Three seniors were honored by the Wallenpaupack School Board, December 6, for their outstanding academics and use of extracurricular opportunities. They were Olivia Gregory, Angelina Ioppolo and Thomas Johnson.
WALLENPAUPACK - Three seniors were honored by the Wallenpaupack School Board, December 6, for their outstanding academics and use of extracurricular opportunities. They were Olivia Gregory, Angelina Ioppolo and Thomas Johnson.
Olivia is the daughter of Barbara and Troy Gregory. After graduation she plans to attend a four year university and major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.
In her remarks, Olivia said that playing athletics from a young age, sports has taught her a good work ethic, determination and overcoming adversity. Olivia plays basketball and softball at school. Since a little girl she dreamed of being a teacher. The Child Care Program at the High School has helped prepare her.
Another useful opportunity was job shadowing, coordinated by Mrs. Colleen Edwards. Olivia job shadowed in a second grade classroom and became convinced that was the grade she wanted to teach.
Angelina, the daughter of Tina and Peter Ioppolo, wants to attend a four year university and major in Biology with a pre-med track. her ambition is to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist.
She said her education at Wallenpaupack has been “second to none.” Her field hockey coaches, she said, have helped her become a better person. The Allied Health Program at the High School has given her rich opportunities towards her career goal. She has had opportunity to visit the operating room at Wayne Memorial Hospital on a weekly basis and learned much from the hospital staff. The highlight, she said, was witnessing a C-section and “hearing a child’s first screams.” She learned she could handle the experience.
Thomas is the son of Kelly and Tom Johnson. After graduation, Thomas expects to attend a four-year college or university and major in Electrical Engineering. Being involved in cross country helped motivate him and realize his potential, he said.
Each of the students expressed thanks for their teachers, coaches and parents for their guidance and support.
Superintendent Michael Silsby, in turn, thanked the students for being shining examples for the rest of the school, and taking advantage of opportunities the districts provides. He also congratulated their families. He says this is the highlight of the school board meeting.
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The next Wallenpaupack School Board meeting is set for Monday, January 8 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting, open to the public as well, precedes it at 5:30 p.m.