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Kohler alum named valedictorian of the 2018 University of Notre Dame graduating class

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Andrew Grose, a 2014 graduate of Kohler High School, was named valedictorian of the 2018 University of Notre Dame graduating class and presented the valedictory address during the 173rd University Commencement Ceremony on May 20 at Notre Dame Stadium.

According to the Notre Dame News, Andrew is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, and was an early inductee into the Notre Dame chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He holds a 3.997 overall grade point average (GPA), and will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in preprofessional studies with a major in Spanish. He plans to return to Notre Dame to pursue a Master of Arts in Iberian and Latin American studies. Following this program, he plans to work as a physician in the global public health setting, with a focus on underserved rural communities in both the U.S. and Central America.

Through the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns’ International Summer Service Learning Program, Grose spent the summer of 2017 in El Salvador where he worked for the nongovernmental organization Libras de Amor (Pounds of Love) in a number of different areas, including child development and community health. He spent the summer of 2016 in Toledo, Spain, studying Spanish history and film. He completed his senior thesis work through the Department of Romance Languages and the Glynn Family Honors Program, where he studied the work of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton. The April 2018 recipient of the Jose Tito Siguenza Award for Service to Hispanic Youth, he also won the James T. DiNardo Award as outstanding junior science preprofessional student in January 2017, and was recently named the recipient of the Department of Preprofessional Studies’ Samuel J. Chmell, M.D., Award, which is given annually to a student who demonstrates a high level of academic achievement, exemplary character and integrity.

A four-year member of the Dean’s List, Grose was also a four-year member of the Notre Dame Marching Band drumline and this year won the Director’s Award for outstanding senior band member. He was also a mentor in the band’s Bandlink program, an outreach effort to teach music to South Bend-area school-aged children; a tutor with Crece Conmigo, an after-school program at La Casa de Amistad, a South Bend Latino community center; and a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana. Grose also participated in the percussion ensemble and Notre Dame Liturgical Choir.

Andrew told Notre Dame’s student-run newspaper, The Observer, that he has always loved languages, starting with his training for the national spelling bee as a middle-school student in Sheboygan, where he made it to the national stage twice.

Regarding his education at Kohler Schools, Andrew told The Kohler Villager, “I certainly appreciate the unique qualities of my education at Kohler High. The smaller class size and close-knit school community allow for strong relationships with peers and teachers. The excellent music and theatre programs gave me opportunities to pursue my passions in the arts. Opportunities to engage in the school’s culture through participation in sports, clubs, and the arts helped me foster leadership skills in multiple disciplines. Kohler High helps students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in college and beyond.”

See Andrew’s valedictory remarks transcript and video  at:

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