Ellwood City Wolves Club Presents Scholarships to Lincoln and Riverside High School Seniors

NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. –The Ellwood City Wolves Club Den II, through their scholarship program, continues to honor the achievements of outstanding Lincoln and Riverside High School seniors by encouraging them to pursue their dreams through higher education.

At their annual scholarship dinner on May 21 at the Connoquenessing Country Club, the Wolves Club announced that nine Lincoln and Riverside seniors would receive a total of $9,500 to help fund their college education. The awards were presented by scholarship committee member Denny Boariu.

Wolves Club president, Mike DeOtto said; “These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities and we are proud to aid them as they work to achieve success in college and beyond”.

Lincoln High School senior Joseph Cortez was announced as the $4,000 winner. He is the son of Cam-Rahn and Traci Cortez and plans to attend Penn State University and major in Chemical Engineering.

Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Lincoln seniors, Mason Deh’enaut and Jordan Gilchrist and to Riverside senior Jordan Henry. Half of the $1,000 Mason Deh’enaut scholarship award was funded by the Tony J. Celli Family in memory of Mary Ann Celli.

Mason is a son of Rose Witter and will attend Penn State Behrend to major in Computer Science.

Jordan Gilchrist is a daughter of Tim and Trish Gilchrist and plans to attend St. Mary’s College to major in Nursing.

Jordan Henry is a daughter of Brian and Gemma Henry and will attend Penn State University where she will major in Biomedical Engineering.

Five $500 scholarships were awarded to Lincoln high school seniors Angelo Williams,
Megan Siegfried and Zain Ansari and to Riverside high school senior Karlie Kerr and
CCBC student Emily Simmons.

Angelo is a son of Scott and Angela Williams and plans to attend the College of Wooster majoring in Physics. Receiving special recognition was Dennis Gottuso, a former Wolves Club scholarship recipient who funded the Liberty Hope Scholarship awarded to Angelo Williams.

Megan Siegfried is a daughter of Sheri Siegfried and she will attend Mercyhurst and is undecided concerning her major.

Zain is the son of Ikhlaf and Negina Ansari and he will attend Penn State Beaver where he will major in Business/Accounting.

Karlie is the daughter of Steve and Tracy Kerr and plans to attend the Community College of Butler County and will major in Social Work. The Petti CCBC Memorial Grant sponsored Karlie’s scholarship award.

Emily Simmons is currently a student attending the Community College of Butler County and will use the CCBC scholarship to continue her education majoring in Nursing.

The scholarship awardees were invited to offer a few remarks. The common denominator in all of their remarks centered on family and their teachers’ influence which inspired them to pursue higher education as well as their career choices.

For their contributions to the scholarship and grant program, a special note of gratitude was expressed, on behalf of the Wolves Club, by Master of Ceremonies Denny Boariu, to the Anthony and Helen Celli Family, the Mary Ann Celli Family, and the Petti Family with a “special well done” to Herman Petti Jr.

Members of the club’s scholarship committee are Chairman Fred Altsman, Joe Cioffi,
Ed Leymarie, Jarret Gibbons, Matt Walley and Herman Petti Jr.

Father John Schmidt, pastor of Saint Elias Romanian Orthodox Church gave the invocation and benediction.
(L-R) Riverside fine arts teacher Allyson Sprague,  Associate Director of BC3 Education Foundation Michelle Jamieson, Wolves Club president Mike DeOtto, scholarship recipients Mason Deh’enaut, Joseph Cortez, Zain Ansari, Jordan Henry, Karlie Kerr, Jordan Gilchrist, Megan Siegfried, Lincoln social studies teacher Rick DeLoia, Riverside FCS teacher Rose McDonough and Wolves scholarship chairman Fred Altsman. Absent were scholarship recipients Angelo Williams and Emily Simmons.

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