Carbondale Area Class of 2021 Celebrates Class Night
Mr. Carm Perri, High School English/Social Studies teacher, addresses the audience and the Class of 2021 in Carbondale Area’s annual Class Night ceremony.

Carbondale Area Class of 2021 Celebrates Class Night


Carbondale Area held its annual Class Night ceremony in the high school auditorium on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The event, under the direction of Mr. Perri and Mrs. Alyssa Mayne, Math teacher, was a huge success. What was thought to be a near impossible feat just a few months ago amidst the pandemic turned into a wonderful celebration of a class who faced much adversity during the final portion of their high school careers. Class Night, however, was a celebration of the wonderful memories they made through their years at Carbondale Area.

The ceremony opened up with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by Valedictorian Bayley Grizzanti and Salutatorian Avianna Pugliese. Kacydi Brewen, Class President, welcomed the group. Sarah Tolerico, ranked third in the graduating class, recited the Class Poem. Giana Arnese, Anthony Mustica, Maria Cerra, Amelia Muta, Amelia Esgro, Alyvia Schiavone, Billy Kovaleski, and Nathan Totsky presented the Class Gifts, which were custom to each graduate’s personality and interests. Deana Mancuso and Taylor Mazza read the Class Will, while Aniela Connolly and Olivia Liuzzo read the Class Prophecy.

Numerous scholarships and awards were given out at the ceremony. They were as follows.

Scholarships and Awards: Class Night 2021

Jack Rosler Scholarship Award: Halley Schwartz and Raymond Ofner

Tom Molinaro Memorial: Raymond Ofner

Michael “Red” Wallace: Raymond Ofner

PIAA Scholar Athlete Award: Sarah Tolerico and Bayley Grizzanti

Steve Brownell: Giana Arnese

Andrew Mazza Foundation: Sarah Tolerico

Diana Kelly Math Excellence Award: Bayley Grizzanti

Carbondale UNICO: Sarah Tolerico and Giana Arnese

Carbondale BPW: Taylor Mazza

Simpson VFW Post 412: Sarah Tolerico, Kacydi Brewen, Deana Mancuso, Taylor Mazza, and Avianna Pugliese (overall winner)

109th Infantry Regiment Association Legacy Scholarship: Halley Schwartz and Avianna Pugliese

Christopher Buckley Memorial Scholarship: Raymond Ofner

Dime Bank Director’s Award: Erin McHale

Ambassador Against Drugs/Lackawanna County’s District Attorney’s Office: Giana Arnese

Feel Good Charities: Taylor Mazza

Fendrock Family: Deana Mancuso, Sarah Tolerico, Giana Arnese, and Taylor Mazza (scholarship recipient)

Kayla Nakonechni Memorial: Sarah Tolerico

Ann Fedorchak Memorial: Deana Mancuso

Timothy Joseph Turano Memorial: Raymond Ofner

Frank T. Lee: Amelia Esgro

Judith and Joseph Calabro: Sarah Tolerico

Faculty Academic Excellence: Bayley Grizzanti, Avianna Pugliese, Sarah Tolerico, Giana Arnese, and Alyvia Schiavone.

Nellie Jordan and Mary Louise Gallagher: Bayley Grizzanti

Robert Jurble: Giana Arnese

James and Margaret Pidgeon: Taylor Mazza

The evening concluded with a Farewell Address from Kacydi Brewen.

“I was thrilled we were able to have a normal Class Night this year. Everyone had a great time and a lot of laughs,” explained Giana Arnese, who was one of the presenters. “The faculty did a great job of making the evening special.”

“We appreciate everything everyone did for us and all of the hard work that was put into the night,” noted Sarah Tolerico, who read the Class Poem. “I had a lot of fun writing the class poem and being able to present it to my family and classmates. It sure was a night to remember.”

The Carbondale Area School District congratulates all the scholarship recipients and the Class of 2021 on all of their achievements.

Please see the below photo gallery for more pictures.

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