Saturday, April 21, 2007

Donley Awards Honor 29 LV High School Seniors on Monday

The Donley Awards for Excellence, named for former Air Products and Chemicals chairman Ed Donley, honor the area’s top graduating seniors through a scholarship and awards luncheon.

This Monday, twenty-nine local seniors will be honored at an 11:45 AM luncheon held at the Four Points Sheraton in Allentown. It's a privilege to list these scholars and their high schools. If you see anyone you recognize, be sure and congratulate them.

Kate Roylance Kiefer, Allen High School 4.967/4.0
Margaret Anne Lafferty, Allentown Central Catholic High School 4.0/4.0
Theodore Grandison Strong, Bangor Area High School 105.448/100
Melissa Keenhold, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School 3.574/4.0
Mark A. Saylor, Bethlehem Catholic High School 3.96/4.0
Kyle Schaarschmidt, Career Institute of Technology 3.3/4.0
John Clark Holenda, Catasauqua High School 99.77/100
Emily Lauren Brown, Dieruff High School 4.933/4.0
Courtney Aileen Regan, Easton Area High School 101.314/100
XI (Henry) LU, Emmaus High School 4.184/4.0
Jessica Lynn Cortez, Freedom High School 4.43/4.6
Chlorissa L. Manescu, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute 4.48/4.0
Sean David McKeever, Lehigh Valley Christian High School 3.98/4.0
Caleb Huesz Schwarzbach, Liberty High School 4.33/4.00
Jillian Fedor, LV Charter High School for the Performing Arts 3.934/4.0
Eamon Patrick Murphy, Moravian Academy 4.3/4.3
Jennifer Michelle Cramer, Nazareth Area High School 4.02/4.0
Joshua Peter Mindler, Northampton Area High School 4.181/4.25
Jessie Marushak, Northern Lehigh High School 4.88/4.0
Lia Karin Snyder, Northwestern Lehigh High School 97.7/100
Rocco Anthony Panella, Notre Dame High School 4.05/4.0
Max Staplin, Parkland High School 4.722/4.0
Kyle Thomas Brown, Pen Argyl Area High School 4.0/4.0
Daniel Tranotti, Pius X High School 3.71/4.0
Heather Anne Comerci, Salisbury High School 102.448/100
Sarah L. Dodson, Saucon Valley Senior High School 4.453/4.0
Pierre C. Trepagnier, Southern Lehigh High School 4.297/4.0
Matthew L. Eisenhard, Whitehall High School 4.635/4.0
Aly Bourreza, Wilson Area High School 4.603/4.0

Later this month, Ron Angle will honor the 29 biggest high school bad asses with Cuban cigars at the Tic Toc Diner.
Correction:Not being a Donley Award winner. I posted a previous year's winners. But that's OK. They should be honored, too. Here's this year's winners.

Bangor Area High School, Melissa J. Kakareka
Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech, Craig Lee Moser
Bethlehem Catholic High School, David A. Watsula
Career Institute of Technology, Brooke Sampson
Catasauqua High School, Kaitlin Ann Tomecek
Allentown Central Catholic High School, Marlene A. Yandrisevits
Dieruff High School, Brad Matthew Paraszczak
Easton Area High School, Robert Lewis Briggs
Emmaus High School, Emily Stewart Whalen
Freedom High School, Jennifer Lund
KidsPeace-Washington School, Shannon Renee Kerns
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Amy Lynn Ziegler
Lehigh Valley Charter High School, Samantha Jill Shaffer
Lehigh Valley Christian High School, Taylor Jonathan Hughes
Liberty High School, Ethan William Schwarzbach
Moravian Academy, Gareth Maurice Chase
Nazareth Area High School, Xinjie Liao
Northampton Area High School, James Brian Rajsky
Northern Lehigh High School, Elizabeth Wagner
Northwestern Lehigh High School, Laura Dietrich
Notre Dame High School, William P. Hogan III
Parkland High School, Alex R. Rosen
Pen Argyl Area High School, Michael Civitella Baker
Pius X High School, Shelby Lynn Pavan
Salisbury High School, Nicholas Andrew Marze
Saucon Valley High School, Danielle Marie DaSilva
Southern Lehigh High School, Nathalie Marrian Trepagnier
Whitehall High School, Fatema Murtaza Kermalli
William Allen High School, Lindsay Seccombe Cox
Wilson Area High School, Caitlin Sarah Roe


LVDem said...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this up!

Anonymous said...

If the highest acheivement a student can attain is 4.0, how can we have some listed with grade point averages above that?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 10:42, I can't answer your question. Althoughg I spent 12 yrs in high school, I don't know how grades are determined. But I know this much, if a student has a GPA higher than 4.0, it necessarily follows, that 4.0 is NOT the highest achievement a stident can obtain.

If you see a student you recognize on either of the lists, offer your congrats.

LVDem said...

some classes carry extra weight to them (typical max is 4. For example, an Advanced Placement or Honors course would give more points for an A (4.5) than would a standard course (4.0). So that means the students are getting A's in all of their classes, including their advanced courses. So basically, rather than punishing somebody for not taking AP or honors courses, the weighted grading system gives rewards to those in AP or honors.

In some of our area high schools this becomes highly competitive with students opting out of electives (like chorus or band) b/c they don't have weight to them compared to an AP math or english course. Being the dumb one of my hs friends, I was the one who stayed in the electives while they didn't.