Baldwin Community Schools honors top students

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools is pleased to celebrate the Class of 2022 valedictorian Katlin Herington and salutatorian Jesse Pancio.

Both lifelong Baldwin residents, Herington and Pancio credited the teachers and staff at Baldwin Community Schools for helping to make their school experience a positive one.

“The staff is really nice, they actually care about you and don’t just come here for the job,” Pancio said. “They take the time to get to know you and have a relationship with you, so that makes the experience here even better, wanting to come to school and do the work and strive for things like Katlin and I have achieved.”

Herington is a member of the National Honor Society and served as Student Council vice president and class treasurer. She also participated in the Lake County Sheriff’s Explorer program. Pancio played on the Baldwin basketball and bowling teams. 

Herington is excited for the upcoming class trip to Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee. She credited senior class advisor Nicole McGahey for helping raise funds for the road trip, which will include visits to museums, Mammoth Caves and the beach.

“Ms. McGahey was our class advisor all four years; she’s helped us so much,” Herington said. “We were able to raise money for our weeklong trip, raising over $6,000 for the people who want to go.”

Herington and Pancio have applied to colleges and are still determining their post-high school plans.

“We’re very proud of Katlin, Jesse, and all of our seniors for working hard both inside and outside the classroom and overcoming the unique challenges of the pandemic,” said Stewart Nasson, principal of Baldwin Junior-Senior High School. “We wish the class of 2022 all the best as they move on to the next exciting phase of their lives.”