First Baptist Academy in O’Fallon graduated 19 seniors Friday, May 12.
Sixteen of those students earned either academic, provost, ROTC or merit scholarships, totaling just over $1 million, according to Josiah Munton, assistant administrator and athletic director.
Stacy Gibson, assistant administrator and teacher, said of the 19 seniors graduating, six of them scored between 30-34 on the ACT test and another seven scored between 25-29, while the remainder had scores between 20-24.
According to Gibson, the top scores were 34, 32, 31, 31, 30, 30; the next set were 28 and 26; and five scored 25. The final set was 20, 21, 21 and 24.
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“Three of our students, Paul Carter, Megan Munhofen and Parker Johnson, all scored over 30 in their junior years and were recognized as 2017-2018 Illinois State Scholars by Illinois State Assistance Commission,” Gibson said.
Carter had the highest ranking at FBA with a 34 composite score this year, Gibson said.
All students are college-bound, except for one who is joining the military.
“We had two that I did not receive scores for, both of whom were new to our school this year. One is going to a four-year college this fall, and the other is enlisting in the Marines,” Gibson said.
Scholarships / post-graduation plans
▪ Bethany Embrich will attend Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville to study nursing. She has a $12,000 annual academic scholarship for four years, totaling $48,000.
▪ Lauren Kinzinger will attend Union University in Jackson, Tennesse, to study elementary education. She has an $18,000 annual provost scholarship for four years, totaling $72,000.
▪ Josie LeQuatte will attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to study nursing with a $14,000 annual academic scholarship for four years, totaling $56,000.
▪ Parth Patel will attend Saint Louis University in St. Louis with a $32,000 biochemistry scholarship.
▪ Megan Munhofen will attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for elementary education. She earned a $25,000 annual scholarship, totaling $100,000.
▪ Katelyn Hull will attend Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana with a one-time $8,000 scholarship.
▪ Christopher Knight will attend Maryville University in St. Louis for graphic design. He was awarded a $14,000 and $1,200 scholarship, totaling $15,200.
▪ Parker Johnson will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a $12,000 annual scholarship for an honors program, totaling $48,000.
▪ Dillon Dobbs will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a $7,500 and $18,000 three-year scholarships for electrical engineering, totaling $84,000.
▪ Gabe Tinge will attend Maryville University in St. Louis with a $14,500 annual scholarship for graphic design, totaling $58,000.
▪ Ava Andrews will attend SIUE for interior design.
▪ Ryan Luster will attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to study history and earned a $19,370 scholarship.
▪ Colby Bassham will attend Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, to study secondary education. He earned a $6,500 annual scholarship, totaling $26,000.
▪ Jonah Walls will attend Maryville University in St. Louis with a $12,000 annual scholarship, totaling $48,000.
▪ Zac Faitz will attend Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana with at $14,500 annual scholarship for biochemistry, totaling $58,000.
▪ Zac Feciuch will join the U.S. Marine Corps.
▪ Kirsi Mayfield will attend SIUE.
▪ Paul Carter will attend South Carolina University in Columbia, South Carolina with a $28,000 annual scholarship in honors engineering, totaling $112,000.
▪ Elizabeth Schultz will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with an ROTC scholarship of $155,120 for electrical engineering.