|5/26/2012 2:16:00 PM|
PCHS announces Top 10 (With Graduation Slideshow)
|Putnam County High School honored its top 10 seniors during the commencement ceremony Friday at the high school in Granville. The top 10 students are Kyle Kinczewski (back, from left), Jake Sale, Joshua Ryan Tonozzi, Allyson Miller, Elizabeth Jeppson-Cortez, Leah Marie Rolando (front, from left), Michaela Copeland, Katie Lynn Theobald, Rhiley Wallace and Michelle L. O’Keefe.|
NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-Serpette
GRANVILLE — Putnam County High School announced its top 10 students in the graduating class of 2012.
Joshua Tonozzi, son of Chad and Kristin Tonozzi of Mark, was named valedictorian. He participated in baseball, student council and the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team. He was the NewsTribune baseball player of the year in 2011. He was named to the Tri-County Conference first team in baseball in 2011 and 2012. He was named to the Peoria Journal Star’s all-area first team in baseball. Tonozzi is an Illinois State Scholar.
Tonozzi plans to attend McKendree University to play baseball and study biology.
Allyson Miller, daughter of Fort and Julie Miller of Granville, was named salutatorian. She participated in volleyball, Panteras, a musical, WYSE, Interact and Operation Teen Safe Driving. She was president of the student council and president of National Honor Society. She also participated in yearbook, serving as editor.
Miller was the recipient of the Dusty Khoury scholarship and the William and Helen Tyler scholarship. She is an Illinois State Scholar.
She will attend Illinois State University in the fall, where she will major in speech pathology.
Michaela Copeland is the daughter of Robin and Rollie Copeland of Granville. She participated in volleyball, Scholastic Bowl, theater, science club, WYSE, journalism, Interact, chorus and Envirothon.
Copeland received several scholarships, including the Knute Hammel Memorial scholarship, Walter D. and Hazel Marie Boyle IVCC scholarship, Hopkins Alumni scholarship and the Hazel Marie Boyle Memorial scholarship. She also received a DAR award. She will attend Illinois Valley Community College and plans to pursue a degree in special education.
Elizabeth Jeppson-Cortez is the daughter of Anahi Bence of McNabb and Heath Jeppson of Stanford.
She participated in choir, band, theater, journalism and science club. She plans to attend Augustana College to study speech pathology.
Kyle Kinczewski is the son of David and Wendy Kinczewski of Granville.
He participated in golf for one year, fall baseball for three years, spring baseball for four years, FFA for three years, spring play for one year, and wrestling for three years, serving as wrestling captain for two years. He also participated in Interact for one year and Natural Helpers for four years.
Kinczewski also was named Academic All Conference, all-area wrestling team 2012 NewsTribune honorable mention.
He plans to attend IVCC to pursue advanced welding construction and industrial maintenance.
Michelle O’Keefe is the daughter of Janel O’Keefe and Rick O’Keefe of Granville.
She participated in track, cheerleading, student council and Interact and served as senior class vice president.
O’Keefe plans to attend IVCC before transferring to a four-year university.
Leah Rolando, daughter of Ray and Julie Rolando of Granville, participated in Interact, in which she served as president, Scholastic Bowl, journalism, science club, chorus and Natural Helpers.
She earned Granville Rotary Club’s Service Above Self award. She plans to major in social work at Illinois State University.
Jake Sale, the son of Beth Sale of Mark, participated in basketball and baseball. He was named to the Tri-County Conference All-Academic Team. Sale received the Robert and Marguerite Klein scholarship and the Pam Veronda scholarship. Sale plans to attend Parkland College in Champaign to play baseball, with an undecided major.
Katie Theobald is the daughter of Pete and Lisa Theobald of Standard. She participated in Scholastic Bowl, science club, Interact, Journalism and Natural Helpers.
She received the Granville American Legion Post 180 Scholarship. Theobald, who hasn’t decide what career to pursue, will attend IVCC in the fall.
Rhiley Wallace is the daughter of Rhonda Burden of Granville and Tim Wallace of Granville. She participated in choir, theater, honor choir, science club, Interact and Scholastic Bowl. She earned the Granville Masonic Lodge scholarship.
She plans to attend IVCC before transferring to a four-year university.
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