This year’s salutatorian is Kyle Bettwy, who is the son of Mary Jo and Mark Bettwy of Clarion. Kyle is a member of National Honor Society, the Robotics team and Clarion Singers. He had earned Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, he is the captain of both the cross country team and track and field team and a member of the Clarion Riversharks swim team. Kyle plans to attend Pennsylvania State University at University Park, majoring in microbiology.
Margaret C. Luthin - Valedictorian
Margaret C. Luthin, the daughter of Kay Fineran Luthin and Herb Luthin of Clarion, is the valedictorian of Clarion Area’s Class of 2016. Margaret, the vice-president of the Class of 2016, is also a member of the student council, youth council, reading competition and National Honor Society. She has been involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, honors band, and District and Regional Band. She is a member of choir, county choir and held the lead role of Maria in “West Side Story”. Margaret will be attending Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana with an undecided major.
Nicholas V. Cherico, a Clarion Area High School sophomore, was recently named a Ben Carson Scholar and will travel to Heinz Field in April for the prestigious awards ceremony. Nick was nominated in October by his guidance counselor, Mrs. Debbie Burford and Principal, John Kimmel.
The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. An interested student must be nominated by an educator at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. Only one student from each school is able to apply, ensuring that each nominee epitomizes academic excellence. Carson Scholars must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service.
The Carson Scholars Program is more than a simple monetary scholarship program. It starts young, encouraging a college-going culture in homes and schools across the country. Scholars have an incentive to achieve academically and are exposed to inspirational adult leaders. More importantly, Carson Scholars are role models in their schools and encourage their peers to succeed academically and contribute to their communities. Collectively, they are shaping a better future for themselves, their schools and the country.
The Challenge Program, Inc. distributed financial awards to the underclassmen at Clarion Area High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service during the 2014/15 school year. The program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel and introduce them to career opportunities in their own communities. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC was the sponsor of the program at the school last year.
Underclassmen winners of The Challenge Program, Inc. awards at Clarion Area High School were juniors Claire Saylor (Attendance); Brendan Miller (STEM); Lydia Tack (Community Service); Mackenzie Rhoades (Academic Improvement); and Sophie Wolf (Academic Excellence). The sophomore winners were: Emily Phillips (Attendance); Nick Terwint (STEM); Lilith Frakes (Community Service); Cody Klingler (Academic Improvement); and Cora Zerfoss (Academic Excellence).