By WARREN SCOTT
WELLSBURG - More than $4 million in scholarships were awarded to graduating Brooke High School seniors during the school's annual scholarship awards night, May 17.
The scholarships included $88,825 donated by various individuals, businesses and groups through the efforts of the Brooke County Schools Education Foundation; $43,750 from the Albert A. Christ Foundation, and $180,500 in West Virginia's Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.) scholarships as well as many scholarships from colleges, universities and other sources.
Offered as an incentive to keep the state's high school graduates in West Virginia, the state-funded P.R.O.M.I.S.E. scholarships provide $4,750 per year for tuition at public colleges and universities in the state to students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.
The scholarships have been awarded to the following students thus far: Maxwell Allemond, Lacey Baker, Samantha Bardy, Christa Bland, Mackenzie Boyd, Ciara Chiodo, Tyler Cooper, Alexis Cutshall, Jessica Fowler, Brian Gialluco, Carly Gima, Raeann Hanlon, Nathan Harper, Joshua Harrick, James Horner, Casey Johnson, Franko Lewis, Laura Littell, Caitlin Luck, Dakota Marker, Joshua Marosi, Amiee Michael, Vanessa Michetti, Kathleen O'Connell, John Phillips, Vincenzo Pizzuti, Rachel Richard, Kevin Rowland, Alec Salakovich, Emily Sloat, Dana Snyder, Thomas VanCamp, Halle Virgin, Wendy Wells, Kelsey Welsh, Jake Westling, Joshua Yost and Kaitlyn Yost.
Toni Shute, the school's principal, announced students will receive 57 scholarships, ranging from $250 to $1,500, from the Albert A. Christ Foundation. The Wheeling-based foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to high school graduates in several counties along the Ohio River.
This year's Brooke High School recipients are: Max Allemond, Lacey Baker, Samantha Bardy, Christa Bland, Mackenzie Boyd, Ciara Chiodo, Tyler Cooper, Alexis Cutshall, Jessica Fowler, Brian Gialluco, Carly Gima, Raeann Hanlon, Nathan Harper, Josh Harrick, James Horner, Casey Johnson, Franko Lewis, Laura Littell, Caitlin Luck, Dakota Marker, Josh Marosi, Amiee Michael, Vanessa Michetti, Katie O'Connell, John Phillips, Vincenzo Pizzuti, Rachel Richard, Kevin Rowland, Alec Salakovich, Emily Sloat, Dana Snyder, Thomas VanCamp, Halle Virgin, Wendy Wells, Kelsey Welsh, Jake Westling, Joshua Yost, Kaitlyn Yost, Kelsey Bable, Mason Bates, Desiree Boley, Mia Cousar, Wesley Eaton, Ares Ensell, Hannah Everhart, Ali Gerrard, Steven Jeffries, Jessica Kennedy, Sheena Ossman, Nick Breen, Robert Browning, Jacob Byers, Kelsie Felton, Jacob Higgins, Jessica Kuna, Elizabeth Kyanko, Kelsey Miller, Shannon Reardon, Courtney Rine, Megan Salatino, Logan Tennant, Chelsea Thomas, Morgan Thomas, Alyssa Mitchem, Brent Pellen, Carly Schwertfeger and Ali Crawford.
Shute noted since the Brooke County Schools Education Foundation was formed 22 years ago, the group has generated $767,150 in scholarships for more than 4,500 Brooke High School seniors.
The scholarships have been funded by area businesses, civic groups and others, including members of its board of trustees, she said.
Among the many benefactors is Wheeling-Nisshin Inc., which this year awarded a total of $1,600 in scholarships, for $2,000 or $5,000, to the following students: Jake Chernik, Rachel Richard, Dana Snyder, Courtney Rine and Frank DeCapio.
Shute said many area residents have helped to perpetuate the memory of a former classmate, teacher, principal or other school official, or loved one by establishing scholarships in their names.
Three of the school's older memorial scholarships are the Roger Simpson Award, Richard Whitehead Award and Robert "Buzz" Rocchio Award,
The Roger Simpson Award is given each year to a student who has excelled in academics and athletics and is said to have earned the respect of the school's coaches, who select each year's recipient, and teammates.
It's named for Roger Simpson, a Follansbee High School baseball player who died in 1964 as a result of an accidental collision with another player during a game
Simpson's Boy Scout Explorers troop started the award and past recipients and family members have generated funds for a scholarship presented to its winner.
This year Brian Gialluco received the award and a $2,500 scholarship in Simpson's honor. He also was awarded an engineering scholarship from West Virginia University, the Teddi and Justin Licker Memorial Scholarship, named for a Weirton mother and son who were killed in an auto accident in 1988; and a scholarship from Russell Schwertfeger, a retired Brooke County teacher and coach.
Like Simpson, Gialluco participates in three sports, and he was awarded scholarships also from booster groups for the school's boys basketball, tennis and soccer teams.
Since 1999 the Richard M. Whitehead Award has been given to an outstanding female athlete and student in honor of the late Richard Whitehead, whose 36-year career in Brooke County Schools included serving as teacher, principal, superintendent and officiating at many track and field events.
This year's recipient is Ali Crawford, who also was awarded a $500 scholarship with the honor as well as three scholarships to West Virginia Wesleyan College, the William "Catfish" Hurst Memorial Scholarship, Doris Bird Memorial Scholarship and scholarships from the Wellsburg Lions Club and the Brooke Track Boosters.
This year there were two recipients of the Robert "Buzz" Rocchio Award: Caitlin Luck and Tyler Cooper.
Cooper also was awarded scholarships from West Virginia University and Reasners of Wellsburg. Luck was awarded a scholarship from Slippery Rock University.
The award is named for a Brooke High School band and choir member who died in an automobile accident in 1971. Rocchio, who was named to both All-State Choir and All-State Band, was known as an accomplished musician and a friend to many.
Recipients of the award, which included a $500 scholarship for each recipient this year, are chosen for having similar qualities.
Shute also presented to Nicole McKensie the Principal's Award, which is given to a student who displays outstanding school pride in addition to being involved in academics and extracurricular activities. It included a $1,500 scholarship for McKensie, who plans to enter college after serving in the Army.
Shute said McKensie assumed the role of the school's mascot, the Bruin bear, with enthusiasm at many sports events throughout the year and even in oppressive heat, refused to remove the bear's head because she felt it would disappoint children attending.
Other scholarship recipients were:
Ryan Brindley, John Rasz Memorial, American Federation of Teachers and Mark Hone Golf.
Vincenzo Pizzuti, Vincent "Sonny" Rea Memorial, Frank and James Rosso Memorial, Merle D. Catharine Meyer Gaudio Memorial and scholarships from Russell Schwertfeger, UMA Merit Scholarship from Dr. and Mrs. Sanjay Gupta, St. Anthony 20,000 Shot Club, Cross Country Boosters, Boys Basketball Boosters and University of Notre Dame.
Nathan Harper, Vincent "Sonny" Rea Memorial, Doris Bird Memorial, 1990 Brooke Pride Memorial (in memory of Jerry Winters and Randy Cunningham), Mark Hone Business, Brooke Football Boosters and West Liberty University.
Megan Salatino, Gayle Montgomery Memorial, Junior Achievement, Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering and Ashland University.
Josh Yost, W.C. Hood Memorial, Brooke Basetball Boosters and Ohio University.
Chelsea Thomas, Doug Jones Memorial, Harry and Elrita Lazear Memorial, C.F. Walker Memorial, Anthony Paesano and Brooke Cheerleading Boosters.
Courtney Rine, Edward M. Nogay Memorial and Brooke Softball Boosters.
Ryan Cipoletti, Bob "Weeno" Kins Memorial, C.F. Walker Memorial, American Federation of Teachers, Betty Mansberger Shaw Memorial, Wellsburg Lions and Brooke Area AARP.
Emily Sloat, Harry J. and Harriet M. Reitter Memorial, Alpha Delta Kappa and Marshall University.
Christa Bland, Stacy Marie Roach Memorial, Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women, Hancock County Federal Credit Union, Brooke Dance Team Boosters and West Virginia University.
Nicolette Ayers, Derek "Ike" Eisenhauer Memorial.
Kelsey Miller, Derek "Ike" Eisenhauer Memorial.
Kaleb Knight, Derek "Ike" Eisenhauer Memorial.
Josh Harrick, Michael Cipoletti Memorial, Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Brooke Swim Boosters and West Virginia University.
Kelsey Bable, Robert Baron Memorial Arts, George Hubbs Memorial, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering, Weirton Woman's Club Art Department, Junior Achievement, Steubenville Art Association and West Liberty University.
Thomas VanCamp, Jeff Ulrich Memorial, Eric Thomas Memorial and West Virginia University.
Adam Mortimer, Genevieve Chambers Memorial and Colliers School Alumni and Friends.
Halle Virgin, Frances Canestraro Memorial, Alfonse DiCostantino Memorial, Brooke Dance Team Boosters and West Virginia University.
Nick Breen, Joel Cross Memorial, Bobb Conley Memorial, Randy Gaynor Memorial, Russell Schwertfeger, Brooke Boys Basketball and Baseball boosters.
Gianni Fuscardo, Carlin Dodrill Memorial and Mukingum University.
Dakota Marker, Motorcyclist Foundation and Koppers and Penn Commerical Business/Technical School.
Josh Keenan, Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Foundation and Fairmont State University.
Mia Cousar, Pugliese Foundation, Brooke Dance Team Boosters and Scott College of Cosmetology.
Wesley Eaton, Pugliese Foundation.
Edward Morgan, Pugliese Foundation.
Laura Littell, Weirton Rotary Club, Eat'n Park, Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary and Marshall University.
James Horner, Wellsburg Middle School PTA and West Liberty University.
Cheryl Brown, Reasners of Wellsburg and Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Nuncia Fillipelli, James and Janet Benzo, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering and Brooke Swim Boosters.
Josh Marosi, Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival and West Virginia University.
Frank Decapio, Weirton Medical Center and Duquesne University.
Ali Gerrard, WesBanco and Follansbee 20th Century Club.
Carly Gima, 20th Century Woman's Club and Brooke Cross Country Boosters and Wheeling Jesuit University.
Janelle Royal, Parkvale Bank.
Maxwell Allemond, Wellsburg Lions Club and West Virginia University.
Vanessa Michetti, Italian American Culture Club and Duquesne University.
Rachel Richard, Weirton Area Board of Realtors, Women's Professional Club of Weirton, Brooke Swim Boosters and West Virginia University.
Jake Westling, Weirton Area Board of Realtors and West Virginia University.
Jake Chernik, Dr. Krishan Aggarwal and Fairmont State University.
Shannon Reardon, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering, Brooke Softball Boosters and Point Park University.
Aimee Michael, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering and West Liberty University.
Logan Tennant, Brooke County Schools Education Foundation Trustees.
Kelsie Felton, Follansbee Blue Wave Cheering, BCSEF Trustees and Brooke Cheerleading Boosters.
Stefan Slavik, BCSEF Trustees.
Hillary Snyder, BCSEF Trustees.
Natalie Staffileno, BCSEF Trustees.
Tarah Scheetz, BCSEF Trustees.
Raeann Heaton, Serra Foundation and West Virginia University.
Zac Fadse, Snack Brothers.
Zach Miller, Snack Brothers.
Richard Ruckman, Snack Brothers.
Tori Knoczal, Snack Brothers.
Jessica Kuna, Snack Brothers.
Levi Byers, Snack Brothers.
Brittany Rudolph, Snack Brothers.
Chelsea Parr, Snack Brothers.
Alec Hawkin, Snack Brothers.
Mason Bates, Follansbee Youth Basketball.
Carly Schwertfeger, Follansbee Youth Basketball and Fairmont State University.
Kaitlyn Yost, Valley Hospice and Marshall University.
John Phillips, Brooke Cross Country Boosters and Ohio State University.
Desiree Boley, Brooke Girls Basketball Boosters.
Kelsey Welsh, Girls Basketball and Softball boosters and West Virginia University.
Jessica Fowler, Brooke Cheerleading, Swim and Softball boosters and West Virginia University.
Devan Miller, Cheerleading Boosters.
Alyssa Mitchem, Cheerleading Boosters.
Lauren Brindley, Brooke Swim and Soccer boosters.
Dustin DeGarmo, Swim Boosters.
Ares Ensell, Swim Boosters.
Franko Lewis, Swim Boosters and West Virginia University.
Kevin Rowland, Swim Boosters and Bethany College.
Alec Salakovich, Swim Boosters and West Virginia University.
Jessica Kennedy, Softball Boosters and Marshall University.
Katie O'Connell, Softball Boosters and West Virginia University.
Paul DiPasquale, Brooke Baseball Boosters.
Steven Jeffries, Baseball Boosters.
Brent Pellen, Baseball Boosters.
Jake Riccelli, Brooke Track Boosters.
Jake Higgins, Brooke Wrestling Boosters.
Dana Snyder, Brooke Soccer Boosters and West Virginia University.
Courtney Wilcox, West Virginia University.
Lacey Baker, West Liberty University.
Elizabeth Kyanko, West Liberty University.
Alexis Cutshall, Wheeling Jesuit University.
Hannah Everhart, West Virginia Northern Community College.
Joy Isinghood, West Virginia Northern Community College.
Angelena Toenr, Scott College of Cosmetology.
Steven Jeffries, Fairmont State University.
Ciara Chiodo, Marshall University.
Samantha Bardy, Waynesburg University.