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PTA Scholarship Dinner celebrates 103 seniors from the Class of 2019

Christina Dang and Superintendent Smialek


June 3, 2019



It wouldn’t be the end of another successful school year without the annual Parma Council of PTAs Scholarship Dinner.


Going strong for 66 years, this long-standing tradition in the Parma City School District celebrates graduating seniors from Normandy, Parma Senior and Valley Forge High Schools and awards scholarship dollars to help students continue their education.


The special night this year was held on May 15, 2019, at LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center where 103 students from the Class of 2019 received 123 scholarships totaling $103,000.


“The Parma Council of PTAs does such an impressive job organizing this coronation for our seniors,” expressed Parma City School District Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D. “We are so lucky to have such generous donors willing to help our graduates take their next steps toward rewarding lives. It was a great night that really demonstrates the impressive social fabric of our district."


Students and their families, sponsors, administration and staff enjoyed a sit-down dinner followed by the presentation of scholarship awards.


Students received a small award for their accomplishments. Scholarship sponsors also read each student’s name, what scholarship they received, how much they won, the school they will be attending in the fall, and what they plan to study.


Parma’s Codie Moro received three scholarships, the Parma City Schools Foundation Scholarship for $1,000, the Parma Senior High School Class of 1963 Sue Snyder Roberts Scholarship for $500 and the Parma Senior High School Senior Class Grant for $500, totaling $2,000.


“It feels relieving in the sense that I know all my hard work in high school has paid off,” she expressed. “All the activities and extra-curriculars from high school were worth something more than just saying I was a part of it.”


Moro will be attending Kent State University in the fall. She is undecided but said she is leaning toward majoring in biology.


“I think this event is really cool because they are not just handing out scholarships but also recognizing us in a ceremony setting. It’s nice of them to do that,” Moro shared. “They really emphasize that our parents have helped get us to this point and it made me realize how much of an impact my parents have on my life. They are super important to me, but at this event, it’s emphasized, and I think that’s really neat.”


April Higginbotham from Normandy also won a $1,000 scholarship from the Parma City Schools Foundation and will be attending Cleveland State University to study biology and pre-med.


“I feel very honored because I worked so hard and to know you can be rewarded for it is just great,” she shared on being selected for a scholarship. “It’s a very distinguished event and I like how important they made it and made us feel. I felt very congratulated.”


Stephanie Spetrino received the Past Gavelers’ Association of Parma Audrey J. Roth Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 at the event.


“I’m really happy to have received a scholarship. I’m honored and flattered they picked me,” the Normandy senior shared. “I’m going to Cleveland State to study general business and I want to run my own business and be my own boss. I’m excited to go to college.”


Manch Gamache will be attending the University of Toledo to study construction engineering technology and was very grateful to receive $1,000 from the Parma City Schools Foundation to help fund his college.


“It’s nice that everyone is able to be recognized for their efforts and that past alumni are willing to help us through college because they have been through it,” the Valley Forge senior expressed.



PHOTO CAPTION:  Valley Forge High School senior Christina Dang is congratulated by PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D. at the PTA Scholarship Dinner on May 15. Over $103,000 in scholarships was awarded to graduating seniors.