Academic Awards

Elite 30 Club

In 2010, Holy Cross High School began acknowledging students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT Test, which is used as an entrance examination by a majority of colleges and universities.

A score of 30 places a student in the top 4% of students nationally and is a benchmark score all students strive to attain. It also practically guarantees students full scholarships to a large number of universities in the country. The fact that so many students are achieving at a high level is credit to the ability and work ethic of our students and a reflection of the commitment of our faculty and staff.

30 On The Act Club


Elite 30 Alumni Club


Class of 2025

Joseph Coutinho, James Holtz

Class of 2024

Tyler Beane, Jacob Daly, Ryan Ehlman, Bella Saalfeld, Jenna Saalfeld, Max Ward

Class of 2023

Will Fuller, Will Lachmann, Alyssa Perkins, Matthew Sunday, Nathaniel Wendt

Class of 2022

Megan Crouch, Spencer Doerger, Dimitri Dunn, Maddux Hoffman, Cade Lehmkuhl, Morrigan McIntosh, Matthew Sutton, Sydney Wilson

Class of 2021

Quentin Bergman, Audrey Davis, Jeremy Faulhaber, Isabella Fisk, Kyle Smith, Christyan Townsend, William VonHandorf

Class of 2020

Lyndsey Cross, Allison Ehlman, Emma Lehmkuhl, Evah-Marie Lemma, Grace Martin, Sean McIntosh

Class of 2019

Vincetta Kahmann, Joe Martin, Dylan Zion

Class of 2018

Christian Bales, Christian Bricking, Katherine Frantz, Dominic Hassert, Katie Holtz, Michael Litteral, Brennan Schaefer, Wesley Schmidt, Anna Swecker, Ehmet Thorton-Ayers, Juliana Warde, Isabel Wartenberg 

Class of 2017

Elijah Batson, Molly Bilz, Katie Dreas, Jake Hassert, Matt Hock, Adam Kahmann, Theo Maris, Drew McIntosh, Courtney Turner                            

Class of 2016

Michael Bramer, Zach Doerger, Nate Doggett, Catherine Ehlman,Tom Hannigan, Matt Kim, Sarah Kleier, Sydney Robke

Class of 2015

Kelsey Ballman, Tori Bunton, Donovan Finan, Michael Groeschen, Joe Hock, Bailey Keith, Nick Scheper, Kylie Schaefer, Jacob Williams, Kenny Wilshire, Chase Wright

Class of 2014

Regan Bales, Stanley Doerger, Lillian Frantz, Noelle Lameier, Marty McDaniel, Kyle McLaughlin, Evan Reynolds, Tim Woeste 

Class of 2013

Alex Bramer, Elizabeth Ehlman, Chris Garrett, Grace Herrman, Megan Krumprlman, Kelly Millay, Rachel Tewes, Alex Sizemore

Class of 2012

Emily Brazell, Marissa Doeger, Aaron Fuller, Brendan Hall, Josh Kahmann, Lauren Koop, Megan Scheper, Jacob Schlarman

Class of 2011

Kelvin Adams, Andrew Bergman, Patrick Burridge, Clint Childers, Emily Crocetti, Ali Doggett, Lydia Doggett, Jacob Frantz, Taylor Ichinose, Nick Jehn, Tyler Johnson, Nathan Pappas, Mark Tewes, Annie Wolff

The 2011 senior class, in fact, set a high standard for others to follow. Among their achievements, fifteen students scored 30 or above on the ACT, five were selected for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, two received National Merit Scholarships, and one was a National Merit Finalist. In addition, the Class of 2011 had the highest ACT in a decade with a mark of 23.6 and nearly one third scored in the 80th percentile. The accomplishments of these students and the student body as a whole are remarkable, especially in light of the fact that Holy Cross educates students across the academic spectrum.

Class of 2010

Nick Aerni, Jared Andrews, Mark Fehrenbacher, Eric Gregory, Sarah Groeschen, Xavier Hassert, Jamie Marsh, Andy Merritt, Nick Miller, Anderw Schaeffer, Brian Scheper

National Merit Honors

National Merit Scholar

2013 Elizabeth Ehlman


2020 Gracie Martin

2018 Wesley Schmidt

2017 Matt Hock

2013 Kelly Millay

2011 Lydia Doggett

2010 Eric Gregory

Commended Students

2017 Elijah Batson

2013 Rachel Tewes

2012 Josh Kahmann

2011 Kelvin Adams, Nick Jehn, Annie Wolff

2010 Jared Andrews, Nick Miller

Governor's Scholars

The Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is a five week summer residential program for outstanding high school juniors. Students must complete an application and be nominated for the program by their district. Over 1,000 Kentucky students are selected yearly based on a thorough application process detailing their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, and personal integrity. Scholars have the rare opportunity to experience college life while attending classes on a daily basis. The Governor’s Scholars Program emphasizes wide-ranging representation of all Kentucky regions, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. Participating scholars are granted the opportunity to expand their horizons by forming close relationships with their peers representing all 120 counties in the commonwealth. Because of the rigorous application process and educational purpose, all students successfully completing the program have access to a plethora of scholarships from many Kentucky colleges simply due to their involvement in the program.

2024- Joseph Coutinho, Jimmy Holtz, William McElheney, Ella Lehmkuhl (alternate)

2023- Ryan Ehlman, Gabriel Reed, Bella Saalfeld, Jenna Saalfeld

2022- Sarah Bottom, Zoe Doerger

2021- Spencer Doerger, Maddux Hoffman

2020 - Quentin Bergman, Audrey Davis, Will VonHandorf 

2019 - Allison Ehlman, Grace Martin, Sean McIntosh, Emma Lehmkuhl

2018 - Breanna Younger, Sarah Barth

2017 - Wesley Schmidt, Anna Bergman, Isabel Wartenburg, Katherine Frantz, Christian Bales

2016 - Molly Bilz, Drew McIntosh, Matt Hock, Jacob Hassert

2015 - Nate Doggett, Sydney Robke, Catherine Ehlman, Michael Bramer

2014 - Natalie Jehn, Michael Groeschen

2013 - Stanley Doerger, Lillian Frantz

2012 - Alex Bramer, Elizabeth Ehlman, Grace Herrman, Kelly Millay

2011 - Emily Brazell, Aaron Fuller, Josh Kahmann, Jake Schlarman

2010 - Emily Crocetti, Ali Doggett, Lydia Doggett, Nick Jehn, Annie Wolff

Governor’s School for the Arts

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is the sister program to the Governor’s Scholars Program. GSA auditions promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture & Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music. Over 1,700 students apply to the Governor’s School for the Arts summer program. From this number only 256 get to attend this amazing summer arts program. Being accepted or chosen as an alternate are both huge honors. For three solid weeks, the students live, breathe, eat and sleep the arts. It’s a thrilling, often life-changing experience, as they meet new friends, explore their creativity, and discover new things about who they are and who they can be in the future. Graduates of the GSA program are eligible for a host of scholarships and educational opportunities in all fields of study.

2024- Jackson Baker, Rya Crigger, Jocelyn Monson, Alex Murray, Savannah Weibel, Mattie Lou Jones (alternate)

2022- Dance: Madison Hurtt, Dominic Vennemann

          Visual Arts: Matthew Coutinho, Sadie Kimberlin, Sydney Weibel, Abi Williams

2021- Drama: Ayden Bailey

2020- Jane Roberts

2019 - Vocal Music: Evah-Marie Lemma

            Alternate:     Allison Ehlman (Visual Arts)

2018 - Fine Arts:      Blayr Feinauer

           Drama:          Dominic Lemma

2017 - Visual Art:    Grace Whitsell, Anna Bergman, Brennan Schaefer

2016 - Visual Art:                            Elijah Batson
           Architectural and Design:    Jillian Moore
           Musical Theater:                  Mitch Holland

2015 - Visual Art:                            Celeste Bergman, Ben Lehman, Matt Kim, Claire Rentrop
           Alternates:                           Annabel Biernat, Amanda Delgado
           Dance:                                 Olivia Sketch

2013 - Visual Art:                            Conner Nielander, Sydney Rains

2012 - Visual Art:                            Ashley Kim
           Chorus:                                Tony Kessen, Jacob Henderson
           Acting:                                  Seth Graham, Kyle Bailey, Adam Kozerski, Chisato Takatani
           Drama:                                 Daniel Reynolds

2011 - Visual Art:                            Ellen Wilshire
           Dance:                                 Victoria Gilman
           Chorus:                                Kelly Millay, Lydia Doggett
           Acting:                                  Brie Blank, Shelby Vogelpohl, Jacob Henderson

2010 - Visual Art:                            Jared Andrews, Nick Miller