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Commencement ceremonies were held Friday evening for 417 graduates of the Class of 2015 at West Virginia Northern Community College. A total of 450 degrees were awarded, with some graduates earning more than one degree, during the event held at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Gail Adams, a Wheeling Park High School teacher who started her college career at WVNCC, who is serving as the 2015 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. In addition, Adams was given the WVNCC 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award at the conclusion of her address to the graduates.
Valedictorian for the class of 2015 is Julie Skedel, of Wheeling, who received an associate in applied science degree in psychology/social work. The honors student and member of Phi Theta Kappa hopes to continue her academic career by earning a baccalaureate degree at West Liberty University. Prior to her valedictory remarks, Skedel was presented the Donald D. Nemanich and Sarah O. Bodkin Academic Excellence Award. The award is given by the faculty at Northern to honor the memory of two of their colleagues who died at early ages, leaving a legacy of classroom excellence.
Other speakers included Ina Jo Masteller, of Wheeling, Student Government Association president, who offered greetings on behalf of students, and Kathy Herrington, professor of psychology, sociology and human services, and president of the Faculty Assembly, who brought greetings on behalf of faculty. Dr. Vicki L. Riley, president of Northern, provided the welcome and introductions. Dr. Carry DeAtley, interim vice president of academic affairs, and the Rev. Dr. Darrell Cummings, president of the WVNCC Board of Governors, conferred degrees and certificates.
Representing the WVNCC Foundation at the ceremonies was Robert J. Krall, Wheeling attorney who is president of the board of trustees. Faculty member Jeremy Doolin opened the event by singing the National Anthem and, later, Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” Providing music was well-known area musician Millard Neal.
Classified Staff representative to the Board of Governors, Margaret DeCola, announced student names as they were individually awarded degrees. Other faculty members on the dais included Marian Grubor, division chair for business and liberal arts; Ralph Lucki, division chair for health and sciences; and Frank DeCaria, faculty representative to the Board of Governors. Culinary Arts students and chefs provided refreshments for a reception held in the arena’s Health Plan Pavilion after the ceremonies concluded.
Graduates in the Class of 2015, by campus, are:
New Martinsville Campus
Dana Becker, Rachal Raychele Beisel, Cristian Gail Beito, Tiffany A. Blatt, Danielle Nicole Casto, Karen Sue Chapman, Deborah Sue Dendron, Kelly Sue Dennis, Brittany M. Dennison, Goldie Ann Desrosiers, Kari Renee Dinardo, Timothy Lowell Drain, Nathan Durig, Stacey Nicole Durig, Aaron Robert Eddy, Jonathan E. Eddy, Tammy M. Ewers, Amber D. Fiber, Abel Elliott Frohnapfel, Hannah Glow, Patrick J. Hamilton, Kathleen Anne Haught, Mark Layne Helmick, Angel Mae Hines, Victoria Lynn Hizer, Theresa Hoskins, Tristina Leigh Howard, Jason Huffman, Rachel Ilene Ice, Sarah Michelle Jarvis, Gregory Shane Keith, Kaitlyn A. Kline.
And, Danielle Alaine Lasure, Stacey Marie Leichliter, Ashley Levan, Amanda Lea Logston, Kathy A. Loub, Anna Christina Mason, Eva Anna Mavety-Anthony, Caitlin Nicole Meeks, Misty Dawn Murphy, McKenzie Newman, Whitney L. Nolan, Tiffany Lynn Palmer, Melanie Dell Pettus, David Michael Powers, Mikayla D. Roberts, McKenzie Marie Rose, Violet Rosalie Rose, Lauren Grace Seckman, Samuel Arrick Shreve, Ashley D. Sinclair, Kandy Sue Stephen, Jonathan D. Titus, Shailah Marie Tomblin, Kylee Walker, Abbey Nicole Weekley, Emily Sarah Wildman, Whitley Richelle Williams, Michaela Winfrey, Rachel E. Wyatt, Cee Joe Wykert.
Christina Jean Allender, Logan Antill, Nathaniel Artley, Jr., Raymond C. Aymar, Shalena Zoreen Barreto, Kerri Lee Bauer, Justin Michael Beals, Karlye Beaver, Melisa Anna Beck, Kenneth J. Becker, Britney Nicole Behrens, Laura Michelle Beihl, Jack Benedett, III, Jessica A. Bennington, Joshua L. Benson, Edward Joseph Berardi, III, Rebecca Bertram, Jessica L. Bittner, Jamie Renee Blake, Branden Blankenship, Michelle D. Bole , Michele Boles, Bradley Charles Bonar, Kyle David Bonar, Margaret Bookman, Jessica Lyn Brooks, Zachary Shane Bruce, Lori Ann Burdette, Jordan Burress, Lindsey Marie Bush, Lauren Sophia Cencula, Tara Cathlene Chaplin, Hannah Mequila Chiplinski, Devan LeeAnn Clark, Keith Lee Cliser, Seth Aaron Coconougher, Robert Christopher Cody, Larry K. Coffield, Mikaela Collette, Allyson Layne-Marie Conrad, Brianna Nichole Cook, Michelle Cooper, James B. Cornwell, Brianna Marie Cottage.
Also, Melissa Lynette Coulter, Deborah Lynn Crouse, Kimberly S. Custer, Chelsea Marie Dabrawsky, Alexis Irene Dale, Brandon Eric Davis, Dena M. DeBlasis, Victoria DeBlasis, Paul P. Desmond, Helcia Theresa Dickson, Michelle B. Dietz, Brittney N. DiProsperis, Nathan B. Dolan, Brooke Nicole Drane, Betty A. Edgel, Jennifer Edgerton, Jacqlyn Alicia Ellis, Erin Nicole Empeno, Dawn Marie Fay, Andrea Leigh Ferrera, Lauren Kathleen Figura, John Fisher, Mark Daniel Flaharty, Jessa Ann Fletcher, Jessie Cathlene Fletcher, SuzAnne Marie Flick-Mooss, Jonathan Aaron Forkey, Brandy LeAnn Fox, Chelsey Dyann Fox, Megan L. Fox, Christa Renee’ Frazier, Shakeya Frazier, Gregory F. Fromhart, Shaye Leigh Fulton, Jennifer Michelle Gallaway, Jalonii K.M. Galloway, William Arthur Gantz, Eleanor Rae Garbark, Michelle Lynn Gilbert, Miranda Lynn Gill, Joanne Marie Gionis, Gary D. Goddard, Taylor Catherine Goddard.
And, Connie Gould, Shannon D. Greathouse, Megan Griffin, Megan Elizabeth Grisolano, Samantha Kaylene Groh, Ian Gulley, Lyndsie Sara Guzek, Ashley Harris, Mackenzie Belle Hartman, Christopher Lee Harto, Johnny Mack Hatfield, Sr, Eric J. Hayes, Carol Dianne Helmick, Rachael Rose Helms, Jared C. Henderson, Rebecca C. Hess, Ethan P. Hill, Willis R. Hill, III, Karlee Hilton, Alberta Marie Hinkle, Alberta L. Howard, Connie Lyn Hubbard, Connie L. Hubbard, Donald Vance Hubbard, Connie Jean Johnston, Anastasia Chantal Jones, Jenna Marie Jones, Melissa M. Karkowski, Marisa Jo Kendzerski, Patricia Louise Kernan, Patrick Robert Kerns, Amanda Ashley Kimpel, Brianne Kinkes, Richard L. Kinkes, John Ellis Klein, Whitney Alanna Koontz, Richard Kozlowski, Carol Jean Krock, Terri Lynn Kropka, Brittany Jo Krzeczowski, Michael Kuca, Tracy Lynn Lazear, Heather Nicole Link, Selina Mae Littell.
In addition, Leocadie R. Logan, Leocadie R. Logan, Erin Long, Justin Ludovici, Jeremy Daniel Luff, Racheal Mary Lydick, Marlana Michelle Maidens, Kathleen Alivia Main, Jade Manning, Morgan Ryan Marling, Anissa Jean Marmie, Rebecca Rachelle Marple, Amber Nicole Marshall, Ina Jo Masteller, Brittany Michelle Matthews, Dominique Dee McAvoy, Joanna Kay McCausland, Jaime Coleen McCullough, Diane Marie McGarry, Tim McQuillin, Jr., Merritta A. Menough, Deborah Mercer, Deborah Mercer, Mollie Jean Merinar, Jennifer Lynn Milton, Charles E. Mitcham, Katie Suzanne Moore, Kelvin Rayne Morris, Kimberly R. Muffeny, Emily Antionette Myers, Rosella Ann Myles, Natalie Naegele, Tyler Nally, Heidi J. Napier, Amanda Michelle Nest, Brittany Nicole Nickerson, Robyn K. Nickerson, Melanie C. Noice, Theresa Marie Norman, Sarah Olson, David J. Orosz, John P. Orosz, Blake Orr, Nicholas Ryan Oshie.
And, Ashley Nicole Owens, Lisa Marie Park, Alyssa L. Parsons, Nikelle Breanna Parsons, Austin Douglas Pegg, Carol Ann Pegg, Laken Pelley, Sarah Kathleen Pelley, Stefanie Persinger, Amanda Marie Piatt, Desiree Nichole Piatt, Megan Odessa Pimentel, Anita Louise Prohaska, Donna Lourae Rayl, Marshall Morgan Reager, Tierra Lauren Reed, Maria B. Regas, Robert L. Rush, Charlotte Rose Russell, Shannon Rycerz, Nadia Sawtarie, Rebecca Rose Schlosser, Trenton Douglas Schutz, Anthony James Secure, Cortnei Jo Shaw, Jonathon William Shaw, Shanice Delra Showalter, Madison Shae’ Siebieda, Julie M. Skedel, Marissa Ann Skiba, Savanah Christine Smallwood, Jessica Lynn Smarrella, Brandon L. Smigel, Alysha L. Smith, Kerri Ann Smith, Nelson Smith, Kenneth W. Smith, II, Connie Lee Snodgrass, Alexa Solages, Steffany B. Spear, Erica Rose Stache, Cham E Starcher, Brenda L. Stewart, Katrina M. Stewart.
Also, Matthew Edward Stoddart, Molly Christine Stricklin, Deanna J. Swauger, Shannon M. Swiger, Mary Frances Tatich, Mary Frances Tatich, Alyssa Michelle Tavoletti, George Thomas Tharp, IV, Haley Mariah Thomas, Chelsea Marie Toth, Danielle L. Trank, Charles W. Travis, Chelsea Brooke Underwood, Travis Valentine, Clarence R. Valtin, Meredith Lee VanHoose, Andrew Joseph Vargo, Olivier M. Villa, Jason Layne Wade, Cierra LaShae’ Walker, Baydn Mikal Waller, Kendra Loreen Walton, Steven M. Warble, Jr., Trinnie C. Warren, Heather Renee Watson, Sheila Marie Watson, Chrystal Webb, Cassandra N. Wells, Martha R. Whalen, Jenna Diane Whitt, Morgan Whitworth, Linda C. Wiley, Brenda Jo Wilhelm, Amanda R. Woodruff, Debra Yadrick.
Teddy J. Adkins, Tyler Clinton Alkire, Alyssa Nicole Alt, Joshua Lewis Anderson, Chelsey Nicole Balvin, Anthony Barezinsky, Brent Andrew Beatty, Justin Allen Bee, Emily Nicole Bickerstaff, Kayla Rae Bingiel, Lynn L. Bish, Kenneth Lee Bradley III, Kayla Marie Burchett, Heather Faye Cattrell, Erica Nicole Cline, Cory B. Cook, Brittany Nichole Cooper, Lisa Ann Cooper, Daniel J. Dankovchik, Allyson M. Dempsey, Jessica Derby, Danielle Re DiBacco, Machelle Renee DiBacco, Tiffany Nicole Elliott, Hannah Everhart, Natalie Renee Farnsworth, Vivian O. Ferguson, Betty Louise Fox, Cara Nicole Gaich, Arin C. Games, Patricia Gontas.
Also, Deanna Marie Griffith, Devin Grimm, Diane L. Grimm, Melissa K. Gruber, Tiffany Jean Guiddy, Joanne Allison Hans, Victoria Hans, Jennifer Rebecca Harris, Daniel Heupp, David Michael Holden, Brad Alan Hubbard, Brittany Nicole Hukill, Charles Michael Jacobs, Brandon Jasiel, Betty Ann Johnson, Judith Marie Johnston, Shelby Marie Kamarec, Tracey Lynn King, William Ryan King, Frankie L. Kins, Amy Lynn Kolanko, Jeri Leigh Lantz, Michaelene Ann Larch, David Michael LaRue, Joshua Charles Lehman, Alexandria Michelle Lemley, Julie Anne Lesho, Jamie Mackall, Michael J. Martin, Lisa McDaniel, Meagan Lynn McKitrick.
And, Scott Mellott, Richard Miser, Mark S. Moore, Sr, Joy Lynn Mullins, Kalee Neal, Nikki Lynn Nesselroad, Stacy Mae Niven, Mary Cana Olenick, Julia Kathleen Orangeo, Chelsie Ann Palmeri, Robert Lee Parsons, Devon Patterson, Ramsey Marie Patterson, Emily Lucille Pietro, Rosanne Postlethwait, Elizabeth Irene Prochaska, Jasmin Latoya Prudlo, Amber Lynn Ramsey, Andrea Nicole Rebich, Maria A. Rhodes, Megan Robinson, Jessica Lynn Rosohac, Jessica Jean Rush, Nikki Lyn Schmalstieg, Marisa Paige Scott, Geri Elaine Shane, Heather Lynn Shanley, Jennifer Sue Silver, Ashley E. Sims, Rachel Elizabeth Smalley, Lydia Dawn Spencer.
In addition, Rebecca Yvonne Stewart, Jason Stoaks, Robert Matthew Stromeyer, Paige Ann Sutton, Jaimee Rachelle Szymanski, Mallory Taylor, Billie C. Tice, Erica Marie Urich, Ashley Visco, Zachery Waters, April Wiley, Amy J. Williams, DeAndre Williams, Sarah Wilson, Joann Wolfe, Marie Elaine Wood, Jack Wright, Thomas Alexander Zevios, Shelley Zimmerman.