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Five Seniors Earn Commended Student Recognition

Saint Xavier is proud to announce that five seniors were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The following honorees will receive a Letter of Commendation from St. X and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation: Henry Beck, Alec Groves, Ethan Harned, Daniel Kirwan and Greyson Wintergerst.

Commended Students are named based on a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

With seven Tigers already named National Merit Semifinalists, the total number of St. X students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is now up to twelve. 

To celebrate, we will showcase multiple profiles of our recognized students.


Andrew Frey 

Top Three Colleges: Washington University in St. Louis, Xavier University, Michigan State University

Possible Majors: Business Analytics, Data Science

Extracurricular Activities: Football & Lacrosse Team, Economics and Investment Club, Governor’s Cup, Project Uplift

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: Being a part of the founding group for Project Uplift with Mr. Abell. We founded it to try and brighten up the school and lift morale during the pandemic.

Community Service:  Special Olympics, Project Outreach, Little Sisters of the Poor


Hillis Burns

After Graduation: United States Air Force Academy

Possible Majors: I really enjoy Math, and I would love to pursue a career that could combine that with business. I'm considering Computer Science, Economics, Finance, and even Engineering.

Extracurricular Activities: Lacrosse Team, National Honor Society, Math Team, XBSS, Christian Awakening Retreat

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I have done my best to be a positive role model for kids who are younger than me, whether holding the door open for people, or just trying to say hi to everyone in the hallway.

Community Service:  Educational Justice, St. Agnes Food Pantry, St. X Blood Drive, assisted in building desks for classrooms at the West End School 


Harrison Stropkay

Top Three Colleges: University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, MIT

Possible Majors: Mathematics or Applied Math, Finance, Economics

Extracurricular Activities: Captain of the Swimming & Diving Team, Co-founder of St. X’s Hack Club, various Academic Teams, President of National Honor Society 

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: Taught classes by myself with approximately 20 students each. This year, I taught math to a summer school class of 7th and 8th graders.

Community Service: Teaching at the West End School, Educational Justice, BookNook tutor


William Moeller

Top Three Colleges: University of Virginia, University of Miami (FL), Villanova 

Possible Major: Engineering 

Extracurricular Activities: Powerlifting Team, Math Team, German Club, Economics & Investment Club, National Honor Society

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: Being a straight-A student. I use my ability to learn quickly in order to help others learn. I tutor or help friends study without simply giving them the answers.

Community Service:  Harbor House of Louisville, preparing meals at the Salvation Army, tutoring students, Dare to Care Food Bank


Carson Ching

Top Three Colleges: Columbia, University of Chicago, Harvard

Possible Major: Astrophysics 

Extracurricular Activities: Quick Recall/Academic Team, Math Team, History Club, French Club, Environmental Club, Liturgical Music Group, Chemistry Club, Spiritual Leadership Committee, Guitar Club

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I have helped lead the Academic and Quick Recall Teams to many successful season.

Community Service: Tutor at the Francis Center, altar server at St. James Catholic Church, Feeding America, guitarist at St. Raphael Church


Justin Burch

Top Three Colleges: University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and University of Alabama

Possible Majors: Finance, Economics, Engineering, Pre-med 

Extracurricular Activities: Ryken Service Club, Ceramics Club, Peer Leaders, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I endeavor to help bring positivity into the lives of others and to encourage them to persevere, work harder, and excel further in their work, in addition to making an unceasing effort to cheer them up when they’re feeling down.

Community Service:  Kentucky Harvest, Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Project, St. Albert the Great Youth Group


Charles Brashear

Top Three Colleges: New York University, University of California, University of Southern California 

Possible Majors: Business, Economics 

Extracurricular Activities: Ryken Service Club, KUNA, National Honor Society, Hack Club, Student Activities Council 

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I volunteered at the inaugural St. X-Trinity joint mission trip.

Community Service: Eastern Kentucky mission trip, various projects for NHS


Daniel Kirwan

Commended Student

Top Three Colleges: Bellarmine University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky

Possible Major: Physics 

Extracurricular Activities: Certified pilot and advanced ground instructor, piano, St. X and Assumption Theatre programs, Cross Roads Retreat, Junior Retreat, National Honor Society

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: My service has been my greatest contribution. Additionally, my involvement with the theatre programs have helped raise money for projects.

Community Service: Bike to Beat Cancer, altar server at St. Patrick Church, Eagle Scout project, tutoring, Little Sisters of the Poor, Blood Drive


Ethan Harned

Commended Student

Top Three Colleges: University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, Tulane University

Possible Majors: Public Health, Biology, Sociology 

Extracurricular Activities: Ryken Service Club Leadership Team, Diversity Includes You, Norton Children's Hospital Teen Board, Peer Leader, Student Advisory Panel, Swimming & Diving Team

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I have worked with several students to help them find their place at St. X. Additionally, I am working with several underclassmen offering them advice and helping them foster good study habits.  

Community Service: Norton Children's Hospital Foundation, Cardinal Aquatics, Inheritance of Hope


Alec Groves

Commended Student

Top Three Colleges: University of Notre Dame, New York University, Indiana University

Possible Majors: Finance, Business 

Extracurricular Activities: Soccer Team, Intramurals, Spanish Club

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I collected gently used cleats and other soccer gear from family and friends, organized it, and donated it to Highlands Youth Recreation, in partnership with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. 

Community Service: St. Agnes altar server, Dare to Care, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Highland Youth Recreation, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries


Henry Beck

Commended Student

Top Three Colleges: Hillsdale College, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky

Possible Majors: Pre-law, Political Science, History

Extracurricular Activities: Ice Hockey Team, National Honor Society, Theatre, Choir

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: I have worked with several students to help them find their place at St. X. Additionally, I am working with several underclassmen offering them advice and helping them foster good study habits.  

Community Service: Norton Children's Hospital Foundation, Cardinal Aquatics, Inheritance of Hope


Greyson Wintergerst

Commended Student

Top Three Colleges: Saint Louis University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern

Possible Majors: Engineering, Physics, Pre-Med

Extracurricular Activities: Track & Field and Cross Country Teams, Ryken Service Club, Diversity Includes You Club, Future Problem Solvers

Most Significant Contribution to the Community: The creation of the St. X-Trinity Joint Service Club. It established a link of communication between our two schools, allowing us to do community service together.

Community Service: Norton Audubon Hospital, Project Warm, iCanBike Camp, Dare to Care, Meals on Wheels, Empty Bowls, St. Joseph's Development Center


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