St. Nicholas Orthodox Church honors its 2022 Graduates! - 07/03/22

On Sunday, July 3, after the Divine Liturgy, a prayer was said and “Many Years” was sung for our 2022 graduates.

Gabriel Gowarty, Margaret Heitzenrater and Ethan Radio were honored Sunday for their academic achievements.

Gabriel Gowarty graduated from Freedom High School and Bethlehem Vocational School. He placed in the top third of his class, and was immersed in team sports: soccer, baseball and football. Gabriel studied Okinowa Karate and became a black belt, participated in Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts.

He is the son of Karen, Church School Administrator, and David Gowarty. He served as an altar server from 2010 to 2014.Gabriel works for Tyber Medical, as a co-op student, CNC Machinist.

Margaret “Ani” Heitzenrater graduated from Freedom High School. Her parents John and Christina are very proud of their daughter and wish her “Many Blessed Years”.

Ethan Radio graduated from Parkland High School, with Academic Honors, 4.0+GpA for at least 7 consecutive semesters. He was very active in clubs, tutoring and diving.

He is a former St. Nicholas Sunday school student and altar server from ages 7-13. He is the son of Scott Radio and grandson of Dr. Gregory and Rosalie Radio.

Ethan will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study biology and roster on their diving team.


At the coffee hour in Chernay Fellowship Hall, Fr. Nikolai blessed each graduate, and presented them with a book of Orthodox Christian Prayers.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families.

“May God Grant them Many Blessed Years”.