Senior Spotlight: Franklin’s Gracie Stryffeler to Attend Youngstown State for Respiratory Therapy

| June 29, 2020

With graduation ceremonies being affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Explore Your Town, Inc. and several area businesses have teamed up to help recognize local high school seniors. Today’s featured graduating senior is Gracie Stryffeler.

Name: Gracie Stryffeler
School: Franklin High School
Hometown: Franklin
Parents: Dave and Dawn Stryffeler

Tell us about yourself: I plan to attend Youngstown State University in the fall for Respiratory Therapy. I enjoy playing softball and volleyball in my free time, as well as spending time outdoors.

School activities and sports: Volleyball, softball, art club, National Honors Society, courtesy club, class council, and student council…Anti-Bullying Club (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th)
Treasurer: 12th, Chorus (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) Treasurer: 12th, Class Council (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) Treasurer: 11th and 12th, Courtesy Club (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) Co-Treasurer: 11th, District Chorus (10th, 11th and 12th), Health and Ski Club (12th), Language and Culture Club (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) President: 12th, Library Staff (10th), Musical (9th), National Honors Society (12th), Pennsylvania Governor’s Regional STEM Competition (10th, 11th, and 12th), Pennsylvania Governor’s State STEM Competition (12th), Region Chorus (11th and 12th), Robotics (11th), Rocky Grove Raiders (12th) Sargent of Arms: 12th, SADD (11th and 12th) President: 12th, Safety Patrol (9th, 10th, and 11th), Science Club (11th and 12th) Treasurer: 12th, Steel Drums (9th), Student Government (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) Treasurer: 11th, Talent Show (10th), Youth Advisory Committee (11th and 12th)

Awards: 1st team All District softball Pitcher, 1st team All region Volleyball

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Garcia

Favorite subject: English

Favorite memories from school: Junior Homegoing; Graduation, for it being like no other, we had to wear mask and stay six feet apart; When the music students were coming back from New York City and our bus broke down along side the interstate. Then a few months later when we went on our senior trip our bus broke down in Washington, DC.; Every time I was able to hang out with my friends, whether it be at lunch, sitting with them on the bus, or even cleaning up a park and then having a picnic. I will truly miss all of my friends, Every time I went to district choir, but most of all when I got almost last chair at my first year at districts, and when I went back the next year and I blew everyone out of the water (including myself) and got fourth chair and advanced on to region choir; My first and last time at the Pennsylvanian Governors STEM Competition. The first, because it was the first our school was represented there and we placed second place. The last time because, our team placed first place and advanced onto the state competition; When I presented to the school board and asked them to purchase new robes for our choir. And, after I presented, they said they would be more than willing to purchase the robes I presented to them.

Future plans: Attend Youngstown State University for respiratory therapy

Advice for future students: Make the most of these four years. Don’t care about what anyone thinks; do what makes you happy.

Favorite bands: The Weekend

Favorite movies: Pitch Perfect 2 and Someone Great

Favorite celebrities or athletes: David Dobrik

What is your least favorite cafeteria food? Lasagna

Is cereal soup? Why or why not? No. It’s cereal.

Toilet paper, over or under? Over

Thank you’s: My parents, brother, coaches, teachers, and friends

The following local sponsors have contributed to help make this campaign possible:


Barrow-Civic Theatre

Extreme Machine Fabricating

Matt Higgins

Eric Shick

Trails End Restaurant

UPMC Urgent Care – Clarion


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Category: 2020 Senior Spotlight, Community, Local News, Senior Spotlight