Top 10%

Alliance High School recently recognized the top ten percent of the 2021 graduation class at the annual academic recognition night.

This year, 21 students were honored for their academic success during their four years of high school. Each scholar was able to choose one teacher or staff member that has made a positive impact on their educational journey as their honored educator.

Each year, a keynote speaker is selected to present to the students, their families and honored educators. Dr. Laura Albrecht, a 2003 graduate of Alliance High School had the honor of presenting.

Dr. Albrecht attended the University of Mount Union where she majored in biology. In 2016, she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with research honors from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Albrecht returned to Alliance in 2018 and joined Dr. Randy Crawford and Dr. Jim Brunie in their dental practice. She recently acquired the practice following the retirement of Dr. Crawford. The practice is now named Albrecht Dental.

Dr. Albrecht encouraged the students to follow the path life takes them one. She thought her path would take her through college and dental school straight to being a dentist; however, that was not the case. There were many twists and turns on her path to becoming a dentist, but nevertheless, she persisted and achieved her dream of becoming a dentist with her own practice.

“I want to thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you, and this is just the beginning of yours,” Dr. Albrecht said. “Some of you may have dreams and know the career paths you want to take, some of you may not and some of you may change your mind more than once along the way. It is my hope that your time spent at Alliance High School created a foundation for you, like it did for me, that will serve as a launch pad into the next steps of your journey.”

Superintendent Rob Gress acted as master of ceremonies for the event. He introduced each student with a brief biography and asked the student to read the message they had written about their honored educator.

The scholars recognized are as follows:

Emma Atwell is the daughter of Nicole and Johnny Atwell. She will be attending the Ohio State University where she will major in criminal justice. Her honored educator is Robert Quicci, her interactive media teacher.

Kamryn Bondoni is the daughter of Stephanie and Chad Smith. She will attend the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where she will pursue a double major in public relations and management. Her honored educator is Linda Poole, the former principals secretary at AHS.

Taylor Boschini is the daughter of Deb and Dan Boschini. She will attend the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where she plans to study criminal justice and psychology. Her honored educator is Allison Morrison, a guidance counselor at AHS.

Andrew Datz is the son of Amber and Brad Datz. He will attend the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar to pursue a degree in exercise science. His honored educator is Michael Rossetti, his football coach.

Lizzy Davidson is the daughter of Kimberly and Glen Davidson. She will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where she plans to study psychology. Her honored educator is Brianna Boehlke, her social studies teacher.

Kemarie Evans is the granddaughter of Teresa and Michael Collins. She will be attending Pace University in New York City where she received an honors scholarship and an honors opportunity scholarship. She plans to major in forensic science. Her honored educator is Chris Schillig, her English teacher.

Matthew Eversdyke is the son of Katie and Scott Eversdyke. He will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where he plans to major in music education. His honored educator is Lori Gasparik, his kindergarten teacher.

Kyleigh Ferrall is the daughter of Sarah Priest. She will be attending the Ohio State University where she plans to major in business. Her honored educator is Chris Schillig, her English teacher.

Meghan Frazier is the daughter of Kim and John Frazier. She will be attending Wittenberg University as a Presidential Scholar where she will pursue a degree in biochemistry. Her honored educator is Jason Morgan, her elementary reading teacher.

Natalie Hinkle is the daughter of Cindy and Rusty Hinkle. She will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where she will pursue a degree in art. Her honored educator is Kim Woodruff, her pre-medical professions teacher.

Claire Jones is the daughter of Sara and Melvin Jones. She will be attending college in San Francisco for acting. Her honored educator is Crystal Sabik, her orchestra teacher.

Sydney Kuntzman is the daughter of Jennyfer and Charles Kuntzman. She received a University Freshman Academic Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University where she plans to major in communication sciences and disorders. Her honored educator is Allison Morrison, her guidance counselor.

Grant McGeehen is the son of Vicki and Keith McGeehen. He will be attending the Ohio State University where he plans to major in computer science and engineering. His honored educator is AnnaMae Searfoss, his elementary reading teacher.

Jaycie Miller is the daughter of Connie Young and Jason Miller. She will be attending Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina where she will study clinical psychology. Her honored educator is Jaclyn Mothersbaugh, her former cheerleading coach.

Jack Penturf is the son of Tonya and Dave Penturf. He will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar to pursue an undecided major. His honored educator is Deann Zavarelli, his teacher from Alliance Middle School.

Blayne Reith is the son of Cynthia and Dave Reith. He will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar. His honored educator is his father, Dave, who is a teacher at AMS.

Julia Schwartz is the daughter of Gwen and Gary Schwartz. She will be attending Pomona College in Southern California where she will likely major in environmental science, political science, spanish or history. Her honored educator is Jason Morgan, her elementary reading teacher.

Marviana Thomos is the daughter of Chivon Hunt. She received the Ira G. Turpin Scholarship which she will use to attend the University of Akron to study psychology. Her honored educator is Laura Bryan, her former guidance counselor.

Alyssa White is the daughter of Bridget and Joshua White. She will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar where she plans to major in biology. Her honored educator is Steve Cabassa, her art teacher and tennis coach.

Anthony Zumbar is the son of Michelle and Andrew Zumbar. He will be attending the United States Naval Academy where he plans to major in aerospace engineering or political science. His honored educator is Dan Oberhauser, the former assistant principal of AHS.

Kevin Zurbrugg is the son of Amber and Scott Zurbrugg. He will be attending the University of Mount Union as an Investment Alliance Scholar. His honored educator is Thomas Richardson, his weightlifting coach.

The top ten percent event is organized each year by the Alliance Academic Recognition Committee and the John and Roene A. Klusch Foundation.