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Congratulations Nine years have passed since the Tribune Chronicle thought it fitting to publicly recognize the youngest and most impressive leaders in Trumbull County. The Twenty Under 20 program, co-sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull, shines a bright spotlight on 20 high-achieving individuals younger than 20 for their leadership skills through volunteerism, extracurricular activities and academic achievements. On the pages of this magazine are in-depth profiles and pictures of the 20 teens chosen for the honor this year.

They join an already long and outstanding list of past winners. This year’s winners are just as remarkable and awe inspiring — read all about what makes them special in the pages ahead. Though the year 2021 has been challenging for most, seeing how these young leaders still managed to make a difference in the world should inspire hope in us all. To the Twenty Under 20 Class of 2021 — congratulations! Your achievements in and out of school make Trumbull County proud.

2013 James Mitolo Shelby List Nikhil Nadler Choniece Phillips Zachary Szewczyk William Anastasiadis Dylan Anders Brendan Baugher Danielle Bucci Breanna Bucco Alexa Goffos Matt Headland Gabriella Hosack Alexis James Kyle Jones Dillon Marx MacKenzie Polakoff Tatum Sheets Olivia Woods Alexandra Yuhas

Victoria Woods Jessica Wylie Madyson Yocum

2014 Merideth Brugler Jacqueline Germano Anna McCue Hannah Rogers Sabrina Snell Melissa Baker Alexis Camuso Rachel Cullison Allyson Dean Madison DeMarco Maura Dixon Lauren Fabrizio Madeline Grimes Stewart Hetson Alexis James Elizabeth Kellar Marlena Liming LeAnn Penn Marisa Pipino

Ariana Shannon 2015 Michael Miller Allyson Crays Hannah Emerson Taylor Hopkins Olivia Kochunas Holly Angelo Moira Armstrong Sara Baugher Emma Hetson Alexis James Ashly Lamosek Samantha Lashley Matthew Luonuansuu Ellie Martin Alexandria Meade Laura Miller Jenna Paskey Adrianna Placanica Jacob Ryser Kada Williams 2016 Ryan Jones Jasmine Hickey Taylor Hopkins Elizabeth McCue Da’Jahnae Provitt Hailee Elza Robin Forsha Britany Hickey Gabrielle Jones Georganna Norris Connor Orr Isabella Orr Lauren Paczak John Payiavlas Caitlin Seifert Preston Sheets Wil Thompson

2017 Cara Annandono Emma Baugher Francesca Byrne Donna Cherry Michael Cline Anthony Costarella Jillian DiCesare Kaitlyn Elder Megan Fielder

Celeste Harris Taylor Hope Honsaker Gianna Jones Jacquelyn Keslar Phillip Loges Anastasia McLeod Elizabeth Mintus Hyungjun (Richard) Park Sarah Ryser Lydia Walls Addison Wilson

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Maria Anastasiades “I don’t want them to repeat the same mistakes that I made.” By GUY VOGRIN Staff writer

HOWLAND — An 18-yearold Howland High School graduate put in almost 150 hours of community service during her high school career. This trend hasn’t stopped for Maria Anastasiades after she enrolled at Youngstown State University in the fall. “Maria has shown leadership through her volunteerism during high school and continuing into her freshman year of college,” said her mother Koula, who nominated her for the Twenty Under 20 leadership honor. Her main project during her senior year of high school was spending more than 36 hours planning, recording, editing and doing voiceovers for four videos that serve as a virtual field trip through Howland Township facilities. “These videos were shown to third-grade students to supplement their local government teaching unit,” her mother said, noting that all in-person school field trips

were canceled for the 202021 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since graduating, Anastasiades continues to volunteer, contributing 15 hours as a volunteer counselor for the Warren Civic Chorus Children’s Choir camp. She also put in time working for the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, the African-American Wellness Walk and working at the OH WOW! Children’s Museum in downtown Youngstown. She also worked at one of the stands at the Greek Festival this past summer at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Center, where she also helped out packing to-go fish dinners during the Lenten season. Anastasiades said she projects a rather “cool” leadership ability. “I want to warn them about the pratfalls they may encounter,” she said. “I don’t want them to repeat the same mistakes that I made.” Her mother illustrates this caring heart of her

daughter by telling the story of Anastasiades being late for class one day because she was carrying the books of a disabled student. An honors high school graduate, Anastasiades is enrolled in the Dana School of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music as well as pursuing another degree in information technology through the YSU STEM program. Anastasiades said she would like to be a sound designer or voice actress after getting her degrees. Currently a member of the Dana Chorale at YSU, Maria is one of those helping

to restart the St. Demetrios Church choir. Her choir director of the church, Ted Nerris, said the student came out of her shell at the first practice, explaining the dotted quarternote to the group. “She wasn’t shy but rather had a confident attitude in taking the bull by the horns,” Nerris said. She also has been studying Taekwondo since fifth grade and is now working on her black belt. gvogrin@tribtoday.com

CONGRATULATIONS MARIA ANASTASIADES Thank you for helping others in our community and for being the person we love every day! We are so proud of your achievements! Mom, Dad, Tasso, Yiayia Mary Coliadis Papou Anastasis & Yiayia Diane Anastasiades 4

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Ashley Bahrey Bahrey’s academic achievement is “one of the best I’ve ever seen.” By ED RUNYAN Staff writer

BRISTOLVILLE — A counselor at Bristol High School says Ashley Bahrey is “one of the first people I go to when I need something done” because Bahrey is “hard working, genuine and kind to others.” It may not be easy for Bahrey to fit another task in her schedule. She has a 4.0 average in school, has been named English, art, music, government, precalculus and chemistry student of the year, plays two sports (volleyball and softball), works two jobs, volunteers for two organizations and is involved in many others. “Ashley is constantly volunteering to help out any way she can,” Bristol High School counselor Kim Miller told the Tribune Chronicle while successfully nominating Bahrey for the newspaper’s Twenty Under 20 honors. Bahrey’s academic achievement is “one of the best I’ve ever seen,” Miller said. But Bahrey, a senior, also has a knack for finding ways to express her love for animals, which she hopes to continue to explore for many years to come after graduating from high school. When Bahrey was a freshman, she had a friend who was taking teacher Rebecca Dobson’s biology class. Through that connection, Bahrey learned about Envirothon, a program in which students compete with fellow students from their school against the schools in areas such as forestry, soils and marine biology. It’s like Academic Challenge, Bahrey

said. Bahrey said Dobson “got me to do the Envirothon, and it wasn’t really something I thought I would enjoy, but I thought it was so much fun.” That summer, Dobson asked Bahrey if Bahrey wanted to participate in a program through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in which students monitor bird boxes at Mosquito Lake State Park. “I said sure, and it’s been going on ever since,” she said. “We start up April-ish, and we record all of the happenings in the different bird boxes around Mosquito Lake,” Bahrey said. “There are 10 different species of nesting birds in the area that are the most common. We record their nesting and life cycle and how many fledglings they have throughout the year. “It’s once a week. The whole project is to bring back the bluebird population in the area. Bluebirds are a really big part of our ecosystem. The whole point is to encourage them to breed more in the area,” she said. She said people confuse bluebirds with blue jays. But “bluebirds are identified pretty much by their brown under belly, and they do nest in cavities, which isn’t super common for birds in general.” They are blue on their back and wings, and their eggs are very bright blue, she said. Bahrey also enjoys playing music on her alto saxophone and received high marks during Ohio Music Education Association competitions in vocal and instrumental music. She even participated in the Pep Band for Youngstown State

University basketball, Miller said. And Bahrey also has has won awards during state Beta Club conventions four times and has been a leader in Student Council. Beta Club is a national leadership organization for students from grade 4 to 12 that also awards scholarships. The list of Bahrey’s other interests is long, including Science Club and Art Club, National Honor Society and Big Brothers / Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley. For fun and fundraising, she participates in the Polar Plunge at Mosquito Lake during the winter. Bahrey wants to major in zoology in college and become a zookeeper. A big reason is because of her volunteer work with ODNR. But she also has a connection to dogs and cats at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, where she has been a volunteer the last few years and helped with fundraisers. “But mostly I just go there and pet the dogs and cats, care for them, walk them, feed them and stuff like that,” she said. erunyan@tribtoday.com

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Katherine Buttar “I’ve been very fortunate in my life and want to help others.” By BOB COUPLAND Staff writer

NILES — Katherine “Katie” Buttar, a senior at Niles McKinley High School, said her parents always instilled in her giving back to the community and helping others. “I’ve been very fortunate in my life and want to help others. I volunteer in the community and at my church. I plan to continue giving back to the community and helping others for the rest of my life,” Buttar said. Buttar, 17, who was nominated for the Twenty Under 20 Award by Chad Ries, a language arts teacher at her school, said she gives back

as a member of the Niles McKinley High School Key Club, which does service projects in the community. Buttar, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles, has helped at the church’s summer festival for the past 10 years, as well as its Lenten fish fries. She said it makes her feel good to know she is able to help others who have faced difficult times and challenges. “My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back,” Buttar said. “Katie exhibits many distinguishing qualities that have contributed to her success as a student and as a leader. She displays a strong

work ethic and excels at the work,” Ries said. Buttar takes part in many extracurricular activities, including the high school marching band’s drill dance team in which she has served as captain since her sophomore year. She also is a member of the mock trial team. Buttar volunteers at the Salvation Army, Art Outreach Gallery at the Eastwood Mall, the McKinley Memorial and other outreach projects through her involvement with Key Club. “Knowing Katie as I do, I believe she will continue to contribute to her community

throughout college and beyond,” Ries said. Tracy Lastic, guidance counselor at Niles Mckinley said, “Katie is hard-working, dedicated and a well rounded young lady. She has distinguished herself as a leader both academically and in extracurricular activities.

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“When I see Katie in the community, she is enthusiastic and has a positive disposition toward life. Katie shows passion and commitment in all aspects of her life,” Lastic said. Buttar has wrapped presents at Christmas for the Salvation Army, volunteered at the elementary school, collected food and diapers for people in need, and made gift boxes for children overseas for Christmas, among other projects. As a part of Students for the Environment, Buttar also has participated in community cleanups. As a member of Natalie’s Dance Company, she has danced at charity events, raised money for families in need to help with their medical expenses and danced at the Shepherd of the Valley nursing homes for residents. She also has taken on leadership roles as vice president and historian for the Niles McKinley Class of 2022. bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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Dante Byrne “I’m thankful for all that I have and I want to make the community a better place. I want people to have the great life I have.” By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer

GIRARD — Dante Byrne, a Girard High School senior, strives to be a leader and set a good example for others in whatever activity he’s doing. At 18, Byrne has already accomplished a lot. “He is a man of action,” said Kelley J. Warga, the high school’s pupil services director and one of the people who nominated Byrne for the Twenty Under 20 award. “He is constantly involved in something and when he doesn’t have a current call to action, he just creates his own.” That includes Flags4Heroes, a project he launched in June to show support for veterans, police and firefighters while raising money for Veterans’ Outreach and the Officer Justin Leo Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Byrne said he created a yard sign “to express my appreciation to veterans and first responders. The design

of the sign is an American flag with symbols for veterans, police officers and firefighters at the bottom of the flag with the words ‘thank you — veterans, police, firefighters.” Byrne said he first had 50 signs printed, but the project grew and so far more than 450 signs have been sold, raising more than $1,000 for each organization. “The overall goal of this project was not only to raise money, but also awareness and show respect for veterans, police and firefighters who are so deserving of our support,” he said. Byrne also got involved with the Justin Leo Virtual Challenge as the program had to adapt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leo was killed Oct. 21, 2018, in the line of duty. “Dante’s involvement allowed us to hit a whole new audience of participants from his age group,” said Amanda Archer, Justin Leo program’s lead coordinator

who also nominated Byrne for Twenty Under 20. “He furthermore set up food drives for our T-shirt pickups that directly impacted local food banks. Dante has been an active and engaged member of our team and both Justin’s parents and I feel very fortunate to have him.” Byrne said: “I’m thankful for all that I have and I want to make the community a better place. I want people to have the great life I have.” Byrne has a 3.96 GPA, served as student council class president for four years, been on the honor roll every semester of high school, secretary of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, an American Legion Buckeye Boys State attendee and is a high school peer mentor. He is also a member of the football team, the robotics team, the school’s student representative on the Girard Multi-Generational Center board of directors, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the school’s representative for the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Program, a Special Olympics volunteer and was a poll worker for the Trumbull County Board of Elections. “I try to set an example for others,” he said. “I’ve become a more mature person and enjoy working with people. It’s mostly about listening and understanding other people’s perspectives.” Both of his parents are

military veterans and Byrne wants to make the military his career. He’s applied to West Point, the Air Force Academy and Virginia Military Institute. Warga called Byrne “an exceptional young man. It is difficult to put into words his impact on our school and our community. He takes on so many roles and he enters every day with the intention of making himself, his peers, his school and his community better.” dskolnick@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Dante! We are so proud of you and your commitment to serve others! We love you! Mom, Dad & Francesca

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Briley Daniels “Leadership is part of my Christian faith. It is an important extension to everything I do in school and in life. Leading and providing for others are extensions of my faith.” By RAYMOND L. SMITH Staff writer

WARREN — For Briley Daniels, participating in sports and other extracurricular activities has been her way to quickly get to know others around her. Daniels is a preacher’s kid, so her family has moved from one church to another every three to four years, teaching her how to adapt and make friends. Brian Daniels, her father, is the lead pastor at Warren First Church of the Nazarene, and Kelly Daniels, her mother, is the children’s pastor of the church. The 17-year-old is a


LaBrae High School senior with a 3.8 grade point average. She entered the school as a sophomore during the 2019 school year. During the last three years, Daniels has been a standout player on the school’s volleyball, basketball and soccer teams, winning numerous awards in each. “I like to live a disciplined life,” Daniels said. “Playing sports helps keep my body healthy, provides ways for me to get to know others and has placed me in positions I can be a leader by working hard and taking extra steps.” Daniels has similarly thrown herself into student organizations. She is an

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active member of student council, a president with the National Honor Society, as well as working with Viking Nation, which is a student pride organization. “She is committed to LaBrae High School,” Linda Nogales, a counselor at the school, said. “Each week she meets with students in creating weekly spirit themes and organizing school activities. Her goal is to get as many students involved and promote school pride.” Nogales described Daniels as happy to take on new roles, whether they are her responsibility or not, anytime she is asked. “She is a born leader,” Nogales said. “Briley is a take-charge type of person. Kids, and really, adults, are drawn to her because she does everything with enthusiasm and with a smile. She has a kind and sincere demeanor that’s infectious and people want to be around her.” At church, Daniels has been a worship leader with the main band, as well as a worship leader of the children and traveling choirs.

She also has led its worship camp. “She led two teen worship camps this summer,” Kelly Daniels said. Daniels’ grandparents, parents, aunts and siblings all have been involved in some form of music, whether it is singing, playing instruments or both. She describes balancing what she does, as well as maintaining a high gradepoint average, as sometimes difficult. “I do the church stuff on weekends and everything else, either during school or after school,” she said. Daniels describes her desire to be a leader as part of her religious traditions that she and her two siblings have grown up within their home. “Leadership is part of my Christian faith,” she said. “It is an important extension to everything I do in school and in life. Leading and providing for others are extensions of my faith.” Kelly Daniels describes her daughter as being especially empathetic to others because she has grown up in diverse communities. “She spent a lot of time working with me working with young people (who) are sometime living in broken homes and having mental illnesses around them,” she described. “She always wants to do something for others.” rsmith@tribtoday.com

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Morgan Duffey “... I like community service because I like knowing that my actions can help or change the lives of other people.” By ED RUNYAN Staff writer

SOUTHINGTON — Morgan Duffey is first in her class at Chalker High School with a 4.0 GPA, participates in athletics and other school-related activities such as student government and is National Honor Society president, but her activities outside of school demonstrate her heart for service. Duffey, a senior, teaches Children’s Church at Praise Cathedral in Niles, stepping up to run the two-hour weekly program for 10 to 20 children at her church after the adult in charge was


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unable to continue. She has been involved for about 2 1/2 years, serving as assistant for about a year. Marilyn Largen, Southington counselor, nominated Duffey to be a Twenty Under 20 leader in part because of Duffey being an “outstanding leader and volunteer for her school and community. She is always the first one to volunteer to help wherever she is needed.” Largen noted that much of Duffey’s volunteer work is through her church, where Duffey also organized a threeday church camp. Duffey set up the space, planned and organized the activities and lessons. Duffey also helps members of her church, including her pastor, with duties such as cleaning and building a wheelchair ramp, Largen said. “She is a very conscientious student and completes her assignments thoroughly in a timely manner. Morgan is certainly an outstanding young woman who loves giving her time to others in need.” When the church needed someone

to take over Children’s Church, “my pastor’s wife asked me if I would be willing to take it over. I was super eager to do it because I have a heart for kids,” she said. “I was really, really excited that I would be the teacher for them.” Duffey, a senior, plans to major in education in college and become a teacher. “I really enjoy being able to spend time with them, and we do so much with lessons, crafts, worksheets, games,” she said of Children’s Church, which takes place at the same time that the adults are in their Sunday service. She felt comfortable stepping into the role after having learned from the other teacher. “I was helping out with all she needed,” she said of the adult teacher. “I knew the schedule and how to do the rotation because I learned off of what she did. When she stepped down, I just stepped up. There wasn’t a huge difference. They already knew me. It’s always so much fun,” Duffey said. “I

love it.” She also organized the vacation Bible school that her church held this summer, called the Kids Crusade, she said. The church had to cancel its annual summer children’s church camp because of COVID-19. “The children look forward to it because it’s “really fun,” Duffey said, so she and others hosted a three-day camp where the children were provided with tents, food, lessons and activities. “We decorated everything. We had to come up with enough stuff in our schedule throughout the day to make sure all of the kids were occupied all day. We had a lot of games and activities,” Duffey said. “I spent three to four hours every single day for four days, just helping set up and making sure everything happened smoothly,” she said. Duffey also has danced at The Dance Space in Warren for 11 years, leading to her helping with instruction for younger girls. “I spend a lot of my time there, usually three times per week,” she said. A couple years ago, she helped teach a creative-movement class all year for young children about 2 to 4 years old. She also is a Southington High cheerleader, softball player and majorette; works on the high school yearbook; is class treasurer; is the school’s representative to SMASH through the Ohio State Highway Patrol that encourages safe driving; and works two days per week at Walmart. “I have something to do every single day of the week, but I like to keep myself busy, and I like community service because I like knowing that my actions can help or change the lives of other people,” she said. erunyan@tribtoday.com


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So proud of you Keep striving to make the world a better place! We Love You! Your Family

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Paige Fleischer “The passion that she found helping others through volunteering her time, propelled her to vice president during a global pandemic.” By ALLIE VUGRINCIC Staff writer

CORTLAND — In her freshman year at Maplewood, Paige Fleischer, 18, got involved with the Warren Juniorettes — a high school version of the Warren Junior Women’s League — which started her involvement in volunteer work, according to her teacher, Craig Williamson, who nominated Fleischer for the Tribune Chronicle’s annual Twenty Under 20 Award. “The passion that she found helping others through volunteering her time, propelled her to vice president during a global pandemic,” Williamson wrote. “However, even with social-distancing restrictions in place, Paige accepted the challenge and stepped up as a leader.” Now the president of the Maplewood Juniorettes, Fleischer has twice organized window painting at Concord Care Center of Cortland.


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She also arranged a letter-writing campaign and donated safe treats for residents during the pandemic. Fleischer’s uncle is a resident of that nursing home, and her family was able to stay in touch throughout the pandemic. “Not every resident had that connection, so we wanted to find something that we could do that was outside, that would stay social distanced but we’d still be able to interact,” Fleischer said. Her growth as a leader and involvement with the Juniorettes earned her the accolade of Juniorette of the year All-Ohio 2020. A two-year member of National Honor Society, Fleischer and the president of NHS often partner the honor society and the Juniorettes for projects, she said. Fleischer also is a four-year member and 2021-22 president of T.E.A.M., or Teens Educating Another at Maplewood. Under Fleischer’s

leadership, the group did a spirit week for grades 7 to 12, and encouraged students to pledge not to do drugs or alcohol or bully other students. A volleyball player since seventh grade, Fleischer helped arrange the team’s fundraiser game against Bristol to benefit Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, which helps children with terminal illnesses, she said. She received the Coach’s Award in varsity volleyball in 2019 and was the top server in 2020. Fleischer also has worked with the Howland fire station to help plan Fire Safety Day, coordinated with Someplace Safe to provide bags of school supplies and snacks to displaced children and lead Maplewood’s prom dress giveaway.

A four-year honor roll student, Fleischer holds a GPA of 3.8. Fleischer will be attending the University of Akron in the fall. She wants to either work toward becoming a pediatric nurse

practitioner or to study dietetics, she said. She hopes the current underclassmen at Maplewood will continue the programs she organized after she graduates. avugrincic@tribtoday.com


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Emma Gates “I am driven to volunteer my time because God has equipped me with a giving heart.” By RENEE FOX Staff writer

outstanding moral character,” Palumbo said. “A good student athlete must always be aware of the effect of their attitude and behavior. Emma is one of those student athletes.” Gates also volunteers at a food pantry, is a “Santa for a Senior” participant, is an Ok Inc. volunteer — an organization that helps young people to develop healthy relationships and strong character so they may chase their dreams — and is part of that organization’s Friends4Friends Campaign, to inspire young people to become future leaders and change agents within their schools and communities. Gates said being an athlete has affected her entire world view. “I have learned how crucial a positive mindset is — not only during practices and games, but in life. Sacrifice, hard work and determination are just a few of the lifelong skills sports have taught me. My love for sports has shown me how far you can go when you have goals for the things you’re passionate about,” she said. Gates also helps to keep the community informed on local issues by volunteering with the Youngstown Radio Reading Service. The reading service is provided to people who are blind. Volunteers read books, magazine articles and newspaper articles to the audience, with a focus on local news. The private, nonprofit station has been broadcasting for 45 years in the Mahoning Valley, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

HUBBARD — Mathews High School senior Emma Gates will continue a life of athleticism and leadership after graduation, she said. Class president, National Honor Society president, softball team captain, volleyball team captain, community volunteer and a leader in the student ministry in her church, Gates said her faith and her heart inspire her to give back to her community and lead in a way that raises up others and helps her grow as a person. “I am driven to volunteer my time because God has equipped me with a giving heart. I understand the positive impact it has on others, and I genuinely love helping those around me,” Gates said. “I choose to volunteer for different events honestly just through research and what I feel is right. I know any type of volunteer work is not only affecting others, but also helping me to grow as an individual.” The 17-year-old with a 4.0 GPA will attend Fairmont State University in West Virginia to continue her career in softball, where she also will be a part of the student ministry Chi Alpha, she said. Michael Palumbo, athletic director at Mathews High School, said Gates sets the standard with attitude and behavior and has positively represented her community in the honor society and as president of her class. “Emma Gates possesses many qualities of 16 Twenty Under 20 / 2021

“Our volunteers are critical to our operation; without them, we could not do what we do,” said Michael Muder, reading service coordinator for the organization. “Emma has done an excellent job with her volunteer work. Both the quality and quantity work has been very impressive, and she has

fulfilled every assignment we have requested of her on time.” Gates has been an asset during a time it has been difficult to find volunteers, Muder said. rfox@tribtoday.com

CONGRATULATIONS EMMA! Mathews Board of Education and Administration

Gunnar Gray “I have learned it is always important to help serve people.” By BOB COUPLAND Staff writer

CHAMPION — As a senior at Western Reserve Academy in Cleveland, Gunnar Gray, 18, of Champion, helps provide assistance and guidance to new students as an older brother as well as finds time to help in his community. Gray was nominated for the Twenty Under 20 Award by Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem. Gysegem said he first met Gray when he was young and took him to the Trumbull New Theatre during the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “He has grown into an exceptionally respectful young man of many talents,” Gysegem said. Gray was a volunteer intern this summer, providing assistance to the operation of the court where Gysegem serves. He worked with Gysegem and the baliff in Warren Municipal Court. “Gunnar’s quick adaptability, keen judgment and engaging personality made it a joy for our staff to be

associated with him. By the time his internship concluded, he was able to perform many of the duties that court staff perform day to day,” Gysegem said. The judge said Gray shows commitment to community service both on and off campus at Western Reserve Academy and the Warren area. Gray said as a boarding school student, he has been learning and living among a diverse group of peers from all over the world in a dorm setting that has provided “invaluable opportunities for personal growth, and the development of life skills such as leadership and management in work ethic and independence.” “I feel I have always been told that it is important to be there to help and assist others. We as upperclassman help lead the freshmen and new students who may have questions,” he said. He has been a campus dorm prefect, working alongside the dorm heads and serves as a mentor or older sibling for other boarders.

Responsibilities include orientation for new students and tutoring. He has been a service leader and supports dozens of local non-profit organizations through community service such as being a Salvation Army bell ringer at the holidays in Hudson. He has been a campus chief ambassador, meeting and conducting tours with prospective students and families as well as all visitors to the campus. Gray is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee on campus that works to bring ideas and implement ways to have equity and inclusion among students. Gray is the head writer for the campus newspaper “The

Wrap.” “I feel leadership is very important as is serving the community. As an upperclassman, I am there to help the new students with any questions they may have,’’ Gray said. This includes help with homework, laundry or whatever need his fellow students may have. Gray also was involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the campus, and getting the volunteers lined up to help with the program and showing them the campus. “I have learned it is always important to help serve people,’’ he said. bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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Lauren Haynie “I enjoy volunteering so I take any opportunity that presents itself.” By RENEE FOX Staff writer

Lauren is president of her class. “It started by becoming a majorette, but Lauren has had valuable opportunities during her high school years to help foster her confidence and social skills. She has joined all organizations that were available to have opportunities to volunteer for her community,” Laura Haynie said of her daughter. Volunteering in her community allows Haynie to fulfill one of her top priorities in life — helping other people, she said. “Being a part of many leadership roles, including the majorette line and student body president, has allowed me to help others in my community and put smiles on people’s faces. I enjoy volunteering so I take any opportunity that presents itself,” Haynie said. She intends to continue helping people after high school by studying biology to become a physician’s assistant, she said. She has started making her dreams come true by volunteering and then working part-time for a local medical practice, learning how to provide good experiences to patients. In addition to student body president, Lauren has stayed a majorette and become a leader on the line, and participated in marching band during her high school career, becoming secretary for the band. “Lauren enjoys being a mentor to the younger members of the band and sets an amazing example for the younger kids,” Laura

CHAMPION — Taking the plunge into organized activity helped turn a Champion High School student from a shy girl living in a “shell” into a young leader. Lauren Haynie was a “very quiet, reserved little girl,” her mother Laura Haynie said. “Every year at parent-teacher conferences, I would hear the same message: ‘Lauren is an amazing student, but we really wish that she would speak up and talk more.’ I explained to them that this has been the way she has been ever since she was born. She was very selective about who she would let into her small circle of people that made her comfortable.” Every year, teachers would talk about “cracking” Haynie’s “shell.” One teacher even made her stand up in class to sing, which did nothing but embarrass her. But Haynie made the decision on her own in eighth grade to get out of her “comfort zone,” her mother said. She practiced hard, tried out and made the majorette line for Champion’s Marching Thunder. “She was so excited, but she also knew that this meant performing in front of thousands of fans on Friday nights under the lights,” Laura Haynie said. That marked the beginning of a change in Haynie, and she started on a journey of leadership. Now, a 17-year-old senior, 18 Twenty Under 20 / 2021

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

Lauren Haynie St. William Catholic Church Rev. Michael D. Balash, Pastor

Haynie said. Haynie is a member of SMASH, Students Making A Safer Highway, working to warn other students about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

She also has athletic skills as a three-year member of the varsity golf team, and time on the cross country and track teams. She is a scholar athlete, a mentor to freshmen, a member of the Envirothon team, a member of the

We are very proud of you and all of your accomplishments! Can’t wait to see what your future holds! Love you! Mom, Dad, Kayla & Kyle



Congratulations to our Grandaughghter

From the day you were born you have made us so happy & proud! You have a beautiful smile that radiates the goodness in you! We love you so very much! Grandma & Grandpa Squeak

We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Love you!! Papa and Grandma Haynie


National Honor Society, a member of the Rotary Interact Club and a participant in the Champion Teens Care program, all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.



to a special great-niece, LAUREN!

We are very proud of you! Love you, Susie & Big Bob

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Logan Lewis “In times when your team is down, you have to be up. You can’t let anything affect you or get into your mental game.” By ALLIE VUGRINCIC Staff writer

NILES — The word most often used to describe Logan Lewis is “special” said her father, Murphy Lewis of Niles. “That’s the word that comes back to me from everywhere,” Murphy Lewis said, pointing to school administrators, coaches and employers who have sung Logan Lewis’ praise. That’s why Murphy nominated his daughter for the Twenty Under 20 Award. The 18-year old Niles McKinley High School senior is captain of her varsity volleyball team. When it comes to leading on the court, Logan Lewis said it’s all about keeping your mental game sharp, and helping your teammates play their best. “In times when your team is down, you have to be up. You can’t let anything affect you or get into your mental game,” Lewis said. A club volleyball player since second grade and a three-year varsity volleyball player, Lewis was the first person in Niles McKinley school history to reach 1,000 digs and nearly had 1,000 kills. During her sophomore year, Lewis organized several spirit trips to bring students to volleyball away games, so the team would get the same kind of support that other teams get, she said. As a junior, Lewis was elected class president. “Even though we could barely do


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anything, I still wanted junior year to be amazing,” Lewis said. Though most of her plans were squashed by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in November 2020, Lewis said she enjoyed the leadership role. “I like being able to take action,” Lewis said, adding that she enjoys making things run smoothly. In a letter recommending Lewis for Twenty Under 20, Lewis’ school counselor, Tracy Lastic, called Lewis “a leader among her peers.” “Logan is an energetic, outgoing young lady who possesses a positive attitude toward academics and extracurricular activities,” wrote Lastic. “Her dynamic spirit sets her apart from other students.” A vocal opponent of bullying, Lewis organized a project through Interact Club to create “kindness rocks,” which are painted rocks with uplifting sayings. Through the Niles McKinley Key Club, Lewis was recognized as Junior Volunteer of the year. With about 200 hours of community service, Lewis said one of the best experiences of her life was participating in a church mission trip to Niagara Falls, where there is a substantial homeless population. Lewis has a GPA of 3.9 and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Future Educators of America. She said she is interested in studying law in college, although she has also received offers to play college volleyball. avugrincic@tribtoday.com

Myia Meszaros “I’m trying to do my part in preventing these things from happening and aiding those who are victims.” By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer

GIRARD — For Myia Meszaros, helping others is a “passion.” Meszaros, a Girard High School senior, said she is dedicated to academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, but “above all, serving the community with every occasion made available to me.” Among her many community service interests is an unpaid internship with the Ohio Response Recovery and Intervention Network. She gathers research, attends seminars and gives presentations on the dangers of social media, helping others protect themselves against online predators and human trafficking. “I’m trying to do my part in preventing these things from happening and aiding those who are victims,” said Meszaros, 18, a Twenty

Under 20 nominee. “I speak to younger people from a younger person’s perspective. It’s about educating adolescents about the dangers of social media.” Kelley J. Warga, Girard High School’s public services director, who nominated Meszaros for the award, said: “She leads by example and I truly wish that I had more young ladies like her in our building. Myia seems to understand that there is a cause greater than her own personal enjoyment, which is rare for her age.” Warga added: “Myia is pouring herself into volunteer activities that she believes will truly make a difference.” Her volunteer work has led Meszaros to want to help people in numerous ways. She wants to major in psychology with a minor in forensic science and plans to pursue a research focus in neuroscience. Meszaros started her volunteer work with the Adopt a Patient Program at Crossroads Hospice. “I was always interested in volunteering to help make a difference,” she said. “When you love something like I do with service, you make the time.” She’s also volunteered for Toys for Tots, worked with the Samaritan’s Purse program to collect Christmas gifts for children as well as assisted with vaccination clinics and blood drives at the high school. Meszaros recently organized a Cleans for Teens

p r o g r a m , which collects and distributes hygiene products to people across Trumbull County. “The goal is to provide hygiene products, particularly in schools,” she said. Meszaros has a 3.96 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Beta Club, a principal’s award recipient and been on the honor roll every semester of high school. In addition, she’s been a four-year member of the volleyball team, the cheerleading team and the yearbook committee. She was previously a member of Fellowship of Christian

Congratulations Myia! May you always dare to do great things in your life. Love you more, Grandma

Athletes, Teen Institute, the school’s sign language club and archery club. She was a Trumbull County Board of Elections poll worker. She’s also a hostess at a local restaurant. “Overall, Myia is simply an exceptional woman,” Warga said. “She has already made significant contributions to our school and community and I look forward to seeing what greater impacts she will make in the future. Myia is going to do great things in life.” dskolnick@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Myia! Dream BIG because your journey has just begun! Love, Dad, Mom Logan, Grayson & Keely

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Grant Myers “It taught me to keep trying no matter what the outcome and to depend on the brother next to you.” By ANDY GRAY Staff writer

HOWLAND — It’s easy to be a leader when things are going well. Grant Myers showed his ability as a leader on the football field and off, in good times and bad. “This past football season was really rough,” the 17-year-old senior said of Howland High School’s 2-8 season. “We were battling adversity but kept fighting, battling every challenge that came our way. It taught me to keep trying no matter what the outcome and to depend on the brother next to you.” Myers’ leadership abilities, displayed in his interactions with his teammates and with young children, are among the reasons he was selected for the annual Twenty Under 20 Award. Myers was nominated


by his football coach, Steve Boyle, who wrote that the parents of many underclassmen told him how appreciative they were of Myers’ “encouragement, inclusion and guidance for their student athlete.” “Grant did a great job of having a great attitude, giving tremendous effort to the pinnacle of where it needs to be,” Boyle said in an interview. “Not only did he do it for himself, but by showcasing it every single day in practice, he motivated the people around him. “He would go to the guys — those younger than him, those who might never get the opportunity to be on the field — and showcased great leadership in a positive fashion. He’s never negative when he talks to someone, he’s always positive in his communication. He’s an all-American kid.

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I couldn’t ask for a better kid out there. I hope my own children grow up to be just like him.” Myers, who played center and defensive end for Howland, said he’s trying to carry on the lessons he learned from upperclassmen when he was younger. “When I started lifting, I wasn’t really able to lift that much,” he said. “But the older guys would pat me on the back, ‘Keep working, you’ll get there one day.’ I try to do the same thing with my teammates.” Boyle wrote that Myers not only encourages his teammates on the field but also in study hall, tutuoring some of the younger players. And he doesn’t wait until those young people are in high school to make a difference. He volunteers in the children’s church class at NorthMar Church and works with kindergarten students on alphabet recognition, sound correspondence and reading comprehension. “The younger kids are pretty inexperienced and look up to older people to help and guide them in life,” Myers said. “They’re really fun to be around.” Myers has a 4.6 GPA with a schedule filled with honors and AP/college courses. He hasn’t picked a college yet, but he plans to study business management. He’s a 2021 All-American

Conference Scholar-Athlete and is in his second year as a member of the National Honor Society. “I just like helping people and there are so many opportunities (with NHS) I can take up on and do,” he said. agray@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Grant! We are so proud of you! All our love, Dad, Mom, Olivia & Karlee

Casey Owsley “Going through that experience made me want to go to college and help others. Nursing is going to be my major.” By BURTON COLE Staff writer

WARREN — Casey Owsley owns a string of academic and extracurricular accolades. Warren G. Harding High School guidance counselor Sue Mizik said that impressive list is not why she nominated Owsley for a Twenty Under 20 award. It’s the 17-year-old senior’s compassion in the face of hardship that impresses Mizik. “Casey is the glue that holds her family together,” Mizik said. “Their family, like many others, suffered great loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She packed bags for family members who

needed extended hospital stays, grocery shops, cooks and cleans for older members of her family that are unable to do it for themselves right now. “She understands the value of service to others and has maintained that outlook through great personal loss. It is quite evident that she will make meaningful contributions to the lives of others,” Mizik said. Owsley said it was last December that her grandfather fell down her family’s basement stairs. He ended up at Trumbull Regional Medical Center, had a heart attack, was transferred to Cleveland for surgery and ended up contracting COVID-19. “Grandma was the only visitor allowed, and she was isolated,” Owsley said. Then her grandmother contracted COVID-19, as did one of Owsley’s cousins and her brother. Her grandmother and the cousin died from the virus, while her grandfather and brother recovered. “Going through that experience made me want to go to college and help others,” Owsley said. “Nursing is going to be my major.” Taking charge to perform acts of service defines Owsley.

“When I went to high school, there was a long list of clubs you could join. I saw Key Club and saw what they were about,” she said. “You feel good helping someone. “I was president of the Key Club as a junior. I was in Discovery Group and helped with that.” Mizik said, “While attending Warren G. Harding, Casey has maintained a 4.2 GPA, along with being an active participant in extracurricular activities. She has been an active member of the WGH marching and symphonic bands and has been chosen to compete in OMEA competitions and was invited to perform herself in their many activities from gift wrapping to blood drives to sign up preschoolers for school. She has been president as well as treasurer of the Kiwanis Key club, in which she planned and ran meetings as well as organized their many events. “To work with this hard-working, compassionate young woman has truly been a privilege.” bcole@tribtoday.com

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Anthony Payiavlas “Honestly, I like helping out the less fortunate, giving them hope. I like being there for someone, and I feel it’s my job to help with that.” By ANDY GRAY Staff writer

WARREN — At Warren G. Harding High School, Anthony Payiavlas plays golf and tennis, which are team sports that focus on individual competition.


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Through his work with the Greek Orthodox Youth Association and the National Honor Society, his focus is on improving the lives of everyone. “My family and I are members at St. Demetrios (Greek Orthodox Church), and I’ve been in the organization (GOYA) pretty much my whole life, since I was about 4,” Payiavlas said. “Honestly, I like helping out the less fortunate, giving them hope. I like being there for someone, and I feel it’s my job to help with that.” Because of the leadership he’s shown in his academic, athletic and volunteer pursuits, Payiavlas was selected for the Tribune Chronicle’s annual Twenty Under 20 Award. In her nominating letter, Harding counselor Erin Kampf-Melillo wrote, “As a counselor, I am grateful for students like Anthony, because they are observers and solvers in life. He has engaged himself in our school environment in a way that makes a difference.”

Payiavlas, 17, has been a member of the National Honor Society since 8th grade. He has more than 100 hours of community service in high school and has worked on its blood drives. Serving meals at the Warren Family Mission was one of his favorite community service projects. “Seeing them looking forward to it and putting a smile on their faces really meant a lot to me,” he said. Payiavlas has a 4.1 GPA at Harding and has been an honor roll student all four years. Kampf-Melillo said he is “a critical thinker and is an excellent communicator. He is very pensive and will independently research subjects that interest him. He is very down-to-earth and very soft spoken. Yet, when the opportunity presents, he has incredible charisma.” Athletically, Payiavlas has been the captain of both the boys golf and tennis teams since 2019. He is undefeated in his high school tennis career and ranked among the top 150 tennis players in the country. He is first team all-state in tennis and first team all-conference in golf. Those athletic pursuits have prepared him for life. “Sports really helps, not only when you’re winning, but most importantly when you’re losing,” he said. “Learning how to lose helps you deal with adversity.” Payiavlas is verbally committed to attend Denison University to play tennis. He hasn’t decided on a major yet but is leaning toward something business-related. He also hopes to continue his charitable efforts. “I’m looking to join a lot of clubs, not just fraternity clubs, but I want to join something like NHS, but in college,” he said. agray@tribtoday.com

The Payiavlas Family and AVI Foodsystems enthusiastically congratulate each of the well-deserving 20 Under Twenty recipients for your remarkable contributions. Each of you positively impact our community and society, provide inspiration and give us promise for a bright future.


we are incredibly proud of you for your commitment, passion, service and leadership. You possess the foundational principles needed to achieve anything you desire!


Anthony Payiavlas

Senior, Warren G. Harding High School

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” Zig Ziglar ~ Motivational Speaker and Author

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Lukea Pitinii “I am extremely proud of her accomplishments. She never says she is tired or doesn’t want to do it.” By GUY VOGRIN Staff writer

Howland senior Lukea Pitinii has a passion for serving others that is shown on a daily basis, according to her principal, Joseph Simko. Pitinii, 18, was one of 20 local students nominated for the Twenty Under 20 award, which is sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull. “Her positive energy and determination make her well-deserving of this nomination,” Simko wrote in his letter on behalf of Pitinii. A featured twirler in the band as well as president of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the


student senate, Simko calls Pitinii dependable, considerate selfless and willing to connect with other people. “She does this through the power of compassionate communication,” Simko wrote. Among her 85 hours of community service, she has volunteered for the backpack program sponsored by Howland United Methodist Church. “Throughout her service related endeavors, there is one common thread: Her leadership aptitude and positive attitude,” Simko said. It was through her position with the school’s National Honor Society that Pitinii said she honed her leadership skills. “We meet once a month to organize volunteer

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opportunities. It is a lot of work, but I find it is enjoyable,” she said. Pitinii said the position has helped her learn how to better manage schedules and make priorities. “A year ago, I never would have thought I would take something like this on my shoulders, but I find myself becoming more patient,” Pitinii said, noting she is also tackling a full academic schedule at Howland High School, as well as beginning her search for higher education. She also recently found time in her schedule to help her mother Mary organize and work a benefit for Chook Alberini at Leo’s. “She rounded up some of her friends to work the fundraiser,” said Mary Pitinii about her daughter. “I am extremely proud of her accomplishments. She never says she is tired or doesn’t want to do it.” Mary Pitinii said her daughter also hasn’t slacked off in her responsibilities at home, helping her younger sibling adapt to life as as a freshman. “She likes to help her sister practice her twirling,” Mary Pitinii said. Pitinii’s future plans include studying biology or pre-med. She said she is looking at colleges close to home, like Youngstown State University, Mount Union,

Kent State University, John Carroll and Case Western Reserve. gvogrin@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Lukea

on all your accomplishments! God bless you always!

We love you! Mom, Dad & Nicolette

Leah Scala “I love getting involved, and growing up in a small town like McDonald, everyone knows everybody.” By LILY NICKEL Staff writer

McDONALD — Leah Scala started her leadership journey unexpectedly, but she has made it a point to continue to step up and lead throughout her high school career. Scala, 18, a senior at McDonald High School, was asked to step into the captain position of her prep bowl team her sophomore year — a position that is normally given to more senior members. Prep bowl coach and teacher Andrea Mason selected Scala over her senior peers due to her ability to see tasks ahead, create goals and encourage others to join her in doing their best. Mason said Scala filled the position with grace and tenacity, and developed as a leader since stepping into the role. Mason nominated Scala for the Tribune Chronicle’s annual Twenty Under 20 award, which recognizes students that show exceptional leadership. Mason was Scala’s teacher in third and fifth grade, became her academic prep bowl coach in seventh grade and is now her National Honor Society adviser. Scala was recently voted to be president of the school’s National Honor Society, which involves organizing service projects, creating agendas and

planning fundraisers. Scala was asked to take over the school’s newly implemented food pantry, and devoted her summer to cleaning the food pantry and restocking it with new items for the school year. She’s responsible for the cleaning and day-to-day stocking of the pantry, as well as its advertisement and making it accessible and welcome to all students. Scala is also an active member of the McDonald Volunteer Club and helps host food drives, writes letters to service men and women and takes part in village events such as Christmas in the Village, Oktoberfest and the annual Easter egg hunt. Scala said she has always loved volunteering, and enjoys helping fellow students and members of the community. “I love getting involved, and growing up in a small town like McDonald, everyone knows everybody,” Scala said. “I love helping out where I can. It’s like

treating everyone like your neighbor or friend.” Along with being an active volunteer, Scala is also a straight-A student and varsity athlete. She has played tennis for all four years of high school and lettered for three. Scala is also a student council member, where she serves as treasurer. Scala is taking two college writing classes and a calculus class through Kent State University at Trumbull and Youngstown State University. Scala’s academics are a priority to her, and while she says math and science are not her strongest subjects, she hopes to go to college and pursue a career in a STEM field. “Writing and English have always been my strong suits, math, not so much, but that’s just what I have to work harder at,” Scala said. “STEM is a growing field, there’s a lot of opportunity there.” lnickel@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Leah Scala and Natalie Suich!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, McDonald



We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! We love you! Mom, Dad & Ryan

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Camryn Stewart “It’s my passion to help others who need it.” By RAYMOND L. SMITH Staff writer

Thanksgiving and made gifts for others. “Camryn is a very versatile, self-motivated and goal-oriented young lady,” Michele Senediak, a 12thgrade guidance counselor wrote. “She has excellent time management skills and seamlessly balances her school work along with all of her activities.” Warren G. Harding English teacher Melissa Rentz describes Stewart as a person who is always ready to lead discussions about any subject. “When she has a full understanding of a subject, Camryn is always ready to help other students that may not have gotten an understanding of the topics,” Rentz said. “She wants to see her peers succeed by helping them with their skills.” Stewart works hard to keep a sense of balance in her personal and school lives. An athlete, Stewart has played on Harding’s volleyball, basketball and softball teams. “It can be hard to keep up with everything,” she said.

WARREN — Camryn Stewart simply wants to help. The 17-year-old Warren G. Harding senior is planning to go to nursing school at Kent State University after graduating. “I’ve always wanted to do something to help others,” Stewart said. “It’s my passion to help others who need it.” She plans to minor in psychology. Stewart has been able to maintain a 3.9 GPA while taking difficult advanced placement classes, College Credit-plus courses through Eastern Gateway College, and be on Warren G. Harding’s volleyball and softball teams. She also is a manager of the girls basketball team. This year, Stewart will add participating with National Honor Society’s Big Brother / Big Sister mentor program to her duties as vice president of the National Honor Society. The group will work with fifthgrade students. The teen also has worked blood drives, where she assists nurses and other in preparing donors to comfortably give their blood. “We sit with the donors our shining star, and provide assurances to them, clean the tables and Congratulations! do whatever the nurses We love you very want us to do,” Stewart said. much! “This is the second year I’ve participated in the blood Your Grandparents drive.” She also has worked to feed the homeless during 28 Twenty Under 20 / 2021


Congratulations Camryn!

We are proud of you! We love you very much! All your Aunts & Uncles

Congrats Camy!

You make us so incredibly proud! We Love You, Dad & Mom

“When on the varsity teams, I’ve done my homework while the JV teams were playing their games.” Stewart said her ability to excel at most things comes from being disciplined. “It is not always easy,” she said. “It is finding your priorities and time management.” Hard work is not something that Stewart had to be taught while in school. “I’ve always been inspired by my mother,” Stewart said. “She has always worked so hard for everything. Seeing what she has done has made me want to do anything that’ll make her proud.”

“Camryn is a very versatile, self-motivated and goal-oriented young lady.” — Michele Senediak, a 12th-grade guidance counselor


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Natalie Suich “I’ve probably gotten more from them (patients) than they’ve gotten from me, it’s really inspiring.” By LILY NICKEL Staff writer

GIRARD — While Natalie Suich has her hand in a bit of everything from athletics to academics, her heart lies with helping others. When she isn’t studying, practicing for cheerleading or cross country or working at her local Dairy Queen, Suich,18, spends the rest of her free time as a volunteer at Crossroads Hospice, which she describes as her favorite part of her demanding schedule. “I’ve always loved giving back and helping out, I’ve been drawn to it from a young age,” Suich said. “I’ve probably gotten more from them (patients) than they’ve gotten from me, it’s really inspiring.” Suich was initially assigned one patient to spend time with at hospice, which she did religiously according to her mother, Becky. She went weekly, if not more, with planned activities or


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just to sit down and chat with her patient. Soon, she started visiting other patients and began to become more involved with the facility by planning a fashion show for the residents, and sending crafts to them when visitation was suspended due to the pandemic. Suich, a senior at Girard High School, has volunteered with hospice

for the last three years while maintaining nearly straight As, working part-time, volunteering as an assistant dance teacher, volunteering with her church, and being a varsity cheerleader, dance line member and track and cross country runner. She’s also a member of the National

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Honor Society and is enrolled in classes parttime at Youngstown State University and has managed to earn five college credits already since her sophomore year. Suich also serves as yearbook co-editor, a member of Teen Institute, the social media coordinator for the Italian Club and senior class representative on student council. Her ability to plan and prioritize her busy schedule, along with her kindness and love for people, is what brought her mother to nominate her for the Tribune Chronicle’s annual Twenty Under 20 program, which recognizes students that show exceptional leadership. Suich said her parents play a central role in keeping her motivated and on schedule, and describes her mom as her best friend. Suich has dreams of being a radiation oncologist and has been a part of the BioMed program for all four years of high school. She said volunteering for hospice has prepared her for a career that will “tug on her heart strings.” Suich’s volunteer work has played a central part in

her finding her future career path, but her older brother, Nicholas, is what led her to volunteer work in the first place. “My brother really is inspiring, he has autism, so he’s never had that one person to help him feel like he fits in and like he’s important,” Suich said. “That’s led to all of my volunteering, making sure that everybody has a place in this world.” Suich has not decided on a college but is leaning toward Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She plans on studying pre-med, and hopes to continue her volunteer work by finding new organizations to serve and possibly joining a sorority that emphasizes volunteerism. lnickel@tribtoday.com

Congratulations Natalie!

We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Nick Kenny, Colleen, Liza & Cody

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Kaylynn Thomas “What can I do to make the world a better place?…that’s always been Kaylynn.” By JANET SHAFFER Staff writer

GIRARD — Senior Kaylynn Thomas, 17, truly stands out as a leader among her peers, said school counselor and nominator, Kelley Warga. Thomas’ mother, Linda, said Thomas has always sought out ways to help others. “I really enjoy it, not to get something out of it, but to see people happy,” Thomas said. One of Thomas’ most recent campaigns was a book drive to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital, which holds a special place in her heart. As Thomas’ dream career is to be a lawyer who

advocates for children, she really wanted to help kids by giving them books. Thomas was overwhelmed by the support her project received. With an initial goal to collect 1,200 books, enough to provide a book to each hospital patient for six months, she ended up with 4,000. During the COVID-19 quarantine, Thomas organized a group to create cards for the elderly, sending out more than 200 cards. Among her other endeavors, Thomas volunteers as a CCD teacher at St. Rose Church and helps at Vacation Bible School. She has volunteered for Special Olympics, 5k on the

Runway at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna and with Red Cross Blood Drives, Wreaths Across America and hospice. She is class treasurer and a member of National Honor Society, BETA Club and Teen Institute. With student council, she set up a food collection for Veterans Outreach. Thomas also helped collect food for a drive organized by fellow Twenty Under 20 nominee, Dante Byrne, and aided with the distribution of Flags for Heroes signs. She was a 2020 nominee for the Eagle of the Cross award, the highest honor the

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Diocese of Youngstown presents to youth, and has been chosen by Girard High School to compete in the YWCA Young Women Bright Futures awards program, which recognizes high school seniors for leadership skills, academic achievement, creativity and volunteerism. On top of all this, Warga said, “Kaylynn takes her academics as seriously as any student in our building.” She has a 4.0 GPA and is on track to be a class valedictorian. How does she accomplish it all? Thomas credits her parents and school for teaching her you can do anything you put your mind to, but she also knows a lot of it is about time management, a skill she’ll need for her near future. After graduation, Thomas plans to attend Walsh University’s 3+3 Legal Studies Program to receive a J.D. degree. At Walsh, she also has been accepted into the Blouin Scholars Program, which focuses on community service and leadership.Thomas chose Blouin Scholars over an honors program. Her mother, for one, is not surprised. “What can I do to make the world a better place?…that’s always been Kaylynn.” jshaffer@tribtoday.com

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Dante Byrne, Myia Meszaros, Natalie Suich & Kaylynn Thomas!

Our City is Proud of You!

St. Rose Church Girard, Ohio

Rev. Joseph Ruggieri, Pastor and Parishioners of St. Rose Church

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” – Jodi Picoult

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh Library

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2018 Katrina Altawil Julia Carson Melody Castner Kayla Marie Clark Cassie Forsha Gannon Fridley Blake Gould Gianna Jones Isabella Kellar Joon Marie Kim Lillian Kish Katie McBane Angelica Park


Alexander Payiavlas Brenna Rimer Michael A. Schaefer Kathryn Sharples Michael VanSuch Lydia Walls Dante Zamarelli 2019 Jacquelyn Adler Xavier Allen Katrina Altawil Jacob Buttar Cullen Faulk Sydney Fenstermaker Elizabeth Gajski Jacob Gallagher

Twenty Under 20 / 2021

Douglas Gurdak Elyssa Hawkins Daniella Hosack Ashley Lytle Sage Mason Scott Mintus Nicholas Muscarella Isabella Nogales Madison Schaefer Lindsey Shrodek Allison Smith Taylor O. Tomlinson 2020 Miranda Bugos Najah Elam Lauren Fife

Brooke Frazzini Mallory Greenamyer Chloe Harris Jeffrey Jiang Justin Jones Kate Li Gabrielle LoCastro Gianna Merlo Brooklyn Mullenax Emma O’Connell Riana Rathburn Zachary Scher Jacob Snelson Sydney Tenney Carla Thigpen Destinee Toth Matthew Vencel

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams ~ The Tribune Chronicle, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, and Kent State University Trumbull Campus congratulate this year’s Twenty Under 20 winners

You inspire us! Twenty Under 20 / 2021


Congratulations to the Twenty Under 20 nominees.



Twenty Under 20 / 2021

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