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Valley Regional High School holds graduation exercises for the Class of 2012 on Thursday, June 21. The 61st annual Commencement Exercises will be held outdoors on the field hockey/lacrosse field beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year's graduating class consists of 151 seniors.
The last day of school is also June 21. This will be a single-session day ending at 12:20 p.m. In the summer, the school offices will be open during the weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Valley Regional High School Principal Kristina Martineau has announced the three top-ranking seniors in the graduating class of 2012. They are Jonah Daniel Fidel, son of Seth Fidel and Roseann Ventimiglia of Essex; Nathan James Van Benschoten, son of Susan and Wayne Van Benschoten of Ivoryton; and Ashley Rose Paholski, daughter of Angela and John Paholski of Ivoryton. These three top seniors will be the featured speakers at this year's commencement exercises.
Martineau also announced the top 10 percent of the seniors. The Region 4 Board of Education and the high school honored them at a recent Senior Awards ceremony and reception.
The seniors in the top 10 percent of their graduating class are, in alphabetical order: Karli Sandra Bahner, daughter of Leah and George Bahner of Deep River; Diana Barnett, daughter of Holly and Jeffrey Barnett of Chester; Anna Marie White Carlson, daughter of Paul Carlson and Karen Shorter of Deep River; Chelsea Ann Cook, daughter of Roberta and Edward Cook of Essex; Jonah Daniel Fidel, son of Seth Fidel and Roseann Ventimiglia of Essex.
Also, Colleen Grattan Gardner, daughter of Karol and James Gardner of Deep River; Glenn Lawrence Holmes, son of Cathy and Michael Holmes of Ivoryton; Carly Melillo, daughter of Elaine and Paul Melillo of Chester; Jennifer Mesite, daughter of Beth and David Mesite of Chester; Ashley Rose Paholski, daughter of Angela and John Paholski of Ivoryton.
Also, Jenna Marie Paternostro, daughter of Elisa and Pat Paternostro of Essex; Brooks Davis Rozelle, son of Susan and Chase Rozelle of Deep River; Steven Joseph Sopneski, son of Gina and John Sopneski of Deep River; Dylan Thomas Stempel, son of Kelly and David Stempel of Ivoryton; and Nathan James Van Benschoten, son of Susan and Wayne Van Benschoten of Ivoryton.