Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wellsville Mayor Honors WHS Class of 2011

With a tradition he started eight years ago Wellsville Mayor Joe Surace honored the WHS Class of 2011 with his final “Breakfast with the Mayor”. In the final year of his second term as mayor, Surace noted this year's breakfast was special with having three of his grandchildren in the Class of 2011. Seniors Danny Dye and Chad & Chelsea Elliott are members of the graduating the class.

Wellsville Area Ministerial Association Liaison, Pastor Darlene Zanders served as Master of Ceremonies. The breakfast was hosted by Wellsville's First Baptist Church and Pastor Roosevelt Thompson welcomed all the guests.

Army Recruiter Sgt. Gary Young challenged the graduating seniors to find a job you love doing. When you do that you'll never have to work a day in your life. The Iraqi War veteran presented this year's US Army National Scholar/Athlete Awards to Leah Kelly and Tyler Reed.

Eastern Gateway Community College Co-coordinator Ms. Johnna Provenzano told the students to never lose their ambition and desire for personal achievement. Ms. Provenzano related how she grew up in Mingo Junction, a town similar in size to Wellsville, graduated from Mingo Central Catholic and was the first in her family to go to college.

Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino told the group that they will face many challenges in life while he had them close their eyes. He emphasized that each and every one of them have to be responsible for themselves. To drive home his point he startled the class members slamming a metal folding chair on the floor saying you don't want to wake up some morning being sorry for something you did. That opened their eyes!

Wrapping up the breakfast each student was presented with a personal Mayoral Proclamation congratulating them. The Mayor told them you may leave Wellsville but Wellsville will never leave you.

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