Edison High School seniors were in the spotlight during the 2019 Honors Banquet on May 19.
Students were recognized for their academic achievements and with scholarships during the event at The Countryside in East Springfield. EHS Principal Matt Morrison welcomed the crowd and guidance counselor Samanda Pepperling served as program announcer while Senior Class President Julia Purks and Vice President Brennan Scott respectively provided the invocation and benediction. Twenty-one gold Beta cords were given to senior club members while 26 silver and 31 black honors cords were also dispersed. Scholarships, academic letters and other awards were then distributed throughout the evening.
Academic letters went to students with a 3.0 GPA or above and first-year recipients were Sadara Allen, Aaliyah Arnold, Kaleb Briganti, Kylie Law, Bryce McAfoose, Logan Morrison and Hanna Smith, while second-year letters were awarded to Chessa Cunningham, Myakenzie Daugherty, Isabelle Freeland, Kayla Habbit, Stephanie Kinney, Breanna Leverett, Cassandra Reed, Blake Thomas, Thomas Thompson and Caroline Williamson. Third-year letter winners were Shannon Bahen, Lance McAfoose, Nathan Mizell, Angelique Monigold, Cassidy Neeley, Isaac Schmitz and Willis Sears and fourth-year recipients included Joseph Ash, Lexis Bocek, Damon Bonar, Abigail Booth, Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker, Zachary Easter, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Jared Findlay, Dominick Flenniken, Chloe Fray, Harlan Gump, Faith Hoobler, Salenna Hoover, Andrew Kinney, Hunter Klinesmith, Benjamin Kuntz, Ryan Laverick, Madisyn Mason, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Kiersten Reese, Brennan Scott, Brianna Sheets, Anthony Sinicropi, Haley Sorg, Cameron Wadas, Riley Watson, Dominic Williams, Kyle Willison and Kayla Wood.
The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Outstanding Academic Excellence were given to seniors with a GPA of 3.0 to 4.0. Honorees for outstanding achievement (3.0-3.49) included Morgan Adkins, Shannon Bahen, Abigail Booth, Brandon Boyd, Nicholas Decker, Brooklynn Elverd, Lauren Erb, Dominick Flenniken, Isabelle Freeland, Harlan Gump, Salenna Hoover, Stephanie Kinney, Hunter Klinesmith, Benjamin Kuntz, Hannah Lipinski, Bryan Maddocks, Lance McAfoose, Nathan Mizell, Angelique Monigold, Cassidy Neeley, Cassandra Reed, Kiersten Reese, Willis Sears, Helenmarie Smith, Abbagail Booth, Haley Sorg, Cameron Wadas, Justin Wade, Dominic Williams and Kyle Willison. Academic excellence awardees who obtained a 3.5-4.0 GPA included Joseph Ash, Lexis Bocek, Damon Bonar, Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Jared Findlay, Chloe Fray, Kayla Habbit, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Madisyn Mason, Bryce McAfoose, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Isaac Schmitz, Brennan Scott, Brianna Sheets, Anthony Sinicropi, Riley Watson and Kayla Wood.
Scholarship and award recipients included Cameron Wadas, the Allen Bateman Scholarship for $1,500; Ryan Laverick, American Electric Power Educational Trust Scholarship; Joseph Ash and Nicholas Decker, American Red Cross Scholarships for $250 each; Andrew Kinney, Anthony Sinicropi, Cameron Wadas and Kayla Wood, Bergholz Community Foundation Scholarships for $1,500 each; Brennan Scott, Beta Club Scholarship for $500; Lindsey Breon, Zachary Easter and Kenzi Potkrajac, Charles and Thelma Pugliese Charitable Foundation Scholarships for $1,000 each; Brennan Scott, DAR Good Citizen Award; Mary McConnell, Eastern Gateway Community College Scholarship for $12,000; Faith Hoobler and Andrew Kinney, Edison Booster Scholarships for $500 each; Anthony Sinicropi, Edison Local Education Association Scholarship for $500; Faith Hoobler, Edison Student Council Scholarship for$1,000; Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter and Kayla Wood, Edison Student Council Scholarships for $500 each; Andrew Kinney and Julia Purks, Future Leaders of America Awards; Ryan Laverick, Homer C. Campbell Scholarship; Helenmarie Smith, Hugh O’Brian Youth Scholarship/$2,000 renewable for four years; Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker and Madisyn Mason, Jack Moorhead Band Scholarships for $300 each; Kayla Wood, Jefferson County Farm Bureau Scholarship for $500; Nathan Cain, John Gregg PTO Scholarship for $250; Madisyn Mason, the John Phillip Sousa Award; Dominic Williams, the John H. and Dorothy M. Zmavec Scholarship for $1,250; Helenmarie Smith, Johnson and Wales University Scholarship/$20,000 renewable for four years; Andrew Kinney, Judy Maple Foundation Scholarship for $2,500; Helenmarie Smith, Kent State University CCP Scholarship for $1,000; Helenmarie Smith, Kent State USG Scholarship for $7,000; Kayla Habbit, the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Scholarship for $20,000; Nathan Cain and Hanna Smith, Louis Armstrong Jazz Awards; Nathan Cain, Markanton Memorial Scholarship for $1,000; Joseph Ash, Natasha Fedorka and Riley Watson, Martha McKinley Memorial Scholarships for $1,000 each; Helenmarie Smith, Mary B. Dye Memorial Scholarship for $1,000; Lindsey Breon and Kenzi Potkrajac, Mildred and June McConnell Scholarship for $1,000 each; Kayla Wood, Motorcycle Memorial Scholarship for $500; Benjamin Kuntz, Muskingum Academic Scholarship for $16,000; Helenmarie Smith, National Student Organization Scholarship for $2,000; Nathan Cain, Ohio Distinction Scholarship for $1,000; Faith Hoobler and Anthony Sinicropi, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards; Shannon Bahen, OHSAA Courageous Student Award; Lauren Ferralli and Brennan Scott, OHSAA NFHS Award of Excellence; Mary McConnell and Isaac Schmitz, OHSAA Scholar Athletic Awards; Nathan Cain and Nicholas Decker, Ohio Success Scholarships for $2,000 each; Nicholas Decker, Ohio University Award for $4,050; Andrew Kinney, Ohio Valley BPW Scholarship for $500; Joseph Ash, Myakenzie Daugherty, Natasha Fedorka, Kierra McClain and Kierra McClain, Pay It Forward Scholarships for $1,000 each; Andrew Kinney and Brennan Scott, Richmond Lions Club Scholarship for $500 each; Mary McConnell, Richmond Lions Club-Bob Alpino Scholarship for $500; Cameron Wadas, Robert Meyers Scholarship for $1,000; Helenmarie Smith, Robert Morris University Scholarship/$12,000 renewable for four years; Andrew Kinney, Rotary Club of Steubenville Service Above Self Scholarship for $1,000; Anthony Sinicropi, Sarah Schaefer Memorial Scholarship for $500; Nicholas Decker, Semper Fidelis Award; Faith Hoobler and Helenmarie Smith, Stanton Elementary PTO Scholarships for $500 each; Ryan Laverick, University of Akron Scholarship; Julia Purks, Valley of Steubenville Scottish Rite Scholarship for $1,000; Zachary Easter, Kayla Habbit, Anthony Sinicropi and Cameron Wadas, Vickie Shaffer Memorial Scholarships for $1,165 each; Brennan Scott, Waynesburg Presidential Scholarship for $13,000; Julia Purks, West Liberty Elbin Scholarship for $12,000; Andrew Kinney, West Virginia University Scholarship of Distinction for $32,000; and Ryan Laverick, Williams Honors Scholarship.
Honors diplomas were awarded to Joseph Ash, Lexi Bocek, Damon Bonar, Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Brooklynn Elverd, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Chloe Fray, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Hannah Lipinski, Madisyn Mason, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Isaac Schmitz, Brennan Scott, Riley Watson and Kayla Wood.
Fourteen graduates also earned Eastern Gateway Community College associate degrees including Shannon Bahen, Lexi Bocek, Damon Bonar, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Nicholas Decker, Lauren Ferralli, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Nathan Mizell, Gerald Nesbitt, Julia Purks and Willis Sears.
Also recognized were senior class President Julia Purks, Vice President Brennan Scott, Secretary Kayla Wood and Treasurer Joseph Ash; Ohio Boys’ State delegates Joseph Ash and Ryan Laverick; Ohio Girls’ State delegates Faith Hoobler and Julia Purks; and Close Up delegates Morgan Adkins, Joseph Ash, Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker, Lauren Ferralli, Andrew Kinney, Benjamin Kuntz, Faith Hoobler, Ryan Laverick, Nathan Mizell, Helenmarie Smith, Dominic Williams and Kyle Willison
Meanwhile, Damon Bonar, Ryan Laverick and Isaac Schmitz were named valedictorians with Julia Purks as salutatorian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lauren Ferralli, Mary McConnell, Andrew Kinney, Madisyn Mason, Joseph Ash and Brennan Scott.
The 2019 Edison graduates are as follows: Samuel Dominic Abdalla, Morgan Renea Adkins, Devin Foster Allan, Sadara Marie Allen, Aaliyah Lenea Arnold, Joseph Michael Ash, Shannon Suzanne Bahen, Danielle Nicole Beadnell, Lexis Virginia Bocek, Damon Michael Bonar, Abigail Paige Booth, Brandon Michael Boyd, Lindsey Nicole Breon, Kaleb Johnathon Briganti, Michael Robert Brinsky, Nathan Douglas Cain, Andrew William Carroll, Dakota Michael Clifton, Elijah Alexander Cline, Miranda Paige Cronin, Chessa Jean Cunningham, Myakenzie Hayden Daugherty, Christopher Stewart Dean, Zane Xavier Dean, Nicholas Logan Decker, Dominique Antoinette Delucca, Myles Darren Drake, Spencer Arthur Dudley, Megan Marie Dunn, Haelyi’ Noel Eakle, Zachary Randall Easter, Blake Hiram Eisnaugle, Brooklynn Margaret Elverd, Lauren Ann Erb, Natasha Lynn Fedorka, Lauren Elizabeth Ferralli, Jared William Findlay, Dominick Andrew Flenniken, Chase Robert Fray, Chloe Agnes Fray, Isabelle Marie Freeland, Brendan Derrial Frey, John David Gibbs, Sarah Maria Gonzalez, Christopher Patrick Graham, Harlie Airason Gribbin, Todd Michael Gubanez, Harlan Conrad Gump, Kayla Elizabeth Habbit, Romeo Jose Hall, Ryan Robert Hazelip, Dazaun Marquise Hicks, Ryan Michael Higgs, Nancy Jean Hinerman, Faith Elizabeth Hoobler, Salenna Ann Hoover, Carrson James Howell, Lane Allen Huffman, Andrew Keith Kinney, Stephanie Deion Kinney, Jason Mathew Klein, Hunter Nicholas Klinesmith, Benjamin William Kuntz, Ryan Floyd Laverick, Kylie Jo Law, Breanna Nicole Leverett, Hannah Marie Lipinski, Bryan Robert Maddocks, Madisyn Brooke Mason, Bryce Nathaniel McAfoose, Lance Jeffrey McAfoose, Joseph Stephen McCallister, Kierra Anne McClain, Mary Frances McConnell, Sierra Dawn McCoy, Ryan David McKee, Shane William Miles, John Christopher Miller, Nathan Edward Mizell, Angelique RiAnna Monigold, Adam Michael Montgomery, Jacob Edward Moore, Christopher Scott Morale, Kyle James Morris, Logan Daniel Morrison, Cassidy Lynn Neeley, Gerald Jackson Nesbitt, Mary Beth Patterson, Kory Franklin-Rosmond Pethtel, Caleb Drake Postlethwaite, Kenzi Marie Potkrajac, Julia Nicole Purks, Kailey Marie Pytash, Cassandra Mae Reed, Kiersten Nichole Reese, Gage Leslie Robinson, Derek Paul Rohall, Daniel Lee Saunders, Isaac Thomas Schmitz, Nathan Scholl, Brennan Wiley Scott, Willis Shane Sears, Isaiah Harley Shannon, Brianna Mechele Sheets, Noah Thomas Simpson, Anthony Russell Sinicropi, Abbagail Rena Smith, Anderea Lee Smith, Cooper Paul Smith, Hanna Nicole Smith, Helenmarie Nichole Smith, Haley Lorraine Sorg, Justin Tyler Swope, Daniel James Tharp, Blake Anthony Thomas, Isaac James Thomas, Thomas Dale Thompson, Caleb Sean Thornton, James Torres, Jenna Torres, Chad Michael Vance, Cameron Michael Wadas, Jarred Michael Vojvodich, Justin Michael Wade, Noah Wasserman, Riley Michael Hedley Watson, Cheyenne Rene’ Wells, Cassie Layne Wertenberger, Dominique Michael Wilbur, Dominic Michael Williams, Caroline Grace Williamson, Kyle Bradley Willison, Kayla Nicole Wood and Keithan Thomas Ray Woods.