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Buchtel sisters rank at head of the class

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

WEST AKRON — Sisters Mary and Monica Hankton ranked at the top of the first group of seniors to graduate from the new John R. Buchtel Community Learning Center, which opened last August and replaced Buchtel High School and Perkins Middle School.

The Class of 2013 celebrated during a graduation ceremony held June 5 at the Akron Civic Theatre.

Mary Hankton, who was named valedictorian from the class of 123 graduates, plans to attend Malone University, while Monica Hankton, the class salutatorian, will head to The University of Akron (UA), according to Merle Bennett Buzzelli, one of Buchtel’s guidance counselors.

Other students who ranked in the top 10 from Buchtel and their plans after high school include: 3. Mykkia Beasley (The University of Toledo), 4. Nevan Strobelt-McCann (UA), 5. Sierra Wilson (Kent State University [KSU]), 6. Ashaunte Dent (Lourdes University), 7. Sterling Powell (KSU), 8. Allona Bridges (Stark State College [SSC]), 9. Jhordan Brown (U.S. Air Force) and 10. Ji’Esha Thomas (SSC).

Buchtel’s 2013 graduates also have been accepted at schools such as the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Ohio University, Mercyhurst University, Fortis College, Notre Dame College and Muskingum University, according to Buzzelli. Several students will go on to play college basketball and football, she added.

Others from this year’s graduating class are joining various branches of the military, entering apprenticeships and attending beauty and barber schools, Buzzelli said.

Project GRAD Scholarships of $4,000 each were awarded to 24 Buchtel students who fulfilled the Project GRAD Akron Learning Contract, she noted.

In addition, the Harold Stubbs Memorial Scholarship went to EdShannen Edwards, Powell and Strobelt-McCann, she added. Strobelt-McCann’s award was for full tuition to attend UA, she said.

An estimate of scholarship money earned by the class overall was not available.

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