Cherina A. Strait of Harrisonville graduated from Penn State Altoona with highest distinction on December 19, 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and kindergarten education. While attending Penn State Altoona, Cherina was a member of two honor societies, Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Delta Phi. She was also named the student marshal of her division having earned the highest grade point average and led her fellow graduates during the processional.
Cherina is the daughter of very proud parents, Gerry and Carol Strait. She is the granddaughter of Edna Strait of Harrisonville and also of Wilbur Leidig of Waterfall.