Honesdale – The fourth week’s rankings of the Wayne and Pike County Stock Market Challenge is in with Western Wayne High School, under the leadership of Thomas Lodini, leading the way. Stephen Kim from Delaware Valley School District is leading in the Middle School Division. The best student per school wins $25 in each division with all participating schools. The schools invited to participate are Canaan Christian Academy, Carbondale Area, Delaware Valley, Forest City Regional, Wallenpaupack Area, Wayne Highlands and Western Wayne High Schools. Additionally, the top-ranking students compete for $480 in a total prize package for Wayne and Pike County with additional prizes for state winners in the division and the overall program.
The Dime Bank supports local schools in the sponsorship of the Wayne and Pike County Stock Market Challenge from the Pennsylvania Council of Financial Literacy (PennCFL). This program is co-sponsored by The Wayne Independent, Carbondale News, and The News Eagle newspapers. These students represent their schools in a special local and competitive investment competition. A celebratory luncheon will be held at the Boiler Room in Hawley, PA on May 10th to honor the schools, teachers, and their students.
PennCFL’s mission is to provide Pennsylvania’s K-12 students with economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and professional success. For additional information, please contact Carolyn Shirk, Vice President at email@example.com or call 570-975-5149.
- 50 Years – Fall Magazine Released!November 22, 2022We are honored to present this publication in celebration of 50 years of Western Wayne High School!As a tribute to a half-century of black and gold pride, this magazine showcases the memorablemilestones and moments of our beloved school from the years that led to its opening in 1973 up totoday. To commemorate our roots, we have made it our mission to uncover artifacts that date back decades.History is written by its victors, who tirelessly worked to lay the foundation that has created the honorablestructure in which Wildcats have learned and grown for generations. From the one-room schoolhouses tothe sprawling campus of Western Wayne High School, all ages of students share the memories and traditionsof being a Wildcat. Students—past and present—have demonstrated PRIDE within our school by exhibitingPreparedness, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and by being Extraordinary. As Nelson Mandela famouslyquoted, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This year, weappreciate and observe the great traditions that have had a longstanding place in our Alma Mater, and wealso look to the future as Wildcats carry their PRIDE from these hallowed halls to the world that awaits them. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- Chorus Students Qualify for PMEA District 9 ChorusNovember 18, 2022Western Wayne High School had five Chorus students audition and qualify for the PMEA District 9 Chorus festival to take place at Marywood University this January. The district is proud of their accomplishments and wishes them the best at the festival. The students placed as follows: Amanda David: Placed 2nd on Soprano 1; Vallita Belinova: Placed 12th on Soprano 1; Julia Phillips: Placed 8th on Soprano 2; Emily Lescinski: Tied for 10th on Soprano 2; and Nate Conway: Placed 4th on Tenor 1. From left: Nate Conway, Julia Phillips, Amanda David, Emily Lescinski, and Vallita Belinova. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- Drama Club to Host Family Movie Night Dec. 9November 18, 2022From left: Robert Scramuzza, Drama Club public relations officer; and Nate Conway, Drama Club president. Come and join the Western Wayne Drama Club at the Western Wayne High School Cafeteria on the evening of Friday, Dec. 9, to enjoy a holiday movie, refreshments, and basket raffles. We encourage you to wear school-appropriate holiday attire such as holiday sweaters and or pajamas. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is only $1 per person. We welcome families to attend! All elementary students must be accompanied by an adult. No advance tickets needed. Hope to see you on December 9 to celebrate the holiday early with the Western Wayne Drama Club. Alumni are also encouraged to attend! Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- Western Wayne Celebrates Veterans DayNovember 18, 2022Gary Sereno, Army veteran. From left First Lieutenant Nicholas VanLeuven and Major Shane Grodack USMC retired, Western Wayne social studies teacher. First Lieutenant Nicholas VanLeuven speaks to the Western Wayne Middle School and High School student body. Tara Jordan, former Army specialist. The Western Wayne Band performed for the student body. The Western Wayne Chorus and Band performed for the student body. As a tradition for many years, Western Wayne administration, faculty, staff, and students joined together on Thursday, Nov. 10, to celebrate veterans in the community with a special in-school event that featured music from the high school band and chorus, wise words from a veteran guest speaker, and this year the event had the added component of a question and answer session with the veterans. Many local veterans attended the presentation at Western Wayne. Some of which had special connections to Western Wayne students. Sergeant Gary Sereno, Army veteran, attended the event to spend the day honoring veterans with his granddaughters Cailey and Mikayla Fullone. Sereno served in Vietnam from 1966-1968 in the 25th infantry division. Sereno was shot and wounded on his 28th day in the field. He remembers that moment vividly. He explained that what kept him going in the army was his new bride Marsha Sereno, who he married a month and a day before he went off to war. “We would write letters to each other daily,” Sereno explained. “I remember that I was holding a letter to send to her when I was shot.” Sereno went to two different Army hospitals after being wounded and then was sent home to further recover. He recalls later in his Army career that he served in a basic training camp as a supply sergeant in Fort Knox, Kentucky. “During this time I got to work with some soldiers who were away from home for the first time,” Sereno said. “I got to talk to them and help them through.” He then went on to work for 55 years with special needs individuals in a vocational setting in New York. His wife worked for a newspaper for a time. Throughout their marriage they continued to write letters to each other no matter if they were apart or together. It was a special way they communicated. “Loving someone is a choice you make every day,” Sereno said. Sadly his wife of 55 years passed away recently. However, his love for both her and his country remains strong. “I love my country,” Sereno said. “We soldiers do what we are told and we do it well.” Some of the Western Wayne Student Ambassadors from left: Emily Romanowski, Khloe Mistishin, Hunter Smith, Jaden Gregory, and Brooke Kellogg. Harry Howell, veteran Navy seaman, and his granddaughter Ella Patackas when they both received their high school diplomas in 2018. Melissa McWilliams, Army veteran. From left Sergeant First Class Army John Gaudenzi; John VanLeuven, Navy veteran; and his son, First Lieutenant Nicholas VanLeuven. Navy Seaman Harry Howell also had a special story to share of his journey after his time in the service. In 2018, the Western Wayne School District gave Howell his diploma after he earned his GED 50 years after he was first in school. This was such a special occasion for Howell because the same year his granddaughter Ella Patackas received her high school diploma from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Philadelphia. Howell is extremely proud of his granddaughter’s accomplishments. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina in the top 60 of her class with a degree in biology. Howell served as a seaman for six years. The carrier he was stationed on was the USS Essex. He traveled the arctic circle twice before his Navy career was over. In addition, Howell would go on to serve for eight years on the Western Wayne School Board. Today Howell is a member of number 80 Sweeney Post in Hamlin. “I enjoy spending time with the veterans at my post and at events such as this,” Howell explained. “It is nice what the administration and kids do to honor us.” Another veteran who was grateful to be honored by the school was Melissa McWilliams of Lake Wallenpaupack. McWilliams was an Army sergeant who served five years and was a paratrooper. Before she joined the military and spent time in Afghanistan, McWilliams started her nursing degree at Old Dominion University and then would go on to finish it after she served at Texas A&M University. McWilliams works time with a variety of Western Wayne students through her job at Wayne County Drug and Alcohol. She is a prevention specialist and offers services at local middle and high schools for students who are struggling socially and emotionally. “I like to encourage them and let them know that what they are going through won’t be a part of their lives forever,” McWilliams explained. McWilliams spoke at the question and answer session to the middle school and high school student body and especially encouraged the young ladies in the audience. “It is mind over matter,” she said. “You can get through it if you want to join the military.” Another proud female veteran in attendance at the event was Tara Jordan, former Army specialist. She served from 2006 to 2010. Jordan’s children attend Western Wayne. She was thrilled to be there to see her son Zach Jordan play with the Western Wayne Band for the event. “It’s nice to see so many coming together to celebrate veterans,” Jordan said. Highlights of the event included some beautifully performed patriotic pieces by the Western Wayne High School chorus and band. The veterans also were treated to a lunch prepared by students in Mrs. Stephanie Zoppi’s culinary classes. Western Wayne’s Student Ambassadors also welcomed and assisted the veterans. “I really enjoyed learning the history of the veterans themselves and what they experienced,” Khloe Mistishin, 9th grade student ambassador said. The guest speaker for the event was First Lieutenant Nicholas VanLeuven. VanLeuven graduated from Western Wayne High School in 2012. He lettered in varsity football and track and field. He participated in FBLA and TSA. He went to Millersville University on a 3.5 year ROTC scholarship where he received a bachelors in science in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. He also studied military science and in 2016 was commissioned into the United States Army serving in the PA Army National Guard. He graduated in the top 5% of the commissioning class of 2016 for all Second Lieutenants that year. He worked for multiple years in pharmaceuticals at Eurofins Lancaster Labs after graduating college. He was assigned to the 103D Brigade Engineer Battalion in May 2016 where he served as the chemical, biological, radioactivity, nuclear reconnaissance platoon leader for the 103D BEB at Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia. While serving as a platoon leader, he successfully conducted a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin California. He also served as the Battalion Chemical Officer. He was the Officer in charge for COVID operations in Philadelphia for the 103D BEB. The missions he led were constructing a field medical hospital at the Glen Mills High School, Mortuary Affairs, and Logistical Support for the local community. Shortly after that he was an operations officer for the implementation of soldiers into Philadelphia to ensure peaceful protests after the death of George Floyd. He then later acted as the Company Commander for HHC 103D BEB during more implementations of soldiers in Philadelphia in November 2020. His current assignment is with the 3rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team in Fort Indiantown Gap since January 2021. He serves as the unit’s Nuclear Medical Science Officer, operating a fully functional Mobile Laboratory that can conduct field analysis of unknown agents.He currently resides in Bernville, PA, with his wife and two sons. VanLeuven’s awards and major achievements include the Army Achievement Medal and Armed Forces Service Medal. In addition, he also earned the Pennsylvania Service Ribbon with Gold Star Device. VanLeuven felt thrilled to be back at his alma mater. “Once I knew I was coming back to speak to the students I was excited to be a role model for them,” he explained. “I can so clearly remember my time as a student at Western Wayne. I’m here as an example for them. Everything I learned here at Western Wayne set me up for my future.” VanLeuven spoke to the students in great detail about the jobs that the National Guard do on a daily basis. VanLeuven explained how he got to aid the community during the civil unrest in 2020 in Philadelphia. He never imagined himself doing that when he signed up for the service, but he was so happy that he could help people have the ability to exercise their civil rights during that difficult time. “We were there as a presence to ensure peaceful protest,” VanLeuven explained. “The Pennsylvania National Guard has been nothing but rewarding to me.” VanLeuven inspired the students to meet their local veterans in attendance at the assembly. “Today go out and thank and shake a veteran’s hand,” he said. “Hear their stories. I hope my speech and today’s events opened your eyes to the greatness that is the American veteran.” The audience was then treated to a question and answer session with some of the veterans. Students asked a wide variety of questions, and the veterans provided some very realistic answers about the tough conditions in combat, basic training, etc. The veterans encouraged students to join the military if they are unsure of their path because they could serve first and then choose any career or course of study they wanted within the military or assisted by the military. They also spoke about the strong friendships made in the service. “You make the greatest friends that you keep forever,” McWilliams said. VanLeuven continued to encourage the students to be thankful to veterans and to consider joining the service during the question and answer session. “I loved chemistry, and I’m still doing it to this day in the service,” VanLeuven explained. “I’m a scientist in the Army. If you are a natural born leader then I truly encourage you to join and be a leader in the military. I don’t think you will regret it.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- RDW Student visit Camp Freedom for Veterans DayNovember 17, 2022RDW students brightened the day of Veterans who visited Camp Freedom on Veterans Day. Camp Freedom is a local facility for disabled Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Camp Freedom allows the experience of hunting, fishing, biking, walking, and relaxing to these individuals at no cost. The art work and kind words from the students were well received by all recipients. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- FBLA Members Celebrate American Enterprise DayNovember 17, 2022Weston Nugent, Nicholas Hrosovsky, and Dustin Ferraro. Weston Nugent, Nicholas Hrosovsky, and Dustin Ferraro. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter made a Presidential Proclamation directing that American Enterprise Day be observed. Every year on November 15, members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) celebrate this day by making members of FBLA and non-members aware of the significance of our enterprise system.This year, Western Wayne FBLA members Dustin Ferraro, Nicholas Hrosovsky, and Weston Nugent made a presentation to Mr. Grodack’s 8th grade social studies classes. After their presentation, they answered questions about FBLA.“It was great to share this knowledge with younger classmates,” Weston Nugent, FBLA member, said. “I hope we also inspired some of them to join FBLA when they are in high school.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- College Acceptance LettersNovember 16, 2022Seniors! Please bring in or forward us your college acceptance letters!! Also, if you receive any scholarship money, we want to know that too!! We need a copy on file in the Guidance Office. If you have committed to a branch of the military or secured full time employment after high school, please let us know that too. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- Students Attend 2022 PA FBLA State Leadership WorkshopNovember 15, 2022Theo Black, Ryan Schane, and Connor Bryant Khloe Mistishin, Maggie Kotchessa, Aurdrey Agnello, and Raeleigh Kromko Audrey Agnello and Adrian Agnello Row 1, from left: Grace Moser, Mia Gifford, Rhayni Carroll, Ava Daniels, Audrey Agnello, and Colette Schmitt.Row 2: Allie Irvine, Grace Lidy, Taylor Maiocco, Raeleigh Kromko, and Addison Griffin.Row 3: Angelina Correa, Khloe Mistishin, Maggie Kotchessa, Alex Chapman, and Mikey Durso.Row 4: Theo Black, Graysen Valinski, and Mackenzie Adams.Row 5: Timmy Roberts, Ryan Schane, Bernie Roedel, and Marshall Davis.Row 6: Connor Bryant, Adrian Agnello, and Jared Goldman. Many topics regarding how to succeed in the business world were covered at the 2022 PA State Leadership Workshop held in early November at Kalahari Resort Pocono. Many students from districts statewide attended along with students from Western Wayne High School. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]
- Western Wayne High School Hosts Pep RallyNovember 15, 2022The Western Wayne Varsity Football Cheerleaders entertain the student body with one of their dance routines. Senior Skylar Long was master of ceremonies for the event The Western Wayne Marching Band entertains the student body. The Western Wayne Wildcats hosted a pep rally on the morning of Friday, Nov. 11, in the high school gym. All fall sports teams were recognized. The student body enjoyed performances by the varsity cheerleaders and marching band along with getting to play some games in the gym with their classmates. A good time was had by all. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... [...]