High School Hosts Graduation for Class of 2024

Wildcat Pride was bursting from the audience at Western Wayne’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium on the evening of Thursday, June 6, for the graduation of the class of 2024. This is a class with a high school experience unique in many ways having had to do some of their time in school virtually for the end of their 8th grade year and in masks for their freshman and part of their sophomore years. They have learned to persevere through uncertain times and are ready for the next steps of their lives. Student speakers at graduation gave their classmates advice for the exciting, new journey that lies ahead of them.
Senior Taylor Maiocco, president of the class of 2024, gave the welcome address.
She left her classmates with some advice about not fearing change, “Life isn’t long enough to do something you don’t love. So don’t be afraid to change your mind or actions because your options are limitless. Live life to the fullest; be as present as you can be; and do what makes you truly happy.”
Later, Taylor presented the Class Mantel to Lillian Maros, junior class president.
Following the presentation of the mantle, the class salutatorian and valedictorian gave speeches.
Senior Jacob Schott, Waymart, was named the salutatorian of the class of 2024 with a final overall GPA of 101.78.
Jacob is the son of Daniel and Denise Schott.
Along with being an excellent academic student, Jacob was involved in Western Wayne clubs and activities. He was extremely dedicated to the Robotics Club, FRC Team 4285 the Camo-Bots for four years, and served as the co-team captain. In addition, he was a member of the National Honor Society.

In the future, he plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Automation Engineering Technology: Robotics and Automation.

“My favorite high school memory is qualifying for and competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston, Texas, and finishing in the top 25% overall,” Jacob said.

“ I believe that it was through my participation on the robotics team that I have become most prepared for my chosen career field of automation engineering. This club taught me all about the world of robotics, but also challenged my engineering and design process skills. I learned valuable life lessons, such as public speaking, and trade skills through this club. I also believe my advanced classes, such as AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus, and AP Physics have helped me, by allowing me to earn college credit while in high school.”
In his salutatorian speech, Jacob summed up the evening with a quote from Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
He then discussed the many seemingly impossible achievements that his classmates have achieved both academically and in their various extra-curricular activities throughout their time in high school.
Jacob’ seemingly impossible achievement was helping to lead the robotics team to their great success at worlds this year which put Western Waye on the map in the world of robotics.
“Four years later, here we are. We did what seemed impossible,” Jacob said. “The ball is in your court now. I challenge each and every one of you to leave here tonight doing what Nelson Mandela said. Try something new. Take a risk. You never know what kind of an outcome it could have. Leave these four walls and make a name for yourself. Change the world for the better. I know you are all capable of doing so.”
Fellow classmate Adrian Agnello, Waymart, was named valedictorian of the class of 2024 with a GPA of 102.13.
Adrian is the son of Jessica and Joseph Agnello.
Adrian also has done numerous activities both inside and outside of the classroom at Western Wayne. He has participated in FBLA, PJAS, Student Council, Student Ambassador, Scholastic Team, Varsity Soccer and Swimming.
In the future, he plans to attend The University of Scranton to attain a degree in BioChemistry and then attend medical school with hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist.

“My favorite high school memory is making it to nationals for FBLA twice and getting to visit Chicago and Atlanta,” he said. “At Western Wayne, I was taught to not fear failure, and this will help me be even more successful in my future.”
In his valedictorian speech, Adrian quoted successful businessman and author Robert T. Kiyosaki, “Winners are not afraid of losing, but losers are. Failure is simply a part of the process of success.”
Adrian continued, “Failure can be a reminder that success is not always easy, but with hard work and perseverance it is possible.”
He then asked his classmates to reflect on some of the failures they encountered in high school and what they learned from them.
“High school is filled with failure and so is life,” Adrian said. “However, if these failures are taken as learning experiences, our lives can be filled with even more successes than failures. It is what you choose to take out of it that determines your outcome.”
He gave his classmates more advice, “We must learn to view every mistake or failure as an opportunity to learn and to improve.”
Adrian ended his speech by saying, “High school has been an incredible journey, however, the best is yet to come. Remember to never fear failure.”
Following the speeches, all graduates received their diplomas and were presented as the Class of 2024 to the audience. They then sang the school’s alma mater one last time as a class on stage. The Western Wayne School District wishes all the graduates the best in their bright futures.

Middle School Eighth Grade Final Walk

From left: Matthew Barr, middle school assistant principal; Jennifer Bradley, middle school principal; and Mindy Maros, middle school secretary.

The Western Wayne Middle School continued their tradition on the last day of school which was Thursday, June 6, this year. It is called the 8th Grade Final Walk. As a final activity before leaving the building to move on to the high school, 8th grade students took a walk through the hallways appropriately led by their principal Mrs. Jennifer Bradley who will be leaving the Middle School this year for a position at another district.
Bradley led the procession through the hallways of the middle school and received flowers from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students along the way. She received a bouquet at the end along with many well wishes from students, faculty, and staff who lined the hallways and then went with her outside of the building to celebrate.
Mrs. Bradley has been principal at the Middle School for the past five years and says she will always remember the wonderful experiences she had with students and staff in the building.
Everyone in our Western Wayne Middle School family was happy to celebrate Mrs. Bradley’s last day with students and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Middle School Students Participate in Field Trips

Western Wayne Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Chorus students enjoyed their annual field trips on some beautiful days in May. The 6th Grade Chorus went on the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour and enjoyed singing mining songs that they had prepared as they learned about our area’s rich coal mining history. The 7th Grade Chorus learned about the music and history of the 1960s and went to Bethel Woods where they performed a song on the grounds where Woodstock took place. The 8th Grade Chorus enjoyed a day of fun and friendship at Knoebels as they prepare to move up from the Middle School to the High School.

Western Wayne Select Chorus Performed at 30th Annual Generations Sing! Concert

Western Wayne’s Select Chorus, under the direction of Middle School Chorus Director Joyce Covaleski, performed at the 30th Annual Generations Sing! Concert in November. The concert opened the 75th Season for the Catholic Choral Society. This uniquely beautiful concert, featuring choirs ranging from elementary age to university students, was performed in the stunning Houlihan-McLean Center at the University of Scranton. The finale featured the five participating choirs singing moving renditions of “Bonse Aba” and “Why We Sing.”

Western Wayne Hosted Middle Grades 

In March, Middle School Band Director Maria Arneil and Middle School Chorus Director Joyce Covaleski hosted the annual Middle Grades Music and Art Festival here at Western Wayne. Middle School Chorus students who participated were (front row, L-R) Johnathon Maxwell, Sophia Johns, Hailey Bain, Jozlin Gonzalez, Kenna Steinmetz, Annalise Hapersberger, Makayla Franckowiak, Sophia Shehadi, and Haylee McCollum-Fitzpatrick. (Back row, L-R) Owen Rutkowski, Maria Shemanski, Haley Dougal, Jessalynn Carbone, Kenzie Gregory, Emilia Janusz, Rachel Erb, Gage Roberts, Nathan Peterson, and Gavin Zeiler.

Western Wayne Middle School Attends PMEA Chorus Fest

Western Wayne Middle School was represented well at the annual PMEA Chorus Fest hosted at Honesdale High School in March.

Music Department Recognized for Excellence

The Western Wayne Music Department has been recognized as a Best Community for Music Education for outstanding support of Music Education and for providing students with excellent performance opportunities.

Middle School Holds Annual 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony 

Sadie Booths, winner of The Daughters of the American Revolution Award, and  Kyle Matthews, winner of the American Legion Award.

At the annual 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony, held in the high school auditorium on Tuesday, June 4, Western Wayne Middle School Principal Mrs. Jennifer Bradley
reminded eighth grade students that the older you get the faster time passes. She encouraged students to do their best in every step they will take in high school.
“Your legacy is just as important at the beginning of an adventure as it is at the end,” Bradley said.
Mrs. Covaleski then led the 8th grade chorus in their part of the program which included them performing “Seize the Day” from the Broadway musical Newsies which further inspired the students on a day about preparing for their upcoming high school journey.
The featured event of the Moving-Up Ceremony was all 8th grade students receiving awards in various categories for excellence or improvement in all academic and unified arts classes. In addition, students received awards for good citizenship, excellent work habits, and for a variety of high academic achievements such as making the honor roll for 11 quarters in middle school from 6th through 8th grade.
It is also a Western Wayne Middle School tradition for many years that two outstanding students, one male and one female, are recognized for their patriotism and leadership among other qualities. The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the local American Legion present these awards.
The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was presented to 8th grader Sadie Booths.
Sadie received the good citizenship medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution for being an outstanding student in the 8th grade class who exhibits the qualities of honor and honesty, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.
George Schaffer presented the American Legion Award to 8th grader Kyle Matthews.
Kyle received this annual award for being an outstanding student in the 8th grade class who exhibits the qualities of honor, scholarship, Americanism, leadership, and courage.
Both Sadie and Kyle felt extremely honored to receive their respective awards. They also both, at first, felt shocked to learn the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion had chosen them for these high honors.
Sadie, an honor roll student, is a hard-working young woman who especially loves to study math and participates in track, basketball, and soccer at Western Wayne.
She aspires to be an Algebra teacher one day.
“It is my favorite subject, and I want to be like the math teachers I have had in school.”
Fellow classmate Kyle Matthews is also a hard-working individual and honor roll student. He enjoys studying math the most as well. Kyle is a member of the track team and aspires to be an engineer when he grows up.
“I am most looking forward to experiencing new classes and learning new things next year,” Kyle said.
To close the ceremony, students were treated to a beautiful slideshow of memories from their childhood, time in middle school, and special times spent with their families.
Western Wayne faculty, administration, and staff wish the class of 2028 the best on their new journey to the high school.

Western Wayne Hosts Annual Prom Night Festivities

Western Wayne High School’s Junior Class hosted this year’s Junior/Senior prom, “Casino Night,” on Saturday, May 18, at the Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale. Approximately 240 students, faculty, and security were in attendance. Principal Mr. Paul B. Gregorski II and Vice Principal Mr. Robert Black Jr. announced the Prom Court winners after students enjoyed a meal and dancing. Students nominated senior Carter Mistishin as Prom King and senior Taylor Maiocco as Prom Queen as well as juniors Lilly Maros and Raegan Palmer as the evening’s Junior Attendants and Izzy Azzato and Emily Lescinski as the Senior Attendants.