Ever struggle with arithmetic, and have only distant memories of algebra class back in high school? Those of us who may be “number challenged” can have much respect for others for whom mathematics actually comes... easy.


Ever struggle with arithmetic, and have only distant memories of algebra class back in high school? Those of us who may be “number challenged” can have much respect for others for whom mathematics actually comes... easy.
Alex Punzi, a senior at Honesdale High School, with his gentle manner, seems to take it in stride. He expressed appreciation for a recent scholarship award from the Northeast Pennsylvania Teachers of Mathematics (NPTCM). The $750 Dr. Frank Sottile Memorial Scholarship will help him go to college. He expects to attend Penn State University Main Campus and study engineering.
He said he has always liked math, and gets mostly A’s. Both math and science rank as his favorite subjects. The Cherry Ridge resident noted his parents, Madeline and Alfred Punzi, and his physics teacher Bill Gibney, as being especially supportive.
It takes more than math, however, to figure into the equation for a young person to lead a good life.  Alex has been active on the school tennis team four years and golf team two years, as well as being a member of Student Council. His math skills do not go unnoticed even in these endeavors. He applies his knowledge of mathematics and physics as he swings his racquet at the tennis ball and every time he swings his club at the golf ball. Guess what role he has on Student council? He’s the treasurer!
He is a member of the national honor Society.
Other activities include participating in the Pennsylvania Envirothon since his sophomore year, and being a part of the Healthy Alcohol Free Teens (HAVT), promoting a lifestyle without alcohol, among school kids and in the community with various programs. He also works at CVS Pharmacy.
June 7 is graduation day, and Alex expressed it as bittersweet. He will miss his classmates, he said, but “hopefully move on to bigger and better things.”
Asked if he had any advice for other young people, Alex offered, “Get involved as much as you can” in that which is fun, and “spend time wisely.” He recommends focuses on your school work, making goals and looking ahead to the future.
The Wayne Independent wishes Alex well. If anyone has a suggestion of a young person in the Wayne County region who has been a good role model in some way, and we may interview, please call Peter Becker at (570)253-3055 or e-mail pbecker@wayneindependent.com.