Bishop Donahue Memorial High School conferred diplomas on the Class of 2017 at the Fr. Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, May 16th. It was an emotional evening that not only paid tribute to the last graduating class, but also recognized the 61 years of school history, the alumni, and all members of the Bishop Donahue Family.
Among the highlights of the Graduation celebration were the addresses of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017. Shae Reinbeau achieved the highest grade point average in her class and is the 2017 Valedictorian. She is the daughter of David and Shelly Reinbeau of Wheeling, WV, where she is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish. Shae will attend Bethany College this fall and plans to major in Biochemistry. Zoey Gast earned the second highest GPA among her classmates to become the Salutatorian. Zoey is the daughter of Tim and Heidi Gast of Moundsville, WV, and is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She will matriculate to Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA where she will study Psychology.
The special awards for the BDHS Class of 2017 include: Madyson Keller was presented a Bible by the Knights of Columbus Council 1907 for being this year’s Aquinas Medal winner. Logan Ingram also received a Bible from St. James Parish for being the top male religion student. Jewel Purpura and Taylor Straughn were recognized for winning the St. Sebastian Medal, given to the top student-athletes. Luke LeMasters received the Fred Calissie Memorial Award, given annually in memory of Our Lady of Peace and Bishop Donahue Class of 1980 graduate,
Champagnat Medallions were also presented to staff members Amy Granato, and Mary Beth Ray. This prestigious award is presented to those whose service and dedication to Catholic education exceeds all expectations.
As of May 16, the Class of 2017 have been offered in excess of $2 million dollars in scholarships over the next four years. This amount will grow as scholarship offers continue to arrive.
Two days prior to the commencement, the Class of 2017 celebrated Baccalaureate. Concelebrated by Fr. Bekeh and Fr. That Son at St. James church, our seniors attended their final Mass together as students of Bishop Donahue High School.
Following communion, six students received the Champagnat award. Named after St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, the award was presented to students for outstanding service. The following graduates earned the award for logging in excess of 100 hours of service: Zoey Gast, Logan Ingram, Trent Kalcum-Snyder, Madyson Keller, Victoria Potts, and Shae Reinbeau.
Congratulations once more to the Class of 2017, the final graduating class in the illustrious history of Bishop Donahue High School.