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What’s next for PA Cyber Class of 2015?

Jun 30, 2015

Now that they have that high school diploma in hand, what will the 1,200 members of the PA Cyber Charter School Class of 2015 do next with their lives?

None plan to become butchers or candlestick makers; one, however, is working at a bakery.  

The self-described future plans of those attending commencement exercises reveal that their career, vocational and higher education plans are just as varied as those of any traditional high school class.

Most aim at traditional careers in nursing, medicine, business, teaching or technology, while classmates are embarking on missions of faith, are enlisting in the military, will train for a trade, or already have jobs.

PA Cyber tradition – rooted in the fact that few of the graduating class members have ever met before - is for a brief biography of each to be announced as he or she crosses the stage to receive that diploma.

Ready to work

Those jumping right into jobs included Ashlyn Tingler of Lower Paxton Township, starting work as a photographer and makeup artist; Jacqueline Gring of Reading, working at Parrot Island Cargo; Levi Beal of Rockwood, working at Bower Lumber Company, and Adriana Bullaj of Glen Rock, starting a career in tennis.

There are some engineers-in-the-making: Michael Marinchak of Latrobe, majoring in engineering science at St. Vincent College; Austin Plelan of Connellsville, heading for WVU to major in engineering; Benjamin Yost of Hanover, also heading for WVU and majoring in aerospace engineering; and Taylor Campbell of Altoona, entering Webb Institute to study naval architecture and marine engineering.

Training for a trade and the regular paycheck that comes with it: Jacob Young of Whitehall, majoring in warehousing and forklift operation at Lincoln Technical School; Dylan Ruppert of Halifax, entering the Pennsylvania College of Technology for diesel technology; Arthur Gibson of Greencastle, majoring in aviation maintenance and technology at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, and Tytiana Jenkins of Chester, majoring in cosmetology at the Empire Beauty School.

Timothy Dunham of Mercer will major in construction trades at New Castle School of Trades; Keith Lennex of Plum Borough will study HVAC technology at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute; Branden Lehigh of Dover is cooking up a career in culinary arts; and Nicklas Ditzler of Etters is entering the Tennessee School of Applied Technology to study auto mechanics.

The lure of liberal arts attracted Noah Eberwein of Media, a theater major at Regent University; Hope Hartanowicz of Yardley, heading for Seton Hall to study international relations and linguistics; Sydney Potts of West Philadelphia, attending Temple University to major in creative writing; Lillian Kashishian of Harrisburg, majoring in broadcast journalism and psychology at Messiah College; Pamela Armstrong of McDonald, studying screenwriting at Point Park University; Christopher Lazzaro of Zionsville, planning to major in musical composition; and Eniko Vaghy of Carlisle, majoring in English literature at SUNY Broome Community College.

Nanotechnology engineering?

Some areas of study are unfamiliar: nanotechnology engineering, the major of Abdelrahman Salem of Philadelphia at Drexel University; art therapy, the major of Brianna Carroll-Lugo of Lancaster at Harrisburg Area Community College; and animation, the career goal of Hayley Ledda of Lewisburg and also of Mattioli Mitchell, who will major in that field at Sheridan College.

Event and wedding planning is Uniontown resident Shelby Chun’s area of study. Jolene Davis of Pittston will study sound design at Full Sail University in the fall.

This class seems to have an unusually large number of females lining up to defend the Stars and Stripes: Kayley Buzard of Knox, Aliana Medero of Center Township and Annalysse Webster of Chambersburg, all enlisting in the Air Force; and Azelin Sanchez of Harrisburg, Michaela Zoebisch of Mountain Top, and Mackayla Wolfe of Manheim, all headed for the Marines. Oo-Rah!

Nurse, doctor, undertaker

Leah Albert of McKees Rocks wants to be a nurse.  Rachel Burkhart of Greensburg will major in pre-medicine and biomedical sciences at Liberty University. Tara Landis of Northampton will study ultrasound technology at Cedar Crest College. Janelle Blair of York wants to be a doctor; she’ll major in pre-med biology at Penn State. Kristen Miller of Venango looks for a degree as a licensed practical nurse.

Danielle Patterson of Connellsville will enter college to major in mortuary science.

Answering a call to service are Christina Rabickow of Pittsburgh, entering Evangel University to major in worship leadership; Madeline Mitchell of Montrose, heading for New Tribes Bible Institute to major in missions; and Karli Garlesky of York, attending Indiana Bible College to study Christian ministry.

No butchers or candlestick makers, but Lorena McLaughlin of Philadelphia announced herself ready to make dough, so to speak, at Holmesburg Bakery. An early riser. They kneaded her….

Media Contact

Casie Colalella / casie.colalella@pacyber.org

About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.