Jack Bajerski, who will begin his senior year this fall at South Range High School, participated in the American Legion Buckeye Boys’ State.

Boys’ State is an eight-day intensive education program on Ohio government for high school students. Jack was selected by American Legion Post 290.

Jack is a 4.0, National Honor Society student. He is a two-year varsity letter player for the South Range Raiders Varsity baseball team. Along with regular high school classes, he participates in College Credit Plus classes through Youngstown State and Kent State universities. His college plans are to study environmental engineering.

Jessica Gonda of Boardman has been awarded the Thomas J. Vukovich award, a prize established to recognize fraternity men and sorority women for their achievements and contributions to the fraternity and sorority community.

Gonda is one of 13 University of Akron students who received leadership awards through Greek Life at UA.


David J. Jordan, son of David and Lisa Jordan of Canfield, has graduated from the Ohio Northern Pharmacy School with doctorate of pharmacy.

He is a 2010 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. Jordan’s college activities included serving as executive director for Up Til Dawn (St. Jude Children Research Hospital), and he is the Operations Self-Care Promotions chairman for the Academy of Student Pharmacists.

After his graduation, Jordan will complete a pharmacy residency at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.


Dr. Anthony Russo, son of Richard and Janet Lepore Russo of Canfield, has begun his residency in internal medicine at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center this month.

Dr. Russo is a 2006 graduate of Canfield High School and graduated magna cum laude from Avalon University School of Medicine. At Avalon, he received eight awards of excellence in academics, including best peer tutor, best overall student and highest grade in his graduating class.

Dr. Russo also participated in free health clinics that benefited the community. He is also a member of the Wolves Club of Youngstown, an organization which raises scholarship money for students to attend Youngstown State University.

His family also includes Patrick (Maria) Russo, and his grandparents, Frank and Dorothy Lepore and the late Rocco and Anna Russo.


These students were awarded bachelor’s degrees unless otherwise noted:


Youngstown: Marissa Gorvet, biology.

Poland: Olivia Martinez-Murphy, Spanish and history; Katelyn Schoenike, archaeology.

New Springfield: Michael (Hank) Schlueter, chemistry.


Girard: Nicholas Malvasi, finance.

Hermitage, Pa.: Thomas Jackson, international business.

Mineral Ridge: Courtney Nock, master of medical science in physician assisting.

New Castle, Pa.: James Kunselman, music compisition/instrumental performance and music education, summa cum laude.

Newton Falls: Matthew Szorady, health care management.

Warren: Katie Talstein, theatre, cum laude.

Youngstown: Joseph Corradi, theatre acting and directing.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, various campuses

Austintown: Sean Pavlak, science; Angela Himes, associate of applied science, with distinction; Stacy Pierce, associate of applied science, with distinction; Joseph Soriano, science; Charlene Savo, associate of applied science; Emily Kinnick, science; Collin Bartley, science; Tiirini Blakely, associate of applied science; Joshua Donlon, science; Marlene Helsel, associate of applied science; Teliya Little, associate of applied science, with distinction; Carl McDermott III, associate of applied science, with distinction; Jessica Popp, associate of science.

Beloit: Kayla Handy, associate of science; Nathan Keene, business administration, magna cum laude; Sarah Reich, associate of applied science, with distinction; Taylor Fotheringham, master of education; Kimberly Sposetta, associate of applied science.

Berlin Center: Ashley Algarin, associate of applied science, with distinction; Jaclyn Gaines, associate of applied science.

Boardman: Lisa Jurus, associate of applied science, with distinction; Michael Kohuth, integrative studies; William Trella, arts; Arthur Thomas, business administration; Christopher Hillman, arts, magna cum laude; Kayleigh Huck, nursing; Fredrick Beery, science; Michael Collins, arts; Ryan Fritch, associate of applied business; Robert Porter, associate of applied science, with distinction; Jamie Porter, associate of applied science; Maggie Ress, arts; David Rodenbaugh, arts; Joelle Thomas, nursing, cum laude.

Bristolville: Julie Sloan, business administration; Michelle Termine, science, magna cum laude; Timothy Hacker, business administration, cum laude; Tyler Warren, associate of arts; Sarah McGhee, associate of science.

Brookfield: Abrianna Burton, arts; Leigh Ann Clayton, science.

Burghill: Corey Jurgle, integrative studies; Matthew Hathaway, associate of arts; Christopher Thorn, associate of arts.

Campbell: Gina Burns, business administration; Louis Ivan, arts; Carmen Lanzo, nursing.

Canfield: Cassandra Burchett, science, summa cum laude; Travis Gorley, associate of science; McKenzie Phipps, associate of applied science, with distinction; Erica Kotel, associate of applied science, with distinction; Robin Rockney, arts; Jenna Franco, business administration, cum laude; Jordan Bogadi, associate of applied business; Samantha Eash, arts, magna cum laude; Lauren Gresko, nursing, cum laude; Shelby Lazar, science, cum laude; Stacey Slagle, arts, cum laude; Stephanie Budaker, arts, magna cum laude; Benjamin Miller, arts, cum laude; Jessica Butler, business administration; Katherine Dowd, associate of applied science, with distinction; Robert Jesko, fine arts; Michael Kurian, science; Erin Mitchell, associate of applied science; James Pisano, nursing; Matthew Putzier, education; Mary Ritter, nursing; Andrea Robison, master of library and information science; Ashley Shelley, associate of applied science, with distinction.

Columbiana: Mariana Bonish, associate of applied science, with distinction; Sandra Anderson, master of education; Conrad Smith, arts, summa cum laude; Samantha Hawkins, nursing; Meredith Polen, associate of science, with distinction; Justin Salmen, associate of applied business; Trevor Adair, associate of applied science; Macayla Macklin, associate of applied science; Charmaine May Tejano, associate of applied science.

Cortland: Kristen Harris, science; Rebecca Miller, education; Desirae Ainsley, associate of applied science; Angela Cozart, associate of arts, with distinction; Jessica Perkins, technical and applied studies, summa cum laude; Adam Collier, science; Shane O’Connor, business administration; Emily Wills, arts; Nina Spasojevic, associate of applied business; Tara Lesh, associate of applied science; Katelyn Braunegg, arts; Troy Karr, associate of applied science, with distinction; Katie Giardina, science; Joseph Wilson, science, magna cum laude; Jessica Moorehead, business administration; Thomas Adair, business administration, magna cum laude; Aaron Huston, arts; Ashlan Phillips, associate of science, with distinction; Aaron Mostoller, public health; Tyler Elliott, business administration; Brianna Brannon, arts, cum laude; Whitney Cairns, associate of science; Carla Daniel, technical and applied studies; David Dermer, science; Corey Fowler, master of music; Brett Hillier, associate of applied science; Andrew Hospodor, associate of science; Nicole Komissarov, associate of arts; Aimee LeMon, master of nursing; Katrina Leonhard, nursing; Brendan McBride, associate of applied science; Kristie Miller, master of nursing; Louis Novakovich, associate of arts; Dana Omerzo, associate of science; Jonathan Palo, associate of arts; Zachary Wolff, associate of arts.

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