Delone Catholic Class of 2023 Graduates; Offered more than $8.8 million in Scholarships

“You have a diploma, and you have a good day!” With a line inspired by “our wonderful cafeteria ladies,” Salutatorian Arielle Snyder ‘23 finished her speech welcoming fellow Delone Catholic High School Class of 2023 graduates.

Delone Catholic High School held commencement exercises for the Class of 2023 on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. on J.T. Flaherty Field. Superintendent of Schools and Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mr. Daniel Breen, conferred the diplomas.

The Class of 2023 Valedictorian is Lily Ann Shriner, daughter of Eric ‘96 and Michelle Shriner of Gettysburg. Lily has held many leadership roles during her high school career, including Executive Student Council Treasurer, National Honor Society Treasurer,  Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Vice President, Tri-M Music Honor Society Vice President, and Interact Club Co-President. She was also a member of the National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She was a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, and County Band. Lily has been accepted to Pennsylvania State University Park, George Mason University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech University, and North Carolina State University. She plans on attending the College of William and Mary, majoring in Biology and Marine Science. She hopes to become an environmental researcher traveling the world.

Addressing her classmates, Shriner recollected the time spent freshman year coping with math tests and COVID tests simultaneously. In the time spent in social isolation, Shriner reflected, “Years of our personal evolution was compressed into just a few short months, and I believe we all became better human beings out of this experience.” 

Shriner continued the theme of embracing the unexpected, sharing, “From my perspective, life is like a Taco Bell drive-through. You can plan out everything you want, get to the window, and order perfectly, but the brown paper bag of life you will get is never going to have every taco you want made perfectly. Life without twists and turns would be boring. I will always remember those times in high school when I wasn’t perfect or took a risk I was unsure of.”

She concluded, “You are miles ahead of the person you were freshman year, and there are countless roads ahead to explore in your future. In the words of Saint Catherine of Siena, ‘Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.’”  

The Class of 2023 Salutatorian is Arielle Kate Snyder, daughter of David and Stephanie Snyder of Hanover. She is the Executive President of the Student Council and the Co-President of the Interact Club. In addition, Arielle was inducted into membership in the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She was also a member of the girls’ volleyball and basketball programs. Arielle has been accepted to York College of Pennsylvania and Shippensburg University. She plans on attending Shippensburg University with an interest in forensic science and has enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard. 

In her speech, Snyder also touched on the uncertainty that characterized the four years of high school for this class, while reminding her classmates, “...let us always keep in mind that Delone Catholic has prepared us to lead, prepared us to serve, and prepared us for life, and these are our roots. The families that supported us, the friends that we made, and the teachers that expanded our minds intellectually and our spirits religiously are the reason that we have such bright futures ahead of us. While what the future holds for us may be unclear, here we learned who we are, who we want to be, and what we believe in.

In the immediate future, 89 percent of the Class of 2023 will pursue further education at colleges and trade schools, one percent will enter the military, and nine percent will enter the workforce after graduation. 17 percent of the class participated in internships during high school, while another six percent finished vocational training programs. Together, the Class of 2023 performed more than 12,950 hours of service to the community. 

Earlier this week, the Class of 2023 and their families gathered for a Baccalaureate Mass on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover, Pa.  Rev. Michael Reid, the principal celebrant, was joined by many of the priests and deacons of the Adams Deanery. Rev. Samuel Miller, the school’s chaplain, gave the homily, reminding students that they would always have their faith to sustain them no matter where life’s journey takes them. The evening concluded with a celebration for families and guests in the church's parking lot.

The Senior Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 19, 2023, at 9:15 a.m. in the Lawrence B. (Sonny) Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium, with several guests on hand to present scholarships and awards, many of which are available exclusively to graduates of Delone Catholic High School. 

Gracie Wildasin earned the Catholic Faith Award, perhaps the school’s highest honor. In her nomination, Campus Minister, Mrs. Kate Phenicie wrote, “Gracie has a beautiful witness of a young disciple. She is not shy about displaying her desire to follow God and dedication to the Church and strives to do the right thing consistently in her life. I am thrilled to recommend her as a very worthy recipient of the Catholic Faith Award.”

Class of 2023

Liam Jonathon Allen †^∆
Amy Anderson †^◊£
Emma Clare Anderson
Morgan Aquino
Carolina Leigh Arigo
Reagan Louise Arigo
Kaitlyn Marie Baumgardner
Aidan Thomas Bealmear
Jacob C. Brown†
Nicole Viola Brown
Cara Grace Bruton *†^Ω◊£∑∫
Timothy Burke †◊
Karah Cartwright †^◊£
Joseph Thomas Catlin †◊£
Joseph Chirillo ∆
George Chroniger, III
Laikyn Nicole Clabaugh †◊
Brodie Collins
Noah Gregory Crawford
Mary Crider†
Nicholas Alexander Croghan †∆
Ethan Robert Darlington †^∆£
Aden Joseph Davis *†^◊∆£
Aubrey Nicole Dittmar †^∫
Rowan Dorsey Ω∑
Adam James Ernst
Camden Michael Felix
Jacob Alexander Fleming *†^Ω◊£∑∫
Sophia Galysh Ω
Nicole Rene Gingrich †∆
Trent Phillip Giraffa †◊
Emma Rose Goddard †◊
Ethan Morris Graen
Aidan Groves
Abigail Mae Stashia Hall †◊£
Sabrina Valentina Harriett †^◊
Morgan A. Hartlaub
Parker Horak
Violetta Viktorija Kojic
Bryson Grant Kopp †
Joshua Krammer
Presley Suzanne Lawrence
Jonathan Lee Lawyer
Rebecca Sophia Lazo *†^Ω◊∆£
Nicholas Lowe †◊£
Bryce William Lybrand
Meredith Anne Mace †◊
Cody James McGlaughlin †∆
Alexis Paige McMullen
Fina Bernadette Mochi ^◊
Lindsay Marie Myers
Ryder Joseph Noel
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Norris †
Madison Nicole O'Brien *†^◊∆£
Aaron Mitchell Ocampo
Jemma Denae Pascoe
James Payne
Cristian Perez †^∆
Emily Marie Perricone †
Kaleb Powell
Juliana Primrose
Devin Michael Reese
Joshua Rockey
Piper Elizabeth Rohrbaugh †◊
Makayla Brooke Rollins
Isaac Joseph Roth
Olivia Roth *†^◊
Liam Patrick Russell
Jayden Sarti
Van Elwood Schneider †
Lily Ann Shriner *†^◊∆∫
Justin Alexander Smith †^◊
Landon Smith
Rachel Lynn Smith
Anna Therese Snyder †◊
Arielle Kate Snyder *†^◊∆
Won N. Stewart †
Keefer Emory Stiles †^◊∆£∫
Joy Marie Stonesifer †◊
Mya Lyndsay Strausbaugh †
Trevor Thomas Sullivan †^◊£
Alexander Raymond Timmins
Emily Catherine Wells †^◊£
Gracie Marie Wildasin *†^◊£
Elyse Olivia Wroten
Yuanwei Yao†
Campbell Marie Zortman∆
* Top Ten Percent
† National Honor Society
^ National English Honor Society
Ω Société Honoraire De Français
◊ Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society
∆ Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
£ Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society
∑ National Speech and Debate Honor Society
∫ Tri-M Music Honor Society

Class of 2023 Accomplishments

Valedictorian: Lily A. Shriner
Salutatorian: Arielle K. Snyder
71% of the Class of 2023 will attend a four-year college or university.
14% will attend a two-year college.
4% will attend a trade school.
1% will serve in the military.
9% will move on to the workforce.
12.6% of the Class of 2023 will attend one of Delone Catholic’s 22 partner colleges and universities, having earned guaranteed admission and a merit scholarship.
Colleges and universities have offered the Class of 2023 $8,859,742 in scholarships.
54% of the Class of 2023 have been offered scholarships. 
80% of the Class of 2023 graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
40% of the Class of 2023 took one or more Advanced Placement® courses.
17% of the Class of 2023 completed an internship during high school.
6% of the Class of 2023 completed a vocational program during high school.
55% of the Class of 2023 were inducted into at least one academic honor society.*

*Includes: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Société Honoraire De Français, 
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, National Speech and Debate Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society
The Class of 2023 has reported 12,954.5 hours of service to school, church, and community.
The Class of 2023 has helped raise more than $56,000 for miniTHON to combat childhood cancer.
The Class of 2023 has brought four plays and one musical to the stage, including Shuddersome: Tales of Poe, Bethel Park Falls, Seussical: The Musical, Clue, and Romeo and Juliet.
The many athletic achievements of the Class of 2023 include several District 3 titles and YAIAA division championships. As members of the baseball, golf, and girls’ soccer teams, they advanced further into district and state playoff action than any of those teams had in school history.

Class of 2023 Leadership

  • 2023 Student Council Executive Officers: President Arielle Snyder, Vice President Keefer Stiles, Secretary Madison O’Brien, Treasurer Lily Shriner, Student Assistance Moderator Trent Giraffa
  • Class of 2023 Officers: President Jacob Fleming, Vice President Joseph Chirillo, Secretary Gracie Wildasin, Treasurer Cara Bruton, Representative Cristian Perez
  • Peer Ministers: Jacob Brown, Noah Crawford, Joseph Catlin, Joseph Chirillo, Emma Goddard, Sabrina Harriett, Keefer Stiles, Gracie Wildasin
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joseph Catlin, Joseph Chirillo, Kaleb Powell, Keefer Stiles, Gracie Wildasin 
  • National Honor Society Officers & Chairpersons: President Keefer Stiles, Vice President Emily Perricone, Secretary Madison O’Brien, Treasurer Lily Shriner, Character Committee Chairperson Aubrey Dittmar, Leadership Committee Chairperson Trent Giraffa, Scholarship Committee Chairperson Cristian Perez, Service Committee Chairperson Sabrina Harriett, Student Chaplain Jacob Fleming
  • Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society Officers:  President Jacob Fleming, Vice President Sabrina Harriett, Secretary Cara Bruton, Treasurer Arielle Snyder
  • National English Honor Society Officers: President Cristian Perez, Vice President Gracie Wildasin 
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society Officers: President Jacob Fleming, Vice President Madison O’Brien, Secretary Keefer Stiles, Treasurer Rebecca Lazo
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Officers: Co-Presidents Joseph Chirillo and Keefer Stiles, Co-Vice Presidents Aden Davis and Liam Allen, Co-Secretaries Nicole Gingrich and Madison O’Brien, Treasurer Lily Shriner, Historian Campbell Zortman
  • Société Honoraire De Français Officers: Co-Presidents Cara Bruton and Rebecca Lazo, Vice-President Sophia Galysh. 
  • Tri-M National Music Honor Society Officers: President Aubrey Dittmar, Vice-President Lily Shriner, Secretary Cara Bruton
  • Interact Club Officers: Co-Presidents Lily Shriner and Arielle Snyder, Vice President Madison O'Brien, Secretary Nicole Gingrich, Treasurer Gracie Wildasin, Community Outreach Coordinator Joey Chirillo
  • Kairos Core Team: Joseph Catlin, Joseph Chirillo, Emma Goddard, Sabrina Harriett, Kaleb Powell, Gracie Wildasin 

Class of 2023 College/University Acceptances

Members of the Class of 2023 have been accepted to the following colleges and universities: 

Allegheny College
Albright College
Alvernia University*
Arcadian University
Belmont Abbey College*
Belmont University
Bethany College, W.Va.
Bloomsburg University
Bradley University, Ill.
Buena Vista University, Iowa
Campbell University, N.C.
Chatham University
DePaul University, Ill.
DeSales University*
Dominican University, Ill.
Drury University, Mo.
Duquesne University
Eastern University
Elizabethtown College*
Ferrum College, Va.
Florida Atlantic University, Fla.
Florida Institute of Technology, Fla.
Florida International University, Fla.
Geneva College
Gettysburg College
George Mason University, Va.
Goucher College, Md.;
Grove City College
High Point University, N.C.
Immaculata University*
Indiana University -Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ithaca College; N.Y.
James Madison University, Va.
Kean University, N.J.
King's College*
Lebanon Valley College*
Louisiana State University, La.
Marquette University, Wis.
Marymount University, Va.*
Marywood University
McDaniel College, Md.
Mercyhurst University*
Messiah College*
Millersville University
Misericordia University*
Mount Aloysius College*
Mount Saint Mary's University, Md.*
Palm Beach Atlantic University, Fla.
Penn State University-Altoona
Penn State University 
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Penn West University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, N.Y.
Robert Morris University
Rutgers University-Camden
Saint Ambrose University, Iowa
Saint Francis University*
Saint Vincent College*
Saint Leo University, Fla.
Shenandoah University, Va.
Shepherd University, W.Va.
Shippensburg University
Slippery Rock University
Southern Illinois University, Ill.
St. Bonaventure University, N.Y.*
Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J.
Stevenson University. Md.
St. Joseph University
Syracuse University, N.Y.
Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology
Thiel College
Tiffin University, Oh.
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Alabama, Al.
University of Buffalo, N.Y.
University of Central Florida, Fla.
University of Delaware, Del.
University of Houston, Tex.
University of Kentucky, Ky.
University of Lynchburg, Va.
University of Maryland, Md.
University of Mississippi, Miss.
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Scranton*
University of South Florida, Fla.
University of Valley Forge
UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
Washington & Jefferson College
Waynesburg University
West Chester University
West Virginia University, W.Va.
Widener University*
York College of Pennsylvania*
* Indicates a Delone Catholic College Partner