Valedictorian for the Class of 2012 at West Virginia Northern Community College is Ian M. Hostetter of Wheeling.
He will be graduating Friday evening at WesBanco Arena with two degrees, an associate in applied science in Business Studies/Business Administration and an associate in science, Business Administration/Transfer Option. He is the recipient of the Donald D. Nemanich and Sarah O. Bodkin Academic Excellence Award conferred by the WVNCC faculty.
Hostetter, 31, is a son of John W. Hostetter and Karen Hostetter. A native of Bloomington, IND, he moved with his parents and older brother, Troy, to Moundsville at the age of 13.
As a student at WVNCC, Hostetter was a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inductee and the recipient of the Bernie Campbell Memorial Scholarship. He was a member of the Class of 1999 at John Marshall High School where he was an AP Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Presidential Scholar Candidate and National Honor Society inductee. He briefly attended West Virginia University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Hostetter lives in the Edgwood neighborhood of Wheeling and is a self-taught musician who has performed in many local bands. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and trumpet. He says he recently fulfilled his earliest childhood dream by performing stand-up comedy at River City Ale Works in Wheeling and The Funny Bone in Pittsburgh. He describes himself also as a cinephile/movie buff whose favorite filmmaker is Alfred Hitchcock.
He plans to continue his education at WVNCC, studying Computer Information Technology.