Congratulations to seniors Ryan Fansler (from Holy Family Catholic Church and School) and Emma Kempf who were recently named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. This is the second highest national academic honor a high school student can receive.

Ryan is the son of Eric and Kellie Fansler of Georgetown and a member of Holy Family Parish. He is a member of the Quick Recall Team, Science Bowl, Koding Klub, Naturalist/Hiking Club, National Honor Society, the Pro Life Club and theHouse of Justice. He serves as the president of the Spanish/Recycling Club and is a Eucharistic Minister. Next year, he plans to major in molecular and cellular biology at Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University or Washington University in St. Louis.

Emma is the daughter of Adam and Denise Kempf of New Albany and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

Commended student status means that from the more than 1.5 million juniors who took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last fall, these seniors scored in the top five percent. They join about 34,000 commended students throughout the nation who are recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

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Brisoce_MaryHoly Family School Alumni, Teacher and Friend, Holy Family Parishioner and Mentor, Mrs. “Mary Briscoe died peacefully yesterday afternoon after a full life of faith, prayer and inspiration to others.

“She has been an icon as a teacher of Holy Family students, loving family member, and active parishioner and servant leader in so many ways. The mark she has left on our school, her former students and staff, and all she served through In Heavens Eyes and Theatre group will long be remembered and cherished.

“As a community, we mourn her loss and we believe she will be greatly rewarded in Heaven for her service here on earth. May God continue to bless her soul and help her family find comfort in their loss.”

(Words from Principal and friend, Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Ernstberger, to the teachers and staff.)

Mary’s visitation will be Friday, Sept. 18, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in the church. The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. with a comfort meal after.

The full obituary and visitation information is available here, on the Holy Family Parish website.