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Central Catholic Celebrates Graduation with Class of 2020

Salutatorian William ‘Gabe’ Bolon, left and Valedictorian Jacob Estep are shown during Saturday’s graduation at for Central Catholic High School. Behind them are Principal Rebecca Sancomb and Msgr. Paul Hudock, dedicated pastor of CCHS. Not pictured is Mater Dei Award recipient Thomas Minor.

WHEELING – Wheeling Central Catholic High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2020 on Saturday at the Oglebay Park Amphitheater.

Family, friends and CCHS personnel gathered for the event where social distancing was maintained according to state regulations, after receiving approval from the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Remarks to the graduates were offered by Principal Rebecca Sancomb and Msgr. Paul Hudock, designated pastor for CCHS.

Jacob Estep, son of John and Lydia Estep of Wheeling, was named valedictorian for the Class of 2020. A member of Corpus Christi Parish in Warwood, Estep accumulated the highest cumulative grade point average in the class. He will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville this fall, where he will major in biochemistry.

William ‘Gabe’ Bolon, son of Bill and Becky Bolon of Woodsfield, was named salutatorian with the second highest cumulative grade point average in the class. He will attend Ohio State University in the fall, where he plans to major in accounting.

Senior Thomas Minor was named the recipient of the prestigious Mater Dei Award, which recognizes the student who best exemplifies Christian spirituality, leadership, wholesomeness and service, following the example of Mary, the Mother of God. Minor was not in attendance at the ceremony. Earlier this year, he received and accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was required to report in early July. Thomas is the son of Bryan and Maria Minor of Wheeling and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Individual scholastic honors were awarded to the following graduates: Brooke Lander (art); Jacob Estep (English and math); Carmen Alexander (French); Thomas Minor (religion and science); Gabe Bolon (social studies) and Adanna Maltony (Spanish).

The top 20 students in the Class of 2020 include: Carmen Alexander, Katelyn Bailer, Elisabeth Bockstoce, William ‘Gabe’ Bolon, Elizabeth Dierkes, Abigail Doerr, Jacob Estep, Peyton Knight, Ava Koontz, Brooke Lander, Bailee McNamara, Thomas Minor, Makaela Quinn, Kaylee Reinbeau, Jacob Rine, Cole Saseen, Brendan Smith, Isaac Smith, Megan Staley and Hannah White.

Rounding out the list of graduates are: Clayton Abate, Peyton Anderson, Elizabeth Anthony, Lane Bibey, Jeremiah Blackmore, Kyle Brown, Jordan Caldwell, Elisa Contreras, Jayden Cook, Jalen Creighton, Reilly Crow, Joshua Custer, Allison Davidson, Patrick Ernest, Maggie Fahey, Enzio Figaretti, Eden Gainer, Meliyah Gayton, Aubrey Gossett, Nathaniel Herrmann, Michael Horan, Elizabeth Howard, Jenna Howard, Justus Kirkland, Kelsey Kociban, James Lestitian, Scottie Loughery, Quiliana Ludolph, Alex Magruder, Adanna Maltony, Charles Manns, Curtis McGhee III, Ian McGrew, Adam Murray, Sonny Peluchette, Maria Peroni, Allyssa Persinger, Dominick Pompeo, Jacob Prager, Joni Recht, Luke Rohmann, Charles ‘CJ’ Rose, Nicholas Sherman, Austin Smay II, Christine Smith, Peter Stein, Jaden Thomas, Ethan Turner, Nicholas Turziano, John Wagner, Leah Weimer and Yongyi Yang.

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