Forest City graduating seniors ready for future
BY DANAE BLASSO
For Alesha Miller, walking through the doors of Forest City Regional High School was an everyday challenge to her for the first year and a half.
But after leaving her previous school due to being bullied and ridiculed, she said she found family within her small graduating class.
Alesha joined her fellow seniors Friday at the school’s auditorium for the school’s 114th commencement ceremony. Before each of the 68 students were handed their diplomas in recognition of their accomplishments, they left the stage to hand their loved ones a single flower to show their appreciation.
Alesha wasn’t the only student who saw her graduating class as an extension of family. Though he is excited for his future, Jason Doerwald will miss the “tightknit community” that Forest City High School has become to him.
Jason aid graduating is frightening because of going out to the real world, but he is ready to pursue a career in culinary arts.
Valedictorian Courtney Andrews shared her disbelief when she realized how much she changed during her four years of high school. She also told her classmates to be excited for the new memories and new friends that will be made. “We’ve become more than just friends that see each other in the hall each day,” Courtney said. “We have become a family and no matter what happens, your family is always there for you.”
Forest City Regional High School graduates are: Rebel Angel Akers, Courtney Jane Andrews, Candace A. Bastek, Maria Theresa Bostjancic, Chance J. Burleigh, Rose Grace Campbell, Sonja Aleksandra Campbell, Brian T. Carpenter, David Michael Cavalieri, Faith Marie Babcock Conklin, Catherine J. Cook, Brigitte Danielle Davies, Katherine Rose DeMark, Brian Paul Joseph Demchak, Ashley Dito, Jason Doerwald, Sylvia Marie Evans, Logan James Barry Fitzsimmons, Kacy Leigh Gillette, Kelsey Ann Glavich, Elizabeth Joan Heller, Danielle Irene Hernandez, Adam Wayne Hill, Lauren Marie Hornbeck, Brian Thomas Kenison, Benjamin M. Komar, Sarah Elizabeth Kubus, Jade Elizabeth Kull, Kristine Elizabeth Kuriger, Amber Leary, Michael John Long, Jenna Lorraine Lucchesi, Amanda Jean Marchese, Alesha Marie Miller, Kyle Joseph Morris, Isaiah James Mueller, Noelle Joy Natichak, Jennifer Carol Natishak, Brian Edward Nebzydoski, Michael Phillip Palmer Jr., Demetrius Patrick Duffy-Pease, Kathleen Elizabeth Piatkowski, Tania Pollard, Yulia Mylolaivan Raulerson, Stephen T. Rebernik, Nicole Kimberly Reider, Tabatha Ann Rettberg, Zackery Lee Reynolds, Cassandra Lynn Rotherforth, Cassandra J. Saul, Eli Ryan Sauls, Madison Hayley Schott, Kaeleigh Rose Schwartz, Brandon Sherwood, Ryan Robert Smith, Dana Madelyn Statkun, Taylor-Ray Tammero, Kelsey Marie Taylor, Andrew N. Thomas, Seth Jose Thomas, Joyce Ann Ursich, Anthony Michael Vadala, Jasentha Lee Van Nort, Dylan James Walsh, Jeffrey Nicholas Walsh, Charles White, Jamie Kaitlyn Zefran and Kara A. Zerby.
Parents: Jeffrey and Dora Andrews.
Activities: Member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, treasurer of Spanish club, Rotary student of the month, Penn State Scholars, NEIU Scholar of the Year.
Plans: Penn State University, major in chemistry.
Parents: Michelle Natishak and the late Daniel Natishak.
Activities: Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, yearbook committee, Rotary student of the month, Penn State Scholars and Lynnette’s Twirlerettes.
Plans: Misericordia University, major in medical imaging.