WALLENPAUPACK -Two young women, members of the Wallenpaupack class of 2014 were honored by the School Board May 12th. Both of them happened to have star roles in the recent WAHS Players production of Peter Pan, and were noted for both outstanding academics and exemplary involvement in school opportunities.
WALLENPAUPACK - Two young women, members of the Wallenpaupack class of 2014 were honored by the School Board May 12th. Both of them happened to have star roles in the recent WAHS Players production of Peter Pan, and were noted for both outstanding academics and exemplary involvement in school opportunities.
Diane Lanthier, daughter of Emily Lanthier, played the Indian Warrior Princess in the spring school play. In addition to WAHS Players, she has been active with Show Choir, Chamber choir, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and National Honor Society.
She plans to attend Temple University and major in Directing.
Morgan Miller is the daughter of Kristen and Albert Miller. She played the lead role as Peter Pan at several of the performances. Her activities have included Concert Choir, Girls' Tennis. WAHS Players, Chamber Choir, Show Choir and National Honor Society. Morgan expects to attend Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and major in Sociology. She has her eyes on a career in Child Life Specialty.
A third senior, Raeann Ehrhardt, was also to be honored that evening but had a conflict due to her participation on the school softball team. Principal Jay Starnes said she will be recognized next time.
••• FBLA awards
The School Board acknowledged the progress of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Wallenpaupack. Ms. Melissa Monte, who co-chairs the chapter with Ms. Sara Smith, noted that for the first time, three of their students have progressed to the national FBLA competition.
The club started four years ago with 11 members. This school year, they have 122 students. The club sent a delegation to the Pennsylvania state conference in Hershey this spring. Wallenpaupack students scored in the top 10 in the business-related competition, in seven events. Twelve plaques were earned. At the end of June, three of the students will be attending the national conference in Tennessee.
••• Graduation speaker
Robert Nied, a retired Industrial Arts at Wallenpaupack, expressed dismay that Wallenpaupack had chosen to remove the invocation and benediction from the commencement exercises. He suggested that they had acquiesced to a "rather small group."
Board President John Spall replied that the "small group" they had "buckled before" was the US Supreme Court which had deemed such prayers unconstitutional. He reminded that the School Board had taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States.
Nied also asked if in place of the tradition of having these prayers, that another tradition could be restored, that of having a special speaker inspire and challenge the graduating class. He said this was an important tradition in sending the graduates off into the world.
Spall stated that this year, a speaker will be addressing the graduates in honor of the 50th anniversary of Wallenpaupack Area High School. The speaker, who was not named, will be a representative of the Class of 1964, the first to graduate at the new school.
SEE THE WEDNESDAY PAPER (MAY 28) FOR MORE MEETING ITEMS.