WVNCC grads told to be inspired

CEREMONY — The graduates and faculty attend West Virginia Northern Community College’s 46th commencement ceremony Friday. -- Alec Berry

WHEELING — Three-hundred-and-seventy-one students walked into WesBanco Arena on Friday and they walked out graduates of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Alumnus Jenniffer Weber addressed graduates and their families and friends during the college’s 46th commencement ceremony, recounting her experience meeting the author and Holocaust survivor Magda Herzberger.

Weber, a quality manager at Steele Insurance Associates, said meeting Herzberger was a life-changing moment.

“I met someone who lived through so much pain,” she said. “Throughout our lives we find individuals to look up to and we draw inspiration from them.”

Weber met Herzberger in Israel after graduating from WVNCC. She became a friend, traveling with Herzberger to deliver presentations and workshops. She also published a book of quotes associated with the author, called “A True Inspiration.”

Sharing this, Weber made a point. She said graduates should continue to look at the world and find in it what interests them and explore it. She emphasized what inspiration she’s taken from Herzberger, as the author and survivor is someone who’s overcome so much.

Stephanie Fike, an applied science major, graduated as WVNCC’s 2018 valedictorian. She is a West Virginia P.R.O.M.I.S.E. scholar, and she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Ohio University Eastern.

Jill Loveless, WVNCC’s vice president of academic affairs, served as the mistress of ceremonies. WVNCC board of governors member Shelly Thomas conferred degrees.

Area graduates are:

Amsterdam: Samantha Mazur, Heidi Joynson.

Bergholz: Angus Porter.

Bloomindale: Michayla Dobosz, Isaac Foldi, Brianna Cooper.

Dillonvale: Julie Nowakowski, Cory Purr.

East Liverpool: Amie Prager.

Mingo Junction: Michele Ely, Vicki Parr.

Mount Pleasant: Heidi Napier.

Rayland: Ashley Becca, Nicole Gray, Eric Lawson.

Steubenville: T’Keyah Allen, Jason Hoffman, Dakota Iacovone, Angel Murphy, Courtney Stock, Stephanie Wineman.

Wintersville: Aimee Frey, Nicole Marshall, Joshua Williams.

Yorkville: Ashlee Fetty.

Burgettstown: Shawn Curtis, Amanda Thompson, Ciera Youschak.

Beech Bottom: Shelby Fisher.

Chester: Kelee Alley, Mikayla Crane, Natalia Dennis, Penny Moody, Morgan Vollberg.

Colliers: Jerrica Bailey, HeatherCunningham, Sarah Emmerth, Rebecca Nice, Cole Wagner, Kayla Welshhans.

Follansbee: LaTia Cowan, Cassondra Daines, Haley Huff, John Huff, Breonna Kopchak, Allyson Martin, Kayla Mitchell, Julie Morris.

New Cumberland: Regan Butera, Justin Campbell, Casey Highfield, Tracy Lorenzoni, Kayla McLaughlin, Jennifer Montgomery, Olivia Murray, Tyler Swan.

Newell: Alexis Ariemiea.

Weirton: Carl Adams, Austin Bell, Jordan Bettino, Donald Cardelli, Caleb Carpenter, Roxanna Carson, Kelsey Cole, Katisha Crapps, Jessica Crow, Hannah Darabant, Douglas Debnar, Richard Dziatkowicz, Agnes Fekete, Katelynne Ferrebee, Michael Gaunt, Ashley Graziano, Deonna Hanchin, Azurae’ Hatch, Tessa Henderson, Julia Herchuck, Miranda Hinchee, Ashley Hinton, Jacqueline Hunter, Deborah Huska, Dena Lang, Kelsey Lucas, Alayna Macaluso, Guido Magnone, Ashley Maple, Rachael Marcinek, Katelynn McAllister, Kelly McEwen, Adam Mills, Joshua Mitchell, Rosanne Morgan, Tasha Ocobock, Cristina Olmstead, Jordan Paris, Ciera Alexis Parr, Eric Piatt, Lindsey Robinson, Jennifer Salmons, Cassondra Savko, Joel Schreiner, Paige Scopel, Courtney Smuck, Bernadette Stanley, Alyssa Wilson, Sherrie Wright, Zongping Yu.

Wellsburg: Jeffrey Braun, Jacqueline Carbasho, Jesse Coen, Steven Efaw, Joyce Galiano, Amber Martin, Michelle Martin, Madison Roadman, Samantha Williams.

West Liberty: Courtney Clark.