On Tuesday, May 19, Principal Tom Wise, ’76 and School Board President, John Pastorius, ’77 of Bishop Donahue Memorial High School conferred diplomas on 27 graduates of the Class of 2015 at the Father Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium located at the school.
Among the highlights of the Graduation celebration were the addresses of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2015. Matthew Vucelik achieved the highest grade point average in his class. He is the son of Greg and Ann Vucelik of Glen Dale, WV, where he is a member of St. Jude Parish. Matt will attend West Virginia University this summer and plans to major in Engineering while playing football for he Mountaineers. Rebekah “Peetie” Trader earned the second highest GPA among her classmates to become the Salutatorian of the class. Rebekah is the daughter of Paul Trader and Collette Trader of Moundsville, where she is member of St. Francis Parish. She will also matriculate to WVU where she will study Biology.
The special awards for the BDHS Class of 2015 include:
Cheyanne Reinbeau was presented with a Bible by the Knights of Columbus Council 1907 for being this year’s Aquinas Medal winner.
Samantha Stewart received the FRED CALISSIE MEMORIAL AWARD. This award is given annually in memory of Our Lady of Peace and Bishop Donahue Class of 1980 graduate, Fred Calissie. Fred illustrated the ideals of a parochial school education being respectful, honest, unselfish, sincere, and industrious. Though Fred’s life was short, he touched the lives of many. This award goes to the graduate who best exemplifies Fred’s character.
The Religion Awards are bestowed on one female and one male graduate. St. John’s Parish in Benwood, WV presents a Bible to the male and female student with the Religion 12 Grade point average. This year, Rebekah Trader and Matthew Vucelik were winners.
Being a school in the Marist Tradition, Bishop Donahue rewards those graduating seniors each year who emulate the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat, by going above and beyond the service requirement of the school in serving the least favored among us. On May 17 at the Baccalaureate Mass, the following graduates were awarded the Champagnat Award for logging in excess of 100 hours of service: Jared Ehni, Tess Fallova, Stephen Gretchen, Cheyanne Reinbeau, Rebekah Trader, and Matthew Vucelik.
Finally, the Class of 2015 set a record amount in scholarship dollar totals. This year, the BDHS Class of 2015 has been offered in excess of $2,156,742.00 over the next four years. This amount will continue to climb as scholarship offers continue to arrive. This is a testament to the scholarship, leadership, dedication, character, perseverance, and service of this class.