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GRADS PROJECT PITTSTON AREA PRIDE
209 GRADUATES URGED TO `LOOK FORWARD.'

By MARY VASSELL; Times Leader Student Reporter

Saturday, June 28, 1997     Page: 3A

YATESVILLE -- After a seemingly interminable school year, commencement ceremonies were held at Charley Trippi Stadium on Friday night for the 31st graduating class of Pittston Area High School.
    As 209 eager seniors entered the stadium, they were greeted by hundreds of parents, friends and faculty members, all projecting Patriot pride.
    Senior Ed Jakuboski marked the beginning of commencement with his trumpet rendition of the national anthem.
    The class and audience members were welcomed by Senior Class President Joseph Griglock. He congratulated his fellow classmates on a remarkable year, both in academics and athletics. "We have made the grade; we have moved up to another level, and the future will bid us higher," said Griglock.
    Principal Joseph G. Costello talked about the creativity of the class, reminding the graduates "to never look back on what could have been, but look forward to what will be."
    Corinne Echalk and Kim Orleski recapped the achievements of the Class of '97, telling the audience that the graduates had received more than $2 million in scholarships.
    The class displayed its talents through presentations of the class poem and the class song, "Tomorrow is Today," both of which were written and performed by class members.
    Six members of the class who had obtained the highest grade point average for four years, Andrea Anushko, Ronald Dietrick, Albert Insogna, Jana Kessel, Gene Molino and Christopher Szakal, presented a speech called "Education (The Key to Success)."
    Each thanked their teachers for providing a quality education and for being their role models as well as their friends.
    The main speaker, district teacher Joseph Curry, quoting musician Tom Petty, said, "Out in the great wide open ... with your future in front of you."
    Assistant Principal Joseph Orlando, who presented the graduates, said it was "the end of their chapter at Pittston Area." And that chapter came to a close with the presentation of the last diploma and the singing of the alma mater. Then Pittston Area said farewell to the Class of '97, as the sun disappeared into the horizon.
    Pittston Area class of 1997:
    Shannon Ahearn, Joseph Alaimo, Stefanie Marie Amico, Anthony Michael Antonello, Andrea Elizabeth Anushko, Joseph J. Appel, Nicole Arena, Gina Argento, Michael James Armillay, Bridgett Balchune, Ryan Joseph Barhight, Richard Michael Bechtold Jr., Jeanna Belles, Joseph Frederick Bender, John Berlinski, Anthony Biduck, George Anthony Bobbouine, Jennifer Ann Booth, Erin Brady, James Broda, Anthony Albert Brogna, Natalie Christine Brogna, Kenneth F. Brown, Nicole Susan Bryk.
    Andrew James Calabrese, Debra Lynn Carey, Corinne J. Carper, Robert Francis Coleman, Marla Costanzo, Noelle Eve Craig, Joseph John Crawford, Denise Elizabeth Crawn, Teal LynLy Crossin, Kathryn Patricia Curry, Gino J. D'Angelo, Joseph Michael DeAngelo, Melinda Lou Deitz, Matthew Dessoye, Robert Wayne Devlin Jr., Ronald Francis Dietrick, Frederick Emil Diriwachter, Andrew Robert Distasio, Thomas Dolan, Cathy Anne Domoracki, Jeffrey James Doran, Carl Francis Dorbad III, Brian Daniel Dudzinski.
    Corinne Ann Echalk, Patrick Joseph Edward Engleman, Michael James Esser, Andrew Thomas Evanich, Nadine Falzone, Joshua Paul Farinella, Lisa Marie Finnerty, Louis Mike Fisher, Kristin Antoinette Forlenza, William J. Gallagher, Margaret L. Galluzzo, Joseph Dennise Galvin, Katherine Evelyn George, Phil Gianfarcaro, Jim David Giza, Lynne Ann Gorzkowski, Joseph Darren Griglock, Stephen J. Gromala, Carrie Ann Guasto, Janelle Guiliano, Melinda Marie Halchak, Melissa Hanczyc, Michael Erik Healey, Amanda Marie Herron, Brandi Anne Hindmarsh, Todd Joseph Hopple, Amber Lee Hubert, Lynn Ann Hudzinski, Albert John Insogna, Edward Richard Jakuboski, Michele Karsko, Andrew Peter Kasisky, Monique Lynn Kasisky, Robert Kelly, Jill Marie Kendzor, Jana Marie Kessel, Tara Anne Kilcullen, Christopher Kochis, David R. Kolmansberger, Joseph John Korea, Jan Steven Kovac, Nichole Kreig, Kristen Kubasko, Megan Ann Latona, Amber Ann LaTorre, Jaime Marie Lenchak, Christopher Reggie Lenza, Jeffrey A. Liskosky.
    Edward R. Maleski, Shannon Marie Maleta, Billy Malinosky, Chrysa Frances Malosh, James Michael Mancini, Christine M. Manganiello, Matt Margavage, Eva Marie Markert, Diana M. Marsh, Jonathon Christopher Marsola, Eric M. Masher, Stacey Ann Mastruzzo, Jennifer Leigh McArdle, Jason Thomas McCabe, Jamie Marie McCarthy, Ann Marie McDermott, Ramond Andrew McDonald, Walter T. McMichael, John Miller, Gene Matthew Molino, Charles Joseph Montagna, Joseph Salvatore Montagna, Bradley Michael Montgomery, Holly Ann Felicity Morkavage, Christopher Morreale, John Paul Morreale, Katherine Lee Murman, Melissa Ann Muroski, Jennifer Marie Musto, Tanya Anne Nawrocki, Kelly Marie Newcomb.
    Megan Marie O'Donovan, Lisa Marie Olson, Jason John Orenich, Kimberly Ann Orleski, Ann Marie Paradis, Lyndsey Elizabeth Parrish, Jeffrey Leonard Anthony Paznonski, Brian Michael Perschau, Patrick Pisano, Alison Mary Policare, Karl William Polt, Christine Renee Porzucek, Marcy Anne Porzucek, Keith R. Puscavage.
    Shukri Abdul Rahman, Jennifer Emily Rebovich, Maura Ann Rincavage, Keith Kristopher Romanczuk, Robert Joseph Romanski, Eric Thomas Rome, MaryFrances Anne Rome, Wesley Jordan Rome, Amie Lynn Rosiak, Cory Gerard Rubino, Kimberly Marie Rugletic, Christina Marie Ryzner, Joshua Graham Sands, Rayann Lea Sands, Patrick Thomas Schwartz, Julie Ann Shaffer, Mike Shannon, Arlene Marie Shatrowskas, Lori Marie Shatrowskas, Shaun Shearer, Christopher Shock, Thomas John Sivahop, Loretta Ann Slezak, Michael William Snopkowski, Jessica Marie Soy, John W. Soy, Lee Ann Ruth Stanton, Michael Mark Stella, Joseph Philip Struckus, Gary Michael Stubbs, Eddie John Sulima, Jeraldine Michelle Sulkoski, Christopher Wayne Szakal, Brenda Lee Szumski, Michael John Szumski.
    Paul Silas Tabone, Samantha Tanski, Erica Lynn Teixeira, David N. Tetlak, Heather Ann Thompson, Eugene F. Tighe, Anita Marie Traglia, Marla Alexandria Turco, Karen Ann Urtishak, Joseph John Vennarini, Maria Vitelli, Amy Lynn Vols, Christopher Joseph Voveris, Patrick T. Wall, Corey Thomas Wasko, Jessica Rose Webb, Michael Paul Webb, Mark David Wesolowski, Autumn Lynn Whispell, Steven Edward White, Kelly Ann Widdick, Christine Marie Wierzbolowicz, Allan Williams, Tiffany L. Williams, Brian Robert Wnenta, Angela Wolfer, Nicole Wroblewski, Jennifer Marie Yanuskavich, Tony Zaffuto, Kathryn Jane Zawierucha, Karissa Anne Zelenowski, Renee Ziobro, Brianna Catherine Zurla, Francis Michael Zvonchenko.
    TIMES LEADER/BOB ESPOSITO
    Pittston Area Senior Class President Joseph Griglock welcomes graduating seniors and guest to commencement exercises at Pittston Area High School on Friday night.
   
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