‘End of an era’




Jayme Easton plans to be a lawyer. Emmett Conner intends to be a doctor, and Everett Jackson hopes to one day open a wildcat sanctuary.

They are among the 72 graduates in the Chaney Campus Class of 2012 who received their high-school diplomas Friday during commence-ment at the school.

Jackson plans to study pre-veterinary medicine this fall at Malone University in Canton. He was in the biotechnology program at Choffin Career and Technical Center.

“I just feel like I’ve achieved so much,” he said.

Conner will study pre-med at Youngstown State University in the fall.

“I’m just excited and really happy,” Conner said. “I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.”

Easton will major in business and pre-law next year at YSU and says she, too, is excited about the future.

The class’s motto is “The end of an era, the beginning of a legacy.”

“We’re the last class to be at the school from our freshman to senior year,” Easton explained.

Chaney became a Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics and Visual and Performing Arts school this year, but students who were seniors this year had the option of finishing their high school careers at the school.

Lauren Kowal, class valedictorian, believes the Class of 2012 is a special class.

“They saved the best for last,” she said. “This class is filled with so much potential.”

Janae Ward, class president, said that while the class has accomplished a lot, they “have much more to achieve.”

Michael Ray, a 1995 Chaney graduate and the Fourth Ward city councilman, expressed similar sentiments as he delivered the commencement address.

“You control your destiny,” he said, urging students to be active either on their college campus or in their community.


Number of graduates: 72

Valedictorian: Lauren N. Kowal

Salutatorian: Brandon G. Egolf

Class officers: Janae Ward, president; Beverly Hecka-thorn, vice president; Chelsea Gregory, secretary; and

Tianna Shannon, treasurer.

Class motto: “The end of an era, the beginning of a legacy.”

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