Outstanding seniors, sports teams, a star golfer and a project of the SADD Club were presented to the Wallenpaupack School Board, Jan. 13th.
Three seniors were selected for their academic excellence and utilization of extracurricular activities. They were Emily Martone, Kristina Roy and David Wacker.
In addition, Board Chairman Jack Spall presented plaques recognizing the accomplishments of Wallenpaupack high school sports teams last fall. Wallenpaupack has the unusual distinction of earning three district championships, in three different sports, in one semester.
The Girl's Soccer Team and Boy's Cross Country Team were recognized for earning District championships in 2013. Coach Katie Schkolenko represented the soccer team, and Coach Dan Nalesnik represented the cross country team. Members of each team were in attendance.
Julia Santo, a junior, was congratulated for her performance on the golf course, achieving the District-2 Golf Championship. Coach Bob Simons said she won every tournament this year and made 8th on the Regional level and 14th in the State Tournament. She plays on the boy's team as currently there is no separate girl's golf team. Julie anticipates playing at Pinehurst in July, a nationally ranked tournament.
Two sophomores, Gianni Iona and Joseph Paparazzo were distinguished for winning on the state level for their project in the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. Commenting that "bulletin boards aren't my thing," Iona explained that they instead created a moveable, interactive kiosk. About the size of a telephone booth, the kiosk is taken around the school and at games and other events offering information on how to get help to overcome such issues as drug or alcohol use, as well as suicidal thoughts. A video plays, and brochures and magnets are available.
He said that their project is being recognized on the national level of SADD and will be traveling to their national conference.
Dr. Jay Starnes, High School Principal, introduced each honoree coming before the board. He said that 27 of their students in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have qualified to attend the state conference in the Spring. He added that likely some of them will be recognized for their accomplishments on the state level.
MORE NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS REPORTED IN THE MID-WEEK NEWS EAGLE PRINT EDITION.