Senior Spotlight - Honoring the Class of 2020

With schools closed through the end of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduating seniors (both high school and college) in the class of 2020 likely are going to miss out on a lot – graduation ceremonies, time with friends, the final moments in their schools. To help honor these graduating seniors, we are looking to highlight students from McCandless in the class of 2020. Use the form here to submit info (and a photo), and we will publish it in the display below. It's not the same as walking the stage and getting a diploma, but the Town wishes to publicly recognize these students and their significant accomplishments.

NamePhotoSchoolBioPlans
Daniel Louis AdamsDaniel Louis AdamsEden Christian AcademyDaniel is a smart funny person who is very sports minded, and was looking forward to playing baseball in the spring. He finished a strong soccer season in the fall.Daniel will be attending Slippery Rock University in the fall.
Anigantor AgambilaAnigantor AgambilaNASHI play soccer and make musicGoing to college
Jackson AlexanderJackson AlexanderNASHJackson has been involved with cross country for 6 years, track for 1 year, ultimate frisbee for 2 years, indoor soccer for many years. He is a member of National Honor Society and the Strolling Strings. He is actively involved in his youth group.Jackson will attend Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa to major in mathematics. He plans to minor in secondary education to become a math teacher.
Rebecca AuronRebecca AuronUniversity of PittsburghRebecca is a 2016 NASH graduate and graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts. At school she was involved with the Photo Club, Psi Chi international honors society in psychology, and Delta Alpha Pi honor society, which lobbies for accessibility for students with disabilities.Rebecca will be interning with Creative Citizens Studios, an organization working with artists with disabilities. She has (probably unrealistic) plans to work to fix the education system and improve the environment for students with disabilities. Good thing unrealistic doesn’t mean impossible!
Adam BalkeyNA logoNASHAdam played football, was on the Track team & participated in NABA.Adam will be attending John Carroll University while studying Criminology/Sociology. He will also be on their Track team.
Haley BemisHaley BemisNASHHaley currently is a cadet captain in the Jrotc at NASH.  She enjoys art, writing poetry and music. She was enrolled in A.W. Beatty for the Er Medicine program last year and also spent countless hours volunteering in the community. She is a hard working and diligent student! We are so proud of her!She is attending the University of Pittsburgh in hopes of eventually going to medical school.
Chloe BlashfordChloe BlashfordNASHChloe is grateful she could spend her four years participating in NASH's spring musical, appearing in Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, Good News, and Titanic. Besides the musicals, her highlights of each year included her time spent in her chorus and chamber choir classes, earning 2 medals this past year in the PMEA Choral competition. Over the summers she's loved being a camp counselor at Camp Kon-O-Kwee and hopes to return someday as a full counselor.Chloe's beyond excited for her next four to be spent in Clarion University's honors program. Here, she will be studying Speech Pathology on her journey to become a professional Speech Pathologist.
Madeleine BloomquistMadeleine BloomquistNASHMaddie is the president of NA's Junior Classical League, plays violin in the chamber orchestra, and runs cross country and track. She played in the pit orchestra for the musical for the past 2 years. She is also a member of Multicultural Student Union and Fashion Club.Maddie will attend The Ohio State University Honors College for Linguistics as a Morrill Scholar this fall.
Blake CamerlinNA logoNASHBlake has been a member of Tiger Water Polo Club and has played on the NA High waterpolo team. Blake has had the opportunity to play in many tournaments with the team along with attending ODP(San Francisco) and an overseas camp in Montenegro. Blake is a member of DECA. Blake had been actively involved in food drives, fundraising for local charities, clean up in the community, delivery of holiday meals to those in need. Blake enjoys hiking, camping, and new adventures.Blake plans to study in the field of engineering.
Luke ColellaLuke ColellaNASH4 year scholar athlete, Varsity Football and BasketballLuke will attend Princeton University with plans to major in business.
Kayleigh DadeyKayleigh DadeyNASHI spent my time during high school performing on the field as a majorette and on the stage in dance and high school musicals.I plan to go to Slippery Rock University and major in Exercise Science with a Pre-Occupational Therapy Track.
Reid D’AmicoReid D'AmicoUnited States Military Academy - West PointLaw & Legal Studies Major
Company E-2 Honor Officer
Club Hockey
US ARMY 2LT
Fort Bliss, Texas
Joshua GaleckiJoshua GaleckiNASHAll-American Swimmer, 4-Year WPIAL Qualifier and District Champion, 3-Year PIAA Qualifier and State Champion, Water Polo, Scholar Athlete, Orchestra, Strolling Strings, Appalachia Mission, INRSC Swim CoachBowling Green State University for Construction Management
Rachel GongawareRachel GongawareGrove City CollegeBachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Dean’s list/Dean’s list with Distinction, Tour guide/tutor, Executive leadership for Orientation Board which helps incoming freshman, Member of American Chemical SocietyRachel plans to continue her education at Duquesne University in the School of Pharmacy. She will work to obtain her PhD in pharmacology. Rachel will continue working in a lab that is researching Parkinson’s disease.
Jennifer GrollJennifer GrollSlippery Rock UniversityJennifer likes to help people and work with children. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society while at SRU.Jennifer will attend Slippery Rock University to get a Master’s degree in Social Work.
David GuardianiDavid GuardianiCalvin UniversityDavid was a valedictorian at his high school, Eden Christian Academy. He will graduate from Calvin with a double major in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry. He is president of the Calvin video game club. In his free time David enjoys composing music and playing video games.David plans to look for a chemical engineering or biochemistry job in the Pittsburgh area.
Brandon HillenbrandPenn State logoPenn State UniversityBachelor of Science in IST and Bachelor of Science in SRA (security and risk analysis)Secure job with government
Ethan HoffmanEthan HoffmanNASHEthan is #2 of six kids. He takes his job as older brother to four younger sisters very seriously. He spent four years in the NA Marching Band, which he loved. He started playing the baritone but switched to Sousaphone for his senior year and that’s when he found his true love. He was a section leader in marching band and so many kids would tell me how encouraging he was to them. He does tech for worship band at LifePointe Alliance Church in Mars. He’s also part of an independent brass band with other NA kids called 7 Degrees (look them up on YouTube, they’re still playing!)He intends to attend Youngstown State University for engineering...and to march in the band.
Abby HofstetterAbby HofstetterNASHMarching Band, Interested in Interior DesignCCAC, Becoming an interior designer
George IvoryGeorge IvoryNASHNorth Allegheny Marching BandPlans on going to Ohio University to study Environmental Health Sciences
Braden JonesBraden JonesNASHNational Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, ProjectWater, TigerThon, Scholar AthletePenn State University, Smeal College of Business
Rosie Lattner-LaneRosie Lattner-LaneNASHNorth Allegheny MajorettePlans on going to Slippery Rock University to study Chemistry on their Pre-Physician Assistant track!
Hannah LelisHannah LelisNASHHannah was an officer in the Fashion Club and was also in the Key Club. She works at Goldfish Swim School and babysits. She enjoys traveling and hanging out with friends.Hannah is attending Ohio University in the fall to study Marketing.
Jacob LuggJacob LuggNASHJake was Captain of the NA Football Team and a Scholar Athlete. He is Sergeant at Arms for The Chamber Choir, a member of The National Honor Society, and a Parking/Security Team Volunteer at his church. He is involved in youth group and enjoys playing guitar in his free time.Jake will be continuing his academic and football career at Harvard.
Alexander MalfregeotAlexander MalfregeotNASH3 years on cross country team, 2 years in DECA, volunteered one day a week in summer/fall 2019 to clean the Korean War Memorial in downtown Pittsburgh. Likes socializing, nature, gaming, and learningAttending University of Pittsburgh for political science, eventually to achieve a degree in law or philosophy
Addison MangieriAddison MangieriNASHAddison Sage is our dearest granddaughter. We are so proud of her accomplishments over the years. We can’t wait see what her future brings! Love you so much, Addison! - Buppy and NanaChatham University
Tomas M. Mayer-CostaTomas Mayer-CostaNASHMember of the North Allegheny Marching Band(2016-20). Section leader of the tubas, member of the National Honor Society, Project Water, and Computer Club.Tomas will be attending the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall to study Mechanical Engineering.
Bri McDonoughBri McDonoughNASH4 year Varsity Player on the North Allegheny Fastpitch Softball Team, Member of the NA Orchestra and Strolling Strings, Member of the National Honors Society, Tiger Thon Committee Member, Honor Roll, Fastpitch Travel BallBri will attend Slippery Rock University to major in Early Childhood/Special Education
Annie MesserNA logoNASHMajorettes, Best Buddies, Tiger-Thon, horseback riding, Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, 4-HAnnie plans on going to Slippery Rock University’s Rock Life Program and plans to study Early Childhood Education.
Anna Mialky Granville High logoGranville HighAnna was President of her chapter of the National Society and active in music and drama. Anna is going to John Carroll University and majoring in High School Education. 
Carolyn MillerCarolyn MIllerCase Western Reserve UniversityCarolyn graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School in 2016. She will be graduating this year from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. While in college, she was involved in Delta Gamma sorority, Society of Women Engineers, and on-campus research in the polymer engineering department. Her favorite parts of exploring Cleveland were her trips to Mitchell's ice cream and Playhouse Square!After graduating, Carolyn plans to be an industry research and development engineer. Her interests are in flame retardants and fire science and she hopes to incorporate these interests in her future career.
Sarah MillerSarah MillerDrexel University College of MedicineSarah is a 2012 North Allegheny Senior High School graduate and received a degree in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. In medical school, she was involved in patient advocacy at both St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and a shelter for women and children in Philadelphia. She also enjoyed tutoring and mentoring children at local middle schools.Sarah will be practicing as a resident pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, part of the Case Western University Hospitals system in Cleveland, OH. Her academic interests are in Allergy and Immunology and medical education.
Luis NavasLuis NavasNASHI did indoor/outdoor Track & FieldI plan on going to Purdue University
Will ParreaguirreWill ParreaguirreNASHWill was captain of NA Varsity ice hockey team. Team Captain of Tigerthon. Honor student / athleteHe will attend University of Dayton in the fall.
Samantha PetruccioliSamantha PetruccioliNASH4 years in the North Allegheny Marching Band (flute), Concert, Symphonic and Honors Wind Ensemble (Oboe) 2 years North Allegheny Indoor Percussion (Synth and Marimba). Also performed in the PIT for the Little Mermaid musical and stage crew for 2 others. Sam has also volunteered 675 hrs in 4 summers at the VA Hospital in Aspinwall.Attending Slippery Rock University with a Major in Health & Physical Education and Minoring in Special Ed.
Luke PopelkaLuke PopelkaNASH2020 Senior Class Vice President; Scholar Athlete; Volunteer for North Hills Community Outreach and The Woodlands Foundation; Active Member of Church Youth Group, Including Mission Trip, and North Allegheny Young Life; Enjoyed many years of Football, NABA and Youth Baseball; Member of FBLALuke will be attending the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University.
Morgan PopleMorgan PopleNASHMorgan was activities chair for the National Honor Society as well as an active member of Key Club and Best Buddies. She was an NA cheerleader for 3 yearsMorgan plans to attend Kent State University Honors college with a major in Biology on the Pre-Physicians Assistant track
Judson PowellJudson PowellNASHPlayed lacrosse at NA since the 4th grade. Just this year was ranked as one of the top 20 defenders in state of PA. Enjoys spending time with friends & family. Favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing (fly, surf & deep sea), skiing & golf.Will be attending Roanoke College in the Fall, where he will be majoring in Business/Finance & playing lacrosse for the Maroons!
Brayden "Tex" PrekopBraden PrekopNASHFootball, NABA, Choir, North Allegheny Young Life (NAYL) student leader, Tigerthon, Volunteers with kids ministry at church and with his football teammates at The Woodlands FoundationBrayden will be attending Slippery Rock University on a full scholarship. He plans to major in Pre-Med/Biology in the Pre-Physicians Assistant Program and is excited to be a linebacker on The Rock Football Team.
Sarah PritchardOakland Catholic logoOakland CatholicSarah was a 6 time participant of the PA Junior Academy of Science, a trumpet player in the Central Catholic Marching Band, and active in music and drama.Sarah is going to Purdue University and will major in Aerospace Engineering.
Ethan PursleyEthan PursleyNASHEthan has been involved in track and field (throwing) throughout his high school years. He has also volunteered at Concordia Nursing Home, Operation Gratitude with letters to soldiers, and serving meals to the homeless at Jubilee Soup Kitchen. He has maintained straight A's for his last 4 years of high school, all while holding part time jobs at Best Feeds Garden Center and Target.Ethan will attend Baldwin Wallace University outside of Cleveland in the fall of 2020. He plans to major in Finance with a possible minor in Business Management.
Sarah RandigSarah RandigNASHSara loves to bake. She also like to sing and to hang out with her friends.Sarah will be attending IUP Culinary school in Punxsutawney. She will be studying baking and pastry.
Cara RodgersCara RodgersLa Roche UniversityCara is a cross country athlete with a 3.7 GPA. Majoring in business management with a marketing minor. She is A leader for LIFE fellowship at school where she gets to help lead other students to a relationship with God. She is a runner, CrossFit lover, she bakes and does woodwork in her free time.Searching for jobs. Ideally in the sports and entertainment industry. But is also leaving options open to moving to North Carolina to work for a remodeling company or going back to the Walt Disney company and work at ESPN
Lukas RomanelliLukas RomanelliMichigan StateBachelor of Arts in Media and Information
Concentration in Game Design
Hopefully working at a Game Design Company
Allison SearightUniversity of Akron logoThe University of Akron - School of NursingAllison is already working on the front line with COVID patients as a Nurse Tech at Western Reserve Hospital in Akron while she finishes her last few weeks of BSN school. During her time in Akron in addition to her rigorous she enjoyed non-competitive equestrian riding, became certified as a Rape Crisis Advocate and was a multiple Dean's List honoree. Allison is a 2016 graduate of North Allegheny High School where she very much enjoyed her time including playing on the slow-pitch softball team, honors choir and several musicals.Allison has accepted a position with UPMC Shadyside in their Vascular In Patient Unit and will begin her career in June.
Hayden SheetsHayden SheetsNASHHayden started defensive end in football his JR and SR years. He made the track team his SR year and played NABA hoops many years.Hayden plans to continue his football career at John Carroll University.
Adam SilbermanAdam SilbermanNASHAdam played inline hockey for 5 years at NA. He has been involved with DECA, competing at the state level his junior and senior years. He is employed by a local car wash and landscaper. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and cars.Adam will be attending Kent State University where he plans on majoring in business.
Adam SniderAdam SniderNASHAdam is an Eagle Scout. He enjoys camping, fishing, and working. He enjoys being with his friends.He looking to go into a trade.
Andrew SolmanAndrew SolmanNASHAndrew has been a member of the NA soccer team since 7th grade and is involved in National Honor Society, Strolling Strings Orchestra, Project Water, and Student Council leadership. He is a team member at Wexford Chick-fil-A and has also been a soccer referee for many years in the community. Andrew is heavily invested in his church community (Orchard Hill), where he leads Middle School student small groups, is a KidsFest summer camp leader, and has served on mission trips.Andrew will be attending Grove City College, majoring in Business Analysis. He will also be continuing his soccer career on the GCC Wolverine Men's Soccer Team.
Lily Marie StrombergLily Marie StrombergNASHMember of North Allegheny Marching Band: Drum Major, Fall 2019, Mellophone and Drumline in 9th-11th grade, Indoor and Concert Percussion, Concert and Symphonic Band, and Wind EnsembleSlippery Rock University for Music Education, Honors College
R.J. SwansonR.J. SwansonNASHCaptain of Swimming & Diving Team, 4 year All Academic Scholar Athlete-Swimming, 4 year WPIAL Qualifier, 1 year State Qualifier, NHS, French NHS, Project Water Leader, McCandless Marlins Swim CoachR.J. has committed to attend & swim at Allegheny College in the fall. He will major in Economics/Business.
Lane TrustLane TrustNASHBasketballAttending Indiana University Bloomington with plan to attend law school.
Taylor TusaTaylor TusaNASHTaylor works at Goldfish Swim School and loves working with children. She enjoys music and time with her friends.CCAC Nursing program and then on to a Bachelor of Nursing program. She is working toward a CRNA degree.
Brandon VicheckBrandon VicheckNASHRobotics Club - 3 years, Technology Student Association - 4 years, Boy Scouts Troop 329 - 1st Grade Thru Present Time, Ingomar Volunteer Fire Dept. 1 yearCCAC for an Associate’s Degree in Engineering then on to Robert Morris or California University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree.
Hannah VogtHannah VogtBowling Green State UniversityI was involved in the Gerontology Student Association and in the BGSU Falcon Marching Band all 4 years.I plan to get a job working in a nursing home while preparing to take my nursing home administrator licensure exams.
Alex VogtAlex VogtNASHI am an Eagle Scout, I was in marching band for four years, and I like to play video games with friends.I plan on attending Michigan State for engineering.
Megan WilsonNA logoNASHMegan is a fun, outgoing student. She is a member of the NASH newspaper. She plays violin In the school orchestra. She loves playing sports, especially basketball and ultimate frisbee!! She enjoys working at Chick Fil a and in her free time enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and going to concerts!! We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments!! Congratulations Megan!!Megan plans to attend Waynesburg University to study Business, while also continuing to play Ultimate Frisbee and write for the WU newspaper