News Digest — Class of 2013 lauded; seniors honored; Spanish exchange under way

Class of 2013 excels; teacher Keith Rapp named Honorary Alumnus Since Trinity High School opened in September 1953, we have remained faithful to our mission: “To provide students with a superior high school education in a supportive atmosphere based upon Christian values in the Catholic tradition.” Boys become men of character; men of faith. What the Trinity Class of 2013 did in the classroom and outside continues the remarkable recent run of well-rounded academic achievements. At 315 members strong, these are just a few their accomplishments: · Awarded more than $23 million in scholarships · Accepted at more than 130 colleges and universities across the country · 100 percent of class took the ACT · Earned more than 685 hours in possible college credit · 8 recognized by the National Merit Corporation · 98 percent will be entering college this fall · 98 percent participated in a Christian Awakening Senior Retreat · 10 Governor’s Scholars Program participants · 28 recipients of the Kentucky Commonwealth Diploma · 1 appointment to a United States service academy (U.S. Air Force Academy) · 36 recipients of the four-year Shamrock Award (Honor Roll all eight semesters of high school) · 114 recipients of the Senior Shamrock Award · 1 candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program · 65 members of the National Honor Society · 70 members of the National Beta Club · Performed more than 20,000 service hours over four years · State championships in football, lacrosse, powerlifting, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling; National Championship in powerlifting · 41 Academic First Team All-State and 27 Academic Honorable Mention All-State student-athletes “The senior leadership aptly chose a theme of ‘Small Moments, Big Legacy’ for this year, and I’m confident they will look back in the years to come and affirm its meaning,” Trinity Principal Dan Zoeller H’07 said. “I witnessed them supporting one another in the classroom, during theater and choral performances, at art shows, on senior retreats and at ballgames. This kind of support was not limited to school events and occurred in times of trouble and loss. Along the way, during these small moments, many of them truly became brothers, a legacy that may last a lifetime.” · For the eighth consecutive year, every senior took the ACT as a graduation requirement. Trinity is one of the first schools in the Commonwealth to have this requirement. Their ACT composite score is 23.5, which ranks as the third- highest ACT composite score in school history. · It is at least the sixth time that the mean composite has exceeded 23. This class is academically diverse and represents Placement Test scores that ranged across the entire spectrum, from the first to the 99th percentile. · Students took a series of pre-ACT tests as underclassmen. These tests produced a predicted ACT score. Nearly 100 percent of the class met or exceeded their predicted ACT score. A strong ACT score offers three benefits: (1) access to the college one desires, (2) opportunities for scholarships and (3) better preparation for the rigors of college-level study. · Mr. Frank Ward H’01, director of the Advanced Program, reported that 243 AP exams were taken by the Class of 2013. The AP exams are one means to gain college credit while taking courses at Trinity. · The class received scholarship offers of more than $23 million. They were accepted at more than 130 colleges and universities. Acceptances were offered by such schools as the United States Air Force Academy, Amherst College, The Johns Hopkins University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Catholic University, Marquette University, Auburn University, Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of Virginia, Boston College and the University of Notre Dame. Members of the Class of 2013 join a brotherhood that now numbers more than 14,570. The newest brother alumni received their diplomas at the annual commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, at Bellarmine University. At the Senior Breakfast held in Alumni Hall on Friday, May 17, seniors and their fathers enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and each other’s company. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, Senior Breakfast is the graduating class’ official welcome into the Alumni Association. Principal Dan Zoeller H’07 addressed the Class of 2013 a final time, giving some very pointed and passionate words of wisdom. Alumni Association Chair John King ’80 addressed the class and encouraged them to continue their strong connection to Trinity via the Alumni Association. One of the highlights of the morning was teacher Mr. Keith Rapp being named an Honorary Alumnus of the Class of 2013. Each year, the senior class gives the award to a faculty or staff member or friend of Trinity who is not a graduate for his/her contributions to the life of the school. Senior Class President Chris Hubbard introduced Mr. Rapp and presented to him an Honorary Alumnus certificate. Jack Eichenberger ’13 honored by mayor Trinity senior Jack Eichenberger was honored at the Mayor Greg Fischer’s (’76) annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors Awards reception on May 14. Eichenberger was one of 49 seniors from schools honored at the annual ceremony held at Metro Hall. He was recognized for his positive contributions to Trinity High School and his exemplary academic record. He will attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the fall. Principals and guidance counselors at public and private schools throughout Louisville were asked to nominate a student for the award. John Cerjak ’13 achieves rank of Eagle Scout Class of 2013 graduate John Cerjak achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of Troop 325 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. For his Eagle Scout Service Leadership Project, Cerjak built 40 birdhouses for the St. Joseph Children’s Home. 2 Rocks receive National Merit Scholarships Trinity 2013 graduates Joseph Senn (University of Louisville) and Ori Youngblood (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) were awarded a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. Spanish exchange program in full gear A group of Trinity students and Spanish Department Co-chair Maria Rocha are staying in Sevilla, Spain, during June. They attend Colegio Campania Maria and are touring many cities and sites in Spain. Click here to read a recent email from one of the students: http://www.trinityrocks.com/news/2177-spanish-exchange-program-in-full-gear Jerald Wantland ’14 has letter to the editor published in Courier-Journal Rising Trinity senior Jerald Wantland had his letter to the editor published in The Courier-Journal on June 2. Read his letter at http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130603/OPINION02/306030029/Reader-Letters-Medical-care-McConnell-challenger-health-Boy-Scouts.