West Branch High School Academic Committee honors top 2020 grads
BELOIT – The 30th annual West Branch High School Senior Academic Recognition Banquet was cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the WBHS Academic Recognition Committee continued to honor 16 students who are in the top ten percent of the Class of 2020 along with a teacher chosen by each senior. The seniors selected the educator who most significantly influenced their educational career. Each senior received a gift card by mail and each honored educator received a certificate along with a written note from their student by mail.
The Academic Recognition Banquet Committee includes Brian Coffee, Arlene Bruderly, Jill Boyle, Treva Cline, Suzanne Denny, Mona McNeely and Lori Schlueter.
The 16 students who were honored for their academic excellence over a four-year period, along with their selected educator, were:
– Peyton Alazaus, daughter of Shawn and Marti Alazaus of Alliance. Peyton plans to study biology at the University of Pitt at Johnstown. She has been offered a University of Pitt Academic Scholarship and a University of Pitt Athletic Scholarship. Activities include Academic All-Ohio in Division II basketball, EBC Player of the Year in basketball, four-year EBC Scholar Athlete. Peyton selected her 12th grade AP Biology teacher, Mrs. Kristen Tice.
– Alexis Biery, daughter of Jeff and Robyn Biery of Canfield. Alexis plans to study nursing at Ursuline College. She has been offered an Ursuline College Athletic/Academic Scholarship. Activities include All-Regional in soccer, All-State in soccer, EBC player of the year in soccer. Alexis selected her 12th grade Biology/Anatomy teacher, Mrs. Davida Wagner.
– Bethany J. Caruthers, daughter of Brian and Tamra Caruthers of Homeworth. Bethany plans to study accounting at the University of Akron. She has been offered an Akron Guarantee Scholarship, an Underrepresented Student Scholarship, an Honors Scholarship and a Donald Hills Scholarship. Activities include 2020 Winter Sports Homecoming Queen, Vice-President and co-founder of Chess Club, Color guard Captain. Bethany selected her 11th and 12th grade Accounting teacher, Mr. Walt Deshields.
– Abiegail Davis, daughter of Edward and Christina Davis of Salem. Abiegail plans to study chemical engineering at Miami University. She has been offered a Miami University Merit Scholarship. Activities include Perfect attendance since third grade, Girls’ Soccer EBC champs for four years, 2019 Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key recipient. Abiegail selected her 10th and 12th grade Honors Algebra II/AP Calculus teacher, Mrs. Wendy Lough.
– Marina Egli, daughter of Derek and Bernardita Egli of Sebring. Marina plans to study game design at DePaul University. She has been offered a DePaul University Presidential Scholarship. Activities include Varsity Tennis – 1st singles three years, Young Writers Workshop in Massachusetts in 2018, employed at Orange Leaf since 2018. Marina selected her ninth and 10th grade Art teacher, Mr. Steve Mountz.
– Blayne T. Flickinger, son of Heath and Jeannie Flickinger of Beloit. Blayne plans to join the Air Force Reserves and study nurse anesthetist at the University of Akron. He has been offered an Akron University Guarantee Scholarship. Activities include National Honor Society member, three-year letterman in Football, four-year letterman in Track. Blayne selected his ninth through 12th grade football coach and sports conditioning teacher, Mr. Daniel Dota.
– Claire Headland, daughter of Steve and Judy Headland of Salem. Claire plans to study political science at the University of Akron. She has been offered an Akron University Guarantee Scholarship and a William Honors College Scholarship. Activities include National Honor Society member, Tennis team member, Scholastic Athlete Award recipient. Claire selected her 9th grade Honors English teacher, Mrs. Adrienne Lesnett.
– Haley Jones, daughter of Casey and Tracie Jones of Homeworth. Haley plans to study business at the University of Mount Union. She has been offered a University of Mount Union Presidential Scholarship and a Buckeye Girls’ State Scholarship. Activities include West Branch High School Scholastic Award recipient, four-year Soccer letterman, Freshmen Mentor. Haley selected her 11th grade Spanish III teacher, Mrs. Amy Cannon.
– Sydni McQuilkin, daughter of Scott and ViAnne McQuilkin of Homeworth. Sydni plans to study biology at the University of Mount Union. She has been offered a Trustee Scholarship, Legacy Award & The Academy Scholarship from the University of Mount Union. Activities include National Honor Society member, Soccer team member, Track team member. Sydni selected her ninth, 11th and 12th grade Spanish teacher, Mrs. Erica Polinori.
– Jamyson Robb, daughter of Scott and Tara Robb of Alliance. Jamyson plans to study exercise science at Liberty University. She has been offered a Liberty University Athletic Scholarship (women’s swimming and diving team) and a Liberty University Academic Scholarship. Activities include two-year State Swimming Champion and Record Holder, USA Swimming All-American, USA Swimming Academic All-American. Jamyson selected her 11th grade Chemistry teacher and her mother, Mrs. Tara Robb.
– Carolyn (Carly) Scarpitti, daughter of John and Kathy Scarpitti of Salem. Carly plans to study business. She has been offered a University of Dayton Merit Scholarship and an Xavier University Merit Scholarship. Activities include National Honor Society Vice-President, Basketball Team Captain, Maintains 4.0 GPA. Carly selected her eighth grade Language Arts teacher and basketball coach, Mrs. Penny Deshields.
– Nick Scarpitti, son of John and Kathy Scarpitti of Salem. Nick plans to study aerospace engineering at Purdue University. He has been offered a Purdue University Merit Scholarship. Activities include National Honor Society President, Basketball Team Captain, Maintains a 4.0 GPA. Nick selected his eighth grade Science teacher and ninth and 12th grade basketball coach, Mr. Michael Brown.
– T.J. Stephens, son of Ted and Annette Stephens of Sebring. T.J. plans to study computer science and/or electrical engineering at Kent State University. He has been offered a Kent State University Academic Achievement and Honors Award Scholarship. Activities include Academic Challenge – 1st team all-county, Golf Team – four-year member, National Technical Honor Society member. T.J. selected his eighth grade Algebra teacher, Mr. Daniel Hall.
– Landon Stitle, daughter of Jerry and Tracie Stitle of Homeworth. Landon plans to study geology at Miami University. She has been offered a Miami University Red Hawk Excellence Scholarship. Activities include National Honor Society member, Band member, Academic Challenge member. Landon selected her eighth grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Ethan Blatch.
– Aaron Todd, son of Michele Todd of Alliance. Aaron’s plans are undecided, but possibly he will join the Air Force. Activities include Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Student Council member. Aaron selected his 11th and 12th grade Engineering teacher, Mr. Walter Baber.
– Danen Wuthrick, son of Curt and Sharon Wuthrick of Salem. Danen plans to study computer engineering. He has been offered an Ohio State University Merit Scholarship, a North Carolina State University Merit Scholarship and an Akron University Merit Scholarship. Activities include WBHS Warrior Chief, Magna Cum Laude Honors, Maintains a 3.98 GPA. Danen selected his 12th grade Physics teacher, Dr. Dion Franket