— Senior and school board recognition topped Tuesday night's meeting of the Wayne Highlands School Board.
Three Honesdale High School seniors were recognized by the board for their outstanding achievements.
Kacie Johannes is the daughter of Kelli Lateer and Edward Johannes of Honesdale and the step-daughter of John Lateer.
She ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and after high school plans to attend the University of Scranton, majoring in biology with the goal of becoming an oncologist.
During her high school career, Johannes has been a member of National Honor Society, honor roll, Honesdale High School Advisory Committee Member for the Wayne County Community Foundation, girls basketball where she is a letter winner, varsity softball in which she was a captain her junior year and member at large of the student council.
Johannes noted the "solid foundation" that Wayne Highlands School District has offered her and said it will "help me succeed in life."
She also talked about "all of the programs" which are offered at the high school.
Mary Martin was also honored by the board. She is the daughter of John and Kim Martin of Honesdale.
She, too, ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and after high school plans to attend Penn State, Lehigh, Dickinson or Colgate and major in chemical engineering.
While in school, Martin has a long list of athletic and academic accomplishments.
In sports, here are some of the highlights:
• Varsity girls basketball — letter winner, all-star team, Hawley Rotary Tournament MVP, Jaycees Tournament MVP, Channel 13 Athlete of the Week.
• Varsity field hockey — Letter winner, rookie of the year, player of the week, under six minute mile, 100 percent Club, team captain, varsity best offensive player, underclassmen academic award, All-American Academic nomination, District 2 silver medalist, senior academic achievement award, set five new number one school records, 1st Team Wyoming Valley all star.
Page 2 of 5 - • Varsity softball — Letter winner and rookie of the year.
• Track and field — Letter winner, MVP, school record in 1,600 relay and a state qualifier, district record in 1,600 meter relay.
She also has many academic achievements, including National Honor Society, honor roll, student council and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"My life at Honesdale has been school and sports," said Martin. "But I am not just an athlete."
Martin singled out athletic director Charles Alexander as someone who would "always listen. He is like having another dad at school."
Thomas Hewlett is the son of Heidi Blade of Beach Lake and Kenneth Hewlett of Honesdale.
He not only ranks in the top 10 percent of his class, but in the top 10.
He has applied for post-secondary education at Cornell, Stanford and Yale. Hewlett is interested in pursuing a career in mechanical engineering.
During his career, he has many accomplishments.
Those include American Mathematics Contest, Marywood Math Contest, fourth place medal in Science Olympiad, mock interviews, PIAA Swim Championships including third and fifth place medals, honor roll and National Honor Society.
He thanked his teachers and parents for their "continued support" of his education.
"It has been an amazing experience going through the Wayne Highlands School District," he said.
Board member Kim Eldred gave remarks on behalf of the board.
She identified four words which she said describes all three seniors: smart, motivation, compassionate and tenacious.
She also called the students "humble and unpretentious," qualities she said are outstanding.
Page 3 of 5 - Superintendent Greg Frigoletto also commented about the students.
"We have complete confidence you are going to be successful," he said.
Just prior to the students being honored, members of the board were also recognized.
January is School Directors Recognition Month in the country.
Frigoletto made remarks about the service of the board members.
Emma Spittel, president of the Honesdale High School Student Council, also addressed the board.
She thanked the board for giving "so much" to the students. "We are proud of everything great going on in the schools."
She also pointed to the seniors who were honored by the board, saying "there is the fruit of your labor."
Frigoletto said the board members do not get paid and said they have a uniform vision that "it's all about the kids."
"I think we all do it out of a labor of love," said board president Tom Fasshauer.
The board also appointed various coaches and advisors in athletics for the spring 2013 season.
• Baseball — Brian Gillow, head coach; Michael Miller, varsity assistant; Michael Modrovsky, JV head coach; Eric Eisele, JV assistant coach; Gene Hopkins, junior high head coach; David Semon, junior high assistant coach; Dale Gillow, volunteer.
• Track and field — Michael Jurkowski, head coach; Lindsey Pender, varsity assistant; Laura Lockwood, varsity assistant; Ethan Blose, varsity assistant; Gene Biscontini, junior high head coach; Kevin Kloss, junior high assistant coach; Katherine Bluff, junior high assistant coach; Booke Lyle, Kevin Bose, Jenny Young, Martha Curtis, Karri Miszler and Jason Kennedy, volunteers.
Page 4 of 5 - • Boys tennis — William Gibney, head coach; Dennis Longenecker, assistant coach.
• Girls softball — David Patrisso, head coach; Fred Light, varsity assistant; Denaiel Patrisson, JV head coach; Rebecca Loring, JV assistant coach; Timothy Wood, junior high head coach; Lindsey Dirlam, junior high assistant coach; Ronald School, volunteer.
• Weight training and cardio-fitness room supervisors — Peter West, Joseph Luchansky, Daniel Patrisso, Judy Kich, Holly Stanton, Hoseph Arnone, Ryan Chulada, Chad Schuman, Matthew Rickard, James Ludwig, Tracy Ludwig, Jamie Brown, Raymond Gaylets, Kim Lawson, Sue McDermott and Stephen Langendoerfer.
There was very little information released about the ongoing teacher's union contract negotiations.
All Fasshauer would say is it has "started." He gave no other details.
Wayne Highlands Education Association President Todd D. Miller, in an email response this week, commented, "No update."
In other business:
• The board agreed to a three-year contract with Murphy, Dougherty and Co., as the district's auditor for 2013-15. The pay rate for the first two years will be $23,500 and it will be $24,100 for the final year.
• The board approved continuing the lease with the Northern Wayne Library.
• Members approved a dental outreach program with Wayne Memorial Health Center.
• The board approved several people on the substitute list. Teachers are Collen Dulay, Marissa Fasshauer, Travis Moyer, Carly Propst and Colleen Salak.
Secretary/teacher assistant/food service substitute approved was Shirley Seber.
Audrey Seber was approved as a food service substitute.
Page 5 of 5 - It should be noted that Tom Fasshauer abstained from voting.