Western Wayne Student Prompts Recognition of FBLA Week in Wayne County

Wayne County Commissioners officially proclaimed FBLA-PBL Week in Wayne County the first week of February after receiving a letter from Western Wayne junior Ezra Tetreault. Ezra is the Western Wayne FBLA vice president, Region 22 president of FBLA, and he is the vice president at large for FBLA for the state of Pennsylvania.    

          Ezra and his FBLA advisor Theresa Lubash were invited to the Wayne County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, February 7, where the group proclaimed FBLA-PBL Week in Wayne County after reading Ezra’s letter in which he asked them to do so.

          “I wrote to the commissioners because I wanted to see more awareness for FBLA in Wayne County,” Ezra explained.  “This year 50 Western Wayne students will be participating in the state FBLA competition and we are all so excited to represent our district at the state level.”

          Ezra explained that FBLA Week is nationally recognized the second week of February.  Some activities that students participate in as a part of it are “Tell Your Story Day” in which students take to social media to discuss their involvement in FBLA, “Dress for Success Day” in which students dress professionally to go to school and also show appreciation for their FBLA advisors, “Membership Recruitment Day” in which current FBLA members try to spread the word to prospective new members, and a pride day in which students show school spirit among other activities throughout the week.

          Both Ezra and Western Wayne FBLA president senior Austin Boguski were glad to participate in some of the activities for FBLA Week especially when they took time to honor their advisor Theresa Lubash.

           Ezra’s mother made cookies for Lubash and both Austin and Ezra dressed up for the “Dress for Success Day” when they went to Lubash and thanked her for everything she does for Western Wayne FBLA students.

          “We were both glad to be able to do something for Ms. Lubash because of all that she does for us,” Austin said.

          Both Ezra and Austin explained that membership in Western Wayne FBLA is increasing this year with 116 students involved in the group this season.

          “I made membership recruitment a goal for myself this year as president,” Austin, who will attend Moravian College next year, explained.  “I really care about FBLA and want other kids to have the same experiences I have had through this program like getting to meet new people and possible employers.”

          Austin looks forward to the state FBLA competition this April in Hershey where he will compete with a group of Western Wayne students in the Entrepreneurship event.

          He feels all of his experiences with FBLA are greatly preparing him for his future career in business management.  He aspires to work as a market research analyst for his uncle’s finance company in Bethlehem.

Fellow FBLA student leader Ezra also feels his many experiences with FBLA are preparing him for his future.

          Ezra aspires to have a high ranking position in the military and wishes to attend West Point.

          “I feel the number one thing I am getting out of FBLA is career readiness from all of the duties I have to perform from my leadership positions,” Ezra explained.

          Ezra looks forward to competing in the Emerging Business Issues event at states with his partner fellow Western Wayne senior Evan Coons.  The topic that they have to debate involves microchips in the business industry.  They have to discuss the ethics behind employers inserting a microchip in their employees that could be used for things like building entry.

          Western Wayne Administration, faculty, and staff are proud of Ezra and Austin’s accomplishments along with all of the accomplishments of the FBLA students who are participating in the program this year.  They wish them the best at the upcoming state competition.

          Students who place in the top four of their events at states will go on to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas, in late June.

Western Wayne students participate in the 2019 PMEA District Chorus festival.

The following chorus students participated in the 2019 PMEA District Chorus festival.

Laurel Frable

Alexandra Solimine

Rhonda Fenkner

Dakota Beavers

Kevin Franc

RJ Clemens

It was held on February 6th – 8th, with a performance on Feb. 8th at Lakeland High School.

RJ Clemens placed 3rd and has qualified to move on to the PMEA Region Chorus Festival.

The Region Chorus Festival will be held on March 20th to March 22nd.

A Concert will be performed on March 22nd at Canton Jr. Sr. High School at 7:30PM.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2019, “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life,” is celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Middle School Teacher Inducted into Wilkes Athletic Hall of Fame

Western Wayne Middle School Special Education Teacher Mrs. Nadine Taylor Prutzman had the honor of being inducted into the Wilkes Athletic Hall of Fame for 2018-2019 in the 26th class of inductees.  Wilkes recognized Prutzman and five other sports alumni on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the men’s basketball game on campus. 

Following this event, an induction ceremony and reception took place in the Hall of Fame room in the Marts Center on campus.

 Prutzman, who graduated in 2007, played softball for Wilkes.  Prutzman helped lead the Colonels to 83 wins and the 2006 Freedom Conference championship and NCAA tournament. She was named All-Freedom Conference three times including Player of the Year as a junior in 2005.

In addition, she was named First Team All-ECAC South, First Team All-Region and Second Team All-American in the same season. Also, she was recognized on the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Century Team in 2013.  Prutzman ranks seventh in runs scored (79), seventh in hits (131), eighth in doubles (25), third in triples (8) and fifth in stolen bases (38) all while playing in the Colonel outfield. 

Prutzman has many fond memories of her time playing softball for Wilkes University.

“I enjoyed everything about Wilkes Softball!  Yes, even the 5:30 am practices! I will forever cherish the friendships made with my teammates and coaches both on and off the diamond.  I enjoyed the Martz Bus rides, Spring Break trips, making diving catches, being in the batter’s box with a 3-2 count, screaming to cheer my teammates on and getting lightheaded from it, the 20 second chats in the outfield before each inning, the superstitious rituals, and the list goes on and on,” she explained.  “It is difficult to name just one memorable and favorite moment playing softball for Wilkes.  Being selected as an All-American as an outfielder and winning the MAC Championship my senior year would definitely be ranked high as a favorite memory.”

Prutzman felt honored to be recognized in such a way by her collegiate alma mater.

“It hard to describe the feeling being inducted into the Wilkes University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The feeling came to me when they announced all my accomplishments and statistics,” Prutzman said.  “After I heard them, I couldn’t help but to feel very proud and honored.”

Sharing the entire experience with her family and friends made it all the more special for Prutzman.

“The induction event was amazing! I had the chance to meet other athletes being induced into the Hall of Fame who graduated college ahead of me.  I also got to connect with my former coaches, teammates, friends, and family.  There are many things that I will remember about the event, in particular, seeing my picture in a plaque located in the Hall of Fame room at Wilkes University,” Prutzman explained.  “Just knowing that it will be displayed and viewed by generations of athletes makes me take a breath.  Having my children point to their mommy, made me smile big.”

Support our Federal Workers at USP Canaan

Please bring canned goods and personal care items to each school’s main office by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8.

Sponsored by the teachers of the Western Wayne Education Association (WWEA) & the custodians and cafeteria staff of the Western Wayne Education Support Professionals Association (WWESPA)

Wildcat Marching Band Performs in Disney World

Over ninety members of the Western Wayne Wildcat Marching Band and Color Guard performed this past Friday, Feb. 1 at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.  The group marched in the park’s afternoon parade called Disney Festival of Fantasy.  Led by band director Mrs. Elaine Ort, the group performed “Circle of Life” from the Lion King.  The students were thrilled to have the once in a life time opportunity of playing as they marched through Main Street USA.  “We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of the members of the Wildcat Marching Band,” Ort said.