Geibel graduation set for May 30

| Friday, May 25, 2007

Geibel Catholic Middle-High School will hold 2007 commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the high school. Sixty-five students are set to graduate.

Sabrina Szabo is the valedictorian for the class of 2007. She is the daughter of Barbara Szabo and Charles Szabo Sr., and is a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Scottdale.

Szabo was the senior class president and a member of student council. She was also a four-year letterman and captain of the basketball, soccer and softball teams and was selected as all-county in all three sports and all-section in soccer. She participated in the spring musical, stage crew, chamber ensemble, chorus, music ministry, band and calligraphy club. She was captain of the math league and helped on the Christmas dance committee, prom committee, spirit week committee and homecoming committee. She was part of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society and always received highest honors. Szabo was an announcer, lector, football manager, a member of Students Against Dangerous Decisions, a member of campus ministry and peer ministry.

Outside of school, Szabo took part in 4-H and horseback riding and was the High Point Senior Western Pleasure Rider in horseback riding. She plays piano and takes voice lessons. She has worked at Grace Veterinary Clinic, Carson's Premier Catering, and babysits her twin cousins.

Szabo has been selected as the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month and Students EducationWorks! Award winner. She was also the Elks Student of the Month. She received the Martin Fagler Memorial Scholarship Award from the Amvets Post 103 and was honored by The Challenge Program for having the highest GPA this year. She won the Seton Hill Women in Science Day Chemistry Award and NSMA USAA National Merit Award, as well as took the California University American Chemical Society Test. The Fayette Lodge 471 honored her with the B'nai B'rith Award. She was a graduate of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week and part of Who's Who Among High School Students.

Szabo will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point to major in life science and is planning on attending medical school and becoming a doctor.

The salutatorian for the class of 2007 is Julian Imbrescia, son of Jeff and Janet Imbrescia, and a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in Monessen.

Imbrescia was class president his first three years at Geibel and was then elected as president of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the newspaper and yearbook staffs. He is a member of SADD as well as the quiz and math leagues. He participates in the Spanish National Honor Society and takes an active role in the music department at Geibel. He is a member of the drama club, for which he had a lead role in the spring musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie." He also sings in the Chamber Ensemble and Music Ministry, where he also served as pianist for every school function. This year, Imbrescia also joined the Geibel Aerospace Program as well as the track team.

Outside of school, Imbrescia volunteers for the music ministry-training program, where he serves as a mentor for many young children. He also volunteers at the Monessen Public Library, where he is in charge of reading programs. At his church, he is a cantor and pianist at Mass every weekend. He also helps his dad at his business, the Douglas Education Center, in Monessen. In his spare time, he enjoys taking voice and piano lessons.

Imbrescia has been honored by being selected as Fayette Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month and Connellsville Elks Student of the Month. He was also chosen to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology. He plans on attending college to major in business or economics.

The guest speaker for the commencement will be Dr. Denise Thomas Wilcox, a 1972 graduate of Geibel High School.

Wilcox received a physical therapy degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1976 and completed her doctoral thesis at West Virginia University in 1981 when she received her Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy.

She taught in the physical therapy program at the University of Scranton, but then pursued optometry and received the degree of doctor of optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, in 1985.

Wilcox, along with husband Dr. David Wilcox, and children Kathryn, a college sophomore, and Zachary, a high school sophomore, reside in Doylestown. There, she practices optometry and physical therapy.

She serves on the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry. She's the Pennsylvania delegate to the National Right to Life Committee, has served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation for 12 years, a Girl Scout leader for 17 years and coordinates Girl Scout programs and also serves on the parish council at her church.

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