Burgettstown commencement set for Thursday
BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Senior High School will graduate at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Niagara Pavilion.
Aidan Walsh, the son of Paul and Teresa McGraw Walsh of Burgettstown, is the valedictorian.
He is a National Honor Society Board of Directors member, Senior Class president, Student Council vice president, student representative to the school board and Burgettstown Hometown Hi-Q Team captain. Walsh is a member of the Academic Games Team and the Biology Club and is a Guidance Office student worker. He has served as Sophomore and Junior Class president and Biology Club president.
Walsh has received the Excellence in Math Award, Excellence in Writing Award, Rotary Club of Washington Academic Achievement Award and U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award. He has received the Student Council Distinguished Service Award and the Leaders of Tomorrow Award.
Walsh has volunteered for his church’s fish fry and been a Spanish tutor. He has been employed at Andy’s Candies and Laurie’s Hallmark.
Walsh plans to attend the University of Pittburgh’s College of Business.
Corrina Tender, the daughter of Deana Tender and Thomas Tender of Atlasburg, is the salutatorian.
She is a member of the Asian Culture Club, Physics Club, National Honor Society and the Gifted Program. Tender is a Flipside staff writer.
She has received the Presidential Gold Award as a junior and a senior and been named to the Honor Roll. Tender volunteers at the elementary and high school libraries and the local historical societies. She also is a volunteer assistant at the middle school LitFest.
Tender plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University and study biomedical engineering.
Nico Marcucci, the son of Paul and Amy Marcucci of Burgettstown, is ranked third in his class.
He is a member of the Physics Club and volunteers at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Washington County Food Bank. Marcucci has received the Presidents Gold Award for Academic Excellence and the West Virginia University Academic Excellence Level 1 and WVU Engineering Achievement Scholarship.
He is a member of the Burgettstown Area Youth Soccer Association Soccer Team and Burgettstown High Cross Country and Track Teams. Marcucci lettered in both Cross Country and Track.
He plans to attend WVU and study computer engineering.
Nicole Loncaric, the daughter of Thomas and Michele Loncaric of Burgettstown, is ranked fourth in her class.
She is a member of the Hope Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and Biology Club. Loncaric received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence as a junior.
She is a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team, served as captain as a junior and lettered three years. Loncaric is a student demonstrator at Center Stage Dance.
She plans to attend Otterbein University and study public relations and dance.
Colin Sabatasse, the son of Vince and Robin Sabatasse of Burgettstown, is ranked fifth in his class.
He is Physics Club president, Marching Band student leader and Concert Band section leader. Sabatasse is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He participated in the spring musical.
Sabatasse received the Presidents Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence and John Phillip Sousa Band Award.
He plans to attend Robert Morris University and study mechanical engineering.
John Dugas, the son of David and Stacy Dugas of Slovan, is ranked sixth in his class.
He is the Senior Class vice president, Biology Club co-founder and vice president, Prom Committee vice president and National Honor Society Board of Directors member. Dugas is a member of Student Council and was named to the Homecoming and Prom courts.
He was named Elk Student of the Month and Student of the Year and to the U.S. Achievement Academy for Social Studies and High Honors and the Community College of Allegheny County’s dean’s list during his senior year. Dugas received the Presidential Achievement Award.
He participated in Powder Puff football and volunteered as a blood drive coordinator, altar server, prom coordinator, youth basketball book keeper and tutor.
Dugas is Varsity Football captain, Varsity Baseball captain and Varsity Basketball captain.
He is a four-year letterman in football and baseball. Dugas has received the Tri-Athlete Award, Scholar Athlete Award, Ironman Award, Hustle Award, David Aller Memorial Award and was named a Scholastic Athlete of the Week and All-District Running Back/Safety as a junior. He received the National Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Scholarship.
Dugas plans to attend West Virginia University and study sports medicine.
Scott Ward, the son of Kelly and Chene Ward of Burgettstown, is ranked seventh in his class.
He is a member of the National Honor Society. Ward has received the Scholar Athlete Award and the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.
He is a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Ward is a four-year cross country letterman and a two-year track and field letterman. He is a two-time AA Washington County Cross Country champion, 2012 AA Section Cross Country champion and 2013 AA Section Track champion.
Ward is a vacation Bible school volunteer.
He plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and study business.
Lucas Bennett, the son of Amy and Jim Bennett of Burgettstown, is ranked eighth in his class.
He is a member of the Physics Club, Biology Club and Soccer Club. Bennett has received the Harold Malone Memorial Science Scholarship, Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, Track Award, Science Award and Challenge Program Award for Academic Excellence. He received the Scholar Athlete Award for four consecutive years.
Bennett is a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. He received fourth overall at the Washington and Greene County Cross Country Meet, first place team at the Washington and Greene County Cross Country meet for two consecutive years, 2012 AA Section Cross Country champion and 2013 AA Section Track champion and qualified for the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League Track playoffs.
Bennett volunteers at the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department bingo nights and Friday fish frys and Burgettstown Field Day.
He plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and study biology and pre-physical therapy.
Jonathan Sabo, the son of Daniel and Janet Sabo of Burgettstown, is ranked ninth in his class.
He is Student Council treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Forum and Ski club. Sabo was a member of the Biology Club and served as Freshman Class vice president.
He is a member of the Basketball team and a two-year letterman. Sabo received the Scholar Athlete Award.
Bennett is a St. Ann Church altar server and has volunteered at the church’s Bible school. He previously volunteered at Canonsburg Hospital and UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Bennett plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to study biology and pre-medicine.
Kurt Kowalski, the son of Blase and Julie Kowalski of Bulger, is ranked 10th in his class.
He is a Biology Club co-founder and National Honor Society Board of Directors member. Kowalski is a member of the Student Council biology club and Physics club. He has received the Academic Excellence Award, Elks February Teen of the Month Award, Presidential Achievement Award and Eugene and Nell Petrucci Scholarship.
Kowalski is Basketball Team captain, Baseball Team captain and a member of the Cross Country Team. He previously was a member of the Football Team and now serves as the team manager. Kowalski also is the Volleyball Team manager.
Kowalski has received the Tri-Athlete Award, Scholar Athlete Award, Aller Award and Havelka Award. He is a four-year baseball letterman and 2012 AA Section Cross Country champion.
Kowalski has organized a blood drive and volunteered for the youth basketball program and Student Council auction. He is an altar server.
Kowalski plans to attend West Virginia University and study petroleum and natural gas engineering.
The Class of 2013 includes:
Matthew Abbott, Sara-Ann Baker, Kayla Banaszak, Caraline Barkley, Jacob Barton, Patrick Bashioum, Katherine Bendick, Marco Bennett, Jacob Bigler, Luc Bongiorni, Tyler Bonner, Levi Boyer, Christopher Braham II, Shannon Briggs, Cody Brown, Brenna Butts, Anthony Campa, Brendon Campanelli, Katie Campbell, Christopher Carter, Austin Chechuck, Phillip Choff III, Briana Chynoweth, Brianna Clifford, Nathan Cooper, Teresa Cooper, Tiffany Cox, Walter Crow Jr., Colin Deaugustine, Paige Dhans, Amanda Eastham Cramer, Christa Eastham Cramer, William Evans, Chelsei Fleegal, Santino Fratini, Tyler Fritch, Michaela Gerace, Amber Glover, Ryan Glover, Joseph Grayson, Kayla Grey, Olivia Hall, Stacy Hall, Brandon Harrington, Noah Hiles, Drake Hoberek, Jon Huber, Kayla Huggins, Cody Hukill, Huy Huynh, Kayla Kerr, Kearstin Kinney, Joshua Koerbel, Dylan Kraeer, John Lapcik III, Paul Lecker III, Chyann Leonard, Graham Lescallette, Shane Listisen, Spencer Lounder, Alexander Machak, Joshua Mack, Abby Manni, Joshua Matijevich, Ashley May, Kayla Minger, Alexandria Mousourakis, Alexis Myers, Jennifer Naab, Christopher Nelson, Anthony Noce, Paige Openbrier, Blaze Oxier, Austin Paris, Melissa Porr, Ian Preston, Jeffery Preston Jr., Dylan Prokop, Joseph Richter, Dalton Ritts, Austin Roberts, Bradley Roberts, Kristen Roy, Kristen Schrockman, Tanner Schultz, Christine Smith, Mareena Smith, Paula Smith, Nicole Stewart, Sydney Stiffler, Elizabeth Strain, Vincenzo Stroud, Martha Tarr, Dean Thomas Jr., Rebekah Thomas, Alissa Torboli, Kate Watton, Allana Weaverling, Benjamin Wenzel, Brandon Wilson, Ashley Wise, Jessica Wolanski and Casey Wright.