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Scholarships awarded to seniors

May 21, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer (wscott@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - More than $2.5 million in scholarships were awarded to 114 Brooke High School seniors during the school's annual scholarship program, May 12.

The scholarships included $88,810 from various individuals, businesses and groups through the efforts of the Brooke County Schools Education Foundation; $44,250 from the Albert A. Christ Foundation, and $969,000 in West Virginia's Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.) scholarships as well as many scholarships from colleges, universities and other sources.

Offered as an incentive to keep the state's high school graduates in West Virginia, the state-funded P.R.O.M.I.S.E. scholarships provide $4,750 per year for tuition at public colleges and universities in the state to students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.

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Warren Scott
SCHOLARSHIPS?AWARDED — Among the many Brooke High School seniors receiving scholarships and awards on May 12 were the winners of the prestigious Richard Whitehead, Roger Simpson and Buzz Rocchio awards and an award presented by Principal Toni Shute. Seen are, from left, front: Tony Paesano, founder of the Brooke County Schools Education Foundation, which presented many scholarships; Robert DiLorenzo, presenter of the Richard Whitehead Award; Maci Hascak, recipient of that award; Jerry Simpson, who presented the Roger Simpson Award in honor of his late brother; Derek Wayne, recipient of that award; Brooke High School Choir Director Nick Taylor, who presented the Buzz Rocchio Award; Daniel Nixon, that award’s recipient; Joey Roberts, recipient of the Principal’s Award; and Shute.

The scholarships have been awarded to the following students thus far: Samantha Alkire, David Alward, Joshua Baker, Casey Ballato, Linsey Barnhart, Mason Barnhart, Alexandra Basil, Robert Bottorf, Karson Boyce, Taylor Bryan, Sarah Conaway, Ryan Cook, Megan DiDomenico, Kenneth Ian Drake, Thomas Ennis, Haiden Fischer, Jaclyn Hagler, Alexis Haught, Justin Hornick, Russell James, Kevin Kidd, Clarissa Kowalczyk, Ryan Lazear, Jared Long, Harley Marsh, LeeAnn Mazzella, Kaitlyn McGowan, Kara Mezan, Rebecca Nixon, Alexandra Norris, Zeke O'Connell, Shane Paesano, Michael Palma, Nicholas Pederson, Kathleen Phillips, Davis Pitts, Justin Porco, Tyler Revels, Jacob Robey, Zachary Smith, Lauren Stevens, Kaleigh Stewart, Taylor Stuck, Chelsey Swiger, Zachary Teaff, Ryan Trimmer, Kayla Waite, Derek Wayne, Sydney Weiler, Ashley Wilcox and Kaitlin Wilson.

Toni Shute, the school's principal, said more students are expected to receive the state scholarship.

Shute also announced 58 students will receive scholarships worth $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,000 from the Albert A. Christ Foundation. The Wheeling-based foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to high school graduates in several counties along the Ohio River.

This year's Brooke High School recipients are: Casey Ballato, Mason Barnhart, Alexandra Basil, Cody Bland, Robert Bottorf, Sarah Conaway, Ryan Cook, Nick Cozad, Megan DiDomenico, Dylan Donovall, Kenneth Ian Drake, Kaylea Dulaney, Thomas Ennis, Haiden Fischer, Ryan Foose, Ashlee Goff, Maci Hascak, Alexis Haught, Brittany Hukill, Megan Ann Johnston, Kevin Kidd, Rusty Kocher, Clarissa Kowalczyk, Ryan Lazear, Lauren Lehman, Jared Long, Harley Marsh, Leanne Mazzella, Katelyn McGowan, Ian Morris, Gerald "Tripper" Narigon, Daniel Nixon, Rebecca Nixon, Shane Paesano, Michael Palma, Kathleen Phillips, Justin Porco, Danielle Prunty, Tyler Revels, Emily Richmond, Jacob Robey, Nina Rodriguez, Cody Schwertfeger, Harry Six, Zachary A. Smith, Lauren Sole, Lauren Stevens, Taylor Stuck, Katelyn N. Swager, Ryan Trimmer, Morgan C. Wagner, Kayla Waite, Kyle Wales, Derek Wayne, Kaitlin Wilson and Lauren Wise.

Shute noted her father, Tony Paesano, was a founding member of the Brooke County Schools Education Foundation. She said since it was formed 21 years ago, the group has generated $767,135 in scholarships for more than 4,500 Brooke High School seniors.

The scholarships have been funded by area businesses, civic groups and others, including members of its board of trustees, she said.

Among the many benefactors is Wheeling-Nisshin Inc., which this year awarded one $5,000 scholarship to Lauren Stevens and ten $1,000 scholarships to the following students: Taylor Bryan, Bobby Ciccolella, Haiden Fischer, Kevin Kidd, Lauren Lehman, Ian Morris, Anthony Pederson, Codey Perrone, Emily Richmond and Jenna Rine.

Shute said many area residents have helped to perpetuate the memory of a former classmate, teacher, principal or other school official, or loved one by establishing scholarships in their names.

Three of the school's older memorial scholarships are the Roger Simpson Award, Richard Whitehead Award and Robert "Buzz" Rocchio Award,

The Roger Simpson Award is given each year to a student who has excelled in academics and athletics and is said to have earned the respect of the school's coaches, who select each year's recipient, and teammates.

It's named for Roger Simpson, a Follansbee High School baseball player who died in 1964 as a result of an accidental collision with another player during a game

Simpson's Boy Scout Explorers troop started the award and past recipients and family members have generated funds for a scholarship presented to its winner.

This year Derek Wayne received the award and a $2,500 scholarship in Simpson's honor.

He also received scholarships from supporters of the Brooke soccer team and swim team, for which he was named OVAC Big School Male Swimmer of the Year; the Follansbee 20th Century Woman's Club, West Virginia University, American Electric Power and the OVAC Stephen Hannig Memorial Scholarship.

Since 1999 the Richard M. Whitehead Award has been given to an outstanding female athlete and student in honor of the late Richard Whitehead, whose 36-year career in Brooke County Schools included serving as teacher, principal, superintendent and officiating at many track and field events.

This year's recipient is Maci Hascak, who also was awarded a $500 scholarship with the award and scholarships from supporters of the Brooke basketball and track teams, West Liberty University, Wellsburg Loyal Order of the Moose and the C.F. Walker Memorial Scholarship.

Daniel Nixon received the Robert "Buzz" Rocchio Award, which is named for a Brooke High School band and choir member who died in an automobile accident in 1971.

Rocchio, who was named to both All-State Choir and All-State Band, was known as an accomplished musician and a friend to many. Recipients of the award, which includes a $500 scholarship this year, are chosen for having similar qualities.

Nixon also received a new musical scholarship, named for the late Frank L. Musante, a Follasnbee resident and former band director, teacher and principal at schools in Steubenville and Indian Creek as well as St. John School.

Daniel Nixon received the Robert "Buzz" Rocchio Award, which is named for a Brooke High School band and choir member who died in an automobile accident in 1971.

Rocchio, who was named to both All-State Choir and All-State Band, was known as an accomplished musician and a friend to many. Recipients of the award, which includes a $500 scholarship this year, are chosen for having similar qualities.

Nixon also received a scholarship to West Liberty University and a new musical scholarship, named for the late Frank L. Musante, a Follasnbee resident and former band director, teacher and principal at schools in Steubenville and Indian Creek as well as St. John School.

Other new memorial scholarships were awarded in memory of Jerry Winters and Randy Cunningham, members of the school's 1990 state championship-winning football team whose lives ended early and established by their teammates; and Michael Cipoletti, a 1980 Brooke alumnus, Grapic Packaging employee and family man killed in a car accident in January.

Shute also presented the Principal's Award, which includes a $1,500 scholarship, to Joey Roberts. She said the recipient must be a student who's not only active in school, whether in academics, athletics or extracurricular activities, but also one who displays a positive attitude, even in the face of disappointment.

Shute said not only was Roberts involved as a kicker for the football team and member of the soccer team and student council, he was seen regularly supporting his fellow students in activities ranging from sporting events to the school play.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

 
 

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