2010-06-10 / Local & State

70 Graduate At McConnellsburg

Commencement exercises held last Wednesday

Seventy diplomas were handed out last Wednesday evening during commencement exercises held at McConnellsburg High School, including one for Aaron Edward Hahn.

Unable to attend the June 2 graduation ceremony with his peers, Aaron has remained hospitalized since suffering severe injuries in mid-May during an allterrain vehicle accident at his Crossroads Road, McConnellsburg area home. The son of Rick and Melinda Hahn, Aaron is reportedly still under observation in the intensive care unit of a Johnstown based hospital making daily progress toward recovery.

Accepting a diploma on Aaron’s behalf was little brother Colton, who brought a large round of applause from those in attendance. Handing out the 70 diplomas to the Class of 2010 were Central Fulton Superintendent Dr. Julia Cigola and Cory Gress, president of the Board of School Directors.

Speakers for the evening included salutatorian Lisa DeShong and valedictorian Brenna DeShong, who both touched on Hahn’s tragic accident and friendship.

Multiple scholarships and awards were presented during the ceremony, with Brenna DeShong receiving the lion’s share of the available scholarships, including the Distinguished Graduate Award, a $1,000 Chester J. Creager Memorial Scholarship, $500 from the Marion Hess Sprenkle Scholarship, $100 from Beta Sigma Phi, an additional $500 for the VFW Award of Citizenship through VFW Post 655, a total of $2,600 through the Helen I. McLaughlin Scholarship, the PA Association of Retirees Scholarship in the amount of $400 and $750 from the Central Fulton Education Association.

Classmate Devin Welsh accepted $1,500 from Fulton County Medical Center as well as $3,000 from Walmart and $1,500 from Chambersburg Hospital, while Ryan Strait accepted the Distinguished Graduate Award and $1,000 through Valley Rural Electric. Whitney Fix took home $500 compliments of Allegany College of Maryland and $1,000 through the Community State Bank Scholarship.

Amber Peck and Kayla Corbett were each awarded a total of $3,500 through Kaplan University and Imagine America, and Samanthia McQuade received the C. Owen Fries Scholarship in the amount of $900. A’leese Dickerson and Sarah Stallman were respectively given the Woodman of the World Scholarship and the Marion Hess Sprenkle Scholarship, both in the amount of $500. Stallman was also awarded an additional $500 via the Robert E. Swadley Scholarship.

The Clair and Dorothy Miller Foundation Scholarship totalling $950 was bestowed upon senior Tasha Strait, and Colby Sowers wrapped up the night as the recipient of $1,500 from Fulton County Medical Center. The McConnellsburg Woman’s Club Scholarship in the amount of $500 was given to Mindy Headley, while the club’s Special Award totalling $100 went to classmate Brian Vitko.

Meanwhile, athletic awards were awarded to Ryan Defibaugh, Samanthia McQuade, Casey Pollock, Rachel Porterfield, Nathan Swope and Drew Wink.

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