Valedictorian Maria Burdjalov, from left, Salutatorian Emma Briskin and Senior Class President Michael Neville stand ready for their commencement ceremony. The Orange High School Class of 2019 celebrated the 93rd Annual Commencement on June 2 at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

OHS celebrates 93rd Annual Commencement

The members of the Orange High School Class of 2019 have joined the ranks of alumni. The 93rd Annual Commencement was held on June 2 at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square.

The valedictorian was Maria Burdjalov, and the salutatorian was Emma Briskin. Michael Neville was the senior class president and introduced the guest speaker: Adam Miller, OHS 2004 graduate and director of content at WKYC. Student Ryan Vincent sang the national anthem, and students Machiah Davis and Mai Geri sang the Orange Alma Mater. Performances included prelude music by the OHS orchestra under the direction of Rebecca Ellsworth and "Seasons of Love" by the OHS choir under the direction of Dr. Paula Snyder. Special thanks to Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and alumna Amy Sancetta and OHS teacher Erin Cingel who graciously assisted with the photos.

Foundation awards and scholarships

The Orange Schools Foundation gave out a numerous scholarships and awards to the Orange High School Class of 2019 last month.

Noah Klubnik received the Aadel Askari Memorial Award. Nicolle Yankelevich received the Barbara Bernheimer Speech and Debate Memorial Award. Alexa Paull received the Timothy Boyle Memorial Award. Noah Golovan received both the Thomas F. Connell Memorial Award and the Dr. Craig B. Kepner Scholarship. Ian Resnik received the Dawn FitzGerald Creative Writing Award. Ta’Mia Fannin received the Dawn FitzGerald Enthusiastic English Scholar Award. Nora Steiner received the Scott Petersen Memorial Jazz Scholarship Award. Ryan Vincent received the Michael Sevastos Memorial Award. Elijah Frey received the Lindsay Stark Memorial Award. Samantha Richards received the Aaron and Whitney Weisenberg Award for the Arts. Armon Frey and Janie Boyle both received the Aaron and Whitney Weisenberg Scholarship Award for Athletics. Iris Levine and Andrew Hamilton both received The Gustav E. and Betsy S. Engineering Scholarship.

National Hispanic Scholar

Orange High School senior Andrew Hamilton recently earned recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar. As part of the National Merit Competition, Hispanic/Latino juniors can be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. Every year, this program recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test.

Phi Beta Kappa recognition

Orange High School senior Maria Burdjalov recently earned recognition by the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa for her academic achievements. For more than 50 years, the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized graduating seniors. Honored students must be in the top 10 percent of his or her class, but must also demonstrate qualities of academic honesty, inquiry into scholarship matters which goes beyond assignments and requirements, a creative involvement in scholarship and great interest in things of the mind. Emphasis is placed upon the selection of students who contribute to the “intellectual environment” of their community. Extracurricular activities including science, mathematics, debating and drama are taken into account as well.

Pride Powers

This week’s Pride Powers recipients at Moreland Hills School are Missy Bunsey’s Great Expectations students, Amanda Krisby’s Great Expectations students, Ally Degnovivo’s first-grade class and Mark White’s fifth-grade class. Each week Moreland Hills School chooses four classrooms as Pride Powers recipients. These classrooms will receive a traveling trophy for exhibiting their Pride Powers: be safe, be respectful, be responsible and be engaged.

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