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May 25, 2012

Meet the 2013 contestants for Lawrence County Distinguished Young Women

The 2013 Distinguished Young Women Program will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. Here's your chance to meet all of this year's contestants.

Katelyn Taylor Burrelli

Parents: Mark and Julie Burrelli

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Penn State, University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: Physician

Community service: Waitress for recovered AA banquet at church, usher at Neshannock musical, worker at Monster Stomp, raised money for breast cancer, Pennies for Patients, Thanksgiving food drive, Toys for Tots and help coach younger girls in basketball and softball

Talent: Monologue, “Date”

Sarah Elizabeth Bailey

Parents: Michael and Shelley Bailey

High school: Laurel

College choice: University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: Lawyer

Community service: Volunteer work at Little Neshannock Stables with children with disabilities, volunteer childcare for Wilmington autism support program, Team Wilmington fundraiser, food drives and cooking for missions

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Alone,” by Heart


Justina Nicole Chin

Parents: Jaimi and Judy Chin

High school: Laurel

College choice: Robert Morris University

Career goal: Accountant

Community service: Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Volunteer, Relay for Life, Red Cross blood donor, NHS blood drive volunteer, East Brook Presbyterian Church Mission Team, Church community dinners, Student Council Children’s Hospital fundraiser co-chair, food drive volunteer, NHS service projects

Talent: Tap dance, “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

Kimberly Renee Clark

Parents: Brian and Karen Clark

High school: Lincoln

College choice: Johnson & Wales University

Career goal: Pastry chef

Community service: Volunteer at Studio P (local dance studio), volunteer at St. Barnabus Nursing Home, Club Hope talent show, Central Blood Bank blood drive, music tech crew at church

Talent: Jazz dance to “Bennie and the Jets” by Haley Reinhart

Shelby Lynn Everetts

Parents: Beth Riedel, Michael Everetts

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, West Virginia University

Career goal: Accounting

Community service: Salvation Army bell ringing, plays for children, Elementary Carnival, Thanksgiving food drive, NHS service projects, Kmart gift wrapping, Easter egg hunts

Talent: Vocal performance, “Taylor the Latte Boy,” by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich


Carly Taylor Gabriel

Parents: Vahe and Roseann Gabriel

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Penn State

Career goal: Pharmacist

Community service: Tutoring, food drives, helping at nursing homes, teaching dance, Par for the Cure volunteer

Talent: Ballet variation, “Raymonda,” by Alexander Glazunov

Amanda Marie Granta

Parents: Joseph M. Granata, Janet M. Granata

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Gannon University

Career goal: Cancer research

Community service: After-school tutoring, Kmart holiday gift wrap volunteer, volunteer at Jameson Care Center and ice cream social

Talent: Ballet variation, “Dawn,” from the ballet “Coppelia” by Arthurt Saint-Leon

Geena Marie Haybarger

Parents: Joey and Angela Haybarger

High school: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

College choice: University of Minnesota

Career goal: Public relations

Community service: New Castle Playhouse Mini Stars, Stars of Tomorrow, Relay for Life, Red Ribbon Week

Talent: Contemporary dance to “A Cover of Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift

Ciara Danielle Irwin

Parents: Dan and Sandy Irwin

High school: Shenango

College choice: Columbia University, New York City

Career goal: Become a renowned fiction novelist

Community service: Dancing with the Staff fundraiser, Teachers Got Talent fundraiser, East Side Bread Basket volunteer, VBS kindergarten counselor, Angel Tree committee, “Fight for the Fro” campaign, bell ringer for Salvation Army

Talent: Monologue, “Mrs. Claus Dumps Santa,” by Wade Bradford

Kayla Michelle Magusiak

Parents: Rob and Cheri Walker

High school: New Castle

College choice: Westminster College

Career goal: Elementary education

Community service: Assist junior high volleyball team, volunteer for 12 and under girls softball, Global Youth Service Day

Talent: Piano presentation, “Dream Memories,” by Zach Garcia

Francesca Marie Mastrangelo

Parents: Lou Mastrangelo, Mary Ann and Charles Houlette

High school: Laurel

College choice: Boston University

Career goal: Psychologist

Community service: Altar server at St. Vitus Church, volunteer at Golden Hills Nursing Home

Talent: Dance/flag routine, “Set Fire to the Rain,” by Adele

Macy Alexandra McBeth

Parents: Jeff and Karen McBeth

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Undecided, or New York Musical Theater College

Career goal: Broadway performer or teacher in musical theater

Community service: American Cancer Society Gala, Youngstown Scrappers vocal soloist, vocal soloist at Avalon Nursing Home, Majors Manor and Highland House, Slippery Rock University Rock Solid Challenge, state Rep. Chris Sainato fundraiser, New Castle Little Miss Pageant, First United Methodist Church Ladies and Little Ladies Tea

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Somewhere” from “West Side Story”

Dannin Renee McClenahan

Parents: Richard and Danyel Eckert

High school: New Castle

College choice: University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University

Career goal: Nursing

Community service: Toys for Tots, food drives, Central Blood Bank blood drives, Global Youth Service Day, Relay for Life Cheer for a Cure, Peppermint and Mini Mint dance line coach, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Talent: Contemporary dance, “Fighting for Life” by Olafur Arnold

Anna Lee Miller

Parents: Don and LeeAnn Miller

High school: Wilmington

College choice: University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: To own and operate a bakery

Community service: Vacation Bible School teacher, mission trips, Habitat for Humanity, CDC, Housing Development Alliance, medical mission trip, Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County with youth group

Talent: Photo montage

Gina Marie Morgan

Parents: Michael and Lisa Morgan

High school: Neshannock

College choice: University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: Medicine

Community service: Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trip, St. Camillus youth ministry, St. Vitus monthly food drive, Peer Tutoring, Par for the Cure, Locks of Love hair donation, Relay for Life

Talent: Piano presentation, “River Flows in You” by Yiruma

Jenna Elizabeth Natale

Parents: Anthony and Joni Natale

High school: Mohawk

College choice: Westminster College

Career goal: Accountant

Community service: Christ the King Parish altar server, elementary tutor, Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic, Mohawk’s Dance Your Heart Out, Hospice of the Valley gift wrapping

Talent: Lyrical dance to “Let It Be” (studio version) from “Across the Universe”

Brittney Lynn Nocera

Parents: Billy and Jodi Nocera

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Penn State University

Career goal: Education

Community service: Elementary cheerleading coach, Pearson Park youth cheerleading clinic, Peer Tutoring, food drives, Relay for Life, Cheer for a Cure

Talent: Musical theater dance, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from the musical “Sweet Charity”


Logan Esther Petrak

Parents: Jay and Patti Petrak

High school: Lincoln

College choice: University of Kentucky

Career goal: Teacher

Community service: March of Dimes Mr. Lincoln Pageant, March of Dimes Walk for Babies

Talent: Tap performance, “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilerra

Jenna Marie Richardson

Parents: Randy and Lisa Richardsson

High school: Neshannock

College choice: University of North Carolina

Career goal: Business finance

Community service: New Castle Playhouse Mini Star, Junior Women’s Club volunteer, Sunday school volunteer, Relay for Life team captain, youth cheer clinic volunteer, Peer Tutor, Neshannock food drive volunteer, Multiple Sclerosis volunteer, volunteer at monthly St. Vitus Church food drive, Cheer for a Cure participant

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter

Kristina Marie Riggans

Parents: Randall and Kimberly Riggans

High school: Union

College choice: Seton Hill University or Point Park University

Career goal: Musical theater

Community service: Worked blood drive, helped decorate the Lawrence County Historical Society for Christmas

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Le Jazz Hot” from “Victor/Victoria”

Emily Rose Sanchez-Parodi

Parents: Dr. Milton and Linda Sanchez-Parodi

High school: Shenango

College choice: University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: Lawyer

Community service: Par for the Cure

Talent: Ballet variation, “Gamzatti” from “La Bayadere’

Allison Faith Schaubroeck

Parents: Shawn and Cami Schaubroeck

High school: New Castle

College choice: Slippery Rock University

Career goal: Music therapy

Community service: Bible school teacher, international and local mission trips, Relay for Life, church worship leader, babysitting, camp counselor, Peer Leadership Clean-up Day, food drives, helping at New Castle Christian Academy

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Impossible” from the musical “Cinderella”

Jessica Faith Schultz

Parents: Tim and Linda Schultz

High school: Laurel

College choice: Kent State University

Career goal: Architect

Community service: National Honor Society service projects, blood drive, Relay for Life, Project Hope, Children’s Hospital fundraising

Talent: Vocal presentation, “Once Upon a December” from Disney’s “Anastasia”

Alexandria Nicole Speis

Parents: John and Amy Speis

High school: Shenango

College choice: Florida State University

Career goal: Biology or law

Community service: Little girls’ cheerleading mentor, cross country mentor and leader, food drives, blanket drives, clothing drives

Talent: Vocal presentation, “As Long as You’re Mine” from the Broadway musical “Wicked”

Rebeccah Z. Swerdlow

Parents: David and Milagros Swerdlow

High school: Wilmington

College choice: American University

Career goal: Museum curator for the Smithsonian Institute

Community service: Mission trips to Detroit and Hazard, Ky.

Talent: Creative writing, “No Soy Hispaña”

Alyssa Maria Trocci

Parents: Dennis and Marcia Trocci

High school: Union

College choice: Duquesne University

Career goal: Early childhood education

Community service: Tutoring, mentoring middle school students, Par for the Cure, New Castle Regional Ballet Spring Dance-A-Thon, assisted with after-school events, involved in Peer Leadership, Save 4 and student council projects

Talent: Classical ballet variation, “Esmeralda” from the ballet “La Esmeralda: by Cesare Pungini

Samantha Rose Valenti

Parents: Mark and Susann Valenti

High school: New Castle

College choice: University of Pittsburgh

Career goal: Pediatrician

Community service: Peppermints Dance Team coach, Tags for Tots, Global Youth Service Day volunteer

Talent: Instrumental jazz dance, “Esperando por Tango” from “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” by John Powell


Shannon Lynn Verlotte

Parents: Brett and Connie Verlotte

High school: Mohawk

College choice: Washington and Jefferson College

Career goal: Lawyer

Community service: Junior high volleyball coach, Vacation Bible School crew leader, Dance Your Heart Out, Cinderella’s Closet, junior high dance chaperone, tutoring

Talent: Monologue, “Star-Spangled Girl” by Neil Simon

Maria Wawrzynski

Parents: Dr. Paul and LeeAnn Wawrzynski

High school: Neshannock

College choice: Penn State

Career goal: Medical research

Community service: Before- and after-school tutoring, rehearsal assistant for NCRM, volunteer for Par for the Cure

Talent: Contemporary dance on pointe, “He Lives in You” from the musical “The Lion King”


Courtney Nicole Wolfe

Parents: Jeff and Karen Wolfe

High school: Mohawk

College choice: University of Pittsburgh or Westminster College

Career goal: Pharmacist or accountant

Community service: Olé 5K, community parades, house sitting for neighbors, organizing school’s music library, Minute to Win It stage crew, auctioneer’s assistant

Talent: Alto saxophone presentation, “The Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini, arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl

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