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
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
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.
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
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