HANOVERTON - The 41st annual honors banquet was held May 13 at United High School. The featured speaker was Michael Ward, a teacher and coach at United and a 2012 inductee of the United Wall of Fame.
He graduated from the University of Mount Union with a bachelor's degree in education and received his master's degree in business administration from Youngstown State University (YSU).
Superintendent Steven Viscounte presented the top 10 students for the Class of 2014. The co-valedictorians are Bridgette Kelly and Elaina Zehentbauer. The salutatorian is Allison Parks. Others of the top 10 in order are Taylor John, Brittny Miller, Mikayla Englert, Emily Crowell, Dawn Berry, Travis Miller and Emma Paparodis.
The United Wall of Fame recently inducted its 18th class, from left, Emil C. Ziegler M.D., Betty Whiteleather, Jonathan Duvall, Jennifer Waugh Neapolitan, LTC Ron Gesaman and Captain Eric C. Brye USMC. (Submitted photo)
High School Principal William Young introduced members of the National Honor Society. Senior members are Dawn Berry, Adam Costarella, Mikayla Englert, Mariah Franks, Emily Gauding, Bridgette Kelly, Kaeleigh Louk, Brittny Miller, Travis Miller, William Cody Opsitnik, Emma Paparodis, Allison Parks, Justin Pearson, Blaine Reiter, William Cody Rohaley, Elizabeth Smith and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Junior members are Maggie Briceland, Lucas Cooper, Amanda DeRuyter, Cody Dickens, Riley Fillman, Austin Firth, MacKenzie Firth, Andrea Fraas, Amanda Hall, Angela Judy, Roger Knizat, Andrew Martin, Sydney Moats, Aynnalise Moore, Lennon Murphy, Ricci Polen, Claudia Rockhold, Benjamin Sell, Bridget Soliday, Brittany Solomon, Caige Vincent, Rachel Welsh, Shelby Widlicka and Vincent Zehentbauer.
Lynn Linsley presented students who had earned inclusion on the 3.5 Distinguished Honor Roll during two of the first three grading periods of the year. She also introduced Anders Holand of Norway, the foreign exchange student who attended United this year.
Scholarships, for seniors planning to further their education have become a major feature of the program. Nome Baker presented the United Band Boosters Scholarships. A $750 Music Major Scholarship was presented to Caleb Burke. He is the son of Wayne and Valerie Burke of Salem and plans to study music at Valley Forge Christian College.
Twelve $100 Band Booster Book Scholarships were presented to Dawn Berry, Emily Crowell, Mariah Franks, Emily Gauding, Jacob Guthrie, Amanda Hruby, Travis Miller, Savannah Morris, Cody Opsitnik, Allison Parks, Daniel Whitman and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Dawn is the daughter of Kevin and Melissa Berry of East Rochester and plans to study veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University.
Crowell is the daughter of Carl and Maria Crowell of Hanoverton and will study culinary arts at Hocking College.
Franks will study hospitality management at West Virginia University and is the daughter of James and Rebecca Franks.
Gauding is the daughter of Scott and Debbie Gauding and will attend Malone University to get a nursing degree.
Guthrie is the son of Rob and Jody Guthrie and will be joining the Navy in August.
Hruby is the daughter of Jacki Hruby and Greg Hruby of Hanoverton and will study at YSU in the medical field.
Miller is the son of Rebecca Miller of Hanoverton and Michael Cornelius. He plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Akron.
Morris is the daughter of Doug and Jenny Morris and will study at the University of Mount Union.
Opsitnik will study at Kent State University to become a high school math teacher. He is the son of William and Milissa Opsitnik.
Parks is the daughter of Rodney Parks of Lisbon and Joyce Parks and plans to study pre-med at the United States Naval Academy.
Whitman is the son of Larry and Hallie Whitman of East Rochester and will study meteorology at Ohio University.
Zehentbauer is the daughter of Richard and Jennifer Zehentbauer of Hanoverton and will study chemical engineering at the University of Akron.
Trisha Ecrement and Rodney Parks presented two $1000 United Athletic Booster Scholarships to Allison Parks and Garrett Beech. He is the son of Trisha Ecrement of East Rochester and Dave Beech. He plans to study elementary education at Malone University.
Robert S. McCulloch presented two Pearce Foundation Scholarships, in memory of Ray and Elizabeth Pearce, to Dawn Berry and Kaeleigh Louk. Louk is the daughter of Lester and Kim Moore of Winona and plans to receive her nursing degree at the University of Mount Union.
Karen Rhodes presented a $500 Scholarship, in memory of her father Paul Gipp, to Dawn Berry.
Three $1,000 United PTO Scholarships were presented by Heather Schreffler to Caleb Conser, Mackenzie Gatchel and Heather Lease.
Conser is the son of Ray and Lori Conser of Lisbon and will study psychology at Baldwin Wallace University.
Gatchel is the daughter of Alan and Marie Gatchel and will study to become a nurse at Walsh University.
Lease will study American sign language at KSU. She is the daughter of Sonja and Kevin Coe of Hanoverton and Richard Lease.
Michael Gruszecki of the Hanoverton Ruritan Club presented a $500 scholarship to Emma Paparodis. She is the daughter of Nick and Michelle Paparodis of Salem and will study occupational therapy at KSU Salem.
A $1,500 Columbiana Area Business and Professional Women Scholarship was awarded by Mary Ann Pollock to Dawn Berry.
United Community Foundation Scholarships were presented by RuthAnn Rinto and Chip Althouse. Two $1,500 scholarships were awarded to Bridgette Kelly and Elaina Zehentbauer. Kelly is the daughter of Michael and Julee Kelly of Lisbon and will study at the University of Toledo to become a pharmacist.
Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Dawn Berry, Mikayla Englert, Brittny Miller, Travis Miller and Allison Parks.
Englert is the daughter of Robert and Debra Englert of Hanoverton and will study to become an orthopedic surgeon at KSU.
Miller is the daughter of Jamie Dillinger of Hanoverton and Matt Miller. She plans to study at KSU.
Receiving $500 scholarships were Emily Gauding, Taylor John, James Kataro, Kaeleigh Louk, Travis Miller, Cody Opsitnik and Blaine Reiter.
John is the daughter of Kris John of Salem and Scott John and plans to study speech/language pathology at the University of Akron.
Kataro is the son of James and Amy Kataro of Salem and will major in accounting and business at Malone University.
Reiter will study history at Ohio University. He is the son of Marjorie Hedl and Slade Reiter of Salem.
A $500 Gibson Memorial Vocational Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Raymond.
She is the daughter of Joseph and Peggy Raymond of Salem and will study veterinary technology at Brown Mackie College.
Raymond Everhart presented two Guilford Lake Ruritan Scholarships for $500 to Kaeleigh Louk and Taylor Sarchet.
Sarchet is the daughter of Todd and Brenda Sarchet of Salem and will study fashion design at KSU.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Drotleff presented the Drotleff-Ward STEM Scholarships for $250, renewable three times, to Travis Miller and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Pam Herron presented the $1,000 Columbiana County Buckeye Dairy Booster Scholarships to Dawn Berry and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Megan Skiba and Jerritt Skiba presented two $400 scholarships, in memory of their father Rocky Skiba, to Emily Gauding and Bridgette Kelly.
Susan Zehentbauer presented two $1,000 Columbiana County Farm Bureau Scholarships to James Kataro and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Three $750 Darrin Fisher Memorial Scholarships were presented by Keith Martig to Garrett Beech, James Kataro and Elizabeth Smith.
Smith is the daughter of Tony and Connie Smith of Lisbon and plans to study nursing at Malone University.
Richard Stoudt presented two $500 Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge Scholarships to Dawn Berry and Colton Orr. Orr is the son of Douglas and Melissa Orr of East Rochester and will study chemistry at the University of Akron.
Lynn Linsley presented the $1,000 Alice Clewell Memorial Scholarships to Emily Gauding, Michael Martin and Daniel Whitman.
Martin is the son of Bryan and Tina Martin of Lisbon and will study environmental science at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Linsley presented Two American Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarships of $250 to Mariah Franks and Savannah Morris.
Six $1,000 Eagle Scholarships, donated by an anonymous donor, were given by Linsley to Emily Crowell, Amanda Hruby, Bradley Miller, Colton Orr, Cody Rohaley and Elizabeth Smith.
Miller is the son of Jamie Dillinger of Hanoverton and Matt Miller and will study business at Muskingum University.
Rohaley is the son of Bill Rohaley and Terri Rohaley of Salem and will study communications at the University of Mount Union.
Linsley presented a $500 Joseph and Marjorie Fair Memorial Scholarship, for someone going into education, to Cody Opsitnik and a Hicks and Hayseeds 4H Scholarship to Travis Miller.
Rebecca Bock, president of United Future Farmers of America, presented two $500 FFA Scholarships to Dawn Berry and James Kataro.
Brett Baker presented four Young Farmer Scholarships to Dawn Berry, James Kataro, Haley Vint and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Vint is the daughter of Michael and Angel Vint of Kensington.
The United Education Association presented two $250 Scholarships. One is to an education major that is renewable for three more years. Shannon Clunen presented the renewable scholarship to Heather Lease and a non-renewable one to Taylor Sarchet.
United Youth Soccer Association Scholarships for $500 were presented by Bill Andrea to Caleb Burke, Mikayla Englert and Elaina Zehentbauer.
Richard Bailey presented the United Little Eagle Scholarships. The Cheryl McDevitt Memorial Scholarship went to Taylor Sarchet and the James Taylor Memorial Scholarship went to Blaine Reiter.
Betty Whiteleather presented $250 Student Council Scholarships to Garrett Beech, Dawn Berry, Caleb Conser, Amanda Hruby, Taylor John, Brandon Miller, Cody Rohaley, Taylor Sarchet and Elaina Zehentbauer.
She also presented $250 Student Council Scholarships to Mariah Franks, Mackenzie Gatchel, Taylor John, Kaeleigh Louk, Michael Martin, Brittny Miller, Travis Miller, Savannah Morris, Cody Opsitnik, Colton Orr, Hannah Raymond, Blaine Reiter, Elizabeth Smith and Daniel Whitman.