WINTERSVILLE-Indian Creek Local School District recognized some of their academic brightest during the 41st Annual Scholars’ Banquet on May 1.
District leaders hosted more than 200 people at St. Florian Hall and presented certificates to Indian Creek High School juniors and seniors who earned a 3.5 grade point average or better for more than one semester. Superintendent Dr. T.C. Chappelear praised the pupils for their consistent achievement, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 school shutdown.
“The Gold Key Scholars have maintained a 3.5 GPA or better for seven consistent semesters,” Dr. Chappelear said. “When you think about the last few years these seniors have endured, particularly a worldwide pandemic, it is amazing.”
ICHS Principal James Retton echoed those remarks and read the names of 206 freshmen to seniors who earned keys and certificates for making the grade. Board members Bob Smith and Dr. John Figel were also present to distribute the honors and parents stood as their student was recognized.
Gold Key recipients included Harlee Barbour, Allison Bell, Kendall Driscoll, Robert Dylewski, Gracie Francis, Peyton Freshwater, Roan Kovach, Kyle Laughery, Samuel Maiorano, Kailey McMillion, Aiden Minch-Hick, James Orlando, Carley Penner, Tanner Petrella, Sammantha Ratkovec, Kaitlyn Turner, Mitchell Williams, Olivia Wukelic and Olivia Yoho.
Silver Key recipients having five consecutive semesters with a 3.5 GPA or better included seniors Breanna Hanlin and Robert McDonald as well as juniors Abigail Beegle, Bryson Bodo, Olivia Bonecutter, Haylee Booher, Amanda Boring, Lance Coleman, Emma DiBenedetto, Hailey Doan, Amelia Ferroni, Trevor Francis, Avery Lucas, Malaina McDonald, Emma Morrison, Madison Paoloemilio, Gracie Parks, Domenic Paterra, Isabella Pitts, Kaycee Potenzini, Vanessa Redfern, Santosh Schaefer, Charles Spencer, Abigail Starkey, Jayden Vandeborne, Courtney Walkosky, Aleshia White and Lindsey Zifzal.
Among the Bronze Key honorees for three semesters of a 3.5 GPA or more were seniors Jacob Chichick, Kylie Clark, Vivian Dubravski, Rachel Durbin, Brooke Grant, Clarissia Gross, Harley Oliver, Camden Parsons, Allison Pethtel, Samantha Price, Jaimee Rymarkiewicz, Ethan Saltkield and Ayden White; juniors Rebecca Blackburn Williamson, Megan Gampolo, Sy Howell, William Kovalchik, Aidan Orr, Samara Pierson, Kania Reed, Van Bao Tran and Lucy Zadanski; and sophomores Tara Bell, Carson Copeland, Kaitlyn Donahue, Kiersten Dorsey, Payten Ewing, Caitlyn Hager, Tyler Martin, Nicholas Maurer, Leah Parks, Landon Pownall, Titus Redfern, Victoria Robertson, Mason Scharfenberg, Reese Scott, Arnesa Shoshi, Alexis Smith, Noah Tweedy and Madeline Ujcich.
Certificates were awarded to those who achieved a 3.5 GPA or better for one consecutive semester including seniors Jeffrey Bensie, Emileah Booth, Tahlia Burch-Martin, Brock Burnett, Ivy Costlow, Michael Flinn Jr., Bailey Harris, Logan LaRue, Hannah Moore, Alexis Nation, Brianna Newburn, John Parrish, Dominic Price, Ashton Sands, Arnaud Schatz, Santana Smith, McEndree Stabile, Zachary Taylor, Americus Virden and Ashley White; juniors Mary Ballato, Matthew Belon, Johnnie Brake, Torry Burks, Kelsey Cotter, Tyler Crane, Alexis Dawson, Keerstin Drake, Timothy Goodwin, Jonathan Gorman, Chloe Jones, Trevor Lash, Miea Lucas, Foster Maiorano, Peyton Marsh, Abigail Maxwell, Brayden Medley, Faith Oberholtzer, Victoria Redmond, Adessa Robinson, Shilea Smith, Cody Snyder and Mason Yoho; sophomores Spencer Adams, Alex Bowman, Seth Bowman, Vanessa Davis, Ireland Emery, Kylah Ferguson, Camryn Fray, Drake Freshwater, Ciara Goff, Kiley Hayes, Mazie Hilderbrand,
Dylan Howell, Bryce Joyce, Fred Layman, Bryce Morris, Brent Rayburn, Christina Reesor, Elijah Richards, Raegen Rusyniak, Wyatt Scheel, Emma Sensibaugh, Kyley Sherbondy, Lance Thornton and Dino Zurzolo; and freshmen Hunter Allen, Jamie Bell, Gianna Bellum, Caleb Bodo, Carl Bonecutter, Cambyl Caprita, Jade Casey, Shiloah Connell, Noah Crane, Emigin Cutri, Emma Doerr, Demarion Eskridge, Logan Ford, Rocco Galownia, Colton Giusto, Kyleigh Haines, Emily Hanlin, Charlee Henry, Caila Higgins, Chase Hile, Jerilyn Hirschfeld, Caitlyn Hoover, Ty Householder, James Houser, Logan Jordan, Camryn Ketron, Wyatt Kiger, Neveah Kirby, Onya Knight, Melia Lane, Lilly Larkins, Hannah Long, Sophia Maxon, Xander Mazik, Allison McGraw, Brennan Monroe, Kaitlyn Morrison, Kayla Myers, Destiny Ratkovec, Allison Rawson, Brooke Scharfenberg, McKenna Scott, Taylor See, Kyle Shultz, Alayna Starr, Briggs Taylor, Isaac Taylor, Cambrie Wilson, Caleb Zifzal, Abigail Zinzmeister and Marlee Zook.
Gold Key scholars also had a chance to tout the teachers who inspired them during their school career. Among the educators lauded were Cody Larue, Stacey Hall, Kim Howell, Patty Peckins-Nixon, Amy Lane, Staci Copeland, Mary Jo DiPietro, Ryan Smith, Sarah Houser, Barb Turner, Susan Gossett, Julie Robinson, Coach Joe Dunlevy and Isabelle Heisler.
Finally, Dr. Chappelear thanked his secretary Diane McAfee for coordinating the event and ICHS teacher Dave Moffat’s interactive media class and guidance secretary Lynda Linhart for their assistance, Indian Creek teachers and staff for their dedication and the students for their remarkable achievement.
“What an accomplishment it is for all of our students, that consistency of a 3.5 GPA for consecutive semesters. It’s all about showing up. Sometimes they say the best ability is availability,” he concluded. “That will take you far in life: showing up and giving a consistent effort.”
(Photo Cutline: Indian Creek Local Schools held its 41st Annual Scholars’ Banquet May 1 to recognize students who earned a 3.5 GPA or better for at least one consecutive semester. Gold Key Scholars were lauded for seven semesters of top grades and include, front from left, Olivia Wukelic, Kaitlyn Turner, Sammantha Ratkovec, Carly Penner, Kyle Laughery, Peyton Freshwater, Kendall Driscoll, Allison Bell and Olivia Yoho. Back: Mitchell Williams, James Orlando, Aiden Minch-Hick, Kailey McMillion, Samuel Maiorano, Roan Kovach, Gracie Francis and Robert Dylewski. Not pictured are Harlee Barbour and Tanner Petrella.)