Notre Dame announces 22 valedictorians for 2018, all with a 4.358 GPA or higher

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On May 20, 2018, 195 young men and women will walk across the stage at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy and received their diplomas after four years at the school's upper division.

According to figures released by Notre Dame Prep’s counseling department, this year’s class of graduating seniors earned more than $16 million to date in merit-based academic scholarships from colleges and universities. That total amount of dollars works out to more than a $82,000 average for each member of the class!

In addition, the Class of 2018 averaged 26.9 on the ACT and includes 61 students who scored a 30 or above on the test. Also, Notre Dame's graduating seniors averaged 1346 on the SAT and will finish the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.76, matching the 2016 class average.

The Class of 2018 also features 66 candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma, a record for the school. In addition, many of the finest colleges and universities across the country have accepted graduates in the Class of 2018, including the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Cornell.

Perhaps most important, each of this year's graduating seniors spent increasingly significant amounts of time on leadership-level projects as part of their service requirements — once again proving that besides turning out "academic scholars," Notre Dame continues to graduate "Christian people and upright citizens."

And finally, among those who are graduating Sunday are 22 students who earned a place in Notre Dame Prep's 2018 valedictorian class.

At Notre Dame, traditional courses are weighted on a 4.000 basis, honors courses on a 4.500 basis, and advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses on a 5.0 basis. A student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 4.350 to be considered a valedictorian.

The 2018 Notre Dame Prep valedictorians are listed below each with his or her major honors and awards:

  Anna O. Miklas
Grade point average: 4.52
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, NDPMA 6-12 Graduate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
Scholastic Art Award recipient; Regional Gold Key, Silver Key
College: Williams College
     
  Gretel A. Keller
Grade point average: 4.508
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, NDPMA 6-12 Graduate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
National Merit Scholarship Finalist – National Merit
BorgWarner Scholarship Winner
Michigan State University Honors College STATE Scholarship
MSU Special Merit Scholarship
MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mandarin
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
Scholastic Art Award recipient; Regional Silver Key
College: Michigan State University
     
  Joonhee Jang
Grade point average: 4.497
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, Student Council

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Notre Dame Club of Detroit Scholarship
Notre Dame University Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Instrumental Music
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
Certificate of Excellence in Theatre
College: University of Notre Dame
     
  Kyle P. Conroy
Grade point average: 4.477
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, Student Council

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
University of Chicago Dean’s Scholar Award
University of Chicago University Scholarship
Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation Scholarship
American Citizenship Award
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
Scholastic Art Award recipient; Regional Gold Key, Honorable Mention; National Silver Medal
College: University of Chicago
     
  Malini Mukherji
Grade point average: 4.467
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, NDPMA 6-12 Graduate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Joseph Schwinck Scholarship
U of M Regents Merit Scholarship
Stamps Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in Computer Science
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: University of Michigan (Engineering)
     
  Madelyn A. McCullen
Grade point average: 4.467
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Loyola University of Chicago Presidential Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
Scholastic Art Award recipient; Regional Gold Key, Silver Key
College: Loyola University Chicago
     
  Christian M. Andre
Grade point average: 4.461
Highest Honors, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Loyola University of Chicago Presidential Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Instrumental Music
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Theatre
College: Loyola University Chicago
     
  John W. Crowe
Grade point average: 4.445
Highest Honors, Student Council

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar with Distinction
American Citizenship Award
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
MHSAA Scholar Athlete Nominee
College: University of Notre Dame
     
  Sean P. Higgins
Grade point average: 4.439
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
National Merit National Distillers Distributors
Foundation Scholarship Winner
University of Michigan Regents Merit Scholarship
American Citizenship Award
Certificate of Excellence in Chorus
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: University of Michigan
     
  Yilun Zhou
Grade point average: 4.439
Highest Honors, National Honor Society

AP Scholar with Distinction
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
College: Cornell University (College of Engineering)
     
  Olivia P. Heming
Grade point average: 4.432
Highest Honors, National Honor Society

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar with Honor
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Certificate of Excellence in Computer Science
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mandarin
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Science
MHSAA Scholar Athlete Nominee
College: University of Notre Dame
     
  Nicholas T. Fraser
Grade point average: 4.431
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, Student Council

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
American Citizenship Award
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
United States Marine Corps Distinguished
Scholar-Athlete Award
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison
     
  Braeden T. Fromwiller
Grade point average: 4.429
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, Student Council

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
University of Michigan Regents Merit Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
College: University of Michigan (Lit, Science & the Arts)
     
  Joshua C. Fischer
Grade point average: 4.428
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: University of Michigan
     
  Alex P. Kocheril
Grade point average: 4.415
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate, NDPMA 6-12 Graduate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
U of M Regents Merit Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
College: University of Michigan
     
  Ajay A. Sheth
Grade point average: 4.405
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: Purdue University (College of Engineering)
     
  Sydney M. Lintol
Grade point average: 4.398
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, NDPMA 6-12 Graduate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar
Certificate of Excellence in Chorus
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: Michigan State University (James Madison College)
     
  Thomas B. Riss
Grade point average: 4.391
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
FIRST Robotics Scholarship
Provost Scholarship
National Buckeye Scholarship Award
Certificate of Excellence in Computer Science
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: The Ohio State University (College of Engineering)
     
  Gregory D. Rizzo
Grade point average: 4.382
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar
U of M Regents Merit Scholarship
Certificate of Excellence in Mandarin
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
MHSAA Scholar Athlete Nominee
College: University of Michigan
     
  Nicholas L. Foltenyi
Grade point average: 4.377
Highest Honors, National Honor Society, IB Candidate

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: University of Michigan (Lit, Science & the Arts)
     
  Anjali Y. Reddy
Grade point average: 4.375
Highest Honors, National Honor Society

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Science
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
College: Washington University in St. Louis
     
  Daniel J. Fox
Grade point average: 4.358
Highest Honors, National Honor Society

President’s Award for Educational Excellence
AP Scholar
Certificate of Excellence in English
Certificate of Excellence in Mandarin
Certificate of Excellence in Mathematics
Certificate of Excellence in Religious Studies
Certificate of Excellence in Social Studies
College: University of Michigan

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.

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