Western Wayne senior Celeste Orchard graduated from the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today 2019-2020 program over the summer. She was one of several local students who had this experience. Celeste feels grateful for the opportunity she had through Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.
“My experience from Leadership Lackawanna had been memorable. I learned the different aspects of being a leader in numerous career environments such as medical personnel and the police force,” Celeste said. “Through different workshops we had been privileged with attending, I was able to discover the finer details of leadership while demonstrating the philanthropic aspects as a group.”
Celeste has been highly involved in high school throughout her four years. Her freshman year, she participated in girl’s JV soccer and art club. Also, she has been a member of the Varsity Track team since she was a freshman. She participates in the throwing events. Celeste qualified for districts her sophomore year as a thrower. Accompanying her participation in track, she was often in the weight room.
“My junior [track] season had been cut short due to the pandemic, however it looked like it would have been a good season,” Celeste explained. “I am optimistic for my upcoming senior season in the Spring.”
In addition, she participated in Student Council and SAAD for the past three years. She also joined National Honors Society her sophomore year and participated in much volunteering. Then she became a member of Leadership Lackawanna her junior year, and she also became a student ambassador for Western Wayne.
Along with her many extra-curricular accomplishments, Celeste has many academic achievements in school. She has been rewarded with Principal’s List countless times through her high school career at the conclusion of marking periods. Her Principal’s List awards include having a class rank in the top two spots. In addition, she won second runner up in the American Chemical Society’s exam for first year high school chemistry. This past year in FBLA, she placed third in the Accounting I event.
After high school, she plans on pursuing a Doctorate in Medicine degree. She wants to major in Biology in her undergraduate studies. She is interested in neonatology. For her educational career, she intends to stay in Pennsylvania, but upon graduation she would like to travel and perhaps live elsewhere.
Celeste believes that her many experiences both inside and outside of the classroom at Western Wayne have prepared her for her future.
“Western Wayne has prepared me for these plans by teaching me to be an independent individual. I gained a work ethic that I am proud of,” Celeste explained. “Western Wayne taught me this principle of pride in my work, and I have the academic confidence to do my best on any task.”
Celeste feels grateful to have made so many great memories at Western Wayne and looks forward to the rest of her senior year.
“My favorite memory from WW was being a part of the girls track team and forming friendships with members of the team. The atmosphere of the track team had friendly competition that helped me to build my character and athletic work ethic,” Celeste said. “I was able to discover my love and passion for weight training through the track team. I went on to join a CrossFit gym, and I lift every day. I favor my memories from the track team because it helped pave the way to me discovering my passions.”