VARDEN – The monthly meeting of the Western Wayne School Board included recognition of three seniors for outstanding academic achievement.

Those seniors were Anthony DeLucia, Mikayla Maher and Kelsey Russo.

DeLucia is the son of Anthony DeLucia of Lake Ariel.

He thanked the board for celebrating his time at Western Wayne. DeLucia also thanked his teachers and administrators who helped him become the confident person he is now.

DeLucia is the manager of the school store, the Clawset, where he spends a lot of time dealing with inventory and serving his customers.

He spoke about his most valuable classes, English and entrepreneurship which taught him “fine customer service skills.”

“Working at the Clawset has been a great experience,” DeLucia stated. “I learned skills in management and I was able to meet new people. Thanks for the great experience I had in the district.”

DeLucia has also been equipment manager for Indoor and Outdoor Track and was head of stage crew for this year’s production of the musical Guys and Dolls.

During his school career he has also received four Student of the Month awards, a member of the Honor Roll and received an achievement award in citizenship.

Maher is the daughter of Martin and Marquita Maher of Lake Ariel.

Her extracurricular activities include SADD, FBLA, yearbook, National Honor Society and serving as vice president of her senior class.

Maher has many scholastic achievements as well. She has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll, earned credit for dual enrollment in statistics and has taken numerous advanced classes including AP U.S. history, AP World History, AP U.S. Government, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Honors Physics.

She also spends time volunteering at Wayne Woodlands in Waymart.

Maher plans to attend Bloomsburg University to major in accounting.

“I want to thank the board for having me here today,” she said. “I want to thank my parents. I wouldn't be able to do this without them. I've had a great time at Western Wayne.”

Russo is the daughter of Raymond and Maria Russo of Lake Ariel.

She talked about challenging courses she's taking throughout high school, including Honors English, Honors Geometry, Honors American Literature, Honors Algebra II, Honors Physics and AP Government.

Russo has also participated in soccer and basketball for four years. She was captain of both teams during her senior year and was named a Second Team All-Star for soccer her senior year.

Her extracurricular activities include FBLA and the Technology Student Association, as well as serving as vice president of both SADD and National Honor Society her senior year.

Russo plans to attend Penn State University at University Park to major in the Health and Human Development field.

“I want to thank the board,” she said. “I want to thank my parents for being by my side during my high school journey. I also want to thank my teachers.

“I will miss Western Wayne, but I look forward to my future. Thank you for all of the opportunities I was given during my time here.”

Board President Alvin Hollister commended the students for their achievements.

“It's great to have you with us,” he said. “Congratulations. We wish you well in your futures.”


Mark Davis, a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF), presented the board with a check of $1,000 for signage at the EverGreen Elementary School.

The signs at the school describe the pathways, trees and more. Davis said this is the second installment to the school from the organization.

“Our local chapter is helping to fund that project at the school,” he said. “We want to thank you for showing the importance of conservation around the school as an outdoor and classroom as well as an indoor classroom.

“We're proud to be able to present you with this.”

Hollister said they greatly appreciate the work the NWTF has put into the EverGreen system.

Marching band

Junior Jessica Hinton spoke on behalf of the marching band. She is the current president.

“In honor of Mr. Stedenfeld's retirement and recent budget cuts and financial strains on the district, I would just like to thank you for your unwavering support of the band,” she said.

“It would not be possible without your support and it's a program that many kids are very dedicated to.

“It means a lot to all of us. Thank you os much for always supporting us. We look forward to a new season with a new band director.”

Hollister said they appreciate the band's efforts and that they know the dedication the students have to the program.

“Thank you for what you do,” he said.

Board member Doris Pliss also spoke about the band.

“For those who missed the spring concert you missed a great program,” she said. “There was so much talent there that you would wonder where that came from. Those people were tremendous.”

She added alumnus Corey Neville came back and played the piano.

“It really is a great program and we are going to miss Mr. Stedenfeld,” Pliss continued. “The talent there is unbelievable.”

She said the same goes to Tim Bell and that he will also be missed.

Reaching out

Several students from the EverGreen Elementary School were in attendance to present letters to the board that were written to Governor Tom Corbett asking for the money the district is owed from the PLANCON process.