Western Wayne Administration has recognized Robert Joseph Clemens as an outstanding student. RJ is a senior who has been highly involved in Western Wayne’s academic clubs and music programs all four years of high school.
RJ is a member of National Honor Society, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Technology Student Association, Political Science Club, Scholastic Team, Spanish Club, Envirothon, Band, Drama Club, musical theater, and the Reading Team.
RJ greatly enjoys his science classes at Western Wayne and plans to pursue a science major at either Temple University, Rutgers University or Hofstra University.
He is also involved in a variety of academic clubs including the Reading Team that he has participated in since middle school. Students in this club get to read a variety of books for a competition against other local schools in the spring.
“I like learning from books I read and applying that information in competition,” RJ explained about his experiences with the Reading Team.
Along with all of RJ’s academic endeavors at Western Wayne he is also highly involved in musical theater and drama.
RJ has been in Western Wayne musicals for five years. He was a part of the first class of 8th graders that were invited to work on Western Wayne productions his 8th grade year.
As an 8th grader, he played a Wickersham Brother in Seussical. For all of his high school years, he has played leading roles: including Shrek in Shrek, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, and Jimmy Winter in Nice Work if You Can Get It. He plans to audition for this year’s musical production as well.
RJ has also been the president of Wildcat Curtain Call, Western Wayne’s drama club, for the past two years. RJ helped to start the initiative to form a year-long drama club at Western Wayne and hopes that students get to enjoy it for years to come.
“I feel honored to have been a part of the first group of students to participate in Wildcat Curtain Call,” he said. “I have enjoyed planning events and fundraisers along with working with younger students to help them develop as performers.”
RJ has also worked on numerous local theater projects including working as the assistant director of the children’s theater for the Lakeside Players in the summer of 2017. He had the opportunity through this experience to teach basic acting skills to students, create sound effects for shows, and work on scene changes during the productions.
In college, RJ plans to pursue his passion for theater along with his academic studies.