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.