Alliance High School recognized the top 10% of the Class of 2022 at a recent celebration at Mount Union University.
A total of 23 students were recognized for their academic achievements along with their honored educator, teacher or staff member who had a significant impact on the student during their time at Alliance City Schools.
Each year, a guest speaker is recognized at the celebration and offers guidance to graduates and shares their success story. This year’s speaker was Scott Rowley.
Rowley graduated from AHS in 2002 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish from Capital University, Columbus in 2006. He received his Master of Science in 2009 and Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2021 from the Ohio State University.
Since 2010, Rowley has worked as a nurse practitioner at James Cancer Hospital in Ohio State. Rowley recently became the Manager of Advanced Practice Providers at James Cancer Hospital. He leads a team of 45 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who care for and treat cancer patients.
Rowley lives in Columbus with her husband, Nathan. They are preparing for the adoption of their first child.
During the speech, Rowley told the students that who they are is important to being able to succeed in life.
“My sense of identity is singularly the most groundbreaking discovery I’ve made in my life,” Rowley said.
He encouraged students to leave their comfort zone because that’s when he learned the most about himself. Going away to college and being away from his hometown gave him a clean slate and allowed him to be independent and learn more about who he is and who he wanted to be. He said the act of leaving often leads to the greatest growth.
“You’re about to embark on a journey,” Rowley said. “Many people think of high school graduation as a culminating event – like the end of something – and in the sense that it is. Please take the time to savor your success, to be proud of your accomplishments and to celebrate with your loved ones. But please try to remember that it is much less the end of something than the beginning. The word beginning, after all, means beginning.
Kristy Woodford, director of AHS, was emcee. She introduced each scholar and asked them to read their statement about their honored educator. The honored students were:
SHANNON ARCHER will be attending Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Fellow and plans to major in graphic design. His honored educator was Julie Krichbaum, a retired Spanish teacher.
PATRICK BURSE will be attending the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and plans to study Music Education with a concentration in Percussion Studies. Her honored educator was Carrie Chunat, choir director at AHS.
THOMAS BUTT will be attending Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar and plans to major in Exercise Science. His honored educator was Shaun Fontaine, assistant director at AHS.
JANE COOK will attend the University of Otterbein, where she plans to major in creative writing. Her honored educator was Liz Davis, a Spanish teacher at AHS.
ALIVIA CORKE plans to complete an apprenticeship program to become an electrician upon graduation. His honored educator was Chris Shively, professor of social studies at AHS.
CAROLINE DENNY plans to major in evolutionary biology and is undecided about where to go. His honored educator was Amy Miller, a science professor at AHS.
SAMANTHA GOTTER plans to attend Kent State University to study speech therapy. Her honored educator is Liz Davis, Spanish teacher at AHS.
BLAKE HOOD plans to attend Walsh University to study engineering while playing on the golf team. His honored educator was Joe Richardson, the strength and conditioning instructor at AHS.
JORDAN KRESS plans to attend Coastal Carolina University to major in psychology. His honored educator was Samantha Podlogar, a science professor at AHS.
HANNA MAZZEI plans to go to college to major in psychology. His honored educator was Steve Cabassa, an art professor at AHS.
MIST McMASTERS will work full-time after graduation. Her honored educator was Kim Woodruff, the premedical professions teacher at AHS.
KIERA MILES will go to Stark State College to earn an associate’s degree before moving on to Kent State University to study fashion design. Its honored educator was Rob Quicci, professor of interactive media at AHS.
JANE MILLER will be pursuing a degree in Theology/Religious Studies. His honored educator was Josh Winner, a science teacher at AHS.
CELINE MONSTRA will be attending Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar to study history. His honored educator was Skyler McCully, a science teacher at Alliance Middle School.
PHOENIX MOTRY plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to study environmental science. Their honored educator was Billy Sheak, music/band teacher at AHS and AMS.
EMILEE RICHMOND plans to attend Ohio State University to study communication design. Its honored educator was Robb Quicci, professor of interactive media at AHS.
ALYSSA RISLEY plans to attend Baldwin Wallace University to major in the music industry. Its honored educator was Joss Bowling, the group’s director.
KEAGAN SERRANO plans to attend Ohio State to major in criminology. Her honored educator was Brianna Boehlke, professor of social studies at AHS.
MADELINE SUMMER plans to attend Aultman College of Nursing after graduation. His honored educator was Steve Cabassa, an art professor at AHS.
Henry Wang will be attending Ohio State to major in Exercise Science. His honored educator was Skyler McCully, a science professor at AMS.
NATHANIEL WOERTHER will be attending Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar to study Physical Therapy. Her honored educator was Stephanie McKnight, professor of sports medicine at AHS.
SHYANNE YEAGER plans to attend the University of Akron to study biomedical sciences. His honored educator was Madeline McClellan, English teacher at AHS.
CECILIA ZUCCHERO will attend Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar. His honored educator was Chris Schillig, an AHS English teacher.
The Top 10% event is organized annually by the Alliance Academic Recognition Committee and the John and Roene A. Klusch Foundation.