BNI welcomes largest freshman class in 21 years

Grace Buksa, Staff Reporter

On Aug. 18, Bishop Noll welcomed a total of 186 freshmen, making the enrollment the highest it has been since 2001. 

Administration credits the rise in enrollment to the school’s hard work last year to advertise Bishop Noll by hosting more events for incoming freshmen to attend and allowing more shadow day opportunities. 

“The increase in enrollment stems from the success Bishop Noll has had in sports and club teams,” principal Lorenza Pastrick said.. “People see our school accomplishing great things, and realize that they want to be a part of that. Our administration team has also done an amazing job with marketing and advertising our school to the general public.”

Another reason for the increase in enrollment at Bishop Noll is the extension that was made to Indiana’s school choice program. The program now allows  middle-class families the opportunity to use their tax money at a private school. The program now applies to 90% of Indiana families. A family of four can have a yearly income of $154,013 and receive the scholarship.  


Freshmen Saul Cordero and Alison Braviere are excited to be  a part of the biggest freshman class in 20 years. 

“I’ve been looking forward to coming to Bishop Noll since I was little,” Cordero said. “I was told that the environment here is like a family and now that I’m here, I can say that’s definitely true. The upperclassmen are super welcoming and have made the transition from grade school to high school much easier.”

Alison Braviere, a member of the cross country team and theater club said that she loves how helpful and kind the teachers are at Noll. 

“They really make you feel welcomed and valued,” she said. “Every single teacher cares about you and they’re willing to do anything to make learning easier for you.”