Dunmore High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian: Bell Pendon

DHS Valedictorian - Bell PendonBy Steve Svetovich

The reality is still setting in for Dunmore graduating senior Bell Pendon. 

Daughter of Janet and Reynold Pendon, Dunmore, Bell said she feels “humbled” after learning late last month she is the Dunmore High School valedictorian.

“At first when I was told,” she said, “it didn’t feel like it was real. It took me a while to take it all in. Now I am getting used to it.

“I feel very humbled and grateful.”

Bell, 18, will be attending Bucknell University next year on a Dean’s Scholarship. She will study psychology.

Bell, who has an infectious giggle, said she wants to become a psychiatrist eventually. She will combine the sciences with psychology. The Dunmore scholar said her best subject is English, but she likes science the best.

“I am going to study psychology,” she said, “because I always wanted to help people. I have seen first hand how mental health issues affect people’s lives and I want to be in a profession to help.”

Bell loves to be active and play a big part in school activities which is evident by her membership in numerous clubs. She is a member of the Student Council, Yearbook staff, Drama Club, Newspaper Club, Earth Club and is a football cheerleader. 

Bell enjoys acting and was in various plays at Dunmore High School. “That was a lot of fun,” she said. “It is nice to be involved in a lot of clubs at school. I thought drama was great.” 

She talked about her experience at Dunmore. “It was such a welcoming experience. The teachers and my fellow students supported me so much. They made me who I am today. I am very grateful.”

Bell said she enjoys baking and her favorite musical artist is Taylor Swift.

She has two sisters, Cessna, 21, and Marchete, 19, both Dunmore graduates. Cessna attends the University of Pittsburgh and Marchete goes to the University of Chicago. Higher learning obviously runs in the family. Her sisters have been very positive influences on Bell.

Born in the Phillipines, Bell came to Dunmore with her family when she was in the fourth grade. She talked about the differences in two countries. “Well, it is warmer in the Philippines,” she said, “but here there are many more opportunities. There were certainly a lot of clubs to join in at school. I made many friends.”

Humble in nature, Bell said she learned “perseverance and kindness” from her parents. She said her Dunmore teachers always taught her “to be curious.”

Bell said she spent the past several months studying at home, spending a lot of time with her family and practicing “social distancing” during the on going COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bell said she is excited about attending college at Bucknell. “I am very excited about meeting new people and taking on higher education learning. It will be a different kind of learning with college professors. My experience at Dunmore will help me. 

“My goal is simply to lead a happy life.” 

Class of 2017 Graduates from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross Graduation - Valedictorian Meghan Healey

Class of 2017 Valedictorian: Meghan Ann Brigid Healey.

Holy Cross High School graduated 89 students on Friday, June 2, at Sette LaVerghetta Center at Marywood University with Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, as commencement speaker and honored guest.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, June 1, at Cathedral of St. Peter with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards as principal celebrant. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Healey, Scranton, was named valedictorian. Salutatorian was Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gilhooley, Olyphant.

Meghan was a four-year member of the varsity cross country and varsity track teams and was named senior captain of both teams. She served as class vice president for four years; was a two member of the swim and basketball teams, a senior Student Council representation, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club and Crusaders for Compassion.

Holy Cross Graduation - Salutatorian Hannah Gilhooley

Class of 2017 Salutatorian: Hannah Ruth Gilhooley

Hannah was a member and parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club, Language Club, Habitat for Humanity, Immaculate Heart of Mary Scholar, and a four-year varsity softball team member. She will attend the University of Scranton majoring in biology in the  PreMed track.

Members of the 2017 Holy Cross graduating class were: Abigail Sarah Anderson, Caitlin Marie Andrews, Dean Michael Angeloni, Jeffrey Joseph Antosh, Joseph Aloysius Arbie, Kevan Joseph Bailey, Christopher Michael Baumher, Erica Evanne Berlot, Lianna Shania Bilbao, Grant Joseph Brogenski, Deidra Cali, Kaitlyn Ashley Cebular, Ryan Commodario, Abigail Rose Corrigan.

Also, Francesca Ann Creavey, Marguerite Josephine Cummings, Thomas Antonio Deredita, Brianna Leigh Dyson, Shayonna D. Escalera, Dustin Bernard Fagnani, Kelly Ann Farrell, Thaddeus James Farrell, Jacob Andrew Geda, Matthew Paul Genovese, Leah Mary Clare Georgiades, Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, Mary-Margaret Graff.

Also, Emilly Paige Griffiths, Cassandra Groncki, Abigail Guziewicz, James Arthur Hanna, Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, Robert J. Hernandez, Julianne Frances Hunt, John L. Iacobacci, Patrick Kane, Jeabog Kim, Mark Stephen Kobierecki II, Acacia Krenitsky, Morgan Rebecca Kriefski, Daviane J. Laforme, Deion Joseph Lewis, Mia Francesca Maiolatesi, Paul Joseph Marmo, Rose Martillotti.

Also, Colin Quinn McAndrew, Makayla Isabelle McClemens, Madelyn McGoff, Emily Ann McHale, Laurel Ann Mekilo, Joseph David Mies, Rachel Anne Moffitt, Timothy Jared Murphy, Celine Antoinette Nash, Matthew G. Nelson, Maria Rachel Noyes, Kaitlyn Christine O’Connor, Kateri Christine O’Connor, Christian A. Ogozaly, James Dougas Owens, Kella Ann Pacifico, Leah Pawluck, Grace Alyona Perechinsky, Shelby Anne Petrillo, Alyssa Lynn Pezzuti.

Also, Malachi Jordan Phillips, Miranda Piwowarski, KiSeong Kevin Ra, Michael Joseph Roberts, Amanda Ross, Bailey T. Simrell, Alana Bridget Siock, Ann Marie Siock, Noah James Sirannni, Jordan Joseph Symonies, Carly Ann Tomaine, John Barton Topalanchik, Lauren Kathleen Torre, James Michael Tressler, Tracey Ann Tyrrell, Nicholas Henry Urso.

Also, Giovanni Charlie Vega, Lauren Catherine Walker, Ashley Elizabeth Walsh, Matthew Ryan Warden, Madison Christine Ware, Jade Jiajing Wehner, Tazu-Ling Sunny Weng and Suming Wu.