2010-06-03 / Features

Commencement Exercises At Southern Fulton High School

Jenna Ritz Jenna Ritz The graduation ceremony for Southern Fulton High School seniors will take place on Monday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m.., in the high school auditorium. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Southern Fulton is proud to call Jenna Nicole Ritz, daughter of Jimmy and Deidi Ritz of Warfordsburg, the valedictorian of the Class of 2010. Jenna has developed an outstanding reputation not only in her academic work, but also throughout the many extracurricular activities in which she participates. She is actively involved as a member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club, varsity volleyball, Envirothon, and as class secretary. On June 7, Jenna will deliver her speech, “A Positive Direction,” to her classmates. It addresses the importance of continuing to set goals and staying motivated in order to ensure a bright future. Following graduation, Miss Ritz plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh, triple majoring in anthropology, chemistry, and forensic sciences, in order to become a forensic anthropologist.

Dakota Ritz Dakota Ritz Southern Fulton is pleased to announce that Dakota Todd Ritz, son of Todd and Wendy Ritz of Warfordsburg, has earned the title of salutatorian of the Class of 2010. Dakota has displayed his achievements not only through his academic work, but also through his extracurricular and volunteer activities. He is actively involved as the president of Student Council, and maintains membership in Art Honor Society, Spanish Club, and the Envirothon. Dakota’s Envirothon team placed first in the district and will continue to the state competition. In addition, Dakota was a state finalist and district winner in the Voice of Democracy speech contest. The salutatorian has also been involved in numerous volunteer activities throughout his high school years, including raising money for orphanages in China, Camp Joy, Camp Joy- El, Angel Food, elementary basketball program, and tutoring programs. Dakota will address the Class of 2010, on June 7, with his speech, “Our Part.” He will emphasize “what each can do to give back to the community.” His post-graduate plan is to attend Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., majoring in physics.

Derek Younker Derek Younker Derek Ryan Younker, son of Matt Younker and Holly Rusnak, has achieved the rank of third in the Class of 2010. After high school, Derek plans to continue his education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, majoring in physical therapy and playing baseball. Throughout high school, Derek has participated in many extracurricular activities, including varsity baseball and basketball, National Honor Society, Student Council, and he has served as class president since freshman year. All of these activities have shaped him for the better, while helping him to make a surplus of friends. Through Derek’s hard work and dedication, he has obtained academic and baseball scholarships to UPJ. Derek will try to share his work ethic with his class when delivering his speech: “Following Your Dreams.” The focus of the speech will be “how hard work and dedication can make dreams come true.” Derek plans to return to Fulton County as a physical therapist and give back to the community in any way possible. He begins his college journey on August 18, 2010.

Arielle Black Arielle Black Arielle Nicole Black, daughter of Carol Exline of Warfordsburg and Cragle Black of Williamsport, Md., has attained the rank of fourth in the Class of 2010. Arielle has worked hard to obtain good standing both academically and in extracurricular activities. She is a member of National Honor Society, participates in Envirothon, volunteers at a summer horse camp, and works through a co-op program. As fourth in the class, Arielle will deliver the “Class History” speech to fellow graduates, faculty, family and friends at graduation on June 7. Miss Black’s postgraduation plans are to attend Shippensburg University, beginning in the fall of 2010.

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