The Jefferson-Morgan High School Class of 2019 received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony held May 30 in the school’s Stanley Fowler Auditorium.
Student speakers addressing their classmates were valedictorian Carrington Teasdale and salutatorian Cameron Cernuska.
Teasdale is a daughter of Kristin Haywood and Brandon Teasdale of Rices Landing.
A class officer, Teasdale served as president of the Student Council, National Honor Society and Leo Club and captained the volleyball team. Her other school activities included Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Foreign Language Club.
She received the Kormuth Award of Achievement, Donna Furnier Memorial Scholarship, Chris A. Dugan Memorial Scholarship, Frank and Peggy Behm Award, John T. Toth Memorial Scholarship, Nancy I. Davis Memorial Leadership Scholarship and WVU Scholarship of Distinction. Teasdale was a Student Forum Scholar Leader, Herald-Standard Scholar Athlete, Lions Club Student of the Month and District 14-M Leo of the Year.
Outside of school, Teasdale is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a volunteer for Keep America Beautiful and is employed as a waitress.
After graduation, Teasdale will attend West Virginia University, where she will major in nursing with plans to become a nurse anesthetist.
Cernuska is a son of Steve and Juliann Cernuska of Jefferson.
In school, Cernuska was involved in the National Honor Society, Leo Club, PLTW Engineering Club, Gifted Program, Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, Engineering Team, Greene County Peer Court, Debate Team and Envirothon Team. He served as a peer tutor, secretary/treasurer of the Science Olympiad Team, captain of the Academic League and co-captain of the varsity rifle team and golf team.
His awards and honors include the Greene County Association of School Retirees Scholarship, American Legion Filer-Sadlek Post 954 John E. Titus Memorial Scholarship Award, Jefferson-Morgan Elementary PTO Award of Excellence Scholarship, EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship, Gregory and Mary Lou Niverth Scholarship, St. Ann Knights of Columbus Council 12703 Scholarship, Schlumberger Founders Scholarship, General Greene District Scout Scholarship, District 14-M Lions Ross F. DiMarco Scholarship and the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association Athlete/Scholar Scholarship.
Cernuska attained the rank of Eagle Scout and received the Academic Excellence Top Ten Students Class of 2019 Award, U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, 2018-2019 Outstanding Senior Athlete RIFLE honor, Tri-County Athletic Directors Association Athlete/Scholar Award, Dave Cramer “Perfect Season” Award in varsity rifle, DAR Good Citizen Award, EQT STEM Achievement Award and PA Bureau of Forestry Conservation Award. He was a Herald-Standard Scholar Athlete, Wendy’s High School Heisman winner, Lions Club Student of the Month, three-time All-Greene County Rifle Team selection and was a member of the Honor Society of High School Scholars and the Penn State 4.0 Club.
Beyond his school activities, Cernuska is a member of St. Thomas Parish/St. Marcellus Church in Jefferson and has affiliations with the Greene County 4-H Shotgun Club, Boy Scout Troop 1168 Rices Landing, National Sporting Clays Association, National Skeet Shooting Association, National Rifle Association and Keystone Ramblers Sporting Clays Association.
He is employed at Ozie’s Sport Shop and Hunting Hills Sporting Clays.
Cernuska plans to attend Bucknell University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.