VARDEN— A dynamic duo of At their recent meeting the Western Wayne School Board of Directors honored two outstanding members of the senior class

First to be recognized was Molly Boyko, daughter of Brian and Elizabeth Boyko of Lake Ariel.

Eager to challenge herself academically, Boyko has taken numerous honors and advanced placement (AP) courses, favoring those pertaining to mathematics, science and history.

Her rigorous attention to her studies has earned her a current rank of 5th in the class, as well as place on the Honor Roll for four years and a membership in the National Honors Society for three. She was also recognized for her place on the Principal's List earlier that evening.

Boyko attributes her success to the guidance of her teachers and the encouragement of her mother.

“I'm sure that the reason I have been so successful is not from lack of trying on her part,” she said.

Boyko's extra-curricular activities include membership in the National Art Honors Society for three years, the Teacher Student Alliance for two years, the Youth Advisory Committee for four years and Student Council for three years.

Academics aside, Boyko has also received athletic achievement on the Wildcat Cheerleading team. Involved since her time on the Junior Wildcats squad, Boyko has since risen to the rank of Varsity Captain. She has held that position for the last two years.

Boyko has spent time volunteering at the Steamtown Marathon and the GDS fair grounds where she restored animal housing and hosted a night of children's entertainment.

As part of her presentation, Boyko thanked the board for their support and recognition of her hard work, stating “It's really great to know that all of my accomplishments are starting to pay off.”

Boyko plans to advance her scholarship by attending Penn State's main campus where she will enter into the Pre-Med program.

The second student highlighted was Kallie Jones, the daughter of Clifford and Maria Jones of Waymart.

Jones also thanked the board for recognizing her achievements, as well as thankful to her parents for their “tremendous support” in her life academic career.

Throughout her time at Western Wayne, Jones has taken a total of eight honors courses and four AP courses.

For her academic prowess, Jones has been awarded a spot on the Honor Roll for four years and a member of the National Honors Society for three.

Jones was grateful to her instructors, stating, “the teachers we have here at Western Wayne have impacted me with their knowledge in some sort of way and I can not thank them enough.”

Studies aside, Jones has also participated in Students Against Destructive Decisions and Rachel's Challenge for four years, chorus for one year, and is the current Student Body Vice President.

She has also been involved with the Varsity Club for three years, two of which she spent as president.

Jones' leadership capabilities extend to the athletic field.

Having participated in Girl's Varsity Soccer for four years, she is now a Captain and has received the first Team All-Star. She was invited to play in the All-Star UNICO game.

Jones has also been a Captain for two of her four years on the Girl's Basketball team.

Jones' other athletic activities include being a member of Amateur Athletic Union Basketball and a member of the Wildcats' Track & Field team for three years each.

Amid her already hefty plate of activity involvement, Jones has found time to volunteer at the Steamtown Marathon, Vineyard Christian Center and the NHS Can Food Drive.

Jones has decided to attend West Chester University where she hopes to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

“You make this district very proud and your efforts will be reflected for years to come,” stated board President Donald Olsommer Jr., referring to Boyko and Jones,.

He added “We as a board wish you much success and congratulations.”