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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Wayne Highlands honors three seniors

  • On Tuesday night the Wayne Highlands School Board recognized three seniors for outstanding achievement. They were Sarah DeCrotie, Brittany Odell and Allison Welsh.
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  • -On Tuesday night the Wayne Highlands School Board recognized three seniors for outstanding achievement. They were Sarah DeCrotie, Brittany Odell and Allison Welsh.
    Sarah is the daughter of Jerome and Mary DeCrotie and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class. She is also the class president.
    She has been involved with cross country as a statistician; track and field; chorus, chamber choir, district chorus, regional chorus; National Anthem singer; dessert theater, all-school musicals Pirates of Penzance, Seussical the Musical and Little Shop of Horrors; American mathematics contest; HOBY representative; AFG planning committee; student council member-food pantry; honor roll; and national honor society-secretary.
    Upon graduation Sarah plans on joining the Encounter Revival Ministries team for one year then attend a four-year college, majoring in graphic design and minor in music. She will most likely attend Messiah College or Arcadia University.
    "Thanks to my parents for always believing in me and encouraging me," Sarah said. "I've had a great experience during my time here and it happened because of the teachers, coaches and the opportunities the school offers. That all helped provide me with a smooth transition from high school to college."
    She thanked the board for supporting the various programs available to students and that she's "happy to know" Honesdale High School "supports the arts." She said with the board's help "it thrives."
    "Thanks for making my high school years so awesome and for recognizing me tonight," Sarah stated.
    Brittany is the daughter of Michael and Cindy Odell and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class.
    She has been involved with girls freshman basketball; varsity tennis-letter winner and captain; girls basketball as a statistician; girls soccer as a statistician; student council-member at large; mock interview; interact club member-president; national honor society and honor roll. She also received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
    Upon graduation Brittany plans to attend Marywood University for Speech-Language Pathology.
    "Thank you all for the opportunity and the honor to be recognized," Brittany said. "Thanks to my parents, sister and family for their help and support. I couldn't do it without you. Thanks to the staff for their help and the rotary for the opportunity."
    She said that she's going to "miss Honesdale High School" but that she's "looking forward to what's ahead."
    Allison is the daughter of Kipp and Carol Welsh and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class. She is also class secretary.
    She has been involved in cross country as a statistician and letter winner; basketball as a statistician and letter winner; girls soccer; all-school musicals Willy Wonka, Pirates of Penzance and Seussical the Musical; band, county band, Marywood Honors band; dessert theater; chorus, chamber choir; National Anthem singer; student council-secretary and food pantry; AFG planning committee; Scholastic Arts Silver and Gold Key winner; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; honor roll; and national honor society.
    Page 2 of 3 - Upon graduation Allison plans to attend either Temple University or Penn State Main campus to major in sports medicine and athlete training.
    "Thank you for having me here," Allison said. "Thanks to my parents for their support. Thanks to the administration and board for supporting us and the arts programs.
    She said that she can "happily say" she has "no regrets" about her high school career.
    Thomas Dirlam then spoke on behalf of the board.
    "It's an honor to recognize these seniors," he said. "I'm pleased to see you all got involved in so many groups. Congratulations to you and your parents. Good luck in your futures."
    "This is a group of doers," said superintendent Greg Frigoletto. "They are a group that will get things done and they will be the ones in the trenches, leading and motivating people. These are outstanding students and I wish you luck. You'll be successful no matter where you go."
    Other business
    The board authorized the advertising of bids for the Preston Area School roof project.
The board approved the following personnel topics:
The retirement/resignation of Theresa Kovalchik, Title I reading teacher at Lakeside Elementary, effective the last day of the current school year.
  • The resignation of Megan Estes, paraeducator at the Stourbridge Primary Center, effective Feb. 8.
  • The child rearing leave/family medical leave for Stacey Diehl, beginning on or around March 8 and continuing to the end of the 2013-14 school year.
  • The hiring of William Yanacek as a part time custodian.
  • Julia Cheripko has transferred to the English opening at the high school, left by Paul Reiprich's transfer to guidance. Lesley Freer will be transferring to the vacancy in the fourth grade at Lakeside effective with the 2013-14 school year. This will leave an opening in ESL at the high school, Stourbridge Primary Center and the middle school.
    The hiring of District substitutes:
    Teachers-Jenna Kinzinger and Justin Roy.
  • Support Staff-Jessica Abril, teacher assistant/food service; Debra Brophy, food service/custodian; Jimmie Ann Fries, secretary/teacher assistant; Renee Fries, teacher assistant; JoAnn Neugebauer, secretary/teacher assistant/food service/custodian.
  • Dominic Maglione was hired as a driver, through contractor Walter J. and Nancy J. Garing.
    Spring 2013 athletic transportation was approved. They are:
    Varsity baseball/softball: Haun in the amount of $3,150.
  • JV baseball/softball: Haun in the amount of $1,550.
  • Jr. high baseball/softball: Haun in the amount of $2,550.
  • Page 3 of 3 - Boys' tennis: E. Hellmers in the amount of $2,475.
  • Varsity track: Garing in the amount of $2,885.
  • Jr. high track: Garing in the amount of $1,350.
    The Preston Area School musical, "Annie Jr.," is scheduled for May 3 and 4.
    The 2013-14 NEIU #19 Special Education Contract was approved.
    The board approved advertising for bids for supplies for the 2013-14 school year in art, athletics, custodial, health, office, science, second class and technology education.
    The board approved submitting applications for funding from federal programs.
    The board approved nominating Kathleen Grandjean to represent the Wayne Highlands School District as a member of the NEIU #19 Board of Directors, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.
    There will be a buildings and grounds tour on Saturday, March 23 with a rain date of April 6.