Class of 2017
Lexie Elizabeth Kosanovic, graduating from Central Catholic High School is the daughter of Edward and Leslie Kosanovic. Throughout her four years at Central Catholic High School, Lexie has earned membership into the 4.0 Distinguished Honor Roll, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Lexie was also selected to participate in Wheeling Youth Leadership, Judicial Scholars Program, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Leadercast Wheeling and was a People-to-People Ambassador. Lexie is a recipient of the OVAC All Conference Academic Award, EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship, Spirit of St. Joseph Award, St. Thomas Aquinas Medal, Wheeling Hospital Volunteer Scholarship, Elks Student of the Month and Elks State Scholarship, National Honor Society Scholarship, Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship, and Faris-Steinbicker Scholarship. She is involved in many clubs at Central. She is a four year member of We Stop Hate, Peer Ministry, Teens for Life and the Drama Club. In addition, she is involved in the Central Catholic Choir, Spanish club, Math Club and has served as a Central Catholic Ambassador since her freshman year.
In addition to Lexie’s many academic accolades and achievements, she has danced for sixteen years under the instruction of Mrs. Cheryl Pompeo. She enjoys ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, pointe and modern. This past fall, she danced the role of Captain Hook in Oglebay Institute’s production of Peter Pan as well as, the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. She also plays the piano, takes voice lessons, volunteers at Wheeling Hospital, volunteers as an assistant dance teacher at the Oglebay Institute School of Dance and volunteers as an assistant yoga teacher for pediatric patients. She is active in community theater as well, and therefore would like to thank Mr. Tim Thompson for allowing her to also consider Towngate Theater a “second home.” She is involved in St. Michael’s Youth Group, and she is a lector at St. Michael’s Parish. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking with her friends and spending time with her family (without whom none of this would be possible). Lexie wants to remind everyone to “not just break out of the proverbial box, but to tap dance on it when necessary.” Upon graduation from Central, Lexie plans to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant with a minor in Spanish. She will be entering Seton Hill University in the fall as a student in their Direct-Admit Physician Assistant Program. Her ultimate career aspiration is to work in a pediatric hospital serving critically ill children. “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not big enough.” During the past four years at Central, my dreams have been achieved and surpassed beyond my wildest imagination. Central is not just a school building, but a place filled with knowledge, love and compassion experienced by all who enter the front doors. The teachers, administration, staff and students all hold a special place in my heart. I have been blessed by the opportunities that Central has given me. God Bless and Go Knights!” — Lexie Kosanovic, Valedictorian, Class of 2017
Emil J. Capito, a graduating senior and class Vice-President of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, is the son of Joseph and Jennifer Capito. During his four years at Central, Emil was inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha National Math Honor Society, and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Emil was also selected as a CCHS representative for WV Mountaineer Boys State and as a member of the United Way Junior Board. Emil is an Elks Student of the Month, an OVAC All-Conference Academic Scholar, and a recipient of the Promise, Larsen, and FarisSteinbicker scholarships.
In addition to his academic achievements, Emil invested his time in CCHS athletics and community service activities. He was a two-year member of the golf team and four-year member of the track and field team, where he participated in state competition. His community service contributions include the annual CCHS canned food drive, United Way Day of Caring, and volunteer work at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center. Emil’s extracurricular activities also include four years as a member of the Knight to Knight Peer Ministry Program and Student Council. Emil is known by his peers at CCHS as an organized and disciplined individual who works hard inside and outside of school but enjoys most the times he spends with friends: hosting tailgating events, cheering at sporting events, working out at the gym, or just hanging out. This fall, Emil will attend West Virginia University to major in Computer and Electrical Engineering.