Sunday, July 18, 2004

St. Thomas alums went on to shine at high schools

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St. Thomas School alums (from left) Tim Broering, Robby Hauber, Katharine Schroer and Doug Schlarman were honored by the school in May for their high-school acheivements.
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Four students who graduated in 2000 from St. Thomas School in Fort Thomas went on to have stellar high school careers.

Two were valedictorians. Two were salutatorians. And two of the four also became National Merit finalists.

In May, the Catholic K-8 school honored the graduates - all from a class of 32 students: Tim Broering, Robby Hauber and Katharine Schroer, all of Fort Thomas and Doug Schlarman, ofSouthgate.

"The year 2000 was my first year there,'' said Sharon Bresler, principal at St. Thomas. "That was really a good class. They worked together, academically and socially, and pushed each other.''

The students, all 18, graduated this year with outstanding honors from their high schools. All are headed for college.

Broering was named valedictorian at Newport Central Catholic. He also earned the English, mathematics and science awards. He received the Grawemeyer scholarship and will attend the University of Louisville to study engineering.

"I am kind of looking forward to moving there and going on my own,'' Broering said. "I remember that class at St. Thomas. It was pretty outstanding.''

Hauber was co-salutatorian at Covington Catholic High School. He received the University of Cincinnati Cincinnatus Century Scholarship and the reshman/senior engineering scholarship. He plans to attend UC and study civil engineering.

Schroer was named salutatorian at St. Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills. She is also a National Merit finalist. She received the Honor and Science Scholarship to Kenyon College where she plans to major in anthropology and neuroscience.

Schlarman was valedictorian at Holy Cross High School, Covington. He is also a National Merit finalist and has received a full tuition scholarship and an Alumni Scholarship for room and board from Notre Dame University. He plans to major in English and Spanish.

"The recognition and scholarships are great, but this is kind of embarrassing '' Schlarman said. "I think everybody in that eighth-grade class at St. Thomas was pretty sharp.''

Myers to be at Gateway

Dale K. Myers, retired vice president of Academic Affairs at Thomas More College, has been appointed vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and College Provost at Gateway Community and Technical College.

G. Edward Hughes, president and CEO at Gateway, said Myers will bring a long history of expertise in higher education to the college.

"He will provide senior leadership that will focus on developing and strengthening our transfer, liberal arts and sciences efforts,'' Hughes said.

Myers received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Berea College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Auburn University.

Myers said he was excited about the opportunity to use his experience in traditional and non-traditional education to build a strong foundation at Gateway.

Scholars honored

More than 1,000 high school juniors, chosen because of their exceptional academic achievements, are part of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's Scholar Program, which began last month and continues in July.

The five-week program is funded by state and private donations and free to the students who attend.

"By participating in this remarkable program, they have a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover different points of view while interacting with other students from across the commonwealth,'' Fletcher said.

The scholars' schedule includes sciences, mathematics, humanities and the arts, and a variety of community improvement projects and seminars.

The program was founded in 1983. More than 15,000 students have participated since its inception.

A statewide selection committee chose the participants from nominations submitted by Kentucky school districts.

The programs are being held this year at Bellarmine University, Louisville; Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, and Centre College, Danville.

Northern Kentucky schools sent 68 students to the program.

The schools are: Beechwood, Boone County, Conner, Covington Latin, Holmes, Ryle, St. Henry, Villa Madonna Academy, Walton-Verona, Bishop Brossart, Campbell County, Highlands, Holy Cross, Newport and Newport Central Catholic.

Also, Kenton, Covington Catholic, Dixie-Heights, Lloyd Memorial, Notre Dame Academy, Scott and Simon Kenton.

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