United States Attorney William Ihlenfelds words of advice to the West Virginia Northern Community College graduating class of 2013 Friday were simple.
Ihlenfeld, who served as commencement speaker for the class of 407 students, said while he has accomplished a lot in his life, there is one act that brings him the most joy.
You dont have to be a prosecutor to be a community problem solver, Ihlenfeld told the graduates. What are you doing for others?
SPEAKER — United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II speaks to students Friday at West Virginia Northern Community College’s commencement ceremony. -- J.W. Johnson Jr.
Ihlenfeld implored the graduates to become involved in their community and give back to those who helped them reach their graduation day. He said the expansion of WVNCC has already helped breath new life into downtown Wheeling, an example of community involvement those assembled should follow.
Ihlenfeld also reminded graduates to be proud of where they are from and always keep close ties with their friends and colleagues as they move on to the next part of their lives.
Nathan Schmidt, a Martins Ferry resident who earned valedictorian honors, also spoke to his fellow students, saying despite the different paths each student took to earn their degree, they all undoubtedly faced challenges along the way. He specifically cited those non-traditional students who raise families and work full-time jobs while attending school as examples of what can be achieved in life.
Regardless of what the future holds for us, we should all be tremendously proud of what weve achieved, he said.
Following the handing out of degrees, Joan Weiskircher was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
She is a retired WVNCC employee and alumni association volunteer, who organizes exhibits and activities for students at the school and remaining involved in events long after her retirement.
The 407 graduates earned 491 certificates and and degrees, making it the largest class in the colleges history.
Area graduates at WVNCC's Wheeling campus are:
Amsterdam: Jody Catherine Grimes.
Carrollton: Kelly Jean Lowdermilk.
Dillonvale: Kimberly Jo Henthorn Svoboda, Lindsey Watson.
Mingo Junction: Pamela M. Holstein.
Mount Pleasant: Catherine Lynn Kuhn.
Rayland: Brianna Cottage, Rachel Guy, Jessica Zeigler.
Steubenville: Marie Yabs.
Wintersville: Shannon Kendall.
Weirton: Denise Rae Elliott.
Wellsburg: Amber Coulter, Rebecca Jean Henry, Cynthia L. Keener, Joseph McCoy, Barbara Cochran McFarland, Nina Kaye Sparks.
Windsor Heights: Terry Lyn Aracich.
Bloomingdale: Tammara Lee Osborn, Julia K. Zawoysky.
Brilliant: Jacob M. Brent.
Mingo Junction: Dawn Y. Highley, Patrick C. Marshall.
Richmond: Darlene I. Huebner, Jessica Roberts.
Steubenville: Richard Crossley, Anastasia Lorraine Haysler, Serena M. Heckathorn, Tina Lynn Lessard, Jessica Rush, Alice Tost, Michelle Yuricic.
Toronto: Kimberly G. Keirsey, Alanna Nicole Waggoner.
Wintersville: Clayton Donald Weeks, Ashley Nicole Cox.
Burgettstown: Matt Mankowski, Scott Snyder.
Chester: Jenna Babyak, Scott D. Heizler, Brent Michael Higgins, Jana L. Macheca, Lisa Mae Schmidt.
Colliers: Gerald George Darwin Brady Jr., Lori A. Dennis, Josie L. Moran.
Follansbee: Patrice Michele Adler, Brittny Anna Billingsley, Kelsey Bird, Tina M. Copestick, Mara Elizabeth Jackson, Miranda G. Moore, Kathleen A. Scurti, Derinda A. Werden, Amanda Lynn Williams, Nelson A. Arroyo.
New Cumberland: Marcia Corrine Beagle, Lynn Ellis, Jody Lynn Goddard, Michael J. Harris, Janeen Denise Heath, Christine M. Norwood, Casey Osbon, Maria A. Rhule, Michael T. Steele, Kortnie Uselton.
Newell: Christopher J. Corbin, Corrie M. McCall, William Bradley Shroades.
Weirton: Jeannette J. Baker, Terry Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth Becker, Antoinette Marie Bostaph, Joshua J. Bowers, Jayson B. Canter, Tara Anne Crago, Ron Ferrell, Jamie Lee Ford, Rebecca Dawn Forester, Betty Louise Fox, Diane L. Grimm, Shawn Thomas Guio, Joanne Hans, Louis Eugene Hans, Jr., Christopher Glenn Hanselman, Brittni Helmick, Jeffery Heupp, II, Julie Anne Kievit, Evan Lamone, Krista Mellott, Rachelle Alaun Miller, Scott A. Montgomery, Nicholas Anthony Morris, Tasha Ocobock, Julia Kathleen Orangeo, James R. Reardon, Jr., Jamie M. Roach (Renner), Nikki Schmalstieg, Joel S. Schreiner, Deborah Smith, Mary B. Smith, Lydia Dawn Spencer, E. Brian Starvaggi, Kathleen R. Tirabassi, Mary Elizabeth Ward, Melissa Wenner, Tara Wills, Chelsie Rae Zapotoczny, Gregory F. Romanyak.
Wellsburg: Casey L. Adams, Erin Baldwin, Philip Ausby Conley, Jeffrey M. Elliott, Betty A. Johnson, Rosanne Postlethwait, David Edward Rawson, Zachary S. Smith.