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NEW SCHOLARSHIP — Abigail Liddick, second from left, has received the Suzanne Reeves Kresser Award. A native of Toronto, Kresser served the community in a variety of roles until his death, aged 51, in 2021. With Liddick are Kresser’s sister, Sherri Wilson, left, and Kresser’s parents, Linda and Frank Slowikowski. — Contributed

TORONTO — Numerous scholarships and awards were handed out to many students as well as some staff members at the Toronto High School honors assembly on Thursday.

School officials expressed their thanks to the many businesses, community organizations and individuals who sponsor them each year.

The recipients of the diploma with honors are: Brody Beswick, Nathan Chociej, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Elaina Porreca, Xander Wells-McHugh and Evan Wolter.

Brody Beswick, Nathan Chociej, Paige Daugherty, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Elaina Porreca, Taryn Resseger, Taylie Thomas, Xander Wells-McHugh and Evan Wolter received the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

The recipients of the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement are: Robert Baxley, Ryley Burch, Coleman Cooper, Abigail Cronin, Jordan Howder, David Jenkins, Shaun Kuchan, Hannah McDonald, Aiden Mick, Haley Pearson, Jasmine Platko, Blake Rebres and Zane Voltz.

Abigail Liddick, Kyle Leonard, Elaina Porreca and Taylie Thomas are valedictorians for the Class of 2022, while Brody Beswick is salutatorian. The rest of the top 10 students are: Xander Wells-McHugh, Evan Wolter, Paige Daugherty, Nathanial Chociej and Taryn Resseger.

Honored students are: Brody Beswick, Ryley Burch, Nathanial Chociej, Coleman Cooper, Paige Daughtery, David Jenkins, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Hannah McDonald, Hayley Pearson, Jasmine Platko, Elaina Porreca, Blake Rebres, Taryn Resseger, Taylie Thomas, Zane Voltz, Xander Wells-McHugh and Evan Wolter.

Toronto High School Alumni Scholarships were awarded to Braeden Martin, Hannah McDonald, Xander Wells-McHugh and Taryn Resseger. Taylie Thomas received the THS Alumni Association Foundation Scholarship.

The Robert T. Hughes Memorial Fellowship went to Brody Beswick, while the Dr. Verne McConnell Memorial Fellowship was awarded to Jasmine Platko.

The Jason Motto Memorial Award went to Evan Wolter and Abigail Liddick, and the recipient of the Cliff and Hazel Walker Award was Elaina Porreca.

The Bill and Betty Davis Award went to Mayley Board and Leah Price.

The Titan Cheerleader Award recipient was Elaina Porreca, while the Titan Football Player Award went to Shane Keenan.

David Jenkins received the Kris Kelly Award and Evan Wolter received the Janet Kruise Fellowship.

Kyle Leonard received the Ed and Marilyn Gray Award, while the Carolyn Argentine Byers Scholarship was awarded to Ryley Burch.

Abigail Liddick received the Suzanne Reeves Kresser Award and Brody Beswick received the Nancy Beswick Memorial Scholarship.

The Eastern Gateway Community College Scholarship was awarded to Xander Wells-McHugh.

Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Elaina Porreca and Taylie Thomas received scholarships from the Toronto Education Association.

Toronto Kiwanis Club Rod Henry Memorial Bursaries were awarded to Taylie Thomas and Abigail Liddick.

The Mike Shuma Scholarship was awarded to Abigail Liddick and Evan Wolter, and the American Legion Scholarship was awarded to Taryn Resseger.

Blaner Gift scholarships were presented to Elaina Porreca, Evan Wolter, Leah Price and David Jenkins.

Kyle Leonard received the Noah Long Memorial Scholarship, while the Pay It Forward Scholarships were awarded to Nathan Chociej, Brody Beswick and Bobby Baxley.

Elaina Porreca received the Gino Biasi Scholarship and the recipient of the Senate Student Scholarship was Abigail Liddick.

The Activity Account Scholarship was awarded to Elaina Porreca and the Toronto Masonic Lodge 583 Award was awarded to Landon Thomas.

The Kathryn Hammond Prize was awarded to Abigail Liddick, the Larry Herdman Prize to Josh Fancher and Frank “Windy” Kestner Memorial Scholarship to Shane Keenan.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Scholar/Athlete Award was shared by Taylie Thomas and Brody Beswick, while the OHSAA Courageous Student Award was presented to Donald Swick and Chandler Derrington.

The Archie Griffin Awards went to Evan Wolter and Paige Daughtery.

The Athletic Boosters awards were: Taylie Thomas, Aiden Mick, Josh Fancher and Landon Thomas.

The Art Robertson and Hunk Romey Scholarship went to Leah Price and Shane Keenan. Paige Daughtery and Nathanial Chociej were the recipients of the Larry “Father” Coil price.

The National Federation of State High School Association Achievement Award went to Elaina Porreca and Evan Wolter.

Abigail Liddick and Evan Wolter received scholarships in Chuck’s honor “Rabat” Walker, while the Todd Kalivoda Fellowship was awarded to Evan Wolter.

The 26.2 award was given to Braeden Martin.

Brody Beswick has received the Kirk W. and Sally George Music Award, the Barry Stewart Memorial Scholarship, the Arion Award, the James D. Crawford Award and the Barbara Craven Award.

The DW Hoover Prize and the John Phillips Sousa Prize have both been awarded to Taryn Resseger.

The Reanne K. Phillips Fellowship was awarded to Abigail Liddick, while the Tri-Arts Award went to Evan Wolter.

Shaun Kuchan, Bobby Baxley and Blake Rebres received the Charles M. Pugliese and Thelma M. Pugliese Foundation Fellowships. Abigail Liddick received the Josh Merriman Fellowship.

Ryley Burch and Josh Fancher received the Red Cross Scholarship, while Elaina Porreca received the James and Betty Coffey Scholarship.

The Focus in Toronto Community Service Award, in memory of Glenn Blanton, was presented to Abigail Liddick.

Kenneth Young Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to Abigail Liddick, Josh Fancher and Landon Thomas.

Toronto Youth Basketball Scholarships were presented to Abigail Liddick and Aiden Mick. Senior Sports Flails have been featured in Bobby Baxley, Brody Beswick, Nathanial Chociej, Cayden Clifton, Abigail Cronin, Paige Daugherty, Josh Fancher, Carl Cronin, Coleman Cooper, Shane Keenan, Abigail Liddick, Aiden Mick, Brycen Miller, Connor Peters, Jasmine Platko, Elaina Porreca, Leah Price, Jeremy Starr, Donald Swick, Landon Thomas, Taylie Thomas and Evan Wolter.

Coleman Cooper was recognized for his membership in the National Technical Honor Society. Recognized for membership in the National Honor Society: Abigail Liddick, Elaina Porreca, Evan Wolter, Taylie Thomas, Xander Wells-McHugh and Nathan Chociej. Beta Club’s senior members were Kyle Leonard, Elaina Porreca, Evan Wolter, Taylie Thomas and Abigail Liddick.

Also recognized were the following students entering the military: Braeden Martin (Army) and Jason Burrows (Air Force).

Josh Fancher (West Liberty, track), Shane Keenan (Youngstown State University, soccer), Aiden Mick (Otterbein, soccer), and Evan Wolter (Otterbein, baseball) are among the seniors getting into college athletics.

Students recognized for having completed 100 hours or more of community service were: Nathan Chociej, Paige Daughtery, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Elaina Porreca, Leah Price, Taylie Thomas and Evan Wolter.

The seniors receiving an academic letter were Nathan Chociej, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Taylie Thomas and Evan Wolter.

It was noted that the Class of 2022 completed over 651 college credit hours during their high school years and over 42% participated in the College Credit Plus program. Eig

Earning 20 or more college credits were: Bobby Baxley, Brody Beswick, Emma Blair, Ryle Burch, Nathanial Chociej, Paige Daugherty, Josh Fancher, Abigail Ford, Shane Keenan, Shaun Kuchan, Kyle Leonard, Abigail Liddick, Hannah McDonald, Aiden Mick, Elaina Porreca, Leah Price, Blake Rebres, Taryn Resseger, Taylie Thomas, Xander Wells-McHugh and Evan Wolter.

Time was also taken to honor two staff members: Mark McCart, who received the OHSSA Sportsmanship Award and Bill Stone and Amanda Speece, who received the Karaffa Award for Excellence in Education.

Named in honor of Anna Marie and Joseph Karaffa, who each served the schools of the city of Toronto for many years, the award is presented to an outstanding teacher or administrator who has created an environment where teaching and learning are valued.

Nominations are accepted from staff, students, parents and alumni.



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