Our Lady of Lourdes names top five graduates
COAL TOWNSHIP - William H. Stewart III has been named valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School.
Nicholas Peter Taylor earned salutatorian honors.
Rachel Leigh Schultz is the third-ranked student, while Peyton Klembara and Shawn Khanna are the fourth and fifth-ranked students, respectively.
Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 22.
William H. Stewart III
Stewart is a son of Bill and Karen Stewart, of 2361 Mile Post Road, Sunbury, and grandson of William H. Stewart Sr. and the late Ellen Stewart, and the late Richard and Verna Kenner.
He is a member of St. Monica Church, Sunbury, where he is a lector and altar server.
Stewart will attend Pennsylvania State University at University Park, where he has enrolled in the College of Engineering.
His high school activities include football, track, soccer, basketball, baseball, chorus, band, drama club, Respect Life club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and French club.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society.
His community activities include 4-H Club, Little Eddie Griffiths Scholarship Pig Roast, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Youth Group and Elijah's Bowl volunteer.
He is employed by Stewart Family Farms.
Nicholas Peter Taylor
Taylor is a son of Randal and Brenda Taylor, of 753 Creek Road, Shamokin, and a grandson of Robert and Joan Taylor.
He is a member of Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, where he is a lector, altar server and parish block party worker.
He will attend Luzerne County Community College to study surgical technology.
His high school activities include SADD, boys service club and Respect Life club. He is captain of the soccer team.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
Taylor is a volunteer with Manna for the Many and also tutors students.
He is employed at Knoebels Amusement Resort.
Rachel Leigh Schultz
Schultz is a daughter of T.J. and Michelle Schultz, of 211 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, and a granddaughter of Mary Ann Balonis and the late Robert Balonis, and the late MaryLou and Thomas Schultz.
She is a member of Holy Angels Church, Kulpmont, where she works at the parish picnic and bingo.
She will attend Elizabethtown College, where she will major in accounting and play basketball.
Her high school activities include being captain of the basketball and soccer teams and serving as a student ambassador. She is a member of SADD, Respect Life club, science club and math club.
She also is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
Schultz works at the Elysburg Rod and Gun Club.
Klembara, who resides at 1812 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, is a daughter of Tara Brokenshire and Andrew Klembara, and a granddaughter of Thomas Brokenshire and Michael and Jane Klembara.
She is a member of Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin.
She will attend Susquehanna University to major in pre-med.
She is president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
She is also president of Respect Life club, vice president of student council, an officer with SADD and a member of Girls Action League, science club, art club and HOBY Alumna.
She is a student ambassador and captain of the softball and volleyball teams.
Khanna is a son of Dr. Sudhir and Catherine Khanna, 379 Overlook Blvd., Shamokin, and a grandson of Santosh Khanna and Jean Brokus.
He is a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Elysburg.
He will be attending Susquehanna University.
His high school activities include French club, Respect Life club, boys service club, chorus and math club.
He is a member of the National Honor Society.