S. Fulton Graduation Held May 25
Seniors Steven Meyer and Justin Mellott led their fellow classmates through Southern Fulton’s commencement exercises May 24 after having earned the honor of being named Class of 2012 valedictorian and salutato - rian.
During his time at Southern Fulton, Meyer, the son of Raymond and Ann Meyer, played an active part in his school, serving as president of both the National Honor Society and the senior class, and was a member of Scholastic Scrimmage, student forum, FFA, Spanish Club and Environthon.
In addition to being a leader in the academic world, Meyer has also proved to be a team leader for the Indians’ track and field team. Meyer has not only broken school records but has been a District 5 champion in the javelin throw and participated at state level the last two years.
During the graduation ceremony, Meyer addressed the crowd auditorium with his speech entitled “ Following Your Dreams.” He was awarded several honors during the event, receiving a good character award from the Warfords- burg Lions Club, $600 from the American Legion, the Kenny Swope FFA Scholarship, a Fulton County Dairy Promoters Award, a Hancock Rotary Club Award totalling $1,000, a $400 award from the Cove Mills Old Farm Machinery Association, $365 through the Pearl Evans Scholarship and the Elbin, Hoopengardner and Ritz Science Scholarship in the amount of $500.
Classmate and salutatorian Justin Mellott read a poem to the crowd entitled “Your Day Has Arrived” and also shared words of wisdom with his speech entitled “Our Possibilities Are Endless.” Mellott is the son of Andy and Kristi Mellott. At Southern Fulton, he served as the district’s first student representative to the school board. Over the years he participated in National Honor Society, FFA, Spanish Club and senior high chorus.
Having achieved the class’s third-highest scholastic ranking, Hannah Williams spoke at graduation, sharing tales about lessons learned in small town U.S.A. Williams is the daughter of Carol Barnhardt and Roger Williams. She has been involved in an array of activities over the years such as Drama Club, Student For u m , National Honor Society and track and field.
Among the awards given to Williams during graduation were the Integrity Award from the Mellott Co., the Viva Marie Stahle Murray and Francine Elbin Award, the John and Merle Keefer Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the Pearl Evans Scholarship totalling $365.
Gary Swope, son of Gary and Nichole Swope, achieved the fourth-highest ranking in the Class of 2012. Swope’s portion of the May 24 program included a speech entitled “Years Gone but Never Forg otten.” Swope also took to center stage throughout the evening receiving several acknowledgements such as the Commitment Award from the Mellott Company, $500 from the Southern Fulton Alumni Association, the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Harrisonville Chapter Award, the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation Award and the Pearl Evans Scholarship.
A star in the classroom as well as on the basketball court and on the track, senior Jenna Hollenshead took home multiple awards. Hollenshead finished out the evening as the recipient of the Excellence and Good Character Awards from the Warfordsburg Lions Club, the James Bowers Masonic Lodge Scholarship, the Fulton County Dairy Promoters Award, $500 from the Fulton County Chapter of the PA Association of School Retirees, the Interstate Waste Services and Sandy Run Landfill Award in the amount of $1,000, the Brighter Future Scholarship totalling $1,000 and the Pearl Evans Scholarship.
Classmate Alyssa O’Neal received $1,000 from the Hancock Rotary Club as well as an additional $1,000 award from the John and Merle Keefer Scholarship and Community State Bank of Orbisonia. O’Neal was also the recipient of the Pearl Evans Scholarship.
Meanwhile, Whitney Ritz was given the Safety Award from Mellott Co., the Scott Shives Scholarship, the Pearl Evans Scholarship and a second-place award through the Warfordsburg Lions Club. Classmate Nolan Keirsey took home $500 from the Educational Foundation and the Respect Award from Mellott Co.
Courtney Strait, who as a female was a standout in goal for the Southern Fulton varsity soccer team, was awarded the Hancock Lionness Club Award and the Pearl Evans Scholarship. Kayla Snyder was presented with an award from the McLaughlin Educational Trust in the amount of $1,100 and the Pearl Evans Scholarship.
In addition, Kelsey White and Michael Fogal took home the respective awards of the Brighter Future Scholarship and the Kenny Swope FFA Scholarship. Benjamin Wilkinson received $500 from VFW Post 655, and Seth Hall received money from the Warfordsburg Lions Club. Leeanna Mellott finished out the evening as the recipient of the Warfordsburg Lions Club Memorial Fund.
Classmates Amber Bageant, Matt Garland, Sabrina Strait and Kimberly Rindt each received $365 through the Pearl Evans Scholarship, which is given to seniors based on academic ability and financial need to further their education.
Patrick Bard, Southern Fulton School Board vice president, presented the graduates with their diplomas.