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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Hoch, Funk honored during meeting

  • -The monthly meeting of the Western Wayne School Board was about business, but it was also about honoring students from their academic achievements.
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  • -The monthly meeting of the Western Wayne School Board was about business, but it was also about honoring students from their academic achievements. The students honored for the month of November were Sam Hoch and Olivia Funk. Hoch is the son of Rick and Jen Hoch of Lake Ariel. He plans to attend Penn State University to major in chemical engineering and minor in petroleum and natural gas engineering. He has been involved in 14 honors and AP classes throughout his high school years. He is currently enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP US Government, and Honors Physics. “I have a particular interest in chemistry, finding out that the ways different things interact, and how they make up everything that we use and see every day, are fascinating,” he said. Hoch is involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competing at the national level in Parliamentary Procedure as a freshman. He is a three-year member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the National Honor Society. He is also a member of this year’s Scholastic Team. Sports have been a huge part of Hoch's life as well. He has participated in soccer for four years and volleyball for three. He was captain of the soccer team this year, but unfortunately, with only three games left in the season, he tore his ACL. He is unsure whether he will be able to play volleyball this season, but said he will “help my teammates and support them as best as possible.” Funk is the daughter of Kevin and Emi Funk of Lake Ariel. She plans to attend a university in New York City and major in pharmaceuticals and minor in Spanish. She is enrolled in AP US Government, AP Spanish V, Advanced Studio Art and Honors Physics. Funk has participated in track and field and indoor track and field for four years and tennis and cross country for three years. She serves as the secretary for the National Honor Society and is president of the National Art Honor Society. Funk is also a member of the yearbook committee, SADD, FBLA, and the Technology Student Association (TSA). She has been recognized as a Scranton Times Art Student of the Month and her artwork has been earned awards in the Scholastic Art Competition. Funk was the Greene Dreher & Sterling Fair Queen in 2012-2013 and she volunteers for the Audubon Society and the Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home. Both students thanked the board for honoring them as well as their families and staff at Western Wayne for their continued support. Other business • Board member William Gershey stated that he was able to attend the Veterans Day ceremony that took place at the high school and made some comments about it. “It was extremely well done,” he said. “I'd like to commend everyone who made it happen. It's a good thing to do and it's good for the students.” • Board president Alvin Hollister said he was able to meet with the principals at the high school and middle school and is “impressed with what they're doing.” • In an addendum to the agenda, the board also approved the resignation of Isabel Parry, effective Dec. 31, for retirement purposes, as well as the resignation of Michael Jones, effective upon release of employment. • Interns/student teaching positions were announced. They include: • Casey Raynis, a student teacher for music from Marywood University, will be working with Ray Stedenfeld at the high school from Oct. 22 to Dec. 6. • Charles Bayly, an intern for guidance from Wells College, will be working with Matt Fitzsimmons at the high school in January 2014. • Amanda Chupick, a student teacher for physical education from Baptist Bible College, will be working with Jill Butler at Robert. D. Wilson from Jan. 13-March 7, 2014. • James Booth, a student teacher from Keystone College, will be working with Joseph Petak from Jan. 13-March 6, 2014. • The Scholastic Team, under the direction of Ryan Onder, competed in the Scholastic Scrimmage tournament. It will be broadcast on WVIA in the coming months. The team includes Caleigh Wildenstein, Isabella Esposito, William Rennekamp, Ben Dyer, Devon Williams and Sam Hoch. •The following are dates to remember: • EverGreen holiday concert, grades 1 and 2, tonight at 7 p.m. • EverGreen holiday concert, grades 3 and 4, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. • EverGreen PTA book fair, Nov. 25-26 • Parent/teacher conferences, Nov. 26 from 1-8 p.m. An early dismissal will be at noon. • Middle school chorus concert, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. • Middle school band concert, grades 7 and 8, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. • Robert D. Wilson Christmas program, grades 3 and 4, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. • High school concert, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. • Robert D. Wilson Christmas program, grades 1 and 2, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

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