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Linsly Graduates Eighty-Eight in Class of 2024

Linsly Graduates Eighty-Eight in Class of 2024

Linsly held its 210th Commencement on Sunday, May 26, graduating eighty-eight seniors from the Class of 2024.

These graduates will matriculate into 42 different colleges and universities in 17 different states, and 6 different countries. Congratulations to all of our Linsly graduates! Pictured are the recipients of major awards presented during the ceremony:

Front Row Seated Left to Right: Jack Selmon: Theodore Scott Owens Award; Rachel Edinger: Theodore Scott Owens Award; Alexander Taylor: Guenther Award; Brooklynn Wayt: Linsly Valedictorian Award, Hofreuter Award, Guenther Award, Max W. LaBorde English Award, Robert W. Schramm Physics Award and the Linsly Science Award; Katherine Kastelic: Linsly Salutatorian Award, Max W. LaBorde English Award, Gilleland Latin Award; Cole Bloomfield: Head of School Award; Emily Klempa: Head of School Award.

Standing Left to Right: Roi Gerson, Rosa Sohlberg (not pictured) & Neri Weiner: Albert & Martin Buncher Award Winners; Nathen Smith: Linsly Mathematics Award; Thomas Turak: Linsly Social Studies Award; Alyssa Marie Tomlinson: John Anwar Spanish Award.

The graduates in the class of 2024 will matriculate into 42 different colleges and universities  in 17 different states, and 6 different countries.

During the commencement ceremony, several graduates were presented awards in recognition of their outstanding qualities in leadership, citizenship, and character.

Brooklynn Wayt, daughter of Drs. Michael and Heather Wayt of Wheeling, was named Valedictorian of the Senior Class of 2024 for having the highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. She will attend Miami of Ohio in the fall. 

Katherine Kastelic, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kastelic of Washington, PA, was named Salutatorian of the Senior Class of 2024 for having the second highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. She will attend Denison University in the fall.

The Head of School Award, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Head of School, through his and her display of leadership, academic excellence, and willingness to serve, acted as a model for all Linsly students, was presented to Cole Bloomfield, son of Ms. Debbie Stanton of Wheeling and Mr. Keith Bloomfield of Wheeling and Emily Klempa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Justin J. Klempa of Bridgeport, Ohio. Bloomfield will attend Virginia Tech and Klempa will attend The Ohio State University in the fall.

The Hofreuter Award, given to that member of the senior class who has been exemplary in her service to the school and community, in the tradition of the late Dr. Donald H. Hofreuter, Linsly Cadet Major, community leader and longtime Chairman of Linsly’s Board of Trustees, was awarded to Brooklynn Wayt.

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 Alex Taylor, son of Mr. James Taylor and Dr. Heather Taylor of Wheeling and Brooklynn Wayt. Taylor will attend Ohio 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 Jack Selmon, son of Mr. Daniel Selmon and Judge Julie Selmon of Woodsfield, Ohio and Rachel Edinger, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Edinger of Wheeling. Selmon will attend Wheeling University and Edinger will attend West Virginia University in the fall.

The Albert and Martin 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 Roi Gerson, son of Mr. Oren Gerson and Ms. Sharon Gerson of Rehovot, Israel; Rosa Sohlberg, daughter of Mr. Tomi V. Sohlberg and Mrs. Tarja J. Jalli of Helsinki, Finland; and Neri Weiner, son of Mr. Ronen Weiner and Mrs. Rivka Weiner of Qidron, Israel.

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: Caitlin Bedway, Cole Bloomfield, Helen Bossart, Katherine Carson,

Brady Childers, Alayna Cook, Rachel Edinger, Gianna Ferrelli, Alexa Finley, Peyton Florence, Agustin Liu, Ava Gainer, Matthew George, Whitney Haught, Asher Higham, Payton Hill, Sarah-Catherine Jackson, John Paul Jones, Katherine Kastelic, Emily Klempa, Riley Maroney, Sophia Monk, Anna Norman, Wesley Palmer, Angelia Recrosio, Jack Selmon, Nathen Smith, Rosa Sohlberg, Alexander Taylor, Madison Taylor, Alyssa Tomlinson, Thomas Turak, Jonah Vaysbakh, Brooklynn Wayt and Dillon Wilson.

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 his Upper School career at Linsly. This year’s recipient was 

Thomas Turak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Turak of Wheeling. Turak will attend Vanderbilt 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 Nathen Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Smith of Glen Dale. Smith will attend The Ohio State University in the fall. 

Katherine Kastelic 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. 

Brooklynn Wayt 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. 

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 Katherine Kastelic and Brooklynn Wayt.

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 Alyssa Tomlinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Tomlinson of Powhatan Point, Ohio. Tomlinson will attend Marietta College in the fall.

The Robert W. Schramm Physics Award, given to that member of the senior class who has attained the highest average in Physics, was Brooklynn Wayt.

Among the Linsly graduates of the Class of 2024, thirteen members of the Class of 2024 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: Nate Berhalter, Cole Bloomfield, Katherine Carson, Brady Childers, Nico Giovengo, John Paul Jones, Riley Maroney, Anna Norman, Jack Selmon, Madison Taylor, Mikey Troullos, Thomas Turak and Brooklynn Wayt.

The following students will receive their diplomas as part of The Linsly School’s graduating Class of 2024:

Class of 2024 by hometown

West Virginia:

Wheeling: Cole Cramer Bloomfield, Helen Marie Bossart, Katherine Ann Carson, Brady William Childers, Atley Thomas Cowan, Ksaun Frederick Davis-Walker, Rachel Grace Edinger, Ava Gainer, Matthew Alexander George, Whitney Marie Haught, Asher William Higham, Sarah-Catherine Jackson, John Paul Jones, Lane Alex Kendzerski, Lucy Anne Klug, Raymond David Kovalesky, Wesley Daniel Palmer, Payton Rose Storch, Alexander Lawrence Taylor, Madison Ann Taylor, Thomas Reed Turak, Brooklynn Shea Wayt, Kyle Jacob White, Ayla Marie Wilson; Benwood:Nicola Giovanni Giovengo; Glen Dale: Alexa Marie Finley, Jackson Donovan Kessler, Elle Marie Ranney, Nathen Xavier Smith, Luis Aidan Wade; Moundsville: Payton Leila Hill; Triadelphia: Alayna Nicole Cook; Valley Grove: Andrew Dylan Heath; Weirton:Angelia Helena Recrosio

Ohio:

Bellaire: Landon Erich Taylor; Belmont: Nicholas Reinhardt Hellmann, Grant Wesley Murray; Bridgeport:Emily Annalynn Klempa, Andrew Michael Skadra; Martins Ferry: Nathaniel Thomas Berhalter; Powhatan Point: Alyssa Marie Tomlinson; Shadyside: Gianna Marie Ferrelli, Peyton Lynn Florence, Avery Rose Sadlowski; St. Clairsville: Caitlin Lanay Bedway, Avery Mae Gilman, Riley Elizabeth Maroney, Sophia Rose Monk, Anna Louise Norman, Theodore Michael Troullos; Steubenville:Samantha Brettell Pagley; Wintersville: Mark Simon Alkaed; Woodsfield: Jack Brennan Selmon

Pennsylvania:

Prosperity: Dillon James Wilson; Washington: Ethan Gabriel Carlisle, Katherine Marie Kastelic

Out of Tri-State Region:

Van Nuys, CA: Naseef Binder Bawali Lubowa; Wheatfield, IN: Clark Jacob Szymusiak

International Graduates:

Luanda, Angola: Kevin Joao Almada Lourenco; Caba, Argentina: Agustin Francisco Liu; Santo Tomé, Argentina: Mariano Fonseca; Melbourne, Australia: Zain Custovic; Sydney, Australia: Jonah Jack Vaysbakh; Vienna, Austria: Kevin Marcel Stanisi; Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil: Pedro Henrique Calsavaro de Barros;Grondines, Canada: Jaycob Sauvageau; Lac-Beauport, Canada: Benjamin Lamonde; Henan Zhengzhou, China: Yiyang Peng; Zagreb, Croatia: Sarah Michelle Coha; Espoo, Finland: Daniel Heikki Viljami Farin; Helsinki, Finland: Rosa Helmi Aurora Sohlberg;Jarvenpaa, Finland:Toni Juhani Malkki; Hamburg, Germany:Jamie Herve Riedel; Schenefeld, Germany: Malte Feil; Qidron, Israel: Neri Weiner; Rehovot, Israel: Roi Gerson; Busto Arsizio, Italy: Jacopo Vinco; Carlino, Italy: Alessandro Cimigotto;Milan, Italy: Chiara Maria Chieffo; Naples, Italy: Alessandro Romeres; Belgrade, Serbia: Stefan Malovic; Beograd, Serbia: Luka Kecman; El Vendrell, Spain: Mireia Brulles Lopez; Formentera, Spain: Ana Cordoba Mures; Las Palmas Lanzarote, Spain:Kameron Kezele Masi; Naron, Spain: Ines Gonzalez-Llanos Segura; Istanbul, Turkey: Abdullah Samir Balkan; Kyiv, Ukraine: Kateryna Bondarchuk 

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 2024, recalling their many academic and athletic accomplishments including being named a Presidential Scholar Candidate, AP Scholars, winning OVAC Championships and serving their community through volunteer work. 

Mr. Gary Glessner, Linsly Class of 1985 and Chairman of the Linsly Board of Trustees, also addressed the graduates, welcoming them as the newest members of Linsly alumni.