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Linsly Celebrates 208th Commencement

Linsly held its 208th Commencement on Sunday, May 29, in the Stifel Field House, graduating seventy-five seniors.
During the commencement ceremony, several graduates were presented awards in recognition of their outstanding qualities in leadership, citizenship, and character.

Grace Hofreuter Landini, daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Hofreuter and Mr. Mark Landini of Wheeling, was named Valedictorian of the Senior Class of 2022 for having the highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. She will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Zoe Elizabeth Tsikouris, daughter of Father and Mrs. James Tskiouris of Wheeling, was named Salutatorian of the Senior Class of 2022 for having the second highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. She will attend West Virginia University in the fall.

The Head of School Awards, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Head of School, through their display of leadership, academic excellence, and willingness to serve, acted as a model for all Linsly students, was presented to Danyelle Kathryn Dunlevy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Dunlevy of Wheeling and Dorde Donovic, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vlatko Donovic of Montenegro. Dunlevy will attend Rollins College and Donovic will attend West Liberty University in the fall.

The Hofreuter Award, given to that member of the senior class who has been exemplary in her service to her school and community, in the tradition of the late Dr. Donald H. Hofreuter, Linsly Cadet Major, community leader and long time Chairman of Linsly’s Board of Trustees, was awarded to Juanita LaRotta Garcia, daughter of Mr. LoRotta and Mrs. Ines Garcia of Clayton, North Carolina. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.

The Guenther Award, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Head of School, exhibit outstanding leadership, citizenship and character, given in memory of former Linsly student David Guenther, was awarded to Carleigh Noel Grimm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grimm of St. Clairsville and Hayden Alan Bozich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Bozich of Richmond, Ohio. Grimm will attend Flagler College and Bozich will attend Brown University in the fall.

The Theodore Scott Owens Award, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Head of School, exhibit the qualities of determination, seriousness, and persistence respected by all, given in memory of former Linsly student Theodore Scott Owens, was awarded to Grace Hofreuter Landini and Brodie Jacob Selmon, son of Mr. Daniel Selmon and Judge Julie Selmon of Woodsfield, Ohio. Selmon will attend Denison University in the fall. 

The Buncher Award, given to those resident students, who in the opinion of the Dormitory Masters, Resident Faculty, and Head of School, exemplify that which is looked for in every boarding student, given in memory of the late Albert Buncher, father of Martin Buncher, former Linsly student, was awarded to Karianna Chanst Tavarez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blas Tavarez of Englewood, New Jersey and Felix Thomas Reitter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franz Reitter of Innsbruck, Austria. Tavarez will attend Suffolk University and Reitter will attend Innsbruck University in the fall.

A program continued by President Biden known as the “President’s Education Awards” is intended to recognize students who have attained a high level of academic achievement while pursuing a solid core of academic courses. Receiving this award were members of Linsly’s National Honor Society: Emily Bench, Hayden Bozich, Riley Camps, Edoardo Ciato, Zachary Costanzo, Wenyu Dai, Gailya Dodd, Dorde Donovic, Danyelle Dunlevy, Erica Edinger, Rachel Ekanem, Juanita Garcia, Carleigh Grimm, Liaoyuan Han, Haley Heitz, Madison Hennen, Shane Heron, Ally Hicks, Kya Hughes, Vanessa Jimenez, Marlee Johns, Hunter Koch, Grace Landini, Alexander Lehrke, Henrietta Lofgren, Paula Medina, Turkka Tuomas Tapani Pennanen, Xander Plute, Juan Rabinovich, Felix Reitter, Ryan Rutherford, Milica Sekulovic, Brodie Selmon, Kelsey Smith, Karianna Tavarez, Maddalena Tibaldo, Zoe Tsikouris and Theophilos Zervos.

The Linsly Social Studies Award is given to that member of the Senior Class who has achieved an outstanding perception of Social Studies, and has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during her Upper School career at Linsly. This year’s recipient was 
Marlee Johns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Johns of Wellsburg. Johns will attend West Virginia University in the fall.

The Linsly Mathematics Award, given to that member of the Senior Class who, determined by the Mathematics Department has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during his Upper School career at Linsly was awarded to Dorde Donovic.

Ally Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hicks of Cameron, was named the recipient of The Gilleland Award, established in memory of Professor Brady Gilleland, recognizing a graduating senior who studied Latin and succeeded in her study. Hicks will attend West Liberty University in the Fall.

Erica Edinger, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Edinger of Wheeling, was named the recipient of The Linsly Science Award given to that member of the Senior Class who has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during her Upper School career at Linsly. Edinger will attend Marshall University in the fall. 

The recipients of The Max W. Laborde Award, given to those Senior English students who, in the opinion of the English Department, best met the standards set forth in the department were 
Erica Edinger, Grace Landini and Zoe Tsikouris. 

The John Anwar Spanish Award is given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Anwar’s eldest son, John, who passed away in 1991 when he was a senior at Linsly. This award recognizes the graduating senior who, through consistent dedication and hard work, has distinguished herself in the study of Spanish. Receiving the John Anwar Spanish Award was Gailya Dodd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dodd of Wheeling. Dodd will attend Bethany College in the fall.

Among the seventy-five Linsly graduates of the Class of 2022, eleven members of the Class of 2022 began their careers at Linsly in the fifth grade, completing grades five through twelve at The Linsly School.  Those graduates, also known as “Linsly Lifers” are: Hayden Bozich, Mara Carlisle, Haylie Chiarella, Nicholas Earls, Rachel Ekanem, Chad Frazier, Madison Hennen, Shane Heron, James "Caleb"Murray, Xander Plute and Brodie Selmon.

The following students will receive their diplomas as part of The Linsly School’s graduating Class of 2022:

West Virginia
Wheeling: Jebidyah Elijah Bertram, Haylie Jean Chiarella, Zachary Cade Costanzo, Gailya Elizabeth Dodd, Danyelle Kathryn Dunlevy, Erica Drew Edinger, Kya Dawn Hughes, Hunter Austin Koch, Grace Hofreuter Landini, Alexander James Lehrke, George Phillip Naum, IV, Emma Ann Nodurft, Adam Robert Och, Ryan Charles Rutherford, Kyra Jewel Sobutka, Zoe Elizabeth Tsikouris, Kailyn Reese Wilson, Brianna Renee Wolfe; Cameron: Ally Ryann Hicks; Morgantown: Theophilos Niko Zervos; New Martinsville: Rachel Elaine Ekanem; Triadelphia: Chelsea Elizabeth Och; Wellsburg: Marlee Grace Johns;
West Liberty: Jackson Lee Gilbert 

Ohio
Beallsville: James Caleb Murray; Bellaire: Nicholas Y. Scott Earls; Bridgeport: Emily Catherine Bench, Chad Allen Frazier; Dillonvale: Madison Lee Hennen; Mt. Pleasant: Colton Frederick Cybulski; Powhatan Point: Kalee Marie Smith; Richmond: Hayden Alan Bozich; Shadyside: Haley Elizabeth Heitz; St. Clairsville: Jon-Michael Falbo, Carleigh Noel Grimm, Abigail Grace Monk, Kelsey Megan Smith; Tiltonsville: Caden James Horvath; Woodsfield: Brodie Jacob Selmon; Yorkville: Sierra Rose Kelley

Pennsylvania:
Corapolis: Madalyn Rose Lockerbie; Washington: Mara Victoria Carlisle, Xander John Plute; Hickory: Shane Howard Heron; Houston: Mia Davey Camps, Riley Jonah Camps; Moon Township:Delaney Raine Daniels

Out of Tri-State Area:
Clayton, NC: Juanita LaRotta Garcia; Englewood, NJ: Karianna Chanst Tavarez

International:
Argentina: Buenos Aires: Juan Rabinovich; Austria: Innsbruck:  Felix Thomas Reitter; Bahamas: Freeport: Alco Theophilus Smith, Jr.; Belgium: Lanaken: Stef Ludovicus Cornelus Landwier; Cameroon: Yaounde: Vanessa Eloundou Jimenez; Canada: Portland: Raef Jeffrey Wykes;  China: Beijing: Wenyu Dai; Hangzhou: Wei Sun, Haowei Zhu;  Jinan: Liaoyuan Han; Shanghai: Jiajun Lin; Finland: Jyvaskyla: Turkka Tuomas Tapani Pennanen; Pornainen: Henrietta Löfgren; Germany: Berlin: Amir Hodzic; Cologne: Marc Florian Schorn;  Hamburg: Liam-Erik Lyck; Italy: Padua: Edoardo Ciato; Sesto San Giovanni, Italy: Lorenzo Serotini; Udine: Maddalena Tibaldo; Kazakhstan: Almaty: Almira Ramazanova; Kenya:  Nairobi: Shantel Wacheke Githii;  Montenegro: Bar: Dorde Donovic; Poland: Poznan: Adam Henryk Dolata; Serbia: Belgrade:  Milica Sekulovic;  Spain: Madrid,: Alvaro Abad Tello; Valencia: Paula Fedriani Medina. 

In his Commencement speech, Linsly Head of School, Mr. Justin Zimmerman, addressed the graduates, reflecting on what has been a successful and memorable year. He recognized the numerous accomplishments of the Class of 2022, recalling their many academic and athletic accomplishments including being named AP Scholars, a National Merit Semifinalist, a Presidential Scholar Nominee, winning OVAC Championships and serving their community through volunteer work. 

Dr. John Holloway, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, also addressed the graduates, welcoming them as the newest members of Linsly alumni. 

Pictured Top Photo:
Front Row Seated Left to Right: Juanita Garcia: The Hofreuter Award; Brodie Selmon: Theodore Scott Owens: Grace Landini: Valedictorian, Theodore Scott Owens, Max W. Laborde English Award; Zoe Elizabeth Tsikouris: Salutatorian, Max W. Laborde English Award; Danyelle Dunlevy: Head of School Award; Dorde Donovic: Head of School Award and Linsly Mathematics Award.
Standing Left to Right: Felix Reitter: Buncher Boarding Student Award; Karianna Tavarez: Buncher Boarding Student Award: Carleigh Grimm: Guenther Award; Hayden Bozich: Guenther Award; Marlee Johns: Linsly Social Studies Award; Erica Edinger: Linsly Science Award and the Max W. Laborde English Award; Ally Hicks: Gilleland Latin Award; Gailya Dodd: John Anwar Spanish Award

Pictured Bottom Photo:
Zoe Tsikouris, Salutatorian; Mr. Justin Zimmerman, Head of School; Grace Landini, Valedictorian.
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