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Covington Catholic Announces Four National Merit Semifinalists

Covington Catholic, a National Blue Ribbon School, is proud to announce that four seniors, Casey Bir, Luke Meagher, Alex Moening, and Michael Zechella have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. These talented students are amongst less than 1% of high school seniors to be honored. 

All-Male Enrollment

The primary purpose of Covington Catholic High School is to educate young men spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. As the only all male high school in Northern Kentucky, Covington Catholic has been fulfilling its mission of producing well-rounded young men since 1925.

It is Covington Catholic High School’s belief that single gender schools are places where students go primarily to learn, and that the all-male environment allows for easy and effective implementation of gender inclusive teaching strategies. Covington Catholic cultivates an environment that recognizes the educational needs of young men and creates expectations that allow them to reach their potential. As such, Covington Catholic’s students consistently earn standardized test scores above the overall and the all-male average on both the state and national level and they receive scholarships to many prestigious colleges and universities.

Just as important, students at Covington Catholic enjoy coming to school and they feel comfortable interacting with their peers and the faculty in an all male environment. Students build lasting friendships while continuing to foster the traditions and values inherent of its unique learning environment. Through learning the school’s fight song, attending a senior retreat, being part of the cheering section—all of these events and many more create lifelong memories and friendships. Covington Catholic’s strong alumni presence and the legacies established through its generations of graduates from the same families serve as testament to the strong connection fostered by the school.

Simply put, Cov Cath boys like being here. They like it because they are in an environment where people clearly care about them. They like it because they are free to be themselves, unencumbered by the fear of embarrassment or compulsion to show off in front of the opposite sex. They like it because every boy here is truly a member of the community.

Additionally, Covington Catholic is conveniently positioned across Dixie Highway from Notre Dame Academy, making young women a regular presence on our campus at our athletic events. There are joint efforts between the two schools with our Band and Drama departments. We also host dances and other social events.

Below are several resources and scientific studies that support the 'Boys Learn Differently than Girls' concept:

Boys Schools Know Boys, by Damon F. Bradley

Teaching Boys and Girls Separately, by Elizabeth Weil New York Time, March 2, 2008

Why Gender Matters, by Leonard Sax, M.D., PhD

Single Sex Education Helps Boys Enjoy the Arts, by Rachel Williams

A Look at Boy's Schools, by Rachel Williams

Hearts and Minds: 10 Reasons for All Boys Schools, Dr. Stephen Johnson

Why Single Sex Education: Why an All Boys School in the 21st Century, International Boys School Coalition website

Boy Writers:Reclaiming Their Voices, by Ralph Fletcher

Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel and Learn in School, by Abigail Norfleet James

Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, by Smith and Wilhelm

The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their LIves, by Michael Gurian

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, by Leonard Sax, M.S., PhD