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JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL SENIOR NICHOLAS HENNINGER WINS TOP PRIZE OF $160,000 IN WIMMER SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

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Posted: Friday Feb 3, 2012

February 6, 2012

Nicholas J. Henninger, a senior at The John Carroll School, has been awarded the top prize of a full tuition, room and board scholarship valued at $160,000 in Saint Vincent College’s annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition, it was announced by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.

The recipient of a four-year partial academic scholarship at The John Carroll School, he is a National Merit Scholarship Competition Commended Student, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, a member of the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and the Archbishop John Carroll Service Honor Society. He has achieved Academic First Honors for four years, received the Academic Improvement Award in his junior year and participated in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth since 2003.

Vice-President of the Senior Class, Mr. Henninger also served as captain of the Academic Team, as founder and president of the John Carroll Friend-to-Friend Program, president of the Respect Life Club, student Chief Executive Officer of the marching and concert bands, student advisor to the Principal’s Coalition to Attain Green School Status, starting setter and captain of the junior varsity volleyball team, assistant stage manager for the school’s production of “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying” and lead actor for “White Christmas.”

Other school activities include playing in the Jazz Band, volunteering with Campus Ministry, being an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at school masses, participating in a total of seven theater productions, a member of the Bella Voce a cappella group, and a member of the school’s Amnesty International Club.

Active in community service, he has participated in the Gallagher Services (Catholic Charities) Special Friends Program for developmentally challenged adults and served as a volunteer reader to a blind resident at Rock Spring Assisted Living and as a volunteer at the Eden Mill Nature Center.

He is undecided on his major course of study though he is especially interested in studying history and economics. The Wimmer Scholarship Award accompanies enrollment at Saint Vincent.

The son of Francis and Laura Henninger of Forest Hill, Maryland, he is a member of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Hydes, Maryland, and a proud graduate of St. John the Evangelist School.

The Wimmer Scholarship Program is named in honor of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer who founded Saint Vincent College in 1846 as the first Benedictine college in the United States. The program is designed to recognize high school students with outstanding academic abilities and to encourage them to pursue a quality undergraduate education at Saint Vincent. The scholarship winner is based on their performance on a written examination which was given at the College in November. Students who participated in this year’s examination were nominated by their high school principals because they were college-bound and met academic qualifications. This is the 30th year for the scholarship competition which awarded $640,000 in scholarships this year. More than two hundred high school students participated in the 2012 competition.

Saint Vincent is a four-year, coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college sponsored by the Benedictine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine foundation in the United States, founded in 1846.

A diverse student population of undergraduates and graduate students hails from 26 U.S. states/territories and 12 foreign countries. The College’s quality educational programs have earned national recognition, most recently by U.S. News and World Report (First Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges) and Forbes business magazine (America’s Best Colleges).

Saint Vincent College's approach to education is rooted in a core curriculum that provides all students with a broad-based education which provides a general body of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, an interdisciplinary view of that knowledge base, and the skills to increase that general body of knowledge throughout their lives.

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Photo: Nicholas J. Henninger 

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