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Congratulations:  National Merit Finalists

Bishop Kenny High School is proud to announce that seniors Davis Johnson, Melanie Staples, and Bridget Sutter, Class of 2024, have been named as National Merit Finalist in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. As Finalists, Davis, Melanie, and Bridget rank in the top 1% of the over 1 million students who started the National Merit process as juniors back in October of 2022.  Their excellent scores on the PSAT, as well as their outstanding academic performance throughout high school, have helped them achieve this great honor.

It's evident that these students have not only excelled academically but have also been actively involved in leadership roles in extracurricular activities and honor societies. Their commitment to both their studies and their broader school community is commendable. Johnson, Staples, and Sutter all maintain rigorous academic schedules and are involved in leadership roles in a multitude of extracurricular activities and honor societies.  Congratulations again to Davis, Melanie, and Bridget, their teachers and counselors from their four years at Bishop Kenny, as well as our entire faculty and staff for this outstanding accomplishment. 

National Signing Day: February 7, 2024

It was a day of celebration and pride as Bishop Kenny High School seniors took center stage on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, for a signing ceremony that marked the next chapter in their athletic and academic journeys. Among the talented cohort of student-athletes, several Crusaders stood out for their exceptional accomplishments and commitments.

In the realm of football, James Resar, Nash Beenen, and Ethan Proffitt, and Kolbe Sexton showcased their prowess on the gridiron and their dedication in the classroom. James Resar, the dynamic starting quarterback for the Crusaders, secured his spot at the University of Iowa as a scholar athlete. Notably, Resar also lends his talents to the track team, demonstrating a well-rounded commitment to both sports and academics. Joining him in the ranks of scholar athletes are Nash Beenen, is excited to play for the United States Naval Academy and Kolbe Sexton is bound for Benedictine College, and Ethan Proffitt, who will continue his football career at Florida Atlantic University.

Davis Johnson, a standout in cross country and track, penned her commitment to Emory University as a scholar athlete. Johnson's achievements include being a vital member of the FHSAA 2023 state cross country championship team and earning the prestigious Joan Benoit Award, a testament to her dedication and leadership on and off the field. Elizabeth Wheldon, another member of the championship cross country team, will carry her talents to Georgia Southern University.

Andrew McWilliams, an exemplary athlete on the baseball diamond, solidified his path to success by signing with Daytona State College as a scholar athlete. Carson Cope, a soccer star with aspirations to play alongside his brother at Eastern University, expressed his excitement for the journey ahead, anticipating one of the best experiences of his life. Meanwhile, Lily Pragle, a force to be reckoned with in beach volleyball, will continue her athletic and academic pursuits at Erskine College, cherishing the invaluable lessons learned under the guidance of Coach Winkler.

Congratulations to all the Crusader athletes on this momentous occasion, and may your futures be filled with continued success and fulfillment.

February Students of the Month:  Ellie Kirsch and Noah Pasko

Congratulations to seniors Ellie Kirsch and Noah Pasko, who have been honored as Bishop Kenny High School's February Students of the Month. Their outstanding qualities in Character, Respect, and Integrity have set them apart. 

Ellie Kirsch, expressing her gratitude for the recognition, shared, “I always try to make people that I come into contact with feel welcome and loved. Sharing a smile is a small effort on my part to make their day just a little brighter.” Ellie, managing a demanding academic schedule, is actively involved in the International Thespian, Latin, Rho Kappa, Tri-M, and the National Honor Society. She also serves as a Bishop Kenny Student Ambassador, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Bishop Kenny. Ellie aspires to attend the University of Florida, majoring in Classics and Linguistics, with the goal of becoming a college professor. 

Noah Pasko, also navigating a rigorous academic curriculum. He is a member of the English, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish, and the National Honor Society, and is deeply passionate about baseball. As a varsity team player at BK, he extends his love for the sport by assisting at baseball camps during the summer, where he teaches and mentors youth. Noah, who serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Bishop Kenny, emphasizes the importance of keeping God first, stating, “God has given me everything, and I want to share my gifts and talents with others as a way to give thanks.” Noah would like to pursue a degree in Ocean Engineering in college.

Both Ellie and Noah exemplify the values of Bishop Kenny High School and showcase their commitment to academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and service to their community. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these outstanding students of the month.