Twenty area high school seniors are participating in the 2011 Cotillion as part of the 30th annual Viennese Winter Ball festivities in Wheeling.
With a pearl theme for its 30th anniversary, the ball will take place at Glessner Auditorium in Wilson Lodge of Oglebay Park Saturday, Feb. 5. The formal affair is a fundraiser for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
Dixie Ellwood and Laura Andreini, both of Wheeling, are co-chairs of this year's ball. Serving on their committee are Audrey Irvin and Ellen Culler, with responsibility for ball decor; Sarah Gompers, Cotillion; Phyllis Sigal, desserts; Saun Capehart, Intermezzo drawing; Hali Exley, pages; Jean Bailey, printing and programs; Sherry Hennen, publicity and photography; Gretchen Hooper, reservations; Paula McClure, sponsors; Judi Hendrickson, table decorations; Roanne Burech, treasurer; Vicky Musicaro and Judy Wolf, patron party.
Pages for the patron party and ball are Wheeling residents Alice Boos, daughter of Martha Wright and the late Paul Boos; Christine Gompers, daughter of Matthew and Victoria Gompers; Emily Hobbs, daughter of Roland and Karen Hobbs; Morgan McDermott, daughter of Greg and Laurie McDermott; Lauren Smaltz, daughter of Virgil and Frances Smaltz; and Angela Sparachane, daughter of Nick and Patti Sparachane.
The Cotillion members were scheduled to be introduced at the ball's patron party at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling Saturday, Jan. 29. During the patron party, the young women in the Cotillion receive tiaras to wear at the ball; the young men are given medallions to commemorate the occasion.
A point system, based on service to the Wheeling Symphony, determines eligibility for the Cotillion.
Young women chosen for this year's Cotillion are:
Young men selected for the Cotillion are:
Chandler attends Bishop Donahue High School, where she is a four-year varsity cheerleader, varsity cheerleading co-captain, three-year letter winner in track and member of National Honor Society. Named a Wendy's High School Heisman winner, she participates in Girls State, Key Club and Spanish Club. A volunteer for Appalachian Outreach, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, AmeriCorps Energy Express and Special Olympics, she plans to attend college and pursue a career in physical therapy.
Croft is enrolled at Wheeling Park High School, where she participates in cross country, track, Key Club, National Honor Society and freshman mentoring program. She has been accepted at West Virginia University and plans to go into physical therapy.
Frenn attends Linsly School, where she is manager of the girls varsity soccer team; serves as yearbook editor; is a member of Key and German clubs and is a volunteer at the Children's Museum. She plans to attend Duquesne University to major in journalism, with a goal to work for a magazine or in broadcast journalism.
Kepner is a student at Wheeling Park High School, where she is president of student council, soccer captain and participant in American Cancer Society, freshman mentoring, National Honor Society and Leadership Wheeling Youth program. She intends to attend West Virginia University, major in graphic design and start a business.
Long, a Linsly student, is a three-time letter winner in varsity tennis and serves as a volunteer for Wheeling Hospital and Safety Town. She plans to pursue a career in law and is considering attending Marshall University or West Virginia University.
Patterson, also a Linsly student, is a senior prefect, president of the senior class and SADD Club, co-founder and president of Mu Alpha Theta mathematical honor society, editor and officer of Key Club, officer of Math and Science Competition Club, chairman of student life committee, captain of varsity girls soccer team, three-time varsity letter recipient for track and soccer and a member of National Honor Society, German honor society and pep band. She is a volunteer for Wheeling Hospital, the Children's Museum and the animal shelter. She plans to pursue a career in medicine and is considering attending West Virginia University, College of William and Mary or Duke University.
Pollock attends Linsly, where she participates in tennis, soccer, volleyball, Key Club and Junior Classical League. She is a teacher at Temple Shalom and a volunteer for the Children's Museum and Crittenton Services. She plans to attend Columbia University and become a neurosurgeon.
Robinson attends Wheeling Park High School, where she is vice president of Philosophy Club and a member of Spanish Club and student council. She plays in the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra and West Virginia All-State Orchestra. A junior volunteer at Ohio Valley Medical Center, she wants to attend college and medical school.
Showalter, a Linsly student, is involved in cross country, hockey, track, softball and figure skating. She wants to go to Miami University or The Ohio State University.
Thompson, also a Linsly student, is captain of the varsity soccer team, a prefect and member of varsity track team, Spanish and SADD clubs. She also is a member of Oglebay Institute's Youth Ballet Company. She plans to attend college, with a double major in pre-medicine and dance.
Andreini attends Linsly, where he is captain of the golf and tennis teams, a prefect, Advanced Placement scholar and member of National Honor Society, Latin honor society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and SADD, Math and Ski clubs. A participant in the Leadership Wheeling Youth program, he wants to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon.
DiBartolomeo is a student at Brooke High School, where he is secretary of the senior class, member of Future Business Leaders of America, Interact, HOSA, Key and Chemistry clubs and is involved in the honors society, honors program, varsity tennis and varsity soccer. He is a volunteer at the Comfort House and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, both in Weirton. He plans to attend college and law school.
Colton is enrolled at Linsly, where he participates in soccer, track, Model United Nations, fencing and Key, German and Shakespeare clubs. His goals are to attend Wharton Business School and lead a successful business career.
Fedyszyn is a student at Linsly, where he is a senior prefect, honors student, captain of the cross country team and member of National Honor Society, Latin honor society, Key Club and track team. He wants to pursue a degree in philosophy and a career in theater.
Helfer is enrolled at Bishop Donahue, where he is a member of National Honor Society, judicial scholars, science bowl and golf team. A Scout and Order of the Arrow member, he attended Boys State. He is a volunteer for Reynolds Memorial Hospital and an altar server at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He plans to attend a university and study engineering.
Holden is a student at Wheeling Park High School, where he is involved in marching and concert bands, National Honor Society and lacrosse. A volunteer for Oglebay Institute's Astronomy Club, he plans to attend college.
Michael, also a Wheeling Park student, participates in the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra, Park's strings quartet and the school's spring musical. He wants to become a professional concert violinist.
Naum, a Linsly student, is involved in SADD Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, lacrosse and golf. He plans to attend West Virginia University.
Saseen attends Bishop Donahue, where he is vice president of the senior class, captain of the golf and hockey teams and member of National Honor Society, Key, Spanish, Culinary Arts and Cultures clubs. He is a volunteer with Special Olympics, Catholic Charities and Energy Express and is a member of the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department. He plans to attend West Virginia University and major in athletic training.
Werner is a student at Linsly, where he participates in Model United Nations, lacrosse, football and German, Children's Museum and Shakespeare clubs. He wants to attend Duke University and major in biology, then go to medical school.