Weir High to hold commencement Friday
WEIRTON – Weir High School will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2013 at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school.
The ceremony for the school’s 97th graduating class will be held at Jimmy Carey Stadium, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be moved to the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse.
The following Highest Honors Graduates are being recognized as part of the Class of 2013. To be recognized for Highest Honors, students must finish their high school academic career with a 4.0 average of above, take at least one advanced placement class and hold a full schedule while taking the high school classes.
Anna Irene Makricostas, daughter of James and Pelagia Makricostas of Weirton, will lead the Weir High School Class of 2013. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Tri-Hi-Y and the Chemistry Club. She was selected to attend the 2012 Rhododendron Girls State and the 2012 High School Business Symposium. Makricostas was the recipient of the Mary H. Weir Public Library Junior Volunteer of the Year. She attends All Saints Greek Orthodox Church and is co-president of Greek Orthodox Youth of America. She plans to attend West Virginia University and major in human nutrition and foods.
Ryan Michael Duke is the son of Michael and Lori Duke of Weirton. He was a four-year member of Hi-Y, serving as president for two years, a four-year member of Chem Club, serving one year as vice president, and a member of Key Club for one year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, was a three-year letterman in soccer and a four-year letterman in baseball. He plans to attend West Liberty University to major in exercise physiology.
Brandon Coty Jasiel is the son of Rich and Lisa Jasiel of Weirton. He was elected into the National Honor Society and awarded the West Virginia Promise Scholarship and the ArcelorMittal Carpentry Grant. Jasiel was a Completer in the carpentry program at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center where he completed more than 1,070 hours during three years. He plans to attend college and major in mechanical engineering with a possible minor in architectural design.
Jenna Louise Jenkins is the daughter of Dean and Jill Jenkins of Weirton. She has been a member of the United States Bowling Congress for more than seven years, and was named the 2013 West Virginia Girls’ Major Division State Champion. She is a four-year member of Key Club, Chem Club, and RAZE where she served as president her senior year. She also was a member of the Weir High Debate Team and is a member of the National Honor Society and the United States Achievement Academy. She attends Chapel Hill Wesleyan Church where she is a member of the Teen Bible Study Class, and volunteers with Vacation Bible School and in the nursery. She plans to attend Marshall University, where she has been accepted into the Honors College, and will be majoring in pre-optometry.
Kristen Marie Mastrantoni, is the daughter of A.D. and Stephanie Mastrantoni of Weirton. She is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, and is a member of Key Club, Tri-Hi-Y, Chemistry Club, Girls Athletic Association, Student Council and National Honor Society. She has served as the Class of 2013 treasurer for two years and the co-captain of the girls cross country team for three years. She was chosen as a representative of Weirt High to attend Rhododendron Girls State and the Business Symposium conducted by the Weirton Chamber of Commerce. She attended the 2010 National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. In addition, she is a three-year letterman in cross country and has achieved OVAC and All-State honors. She is also a three-year letterman in swimming and has been a member of two state-qualifying relay teams. Mastrantoni is a four-year letterman in track, is a two-time state champion in the Girls 4×800 meter relay and has medaled in her individual events at the State Track Meet in Charleston. She has been recognized as a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, as Damon’s Athlete of the Week, and as the Elk’s Senior Student of the Month for February. She also was chosen as a recipient of the Larsen Educational Trust Scholarship, the Mountaineer Futures Scholarship and the Weirton Medical Staff Scholarship. She will be attending the Honors College at West Virginia University to study pre-med.
Harry Russell Olenick is the son of Randy and Michelle Olenick of Weirton. Olenick has been named to the Principal’s Honor Roll from 2009 to 2013, was chosen as the Elks Teenager of the Month in December 2012, awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Sinclair Francis Fulton Scholarship and was honored as Weir High’s Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen. He earned the Journalism National Edition Award in 2011, received numerous awards in the National Academic Games from 2007 to 2012, received distinguished rankings on state tests from 2008 to 2012 and was part of the first place team in the inaugural Carter G. Woodson Black History Bowl in 2012. Olenick took part in the Weirton Chamber’s High School Business Symposium and the West Virginia Young Writers’ Competition. He has served as publicist and president for Academic Games, vice president of the Forensics Team, was student council representative and coordinated the 2013 Black History Bowl. He has participated in Academic Games, Forensics Team, Foreign Language Club, Chemistry Club, National Honor Society and the Chess Club. He has worked part-time for Catholics United for the Faith, tutored fellow students, been an alter server at St. Peter Catholic Church and volunteered on several community projects. He plans to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville to study history with a licensure in education.
Benjamin Suter is the son of Darren and Colleen Suter of Weirton. Suter is an aspiring Eagle Scout, and has participated in Academic Games and the Chem Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society and attended Boys State and the Governor’s Honor Academy. He plans to attend West Virginia University, where he has been accepted into the Honors College, to study mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Kristen Taylor Tuell, of Weirton, is the daughter of Richard Tuell and Cindy Bartram. Tuell has been a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Key Club, Girls Athletic Association, Tri-Hi-Y and Weir High’s Publications Department. She has been treasurer of Student Council, secretary of Tri-Hi-Y, and vice president of Girls Athletic Association and National Honor Society. She has taken part in the Weirton Chamber’s Youth Leadership Weirton program and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. She also attended the West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State. She has been accepted to the Honors College at West Virginia University to major in broadcast journalism.
Alexis Louise Virtue, is the daughter of Bruce and Hazel Virtue of New Cumberland. Virtue has been a Class of 2013 representative, a member of Key Club, Girls Athletic Association, Tri-Hi-Y, Chemistry Club, School Yearbook, and School Newspaper staff, and has served as treasurer of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the United Fighting Arts Federation studying Chun Kuk Do, is a member of the Weirton Alliance Youth Group and attends the Follansbee Church of Christ. Virtue is a three-year letterman and captain of the cross country team, earning All-State honors all three years. Virtue also broke Weir High’s school record for cross country with a time of 19:51.21. She has been recognized as a Damon’s Athlete of the Week and WEIR Radio’s Athlete of the Week, is a four-year letterman in swimming. She qualified for the West Virginia state swim meet three seasons, competing on relay teams all three years and in individual events in the 2012-2013 season. In the 2011-2012 season, she broke the school record in both the 4×200 meter medley relay and the 4×400 meter freestyle relay. She also is a four-year letterman in track, competing in state track meets all four years qualifying for both relay and individual events. Virtue is a three-time state champion for the 4×800 meter relay, and ranked high each year in individual events. She broke the school 3200 meter record in 2011 and the 1600 meter record in 2013, and received various All OVAC recognitions. Virtue is a second-degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do, winning awards in kata, fighting, weapons and self defense. She also is an OVAC All Conference Academic honoree. Virtue was chosen as the Elks Student of the Month for November 2012 and was awarded the Larsen Charitable Educational Trust Scholarship. She plans to attend West Liberty University and major in physical education and coaching.
Kaitlyn Rose Williams, of Weirton, is the daughter of Robert Williams and Theresa Golden. Williams has been involved in Chemistry Club, Tri-Hi-Y, Girls Athletic Association, has played soccer for four years, lettering in two of them. She plans to attend Fairmont State University and study pre-physical therapy.
Emily Susan Zatezalo is the daughter of Stevan and Sherry Zatezalo of Weirton. Zatezalo is a member of Key Club, Tri-Hi-Y, Girls Athletic Assocation, Chem Club and the National Honor Society. She has been a four-year letterman and captain of the softball team. She plans to attend West Virginia University and major in pharmacy.