WINTERSVILLE - It's all about work ethic and the ability to adapt.
That's the message Clayton Stewart, son of Assistant Superintendent Court Stewart and graduate of Indian Creek High School, offered students during the 31st-annual ICHS Scholars Banquet held Sunday at St. Florian Hall.
Stewart, a 1997 ICHS graduate, is a native of Steubenville. After graduation, Stewart attended Ohio State University and was a part of the football team that competed in the Sugar Bowl during his freshman year. He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, golf turf management and with a minor in agricultural business. He then became the spray technician at Scioto Country club in Columbus until 2004 when he took an assistant-in-training position at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. In 2007, he became the assistant superintendent at Idle Hour Country Club in Lexington, Ky.
GUEST SPEAKER — Clayton Stewart, son of Assistant Superintendent Court Stewart and a 1997 Indian Creek High School graduate, spoke Sunday to more than 150 ICHS students at the school’s 31st-annual scholars banquet held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. -- Jeremy Kins
He now is the golf course superintendent at the country club and lives in Lexington with his wife, Amanda, also a 1997 ICHS graduate.
"Anything worth having is worth working for, and you all should be proud of yourselves," Stewart said to the crowd of more than 500 students and parents. "Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years? The path I took wasn't even on my list. Even the best laid plans can change, but it's how you adapt that will make you successful.
"Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishments and good luck with your future. Enjoy it," said Stewart.
More than 150 students were honored Sunday for their achievement of receiving at least two consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
Receiving certificates for two consecutive trimesters at a 3.5 GPA or better were freshmen Briana Berryman, Abigail Bevilacqua, Nolan Burchfield, Justen Chappell, Zachary Crawford, Emily Crossley, Marissa DeFallo, Shelby Dye, Skyler Dye, Aaron Eckley, Morgan Evans, Kaleb Everhart-Knowlton, Nicholas Fortunato, Michael Freshwater, Tyler Gaydosh, Paige Geanangel, Abby Greco, Corey Hartung, Jordan Herald, Maxwell Lewis, Martina Marko, Amber Meszaros, Michael Puorro, Madison Rees, Eric Renzelli, Joshua Shield, Madison Sims, Sean Smith, Jacob Snodgrass, Brooke Spence, Thomas Tressler, Steven Westlake, Benjamin White and Cole Yeater; sophomores, Kera Baker, Justin Bickerstaff, Britni Carmine, Jasmine John, Dylan June, Kiarra Kamarec, Kirsten Martin, Fabio Mattina, Cody Moffo, Natalie Mullins, Kyle Probert, Andrew Srock, Mallorie Sullivan, Siera Terry, Christian Thomas, Tanner Tice, Vern Utt, III and Zachary Williams; juniors, Amy Chappell, Margaret Davis, Tyler Dellenbaugh, Courtney Flesher, Corey Forster, Ian Gambill, Carley Martin, Stefanie Morrow, Shane Neilly, Andrew Newburn, Ian Paulman, Spencer Robinson, Cody Shrieve, Samantha Smith, Nicholas Stewart, Kristin Summy, Amber Travis, Dominick Vella, Jessica Weisberger and Brandon Werkin; and seniors, Jensen Agin, Raylynn Baker, Jenna Bennett, Chanel Biggs, Alexander Bodnar, Haleigh Brandon, Thomas Fante, Derek Ferguson, Landon Grimes, Catie Hill, Breanna Hoover, Ryan Johnson, David Kemp, Kent Lewis III, James Luzer, Amber Magnuson, Thomas McPeek, Kirsten Moore, Paige Morgan, Christopher Myers, Christian Norris, Georgia Reed, Ashley Shimko, Jeffery Stephen Jr., Camille Vincent and Ashley Webb.
Honored with bronze keys with five consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 GPA or better were sophomores, Alyssa Aldridge, Chelsea Dalrymple, Jonathan Davis, Cody Durbin, Jessica Eckersberg, Adam Freshwater, Jessica Furda, Hallie Gambill, Malieka Gurrera, Shannon Kovach, Cameron Lamatrice, Kylee Lash, Jasmine Lenko, Tye Levi, Whitney Martin, Alexis Monroe, Bryan O'Neill, Abigail Orr, Kelsey Pool, Russell Ratcliffe, Trevor Scott, Kristen Shimko, Ryan C. Stewart, Kayla Stewart, Abbie Straughn, Emily Todoroff, Nico Treglia, Annika Trikones, Hannah Webb, Tanner Wise and Jocelyn Wolpert; juniors, Sydney Costlow, Isaac Foldi, Page Fowler and Brandon Galownia; and seniors, Zebadiah Butterfield, Kaleigh Clevenger, Gage Leasure, Jack Lowther, Julie Polsinelli, Rebekah Smith, Tabatha Taylor, Eric Turner and Nicholas VanKirk.
Silver key winners with eight consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 GPA or better included juniors, Ashley Bolitho, Kasey Celestin, Ali Collaros, Jared Conn, Arianna Cozart, Payton Dixon, LeeAnn Doty, Taylor Fante, Levi Flesher, Emily Frazer, Darren Gribble, Brandon Hammack, Jacob Mamula, Megan Markja, Breyanne Mays, Alyssa Moran, Brooke Piergallini, Andre'a Trice, Zoe Weaver, Karli Wilson, Evan Winfield and Anthony Young; and seniors, Michael Furda, Sebastian Gravelle, Erika Kirkpatrick, Harley Moffo and Nathan Thomas.
Receiving the highest honor of a gold key with 11 consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 GPA or better were seniors, Hunter Bailey, Joseph Bowers, Hillary Carney, Anthony Davis, Aubrie Gaydosh, Joshua Gluzman, Dylan Hibbits, Megan Hukill, Alisha Keeton, Samuel Orr, Kristin Riapos, McCall Sims, Ashley Starr, Danielle Welling and Brittany White.
Twelve teachers also were honored with gold keys after being chosen by the gold key students. Those teachers were chosen for being most influential in the students' lives.
The teachers honored were James DiCarlo, mathematics teacher at ICHS; James Gorney, mathematics teacher at Indian Creek Junior High School; Crystal Hammack, physical education teacher at Wintersville Elementary School; Lynn Marsh, mathematics teacher at ICJHS; Josh Minor, social studies teacher at ICHS; Robert Nelson, retired science teacher at ICHS; Brandon Pendleton, science teacher at ICHS; Cynthia Phillippi, art teacher at ICHS; Peggy Pyle, social studies teacher at ICHS; Terri Starkey, language arts teacher at ICHS; Joseph Dunlevy, mathematics teacher at ICHS; and Jonathan Hoover, social studies teacher at ICHS.