Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocese Honors Merit Scholars and State Champs at Annual Luncheon

In its annual tradition of honoring outstanding achievements of Diocesan high school students, those who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and state champions in winter sports joined Bishop Timothy Senior and the Secretariat for Education in a celebratory luncheon at the Diocesan Center on May 2.

This year’s luncheon included a National Merit Semi-Finalist, a National Merit Special Scholar and nine National Merit Commended Students. More than two-thirds of nearly 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. The prestigious program recognizes students for their academic excellence, leadership and participation in activities, with opportunities for college scholarships.

This year’s National Merit students, pictured with Bishop Senior, are: Commended Students Ethan Brown, James Dougherty, Sarah Gerdes, Caroline Cunningham and Lucas Britten of Trinity High School; Ethan Andrews of York Catholic; Isaac Lin (Semi-Finalist), Connor Box, Lyla Maurer and Collin Stritch (Special Scholar) of Lancaster Catholic; and Kenneth Nguyen of Bishop McDevitt.

The luncheon also welcomed state-champion athletes from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and Lancaster Catholic High School, who captured gold medals in their respective winter sports this season.

Olivia Kopitsky of Lourdes Regional was the shot put gold medalist in the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PFTCA) Indoor State Championships in February. The Lourdes junior competes for Mount Carmel Area High School through an athletics co-op with her school. Her winning throw of 38 feet, 5.75 inches in the state championships was a personal best.

The Lady Crusaders of Lancaster Catholic are the 2024 PIAA Class 3A Girls Basketball Champions. Led by head coach Charlie Detz, the Crusaders earned their fifth state title in program history on March 21, beating Westmont Hilltop, 56-39, in the finals. During their stellar season, the Crusaders also won a record-breaking 21st District 3 title in program history.

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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