Serenity Fullem – Valedictorian
Serenity Fullem is the adoptive daughter of James and Dawn Kitelinger of New Salem and has three adoptive siblings: Evelyn, Isaiah, and Elijah.
Serenity attends the First Christian Church of New Salem. While attending Uniontown Area High School, she has maintained highest honors during all four years of high school, taking many honors and advanced placement classes. Her activities include being a member of the French Club, academic league, chorus, and drama club. Serenity has been a member of the UHS Drama Club for three years—taking part in both the fall One Acts and the spring musicals.
Serenity is incredibly passionate about the arts—thoroughly enjoying every opportunity to perform and create—and about helping others. This year, she has received the Wolford Swimmer Memorial Scholarship, the UHS Hall of Fame – Arts Scholarship, the Josh Malenke Memorial Scholarship, and the Mosaic Ministries Scholarship.
Serenity will attend Johnson University in Knoxville, TN this fall, working towards a double-major in Psychology and Bible and Theology. After college, she intends to a pursue a career in counseling.
Grace Guthrie – Salutatorian
Grace Guthrie is the daughter of Laura Watson and Sean Guthrie of Uniontown, and has two siblings: an older sister, Gabrielle, and a younger brother, Luke. She is also the granddaughter of Ben and Maureen Bealko of Uniontown, and Connie Whitlach and her late husband, Grace’s grandfather, Ron Guthrie of Hopwood.
While attending Uniontown Area High School, she has maintained highest honors during all four years of high school, taking numerous honors and advanced placement classes. She has been a part of the gifted program since she was in first grade. Her activities include assistant secretary of National Honor Society, as well as member of Spanish Club, Academic League, Math Team, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, and Drama Club. Grace has been a member of Houck Dance Studio by Ariel for ten years, participating in competitive dance since she was three years old and assisting her teachers with many classes voluntarily. She has competed in a plethora of dance competitions and has won many awards, both with her teammates and on her own. She also received the Dance Masters Essay Scholarship from the Dance Masters Performing Arts Competition of Pennsylvania.
During her time as assistant secretary of National Honor Society, Grace participated in a multitude of community service acts, including events to help clean up Storey Square and improve the environment, making the community more welcoming. Additionally, Grace spent many years volunteering at Faith Assembly of God, working in the church café, and assisting many Sunday School classes, with ages ranging from infants to kindergarteners.
Along with the Dance Masters Essay Scholarship, Grace has received the UHS Class of 1959 Scholarship, the Allen Craft Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. William C. Thomas, Jr. Perseverance Scholarship, the Uniontown College Club Scholarship, the Challenge Program Community Service Award, and two Opportunity Scholarships from the College Board.
Grace will attend Washington & Jefferson College in the fall, majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience. She received their highest merit scholarship, entitled the “W&J Thrive Scholarship.” After college, she plans to pursue a research-based career in neuropsychology, helping those in need. She also plans to join Washington & Jefferson’s theatre program, continuing to practice her acting and dance skills.
Brandon Hebda – Class President
Brandon Hebda, born on February 1, 2004 is the son of Eileen and Frank Hebda, and brother of Christina and Connor Hebda. Growing up he was constantly involved in activities both inside and outside of school. Believing that being a member of extracurriculars was the key to success, he has been a member of several clubs, sports teams and organizations for the past four years, at Uniontown Area High School.
Beginning with his running career, he joined the Cross-Country and Track and Field team in seventh grade where he remained a member throughout high school. Here, he was coached by Joe Everhart who led Brandon to becoming an accomplished WPIALL athlete, and captain of both teams his senior year. Everhart had a heavy influence on Hebda throughout his time on the team, coaching him to be not only a better athlete, but a better person as well.
Senior year, Brandon decided to branch out from his comfort zone in an attempt to try new things, and go into the world capable of adapting to any problems the future may throw his way. This included joining the Swim Team, though not knowing how to competitively swim. It quickly became a tough challenge, he finished out the season, only with regret of not joining sooner. Swimming was not the only first, he also auditioned for the school musical, The Addams Family, and landed the part of Lurch. This was a foreign territory that proved to be one of the best decisions he could’ve made, leading to new friends, discovering new interests and being a part of an awesome cast.
Along with athletics and The Drama Club, Brandon is also a member of many clubs. This includes Student council, SADD (Students against destructive decisions), Interact club, FTA (Future teachers of America), Class President and being a Media Intern. These clubs provided an opportunity for Brandon to play a larger part in student life at UHS.
Looking closer into Brandon’s social life, he took on the role of student section leader where he chose themes for sporting events, created spirit weeks and had the privilege to plan in-school events for his peers, and himself to take part in.
If there is one thing Brandon will remember the most about high school it’s hanging out with his friends, going to football games and constantly being surrounded by a supportive, loving school community. Though saying goodbye to high school is hard he looks forward to attending California University of Pennsylvania in the fall where he will study education alongside his sister, who also attends Cal U.