Among the students recognized at the 2017 commencement exercise were sixteen students who earned the distinction of being named an Honor Graduate. In order to receive this honor, students must complete ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade with a 95% or higher average. The Honor Graduates for the Class of 2017 are:
 
Valedictorian
 
Isaac Wynn: son of Maureen and David Wynn
Attending: Rochester Institute of Technology
Major: Engineering (Mechanical and Aeronautics)
Additionally, Isaac received the Frederick A. Morris Achievement Award, given by the Union National Bank to Southern Columbia’s Valedictorian.
 
Salutatorian
 
Mary Scopelliti: daughter of Kim and Joseph Scopelliti
Attending: Bucknell University
Major: Marketing, Innovation and Design
Additionally, Mary received the Salutatorian Scholarship, sponsored by the Burant Family in honor of Alexander and Keenan Burant, both of whome were SCA Salutatorians.
 
Salutatorian Mary Scopelliti, Class President Jessica Henrichs, and Valedictorian Isaac Wynn, pose with Curriculum Director Stephanie Ziegmont, (back) Board of Education President Mike Yeager, Elementary Principal John Fetterman, High School Principal Jim Becker, Superintendent Paul Caputo, Middle School Principal William Callahan,  and Special Education Director Jenn Snyder.
 
2017 Honor Graduates
 
Claudia Girardi: daughter of Deirdre and Steve Girardi
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Medical Imaging
 
Alexis Burd: daughter of Andrea Burd and Devin Knorr
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Nursing
 
Anna Zeluskey: daughter of Deborah and John Zeluskey
Attending: St. Joseph’s University
Major: Business
 
Cameron Young: son of Tara and Steve Young
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Exercise Science
 
Francesca Forti: daughter of Helen and Robert Forti
Attending: Shippensburg University
Major: Education (Secondary Spanish)
 
Carter Houseknecht: son of Debra and Gary Houseknecht
Attending: Penn State University
Major: Engineering
 
Phoebe Bridy: daughter of Kimberly and Stephen Bridy
Attending: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Major: Engineering Sciences
 
Shane Tripp: son of Dana and Keith Tripp
Attending: Penn State University
Major: Pre-Med
 
Elizabeth Bryden: daughter of Leslie and Douglas Bryden
Attending: Franklin & Marshall College
Major: Physician’s Assistant
 
Marc Yeager: son of Cindy and Brian Yeager
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Marketing
 
Tricia Shufeldt: daughter of Lisa and Rudy Shufeldt
Attending: Luzerne County Community College
Major: undecided
 
Angeli Sen: daughter of Alakananda Chakrabarty and Sanjay Sen
Attending: Temple University
Major: Economics
 
Miranda Gipple: daughter of Michelle and Brian Gipple
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Accounting
 
Brianna Snyder: daughter of Lyonne and Brian
Attending: Bloomsburg University
Major: Nursing
 
 
 

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