Valedictorian of Class of 1964 to speak at MCA graduation
MOUNT CARMEL - A former valedictorian of Mount Carmel High School and presenter of historical interactive programs will address the 109 graduates and the audience this evening as part of MCA's high school commencement exercises.
The ceremony will feature a commencement address from Charles M. Sacavage, the valedictorian of the Class of 1964 from Mount Carmel High School and the first awardee of the Joseph Deppen Scholarship. Sacavage graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and received a master's degree in education from Kutztown University.
Sacavage has earned several graduate credits in history from several universities and the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars in such topics as "Federalism in the Early Republic," "The Lewis and Clark Expedition," "Presidential Leadership" and "Study of the Holocaust in Europe and Israel."
He became a teacher and left his job in secondary education as social studies department chairman and advanced placement U.S. history teacher in the Pottsville Area School District. Today, Sacavage presents various interactive historical program in conjunction with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 29 that is broadcast both locally and to various states and Canada.
He is a son of Charles and Betty Sacavage; his father was a former teacher and coach in the Mount Carmel School District. His two brothers have also made their mark in the world: Robert is the former district attorney and president judge of Northumberland County and Greg is the director of athletics and administrator with the Mount Carmel Area School District. His sister, Beverly, runs Mariano Construction, of Bloomsburg, with her husband, Marty.
Sacavage's wife, Mary, is the director of continuing education and university relations at Penn State Schuylkill campus.
The couple have two children, Charles, a major in the Pa. Air National Guard and is currently deployed, and Susan DeSmith, a doctor of physical therapy. They also have two grandchildren, Ellie and Alex.
Charles Sacavage has earned the following awards: Schuylkill County Teacher of the Year, Exceptional Performances Award from Partners In Distance Learning, Bucknell University Wrestling Wall of Achievement and the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is also an inductee of the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
The ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m., will be held in the high school gymnasium and will also feature addresses from the class valedictorian Alison Varano, and salutatorian Bryce Fiamoncini.
In a rare change, the address of welcome will be presented by class vice-president Cody M. Deitz. Per tradition, the welcome speech at Mount Carmel Area is normally given by the class president, but that office is held by Varano.