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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_0213.JPGWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 1.

Jessica Marie Marabello, a mathematics (secondary education) major from Pittsburgh, was named one of two valedictorians of her class and delivered the valedictory to the University. She is the daughter of Neal and Lori Marabello.

“Being named one of two valedictorians means a lot to me because I have worked very hard to achieve my 4.0 GPA every semester, and it is rewarding to see my hard work pay off,” said Marabello. “I am proud of my great accomplishment, and I am so thankful for my family, professors and friends who have helped me to get here.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Marabello was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and involved in Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. She also was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for Women and was a mathematics tutor for the Knox Learning Center Tutoring Program for four years.

Active in service, Marabello attended three University service trips to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.

“I feel very well prepared for my future and have learned a lot from my student teaching experiences in actual classrooms because Waynesburg provided me with those opportunities as early as my freshman year,” said Marabello. “My Waynesburg education has taught me to rely on God and has given me the confidence I need to pursue my passion for teaching.”

Marabello is actively seeking a substitute teaching position for the remaining school year. She also plans to obtain a master’s degree in the near future. 

Kayla Diane Bleckley, a creative writing major with a minor in psychology from Latrobe, was also named valedictorian.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_0207.JPGWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 1.

Kayla Diane Bleckley, a creative writing major with a minor in psychology from Latrobe, was named one of two valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of William and Diane Bleckley.

“To be named valedictorian alongside another extraordinarily hardworking Waynesburg University student is an honor I am blessed and privileged to receive,” said Bleckley. “Though I am extremely proud to be one of the Class of 2016 valedictorians, I consider my accomplishment a testament to the constant support and opportunities my parents have worked tirelessly to provide for me and the high quality of educators found at this institution.”

As a student, Bleckley was a staff member of Waynesburg’s literary magazine, “Muse & Stone,” most recently serving as the student executive editor. She was vice president of the University’s Upsilon Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society as well as a member of the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Honors Academy.

She was the recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship and the Margaret Bell Miller Scholarship. During her studies, she received the James E. Garvin and Caroline Parkinson Garvin Prize in Humanities in 2014, in addition to the Waynesburg University English Department Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

“I think the liberal arts education I received at Waynesburg has been essential in helping me determine what vocation I feel called to pursue and in providing me with the resources to be successful,” said Bleckley.

Bleckley plans to obtain a master’s degree in counseling and pursue a vocation as a certified counselor.

Jessica Marie Marabello, a mathematics (secondary education) major from Pittsburgh, was also named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Headshot.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 18. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the commencement address.

Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott and Susan Berkebile of Friedens, Pa.

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people who have helped me to achieve this honor,” Berkebile said. “It is a blessing and truly shows how commitment and dedication pay off.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Berkebile was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and a member of the University’s Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student group. She was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for women and served on the University’s Student Activities Board. 

Active in service, Berkebile attended two University service trips to Urban Promise Ministries in Camden, N.J., and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. 

“I have grown both mentally and spiritually during my time at the University,” she said. “Waynesburg has helped me to establish a solid foundation and a variety of skills that will help me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Berkebile hopes to continue to grow professionally and ignite curiosity and a love for learning in young children. 

The 2014 Valedictorians include:

•Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa.

•Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa.

•Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md.

•Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.

•Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

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