Fort Cherry Junior/Senior graduates June 6
From staff reports
MCDONALD – Fort Cherry Junior/Senior High School will hold commencement at 7 p.m. June 6 at the high school located at 110 Fort Cherry Road.
Cheyenne Shea Shankle, daughter of Ford and Kelly Shankle of McDonald, is the valedictorian. She is the National Honor Society president and foreign language club vice president and was junior class treasurer. She is a member of the academic league, Science Olympiad, ski club and student council.
She has received the President’s Award in seventh through 12th-grade, Dr. Hughey Award, First Commonwealth “Time to be First” Scholarship, Chapman Family Scholarship and Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Scholarship. Shankle is a member of the Mock Trial Washington County Championship and regional runner-up team. She is the varsity tennis team captain and a four-year letterman. She had the No. 1 singles position and was sectional doubles runner-up, Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League team tournament qualifier. She was a member of the track team, where she qualified for the WPIAL 800-meter dash, 4-by-800-meter relay team and 4-by-400 meter relay team and won fourth place and qualified for states in the 4-by-800 meter. She volunteered with Make-a-Wish, Family House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County, Golf for Kids’ Sake and Bowl for Kids’ Sake and raised funds for PALS, a recreational group for special needs children. She plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University and study chemical engineering and business.
Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, daughter of Stacy Fazzolori and Brian Gillespie of Hickory, is co-salutatorian. She is National Honors Society secretary and a member of chorus, Encore, student council, foreign language club and the school newspaper staff. Gillespie received the Presidential Education Award. She is a Pittsburgh Musical Theater Richard E. Rauh Conservatory assistant stage manager. Gillespie volunteered with Tales and Treats Children’s Community Theater and World Vision. She plans to attend George Washington University and study anthropology.
Christopher Colin Petricca, son of Joyce and Joseph Petricca of McDonald, is co-salutatorian. He is science club vice president, chess club vice president, drama club secretary, marching band vice president and trombone section leader. Petricca is a member of Encore, Strive, Academic League and Science Olympiad team and is a peer tutor. He is a Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra trombonist. He received the President’s Education Award, Band Director’s Award, John Phillip Sousa Band Award and appeared on the high honor roll. He was selected to participate in Pennsylvania’s Music Educators’ Association District Band, Honors Band, District Chorus, Regional Chorus, Washington County Music Educator’s Association County Chorus and Band Festival. He has volunteered for the Heritage Public Library and performed with Encore at local retirement homes. He plans to perform with the youth symphony in Eastern Europe, then attend Duquesne University’s Honors College and study music education.
The graduating class includes Erin Elizabeth Allison, Matthew Christopher Amoroso, Ashley Ann Andrus, Raymond Michael Atkinson, Nicholas Daniel Bates, Christopher Joseph Batove, Sylvia Fridea Beccard, Rachel Maria Bellhy, Areliana Clare Belonzi, Briann Marie Bigler, Brittany Rose Bigler, Noah Scott Bish, William David Black, Anna Christine Borner, Shawn Allen Bowe, Brittany Nicole Boyer, Matthew Brandon Bracall, Logan Allen Bradburn, Tiffany Renee Caldwell, Caelin Pietro Celani, Xuejing Chen, Kacie Leighanne Chorney, Jesse James Cook, Kailyn Le’ Coughenour, Bradley Thomas Cowden, Maggie Lea Coyne, Kathy Marie Csonka, Vincent Dwayne Curtis Jr., Tyler Joseph DallaPiazza, Sean Francis Darragh, Jodi Lynn DePaoli, Morris Paul DeVos III, Jakob Taylor Donaldson, Hunter Anthony Dorazio, Kelly Ann Duratz, Zachary Steven Dysert, Logan Robert Ellek, John Mason Findling, Christopher Allen Fogle, John William Gaskill, Morgan Lucy Gedman, Matthew Joseph Graham, Ryan Alexander Gray, Cody W.M. Greer, Michael Samuel Guerra, Christian E. A. Habbestad, Erica Linn Hamilton, Kenzey Allen Hart, Tyler James Hatton, Matthew Ryan Heslin, Eric Joseph Hillberry, Nora Rose Hironimus, Richard Charles Jones III, Zachery David Karn, Taylor Paige Kemp, Lainie Jo Klinsky, Koltan Cash Kobrys, Lacey Michelle Kohut, Madeline Michaela Koraido, Autumn Elizabeth Kramer, James Tyler Kubacki, Christina Marie Kuhn, Ashley Marie Lacek, Kylie Brooke Lindley, Emily Elizabeth Lucas, Jenna Rose Lucas, Rachel Renee Lucas, Brandon Michael McGurk, Brandi Marie McHugh, Damen Wayne McIntyre, Matthew James McKay, Allison Marie McVicker, Alyson Marie Menzies, Destany Dawn Elizabeth Merlino, Sarah Assya Merlino, Victoria Diane Nation, Riley John O’Connor, Christopher Michael Palmer, Cassidy Ann Popa, Madison Rae Popp, Lauren Elise Ragland, Brittany Nicole Rice, Jarrett Thomas Rockwell, Harry Scott Sawhill, Christian Kyle Schaub, Samuel Clayton Schaub, Damien James Schibner, Haley Brianna Schmidt, Dakota Shane, Julie Ann Stark, Cody Steven Stewart, Skylar Shaye Stiles, Evan Michael Strnisa, Devon Thomas Thornton, Hannah Renae Tidd, Jessie Lee Trussell, Justin Edward Walker, Dawn Jean Wilson and Nicholas Dewitt Zando.