TORONTO - Three valedictorians will lead the Class of 2011 at Toronto High School during commencement ceremonies set at 7 p.m. May 27 in the high school gymnasium.
Cody Linn, Jessica Barach and Victoria Wolter were named this year's valedictorians, each graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average. Salutatorian is Jenna Rampello. Rounding out the top 10 are Alexandra (Alyx) Hughes, Michael Hinerman, Rachael Stone, Karly Takacs, Rachel Lackey and Trent McCoy. All of the students reside in Toronto.
Linn is the son of Tom Linn and played baseball his freshman and sophomore years. During his junior and senior years, he participated in Key Club and the National Honor Society. In the NHS, he volunteered for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign as well as the American Red Cross blood drive.
Linn participated in the Trashy Art Contest at the Fort Steuben Mall during his senior year. Also, he was eligible for Washington, D.C., Close-Up program. He was awarded the Gateway Scholarship through Ohio University. He plans to attend Ohio University to study journalism.
Barach is the daughter of the late Michael and Tina Barach and participated in choir for two years, Key Club for two years and was involved in the talented and gifted program for four years. She also was a member of the yearbook staff and the National Honor Society.
Barach participated in Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army Kettle Drive and the Urban Mission. She was chosen as a delegate to attend Buckeye Girls State last summer and was eligible to participate in the Close-Up program. She plans to attend Kent State University and study nursing.
Wolter is the daughter of Terry and Penny Wolter and was a member of the Toronto High School marching band for five years and concert band for four years. She was clarinet section leader for two years and band vice president for one year. She participated in volleyball for four years, receiving her varsity letter.
Wolter was a member of the talented and gifted program for four years, Key Club for two years, musical for two years, National Honor Society for two years and student senate. She was selected to attend the Hugh O'BrianYouth Leadership seminar at Mount Union College in 2009, Buckeye Girls State at Ashland University in 2010 and the the Close-Up program. Also, she performed with the band at Walt Disney's Magic Music Days. She received the trustee scholarship, the honor's scholarship and the honors residence scholarship from Kent State University, where she plans to attend in the fall and major in nursing.
Rampello is the daughter of Jim and Bonnie Rampello and has a 3.986 GPA. She was the president of the National Honor Society. She also served as senior class president and band president. She was a football cheerleader for four years, a basketball cheerleader for two years and competed on the cheering competition squad for four years.
Rampello was a member of the basketball team for four years, a member of the softball team for two years and a member of the band for five years. She was a member of the varsity club and an office assistant. She was a current member of the Key Club and yearbook staff. She was a delegate for Buckeye Girls State this past summer, a participant in the Close-Up program, participated on the OVAC board and was a member of the talented and gifted program. After graduation, she plans to attend Walsh University pursuing a degree in physical therapy.
Hughes is the daughter of Ken and Marsha Hughes and holds a 3.956 GPA. She was a member of the Art Club at THS for the past two years. She plans to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the summer to study media arts and animation.
Hinerman is the son of Mike and Cindy Hinerman and has a 3.706 GPA. He attends the Toronto Bible Methodist Church, was in the National Junior Honor Society and was a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He was employed at McDonald's for two years and recently obtained employment at Lowe's.
Hinerman attended the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School during his junior and senior years. He represented Toronto City Schools and the JVS in three welding competitions. He plans to attend Eastern Gateway Community College to obtain an associate degree in engineering and then transfer to Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Stone is the daughter of Bill and Karen Stone and has a 3.698 GPA. She participated in football and competition cheering for four years. She was a basketball cheerleader for two years, played volleyball for four years and ran track for four years.
She was a member of the Key Club for two years, choir for four years and varsity club for one year. She was a member and the vice president of the National Honor Society.
Stone was vice president of her class for four years and was the 2010 homecoming queen. After graduation, she plan to attend KSU to become a nurse anesthetist for pediatric oncology.
Takacs is the daughter of John and Susan Takacs and has a 3.688 GPA. She was a football, basketball and competition cheerleader for four years. She was secretary of her class for four years and was a member of and secretary for the National Honor Society. She was a member of the THS Homecoming Court during her senior year.
Takacs has been a member of the Key Club for two years and has been in choir for four years. After graduation, she plans on becoming an obstetrics nurse.
Lackey is the daughter of Beth Clark and Lonnie Lackey and has a 3.659 GPA. She was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer with the Urban Mission. She was nominated for the Close Up program and American Leaders. She was a member of the Young Ambassadors and volunteers at numerous community events. She donates to the Shepherd's Closet and plans to attend EGCC for a transfer degree in nursing, with a double major in psychology this fall.
McCoy is the son of Rick and Tina McCoy and holds a 3.646 GPA. He participated in basketball his freshman and sophomore years and was a member of the golf team. He was in the Key Club and National Honor Society for two years. While a member of the NHS, he helped with Urban Mission, the Salvation Army Kettle Drive and also the American Red Cross blood drive. He plans to further to attend KSU and study computer information systems.
The remaining members of the Class of 2011 are Samuel Anderson, James Antill, Kevan Brown, Tyler Butler, Veronica Calderwood, Christopher Clarke, Travis Cooper, Trevor Cooper, Lyndzee Davis, Michael DeSantis, Emily Dunlope, Kelsey Ellison, Randall Fazio Jr., Tiffani Gibbs, Kaitlyn Hall, Chezafawn Herrick, Corey Hoffmaster, Matthew Horne, Taylor Johnston, Hillary Jones, Jacob Kosikowski, Scott Linger, Ryne McClelland, Stephanie McCoy, DeVonte McGhee, Michael Mellott, Jalissa Miller, Madison Miller, Emily Montgomery, Courtney Mosti, Cody Owen, Me'Kala Peckens, Jennifer Rampello, Juan Reed, Amanda Roskie, Patrick Ryan, Zachary Schaming, Kelsey Search, Hillary Simpson, Alexandrya Smith, Joel Smith, Nicholas Smith, Taylor Sneathen, Michelle Snyder, Scott Stuck Jr., Chase Takacs, Aubrey Tharp, Jessica Valuska, Charlyn Ward, Derek Wargo and Jessica Zarisky.