University holds commencement services May 5

Mark Quigley gives a happy “Thumbs Up” as he prepares to receive his degree during Waynesburg University’s commencement services last year. Last year, like this year, more than 400 students graduated. (Photo by Brett Spitznogle)

Throughout the month of May, many area grads will march pass the podium and receive their high school or college diploma. As area youth look to the future, here’s a look at graduations that took place or will take place this month in Greene County.

Jefferson-Morgan High School had its graduation at 7 p.m on Thursday, May 30 in the Stanley Fowler Auditorium, where 54 seniors graduated. Carrington Teasdale was the valedictorian.

Teasdale earned the Kormuth Award of Achievement, the Donna Furnier Memorial Scholarship, the Chris A Dugan Memorial Scholarship, the Frank and Peggy Behm Award, the John T. Toth Memorial Scholarship and the Nancy I Davis Memorial Leadership Scholarship. Other awards included Student Forum Scholar Leader, the Herald Standard Fall Scholar Athlete, the September Lions Club Student of the Month, the 2018 District 14-M Leo of the Year and the WVU Scholarship of Distinction.

Teasdale’s school activities included Student Council President, National Honor Society President, Leo Club President, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, SADD and Foreign Language Club.

Cameron Joseph Cernuska was the salutatorian. Cernuska is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Academic League, two-year member of the J-M Engineering Team, co-captain of the varsity Rifle Team, voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by Class of 2019 and winner of the 2019 Association of School Retirees Scholarship.

The Waynesburg Central High School commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. this evening, May 31, in the High School Auditorium. Admission is by ticket only. Anyone without a ticket may watch the ceremony on the big screen located in the cafeteria.

One hundred twenty-two students will graduate. The school valedictorians include all the Summa Cum Laude Gold Cord students: Haley Berry, Kristen Black, Caleb Blair, Madison Brooks, Rachel Calvario, Jack Church, Bailey Fudala, Jesse Hampson, Anna Hilverding, Amira Hudak, Jesse Johnson, Kaitlyn Kutcher, Daniel Layton, Lauren Mason,, Emily McCarty, Cole McCullough, Drew Miller, Lila Perroots, Selena Phillips, Eden Rogers, Caleb Stephenson, Carly Stewart, Catherine Thompson and Aliza Widdup.

The school salutatorians include all the Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Silver Cord students: Brenna Arbogast, Kiera Berkey, Sarah Calvert, Rachel Elsenheimer, Emerson Foringer ,Nicholas Guess, Katie Herrod, Jessie Holoka Trey Howard, Emily Kennel, Troy McIe, Colby Morris, Bailee Shimek, Gregory Shriver,Robert Springer, James Straight, Whittney Toothman, Abigail Virgin, Eric White, Nicolas Zator and Evan Zimmer.

The West Greene graduation ceremony will also take place at 7 p.m. on May 31 at the West Greene Jr./Sr. High School Gymnasium where 49 seniors will graduate with Ashley N. Cumberledge the valedictorian and James Romanus the salutatorian.

Cumberledge is the secretary of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Class of 2019 and the science club, and secretary/treasurer of the calculus club. She is a mentor in the peer mentoring program and captain of both the cross country and track teams. This winter, she was one of the Lions Students of the Month. She volunteers at Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation, Save-A-Horse Stable, Washington City Mission and Red Cross Blood Drives.

Romanus is the president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of engineering club, president of calculus club, four-year letterman and captain of the basketball team, four-year letterman and captain of the baseball, three-year secretary of the 4-H Swine Club, three-year peer court member, quiz bowl member, four-year member of peer mentoring program and member of ski club.

Carmichaels Area High School will also conduct its graduation ceremony on May 31, at at 7:15 p.m. rather than 7, in the high school gymnasium. Sixty seniors will graduate with the class valedictorians being class president Matthew Joseph Barrish, Jacob Daniel Hair and Stephen John Zacoi. Barrish will address the class and call roll.

Southeastern Greene will hold its graduation at 7 p.m., this evening, Friday, May 31 in the high school gymnasium. 42 students will graduate. The valedictorian is Hannah Alexis Duesenberry and the salutatorian is Brandon Matthew Donley. Michael Roebuck will deliver the keynote address.

Waynesburg University’s commencement was on Sunday, May 5, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus.

Caitlin Brooks, a mathematics major from Waynesburg, was named one of six valedictorians.

During her freshman and sophomore years, Brooks was a member of the women’s track and field team, being a part of two President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) championships. She was also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletics during the same time.

Brooks was also a member of Kappa Sigma, a computer science club and was a tutor for the Writing Center.

Also named valedictorians were Kayla Coughlin, an education major from Buena Park, California; Cassandra Kemp, an education major from Confluence; Amanda Lucas, an education major from Penn Run; McKenzie Shaffer, an education major from Pittsburgh; and Elizabeth Sible, an education major from Coraopolis.

Sible delivered the valedictory speech.

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