Sheffield Area High School Salutatorian Kassidy Orinko speaks to her classmates, friends, and family Friday evening. Photo by Cody Elms

Sheffield Class of 2024 Reflects on Overcoming Adversity while Celebrating Graduation

June 10, 2024

SHEFFIELD, Pa. – The Sheffield Area High School class of 2024 has experienced an interesting journey, to say the least.

As faculty and students referenced in speeches given during Friday evening’s graduation ceremony, this class not only had to endure the pandemic-affected school year like many others throughout Warren County but also the hotly debated consolidation possibilities that resulted in students spending much of their senior year splitting time between both Warren and Sheffield schools.

Senior Class Advisor and Commencement speaker Tyler West gives an emotional speech to the Sheffield class of 2024. Photo by Cody Elms.

Senior class advisor Tyler West was chosen as the Commencement speaker. Following the graduation ceremony, West acknowledged how grateful he was to be asked to speak and that the class of 2024 was one of the greatest groups of individuals he’s ever gotten to work with.

“It’s our experiences,” said West. “It’s what the kids have been through and what all of us faculty have been through with them. These kids are amazing human beings. They’ll accomplish anything that they want to and that they put their minds to. They’ve been through so much already that anything that’s put in front of them, if they want to do it, they can do it.”

2024 Class Vice-President Paris Foster addresses those in attendance during Sheffield’s 49th Graduation Commencement. Photo by Cody Elms.

In addition to the awards and scholarships given before the 49th Annual Commencement, two more scholarships and one more award were presented. Christopher Joblon and Chase Kyler were presented with the inaugural Dan Zandi Memorial Scholarship. Kassidy Orinko and Kadence were recipients of the Lewis Family Memorial Trust Scholarship. Finally, the McMillen Foundation of Excellence Award was given to Peyton Bailey, Kassidy Orinko, and Alex Richards.

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