

Matthew Hohmann ’19, son of Edward Hohmann ’87 and Basia Nowak of Blacklick, attended St. Joseph Montessori School and is a member of the Thomas More Newman Center. He plans to major in public policy or economics and will consider entering law school. He is applying to Dartmouth College (preferred), Yale University (preferred), the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Notre Dame, Brown University, Georgetown University, Middlebury College, Washington University in St. Louis, Wake Forest University, American University, and The Ohio State University.

Matt is a tutor and the moderator assistant for the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, a writer for the student newspaper, The Carolian, a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team and president of the JAM (Just A Minute) Public Speaking Club. Outside of school he attended Buckeye Boys State, serves on the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Advisory Board, and works for a U.S. Congressional campaign. He is involved with Boy Scouts where he has served as director of the regional Junior Leadership Orientation Workshop, and he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

 

Nathan Lancia ’19, son of Robert and Tonya Lancia of Galloway, attended St. Cecilia School and is a member of St. Cecilia Parish. He plans to major in either mechanical or chemical engineering with a minor in business administration. He has applied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (preferred), Princeton University, Stanford University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Belmont Abbey, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Nathan is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team. A three-year varsity volleyball player, he was a First Team All-State selection and a member of the 2018 Division I State Champion Volleyball Team. He also cantors at school liturgies and has played club volleyball since the 7th grade. Nathan has also served as a volunteer volleyball coach for his sister’s school and club volleyball teams, has participated in the Gospel Road service retreat annually, has attended the National Catholic Youth Conference both years of eligibility and lectors at his parish.
Alexander Leonard ’19, son of James and Lisa Leonard of Columbus, attended St. Andrew School and is a member of St. Andrew Parish. He hopes to pursue a major in engineering and is planning to apply to The Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Alex is a four-year member of both the school’s Cross-Country and Track and Field teams. He is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, through which he tutors. A Latin scholar, he has received Gold Medals status on consecutive Nation Latin Examinations and has achieved multiple perfect scores. He is also a pianist and has regularly volunteered at Mayfair Village Retirement.

 

Noel Sarver ’19, son of Kerry and Tanya Sarver of Hilliard, attended St. Brendan School and is a member of St. Brendan Parish. He plans to major in finance and political science. He is applying to the University of Cincinnati, Miami (OH) University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Noel is a member of the Cross-Country Team and the nationally renowned Engineering Team. He is a Co-Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team and a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society. He is an altar server and has participated in a variety of service opportunities including Gospel Road and a Guatemalan Service trip through International Samaritan.

 

William Sweatt ’19, son of William and Kirsten Sweatt of Dublin, attended St. Brigid of Kildare School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish. He plans to study mathematics in pursuit of a career in actuarial science or data analytics. He is applying to Princeton University (preferred), the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame, and Harvard University, among a few others.

William is a four-year member and the captain of the Robotics Team, and assisted the team’s work to help increase STEM opportunities for middle school students across the Diocese of Columbus. He is also a member of the Chess Team and the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, through which he tutors fellow classmates in Latin, algebra and U.S. history. Outside of school, he volunteered at the Heinzerling home for the disabled and at several community gardens in Columbus. He helps every year with Holy Family Soup Kitchen’s Giving Tree project.

 

Five Seniors Named Commended Scholars

In addition to the five seniors named National Merit Semifinalists, 6 more seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2018-2019. They placed among the top 5% of all the students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year (Fall 2017). While they don’t continue in competition for National Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:

 

Aidan Brennen ’19, son of Thomas and Kathleen Brennen of Columbus, attended Our Lady of Peace School and is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He plans to major in engineering or psychology, and is applying to The Ohio State University, Miami (OH), University of Alabama, Ohio University and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Aidan is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, the nationally renowned Engineering Team, and the Weightlifting Club and is a senior leader on the St. Charles Football Team. He is working through the NHS to help tutor underclassmen in social studies and mathematics.

 

Cameron DeShetler ’19, son of Donald and Lori DeShetler of New Albany, attended New Albany Middle School and is a member of Church of the Resurrection Parish. He plans to major in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or biology in pursuit of a career in engineering or pathology. He is applying to Duke University, Dartmouth College, the University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University and Santa Clara University.

Cameron is a four-year member of the Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams and is a co-captain for each sport. He is a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team and a writer for the student newspaper, The Carolian. As a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, Cameron tutors in biology, Latin, and math. He is an Extraordinary Minister, Usher, and Peer Minister at his parish and volunteered on the Gospel Road service trip the past three years. The past two summers he has interned at a biomedical engineering cancer research lab at The Ohio State University.

 

Liam O’Reilly ’19, son of Kevin ’86 and Jill O’Reilly of Bexley, attended St. Brigid of Kildare School and is a member of St. Catherine Parish. He plans to study biochemistry on a pre-medicine track, applying to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (preferred), Case Western Reserve University, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Denver and Ohio State University.

Liam is a member of the St. Charles Cross-Country Team, and both the Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. He is also a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team, the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and is the editor in chief for the school newspaper, The Carolian. He is an NHS tutor in math in science and volunteers at the Community Kitchen. This summer he went on the service trip to Guatemala.

 

Phillip Wible ’19, son of Michael and Denise Wible of Powell, attended St. Brigid of Kildare School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish. He plans to study biomedical engineering in pursuit of a career in living tissue engineering or prosthetics. He is applying to Cornell University (preferred), Columbia University, Northeastern University, the University of Washington in Seattle, Bucknell University, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the Colorado School of Mines.

Phillip is a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and the nationally renowned Engineering Team. He is also a varsity rower on the Westerville Crew. He is a volunteer at Adaptive Sports Connection and tutors classmates through the NHS.

 

Alex Wing ’19, son of Arnulfo and My Wing of Lewis Center, attended Olentangy Orange Middle School and is a member of St. Michael Parish. He plans to major in computer science engineering to prepare for a career as a software developer or software engineer. He is applying to The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Carnegie Melon University and the University of Texas.

Alex is a member of the nationally renowned Engineering Team, Robotics Team, Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society and Audi-Visual Team. He volunteers through MDA as a camp counselor and helps to run robotics camps in the summer for middle schools.

 

 

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