Edison High School seniors were spotlighted during the annual Honors Breakfast on May 25.
More than 60 people including 16 honorees, their family members, school faculty, staff and administrators and district leaders gathered in the high school cafeteria for a catered meal and to recognize those graduates who made the grade. District Superintendent Bill Beattie welcomed the crowd, which was limited due to COVID-19 protocols, and expressed his pride in the students who successfully overcame challenges during this unprecedented time and will earn honors diplomas during commencement exercises on May 28 at 7 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Beattie said honors diplomas were given to those who earned required credits for English, math, science, social studies, languages and fine arts, earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher and scored either a 27 on their ACT composite tests or 1210 on their SAT’s.
“We are here to celebrate these accomplishments,” he said. “You are part of an elite group.”
Honorees Bradyn Strawser and Kiley Babel respectively gave the invocation and benediction and the audience heard from featured speaker and EHS math teacher Derek Gulling. He was true to his vocation and equated the seniors’ past three years at EHS to 3,780 hours of school time or 540 days.
“I couldn’t be prouder of each an every one of you,” he said. “Some of you are going off to college, some of you are going into the military and some of you are going to work. That’s exactly the goal Edison wants you to complete.”
He told them that as they venture out on their own, they must hold themselves to a higher standard and be the best they can be. Gulling shared a story of when he played baseball in high school but had a poor game, but he learned to do better by setting a higher expectation for himself, and he suggested the graduates do the same.
“At the end of the day, hold yourself to the highest expectation…and you will have a much more fulfilling life. Having a higher expectation will help you overcome any obstacle. Set expectations; join a club; join a team; make friends. Be the best you can be always, every time.”
EHS Guidance Counselor Sara McGee introduced the honorees, who were joined by teachers and staff members they invited who inspired them. The educators gifted each of them with a copy of Dr. Seuss’s tome, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” in keeping with the event’s theme. Among those recognized were Kiley Babel by paraprofessional Heather Call, Shayla Behnke, Emily Gonzalez and Aleni Knight by Gulling, Madison Brenstuhl by secretary Susan Pytash, Hailey Cline by nurse Jenna Kuntz, Jakob Fenske by Shane O’Brien, Nathan Kowalczyk by Chuck Cline, Kaitlyn Markert by Kathy Ramsey, Ireland McCafferty by her mom Jody McCafferty, Elizabeth Montgomery by Dawn Cable, Madison Phillips by Elizabeth Conley, Kenna Skeeles by Monica Potenzini, Isabella Speedy by Megan Evans, Bradyn Strawser by Principal Matt Morrison representing Mike Bernhart and Hannah Swearingen by Bill Koehnlein.