Class of 2018 Top Ten - Week 1

Class of 2018 Top Ten - Week 1

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Top Ten!

For the next five weeks, we will showcase the students who, through their hard work and dedication, are graduating at the top of their class.

10: Grace Nonnamaker

Acceptances:  University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University
College and Major:  University of Cincinnati – Exploratory Studies
Total Scholarships Offered:  $134,000

Grace chose the University of Cincinnati for a several reasons: proximity to home, welcoming campus, and the size of the school to name a few. “I have never gone to a big school. Even though it is much larger, it felt like every student belonged.” She is looking forward to exploring programs in history/international studies and forensic science and taking advantage of the university’s extensive co-op opportunities.

Grace feels more than prepared for next year. “The courses I took as an Assisi Scholar were rigorous. While they weren’t overwhelming, they definitely pushed me and my classmates to the max.” She is also excited to continue her volunteerism and mission trip work. As a recipient of the Cincinnatus Scholarship there is a service requirement, which is one of her passions.

She reflects fondly on her time at Roger Bacon. “It’s home. My entire family went here – my little brother will be a junior. I will definitely miss it.”

9: Jessica Kern

Acceptances:  University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and Ohio State University
College and Major:  University of Tennessee – Animal Science with Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration
Total Scholarships Offered:  $80,000

As a little girl, Jess knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, which is one of the reasons she chose the University of Tennessee. “I will be a part of their Pre-Vet program, and the University has a Veterinary School, so I could continue after receiving my undergrad.” Her goal is to work with exotic animals.

With its southern charm, Jess fell in love with the campus and the accents! “I like the accent, so I might try and pick it up quickly if I can.” She is also looking forward to being on her own. “I REALLY wanted to go away for school, but it is still an easy four-hour car ride if I need to make it home.” Jess received the Volunteer Scholarship, making it a little easier for mom and dad to get on board with her leaving home.