601 GRADUATE IN FIRST COMMENCEMENT
By TANYA YACINA; Times Leader Student Reporter
Saturday, June 19, 1993 Page: 6A QUICK WORDS: HAZLETON AREA HIGH
HAZLETON -- In the hot and humid Harman Geist Stadium on Friday night,
graduates, parents, friends and relatives eagerly anticipated the first
commencement for Hazleton Area High School.
With 601 seniors graduating in the class of 1993, one parent lamented about
her daughter being near the end of the alphabet. "We could've come at 8
Despite everyone's expectation of a long commencement, the ceremony only
lasted an hour and a half.
Members of the first graduating class took their places in line, which
wound all the way down the street outside of the stadium. Finally the seniors
had reached the end of their long journey to graduation from high school.
Class valedictorian Carla Generose welcomed her peers, their parents and
her fellow graduates to their last time together as a group.
"As we sit here this evening, each student has some significant memories
passing through his or her thoughts," she said as she fondly reflected on her
own memories. "The only direction and the only guidance that we carry with us
is the result of everything that we have learned in the past 12 years."
Generose is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Generose, of Hazleton. She
will attend Villanova University, where she will major in economics in
preparation for a career incorporate law.
Salutatorian Tara Dixon made a special, heartfelt tribute to the parents.
She congratulated them on the fine work they have done during the years and
stressed that "we will never forget all that you have done to make us the
special people that we are today."
Dixon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dixon, of West Hazleton. She
will attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania,
where she will major in marketing or finance.
Mary Lee Glassberg, one of the top five students, said goodbye to all of
her friends. She spoke of many good times shared between the graduates
throughout their last year. "We did not simply complete the first year at
HAHS; we completed it successfully," she said.
Senior class president Heather Oster also addressed her peers. "HAHS is a
melting pot of many different personalities, and I am proud to represent such
a diverse group of individuals."
Mike Sholtes and Melanie Gabriel offered the invocation and benediction.
Principal Rocco Mussoline offered encouraging words to the class, "I will
remember each of you in a special way ... you KNOW what I mean!"
The long list of 601 graduates was then read, and the coveted diplomas were
Some parents and students cried while their children and friends took one
of the first steps to adulthood. Others laughed, hardly believing that it was
A cluster of white and crimson hats filled the air as the final graduate's
name was called. A chapter in the members of the class of 1993's life had been
ended, but their progress and achievements will continue.
Tanya Yacina, 16, of McAdoo Heights, will be a senior at Hazleton Area High
School next year. She is the assistant editor of the school newspaper, In the
The graduates are:
Christopher Michael Abboud, M. Hassan Abudullah, Hussein Abdullah, Edwin M.
Abreu, Erik Charles Ahiborn, Peter M. Ambruch, Allen P. Andrefski, Tina Marie
Andrews, Paul J. Andruzzi, Amy Lee Angelo, Richard Girard Angelo, Christine S.
Anthony, Brian David Applegate, James S. Arendash, Kathleen M. Babula,
Kimberly Ann Babula, Robert Andrew Baneravage, Robin Marie Banja, Jason John
Baran, Jeffrey David Baran, Milissa Baran, Vincent J. Baran, David W. Barasha,
Michael John Barala, Jennifer Lee Barbotti, Jamie Barletta, John T. Barletta,
Justin M. Barletta, Amanda Beth Barnhorst, Sarah Ann Barrett, Michelle L.
Barrett, Denise M. Barron, Nicole Bartholomew, Daniel J. Basala, David John
Basala, Keith Thomas Bast, Michael James Beckley, Karen Ann Marie Begia, John
Peter Beishline, Christopher L. Bellington, Christopher L. Bellington,
Christopher Benko, Jason M. Benyo Alison H. Berger,Tara L. Berger, Angela M.
Bergstresser, Joseph W. Berlanda, Joseph W. Berlanda, Harry D. Berlitz, Kami
J. Bernstein, Anthony J. Biacco, Melissa A. Biacco, Kimberly A. Bielen, Eric
C. Bixler, Dawn M. Blass, Scott Boehmier, Todd Bogansky, James Bognet, Keith
D. Bolish, Amy A. Book, Tara Boretski, Rachel Boris, Jadranka, Boskovic,
Valerie L. Bott, Andrew M. Boyle, John M. Boyle, Victoria A. Bradley, Ronann
G. Brobst, Kimberly Ann Brogan, Tiffany A. Broskoski, Tania Marie Broton,
Jeffrey N. Brugger, Amy Bruno, Shelly Lynn Brutosky, Kimberly Ann Bruzgulis,
Thomas Lee Bryington, Megan Bullano, Jessica Burckhardt, LeeAnn Burkhardt,
Tanya Mary Bzdil, Joel Christopher Calarco, Danille Elizabeth Capece, Rachel
Lynn Carey, Christine M. Carter, Scott Casagrande, John P. Casella, Mickey Joe
Castrine, Tammy Melissa Catrone, Thomas R. Cauley, Thomas E. Charters, Marc
Anthony Cherasaro, John C. Cherko, John S. Chioffe, Monika Chrabaszcz,
Jennifer Lynn Chulock, Brenda Lee Ciotola, Kendra Lea Ciotola, Jennifer L.
Clark, Joann M. Clatch, Lynn D. Connors, Stacey Lee Contini, Daniel A. Cooper,
Samuel M. Correll, John L. Costabile, Leticia Covarrubias, Amy Lynne Coxe,
Joell Coxe, Donovan J. Cramer, Jason H. Croman, Beverly Jean Culp, Joseph A.
Curcio, Christopher Cusatis, Matthew Christopher Cusatis, Renee Carole Czutno,
Michael M. James D'Angelo, John James Dacostino, Ian S. Daley, Jacqueline
Darrow, Paul D. Davidovich, Eric L. Davies, Shawn S. Dawson, Jennifer Lynn
DeFrancisco, Michael A. DeFrancisco Jr., Robert L. DeFuso, Michelle A.
DeLeonardis, Tad L. DeLong, Anthony DeLucca, Diane Jane DeMara, Lori Ann N.
DeMatt, Jennifer Anne Demko, Ronald J. Deritis, Kenneth Louis DeVito, Simona
DiVita, Christine Marie DiPasquale, James Matthew Dixon, Tara Elizabeth Dixon,
Danielle Marie Donadi, Danielle Denise Doney, Mary Jo Michelle Donlin, Peter
Matthew Dougherty, Melissa L. Dowling, James Doyle, Annmarie Drasher, Jeffrey
J. Drumheller, Christy E. Drummond, Nicole M. Drubick, Robert E. Durant,
Nicole M. Eidleman, Jason M. Eisenhower, Justin R. Elyard, Christopher R.
Embert, Billy J. Engel, Myron Ervin, Danielle E. Esposito, Christopher Michael
Evancho, James Evancho, Jennifer R. Evans, Juliann Joy Ewer, Laura K.
Fairchild, Scott R. Fallon, George Fedor, Brian T. Fedorko, David A. Fehr,
Tara M. Felegie, Michael J. Fellin, Sarah Jo Ferdinand, Kristen Ference,
Kristina M. Fetchen, John E. Fetterman, Joel D. Finkel, Bradley D. Fisher Jr.,
Jenna Lee Fisher, LuAnn FIsher, Ruth Arlene Fisher, Brian M. Flumefreddo,
Thomas E. Floyd, Matthew H. Folk, Karla L. Foose, Allison S. Forbes, Matthew
Scott Ford, Anthony Paul Formica, Dina Ann Fornataro, Michael J. Friendy,
David Frye, Ingrid Alison Frye, Melanie Anne Gabriel, Lia Marie Gaizick,
Joseph J. Galada, Gary P. Gallagher, Molly E. Gallagher, Pamela J. Gallagher,
Christopher R. Gallagher, Joseph Michael Garbacik, Michael Gaudiano, Kelly
Lynn Gavinski, Stacy A. Gelgot, Jadeen Rose Gendimenico, Carla Maria Generose,
Gary Lawrence Generose, Christian Getz, Kelly Susan Gill, Shawn P. Gilette,
Mary Lee Glassberg, Michael Gogick, Mark D. Good, Larenzina Marie Gorski,
Jeremy Gottstein, Era M. Gould, Sharon Marie Graaf, Joseph T. Graves Jr., Kyle
Thomas Graybush, Vincent T. Grego, Anthony Gregory, Helen Loretta Gross,
Christopher P. Grovich, Jeffrey C. Guido, Heather Lee Gulas, Scott Gunshore,
Michael J. Halye, Kirstie T. Hansen, Kevin L. Haraschak, Jason K. Harman,
Brian B. Hart, Tracy Ann Hartranft, Jennifer Elizabeth Hedesh, Amber Lynn
Heffner, Ronald K. Heller, Jason J. Herron, Christopher L. High, Jodi Beth
Hildebrand, Frances M. Hill, Matthew J. Hoffman, Shane Hoffman, Paula J.
Hoilko, Shane Joseph Holmes, Tanya M. Honicker, Donna Jean Hons, Margaret H.
Hopeck, Robert D. Horensky, Maria C. Horga, Thomas Horinko, Jamie Horwath,
Eric Houser, Robert W. Houtsch, Matthew J. Hresko, Angila M. Hunt, Brian
Hutchison, Allison C. Hvizda, James Jacobs, Jeanne C. Jacobs, Michael
Jennings, Dawn Marie Jeziorski, Robert Johnson, Vicki Johnson, Jennifer Ann
Jordan, Tara L. Jordan, Wayne Jurus, Jeffrey J. Kalendowicz, Jarrett Daniel
Kaminsky, Jennifer Kaminsky, Mary Kanyak, Carl S. Kapes, Christopher J. Kapes,
Anthony Kapuschinsky, Lynn Ann Karosas, Eugene J. Kaschak, Anthony Katona,
Katherine A. Katona, Melissa M. Keller, Michael A. Keller, Ryan Mark Kelly,
Thomas J. Kepping, Lisa M. King, Martin A. King, Gerald R. Kisatsky, Jamie M.
Kishbaugh, Marcia A. Kishbaugh, Heidi A. Klepach, George A. Kline, Dwight Earl
Klobetanz, Kristina Marie Kluck, Tricia A. Knecht, Nanette Kols, Danielle M.
Kondash, Dawn M. Kostician, Diane M. Kotch, Brandon J. Kotsko, Sherry Ann
Kott, Renee L. Kowalczyk, Scott J. Krevenko, Bruce E. Kromis Jr., Richard O.
Kropp, Mary Beth Krupilis, Celeste Kucinski, John Kuczynski, Michelle Lee
Kuntz, Brandi Lee Kurchock, Heather Marie Kusnierz, Jennifer Lynn Kuznair,
Jonathan George Kyte, John Paul Labert, Erin Lee Laberta, Leigh Ann Ladner,
Matthew F. Larock, Christine M. Lawrence, Christina S. Lawton, Ann H. Le,
Hilary Marian Lease, SHelley Ann Lee, Eirc Robert Legg, Jeffrey Leichtman,
James Leonard, Shelley Sue Leonard, Michael J. Lesher, Michelle Lynn Leshko,
Lori Lee Lewis, Ralph D. Lindstrom, Donald Wanye Lips, David F. Lisnock,
Nicole Helene Litostansky, Amber L. Lockard, Susan T. Lombardo, Thomas C.
Lonczynski, Christpher Long, Joseph Longo, Jennifer M. Luchi, Shawn P. Lutsky,
Elena Lyakir, Edward G. Macko, Michelle Maghear, Gerard P. Magula, Theresa Ann
Mainiero, Erica L. Majusiak, Wilson J. Malloy, Azahel Benavides Manriquez,
Damian C. Marchetti, Christopher M. Marhelko, Anthony M. Mariano, Gina J.
Mariano, Matthew J. Mariano, Deborah R. Marinko, Mark Stephen Marinock,
Meredith Marko, Melody Markowski, John Paul Marshall Jr., Melissa Ann
Marsicano, Kimberly Ann Masher, Amanda Maslo, Sheila Maslo, Charles J. Mason
Jr., Maryiann Laura Mattern, Bryan C. Maurer, Jeffrey T. Mazurick, N. Dayne
McAfee, Colleen Ann McAlarney, Laura Lee McAlarney, THomas J. McBrearty,
Shannon Lee McGee, Christina Lee McGowan, Melissa Ann McLaughlin, Shawn
Patrick McShea, Tracey A. Mecir, Judith Medalis, Michael Medvitz, Stacy Ann
Medvitz, Tara Lee Mehalick, Nicole A. Mensinger, Jason Lee Mercia, Lela Mertz,
Jason J. Metrick, Jason J. Michaels, Rebecca Michalesko, Fiorella C.
Michelucci, William J. Midlick, Russell Miller, Melissa K. Mincica, Joel A.
Mitchell, Carry Miterko, Shawna Mokes, Michael L. J. Monkoski, Brenda M.
Montz, Robert M. Morrison, Jay J. Mowery, John M. Moyer IV, Shannon Lee
Mrazik, Timothy Mumie, Robert Muscovitch, Trisha Ann Marie Museousky, Kevin
Wade Myers, Amy M. Nardozzi, David James Natt II, Diana Lynn Neely, Billy J.
Ney, Lucia Helena Rambo Niero, William G. Noggle, Shawna Marie O'Brien, John
T. O'Brien, John T. O'Donnell, Heather Lee Olexa, Nicole Ann Omolecki, Tammy
Frances Onder, Kimberly Beth Orbin, John E. Oressie, Julie Marie Orlando,
Peter P. Ortitz, Lisa Marie Osadche, Heather Marie Oster, Tara Lynn Palermo,
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Victor Pavlick, Kimberly Ann Peiser, John V. Pekala, John Anthony Pelley,
Mariana Peltack, Theresa Marie Pence, Kristin M. Perry, Jessica Lee Petrewicz,
Stanley Thomas Petrick, Candice Michelle Petruce, Michael Patrick Phillips,
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Piccola, Juan Usner Pinales, Robert Piscura, Regina Marie Piskorick, Christine
A. Pleban, Tiffany Jennifer Plesh, Christine Ann Polashenski, Joseph P.
Polega, Christopher M. Pombo, Kevin J. Pongrazzi, Christopher G. Porto,
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Eric J. Radtke, Carrie L. Rafalli, Janine J. Rajkiewicz, Craig C. Ravina,
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Ann Riffon, Brian T. RIgotti, Bree Ripa, Heidi J. Rittenhouse, Jacqueline
Ritz, George S. Roberts, Melissa B. Robinson, Nicole Lee Rodgers, Maria L.
Rodino, Virginia T. Rodino, Harley A. Rodriguez, Lauren M. Rogowicz, Jennifer
A. Rolls, Kimberly Rosato, Amy Marie Roslevege, Tiffany A. Ross, Ralph W.
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A. Ryba, Jennifer C. Sabia, C. Russell Saiva, Joelle Alexis Sando, Lisa Joleen
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