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Top 10% of the Class of 2020
Top 10% of the Class of 2020
Cheyanne Gonzales
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Congratulations to the Top 10% of the Class of 2020!

Logan Bell

Parents: Suzanne and Jeremy Bell

Plans: Attend the University of Mount Union and study business management, while playing baseball.

College Awards: Logan is a recipient of a Trustee’s Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of AHS Baseball Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Wrestling Team for 4 years
  • Selected 2nd team All Stark County in Wrestling in 2018
  • Selected 1st Team EBC in Baseball in 2019
  • Placed 2nd at Sectionals in Wrestling in 2020
  • Wrestling Team EBC Champs in 2020
  • Honor Roll for 4 years

Honored Educator: Josh Winner, Wrestling Coach and Biology Teacher

Mr. Winner pushed me hard in wrestling, but even harder in the classroom. I am very thankful for all of the lessons he has taught me.


Eric Dunn

Parents: Karen and Gregory Dunn

Plans: Attend The Ohio State University to study social work.

Activities:

  • Member of and writer for the Red and Blue School Newspaper for 4 years
  • Member of Key Club for 4 years
  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Aviator Peer Tutor for 1 year

Honored Educator: Kelly Trout, Chemistry Teacher

Throughout the two years that she taught me, Mrs. Trout was more than just a teacher to me, she was a friend.  She is an extremely passionate, caring and encouraging individual. I am so thankful that I got the chance to know her and, of course, nerd out about Game of Thrones with her.


Tommy Gress

Parents: Anne and Rob Gress

Plans: Attend Duke University and major in classical languages

College Awards: Tommy is the recipient of the Elvin J. Wilson/Duke Scholarship and a YMCA of Alliance and the Geography Bee Scholarship

Activities: 

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Cross Country Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Swim Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Jetsetters for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Band for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Orchestra for 4 years
  • State Qualifier in Swimming during junior and senior years

Honored Educator: Tennille Jones-Lewis, High School Counselor

Mrs. Jones-Lewis has helped me make sense of an often nonsensical and panic-inducing schedule. She has also been around for my whole life, and has always been willing to help me out when I needed it, even if all I wanted was just to talk.


Savannah Heller

Parents: Lisa Heller

Plans: To take a gap year and live in Spain as an au pair.  She will then attend the University of Maryland in the fall of 2021, majoring in international business with a minor in Spanish

Activities: 

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club for 4 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 3 years
  • Member of Carnation City Players Theater during her senior year
  • Member of Stark County Teen Court for 4 years
  • Member of Choralaires for 3 years
  • Class President during junior year
  • Member of Alliance Musical Theater for 3 years
  • Volunteer for Stark Parks for 2 years
  • Elks Teen of the Month for October, 2019

Honored Educator: Allison Morrison, High School Counselor

Mrs. Morrison has been there to guide me through both academic and emotional struggles. She has supported me in every decision I have made, and I cannot thank her enough for that. Mrs. Morrison is not only a mentor, but a friend.


DeSean Hollins

Parents: Stacy and Michael Dosono

Plans: Attend Ohio University to pursue a degree in vocal performance and political science

Activities:

  • Member of Student Senate for 2 years
  • President of Student Senate during sophomore year
  • Member of AHS Jetsetters for 4 years
  • Member of Choralaires for 4 years
  • Participant in AHS Musicals for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Academic Challenge Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Cross Country Team for 3 years
  • Member of Carnation City Players Theater for 2 years
  • Maintain honor roll status for 4 years
  • Recipient of Varsity Letter in Choir for 4 years
  • Recipient of Superior Rating at Solo & Ensemble Contests for 3 years

Honored Educator: Carrie Chunat, AHS Choir Director

Mrs. Chunat has been a guiding light for me through my entire high school experience. Through her, and by being in her classes, she has taught me to be my most authentic self and to constantly be improving myself.  She is one of my biggest inspirations.


Mia Holt-Hoskins

Parents: Sheryl Holt and Jim Hoskins

Plans: Attend the University of Mount Union with an undecided major

College Awards: Mia is a recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:  

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 4 years
  • Senior Class President, senior year
  • Member of Key Club fo 4 years
  • Member of AHS Volleyball Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Softball Team for 4 years
  • Member of Buckeye Girls State during junior year
  • Elks Teen of the Month for January, 2020
  • Alliance Review Teen of the Month for September, 2019
  • Volunteer/Participant in mission trips to Black Mountain, NC and St. Louis, MO, through Community Christian Church

Honored Educator: Leslie Baird, Youth Group Advisor

Leslie has taught me by example some of the most important life lessons I have ever learned: to be selfless, love others, be kind and compassionate. She truly is one of the reasons I’ve become the person I am today and for that I am forever grateful.


Gus Jackson

Parents: Mary and Shawn Jackson

Plans: Attend The Ohio State University and major in engineering

College Awards: Gus is a recipient of a Trustee’s Scholarship from The Ohio State University

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Attendant at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference as a sophomore
  • Member of Buckeye Boys State during junior year
  • Member of AHS Track and Field Team for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Tennis Team for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Basketball Team for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Soccer Team for 4 years
  • Elks Teen of the Month for October, 2019 

Honored Educator: Amy Latsch, AHS Math Teacher

Mrs. Latsch has been my teacher for three out of four years in high school. She is a great teacher who can make complicated material easy to understand. I have learned more from her than anyone else.

Emily Kungle

Parents: Robin Kungle and the late Scott Kungle

Plans: Emily plans to attend Miami University (OH) where she will be majoring in psychology to become a clinical psychologist with her own practice

College Awards: Emily received the Redhawk Excellence Scholarship from Miami of Ohio

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Band for 3 years
  • Member of AHS Volleyball Team for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club for 4 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 2 years, Officer for 2 years
  • Youth Ambassador at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference during junior year
  • Member of Buckeye Girls State during senior year
  • QuestBridge College Prep Scholar during junior year
  • National College Match finalist for QuestBridge during senior year

Honored Educator: Allison Morrison, High School Counselor

Mrs. Morrison has been an essential supporting and guiding figure for me since my sophomore year. She is always willing to take time out of her day to help me with both school and personal matters. Her unwavering faith in me helped build my confidence, dedication and ambition. Her impact on me will be long-lasting.


Adam McMillen


Parents: Teresa and Steve McMillen

Plans: Adam plans to attend the University of Mount Union and major in economics

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Tennis Team for 4 years
  • Member of Key Club for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Foreign Language Club for 4 years
  • Member of Buckeye Boys State during junior year
  • Recipient of Rotary Youth Leadership Award during junior year
  • Elks Teen of the Month for March, 2020
  • AHS Nominee for the Canton Repository Teen of the Month for December, 2019
  • Employed at Walmart during senior year
  • Member of Marlboro Christian Church

Honored Educators: Renee Barnes, AHS French Teacher

Mrs. Barnes has always pushed me to excel in the classroom. It is evident she cares deeply about her students and their well being!


Caitlyn Mitzel

Parents: Tina and Jeff Mitzel

Plans: Caitlyn plans to attend the University of Mount Union and major in art education

College Awards: Recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship from the University of Mount Union and an Art Degree Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of AHS Marching and Concert Bands for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Jazz Band for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Pep Band for 3 years
  • Recipient of AHS Academic Award for Achievement in Painting and Drawing (junior year)

Honored Educator: Steven Cabassa, AHS Art Teacher

Mr. Cabassa has shaped the way I view and construct my art and is the reason I decided to ultimately pursue art education. He has helped me through many struggles in the past three years. For that, I am forever grateful.


Abigail Oyster

Parents: Sandra Mayer and Jeff Oyster

Plans: Abigail plans to attend the University of Mount Union and major in biology

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Swim Team for 2 years
  • Member of Student Senate during senior year
  • Member of AHS Band for 4 years
  • Selected Most Outstanding Pre-Medical Professions Student during junior year
  • AHS 2019 Homecoming Queen

Honored Educators: Kim Woodruff, AHS Pre-medical Professions Teacher

Mrs. Woodruff has helped to expand my love for the medical field. She is a good role model and great teacher.  I could not have picked anyone else.


Kaleigh Richmond

Parents: Tonia and Brian Richmond

Plans: Kaleigh plans to attend the University of Mount Union to study Pre-Medicine, while continuing to play soccer

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 4 years
  • Member of Key Club for 4 years
  • Member of Girls Soccer Team for 4 years, Captain during senior year
  • Member of Buckeye Girls State during senior year
  • Participated in Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference during junior year
  • Volunteer at Alliance Community Hospital during senior year
  • Greater Akron Area Soccer Association champion during 9th and 11th grades
  • EBC First Team Soccer during 10th and 12th grade

Honored Educator: Elizabeth Davis, AHS Spanish Teacher

I know my honored educator as Senora D, the spanish teacher who not only cared about my spanish skills, but me as a person. She shows passion and care for what she does and makes students enjoy school.


Rylee Russo

Parents: Jennifer and Joe Russo

Plans: Rylee plans to attend the University of Mount Union to major in communication studies to become a speech pathologist

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 2 years
  • Member of Class Council for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club for 2 years
  • Volunteer at Stark County Humane Society during senior year
  • Maintain honor roll status for 4 years
  • AHS Nominee for the Canton Repository Teen of the Month for March, 2020
  • Elks Teen of the Month for April, 2020
  • Participate on a competitive hip hop dance team (10 years)

Honored Educator: Josh Winner, AHS Science Teacher

Mr. Winner has always pushed me to be the best I could be. He taught me to have confidence in myself by giving me pep talks before tests.


Brooke Sams

Parents: Laura and Donnell Sams

Plans: Brooke plans to attend the University of Mount Union to major in business

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union and Buckeye Girls State Award through the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Buckeye Girls State during junior year
  • Member of AHS Tennis Team for 4 years
  • Employed at Hot Pots Pottery for 2 years
  • Maintain honor roll status for 4 years
  • Member of Regina Coeli Youth Group
  • Member of RAM Ministries for 8 years
  • Volunteer at the Catholic Worker House for 4 years

Honored Educator: Lisa Korosy, 5th grade Science Teacher at Regina Coeli

Mrs. Korosy puts her whole life into her teaching and she cares so much for her students. She has been a teacher for well over 40 years and I hope that I will be as dedicated to my job and helping others succeed. 


Timothy Sams, Jr.

Parents: Marlisa and Timothy Sams

Plans: Tim plans to attend the University of Mount Union to earn a degree in mechanical engineering

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Marching Band for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Concert Band for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Pep Band or 4 years
  • Member of AHS Jazz Band for 4 years
  • Member of Jetsetters Show Choir Band during junior year
  • Participated in pit orchestra for AHS musicals for 3 years
  • Elks Teen of the Month for February, 2020

Honored Educators: Marlisa Sams, 6th grade science teacher (and mom)

Mrs. Sams did a great job of teaching me science in middle school, but has taught me so much more as a mother. She has had a lasting impact on many of her students’ lives and deserves this moment more than I do. She has helped many students and is worthy of this recognition. 


Michael Shields

Parents: Christian and Eric Shields 

Plans: Michael plans to attend the University of Mount Union to major in computer science

College Awards: Recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of AHS Orchestra for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Swim Team for 4 years
  • State Qualifier in swimming during senior year
  • Named All-Ohio Team in Boy’s Swimming during senior year
  • Member of Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group
  • Elks Teen of the Month for January, 2020

Honored Educator: Crystal Sabik, AHS and AMS Orchestra Director

Mrs. Sabik is the teacher I have known the longest since she is both the middle school and high school orchestra director. The music she has taught me provides a well needed break from my usual school work. It has given me a talent that I value and truly love doing.


Riley Tucker

Parents: Hillary and Michael Tucker 

Plans: Riley plans to move to Indiana to be with her family and will be attending Indiana University at Bloomington and major in psychology

Activities: 

  • Member of Key Club for 3 years
  • Member of AHS Foreign Language Club for 1 year
  • Member of AHS PenOhio Competitive Writing Team for 2 years, placing in top ten in 2019
  • Member of Principal Advisory Committee for 1 year
  • Member of the Creative Writing Club at Rodman Public Library

Honored Educator: Laura Bryan, High School Counselor

Mrs. Bryan has helped me immensely since my freshman year. She assured me that it is okay to not do well on every assignment, so she has played a huge role in guiding me through academics and to “mellow out.”


Molly Wright

Parents: Andrea and John Wright

Plans: Molly plans to attend the University of Mount Union to possibly major in criminal justice

College Awards: Molly has received a Founders Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Student Senate for 3 years
  • Member of AHS Swim Team for 3 years
  • Member of AHS Cheer Squad for 3 years
  • Member of AHS Competition Cheer Team during her senior year
  • Member of AHS Jetsetters for 3 years
  • Participated in AHS Musicals for 3 years
  • Volunteer at Aultman Alliance Community Hospital in 2019
  • Student Representative to the Alliance School Board during senior year
  • Elks Teen of the Month for February, 2020

Honored Educator: Shaun Fontaine, High School Band instructor

Mr. Fontaine has helped me discover my love for music and playing trombone. I couldn’t imagine having a better band teacher.


Gabriella Zucchero-Hatchett

Parents: Meg Zucchero and Orlando Hatchett

Plans: Gabriella plans to attend Bowling Green State University to pursue a career in computer software engineering

Activities: 

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club for 2 years
  • Participated in Buckeye Girls State during junior year
  • AHS Nominee for the Canton Repository Teen of the Month for April, 2020
  • North Coast League First Team Varsity Soccer during 10th grade
  • Selected as Top Art student of the year in 10th grade
  • Selected as Top Spanish 3 student of the year in 10th grade
  • NHS Leadership Team during senior year

Honored Educator: Claudia Sommers, Middle school language arts teacher

Madame Sommers has pushed me to be my best self since I was in 5th grade, and has continued to do so throughout my high school career. She exceeded her position as a teacher by always making me feel comfortable and assuring me that she was always available to talk to me if I was struggling. I will always be grateful to her for that. 


Katlyn Zurbrugg

Parents: Amber and Scott Zurbrugg

Plans: Katlyn plans to attend the University of Mount Union to pursue a major in Chemistry

College Awards: Katlyn is a recipient of an Investment Alliance Scholarship from the University of Mount Union

Activities:

  • Member of National Honor Society for 2 years
  • Member of Key Club during senior year
  • Elks Teen of the Month for December, 2019
  • Member of AHS Marching and Concert Bands for 4 years
  • Member of AHS Girls Golf Team for 2 years
  • EBC Honorable Mention in Girls Golf during senior year
  • Member of Kick Drugs Out of Alliance for 4 years
  • Delegate to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference during junior year
  • Buckeye Girls State Delegate

Honored Educator: Kelly Trout, AHS Chemistry teacher

I had Mrs. Trout for two years and during that time I found a true interest in chemistry. Without her passion for teaching science, I would have never considered it.