VARDEN—At the April 3 regular meeting, the Western Wayne School District (WWSD) Board of Directors recognized the accomplishments of dedicated pupils Laura Booths and Morgan Amorine.
Presented by High School Principal Paul Gregorski, Booths and Amorine addressed the board with their thanks and a recounting of their deeds thus far.
Presented first, Laura Booths is the daughter of Robert and Susan Booths of Lake Ariel.
“I'd like to first start off by thanking the board for having me speak today,” she said. “And also, thank you for all the AP classes and things you provided me with like sports and clubs I'm involved in.”
Throughout her academic career, Booths has completed several honors and advanced placement (AP) courses.
AP courses are those which students can take with the potential to earn college credit should their scores be satisfactory.
For all her academic rigor, Booths has made Honor Roll all four years of high school, and been a member of the National Honors Society (NHS) for three.
“I wanna thank my parents for always making me do my homework, and making me work harder, because there's always someone better.”
In addition to her academics, Booths has participated in The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club for three years, in Students Against Destructive Decision (SADD) for four years, the Technology Student Association (TSA) for one year and Envirothon for two years.
Booths also served on Student Council for two years and was a member of the Prom Committee her junior year of high school.
Outside of school, Booths has volunteered her time to assist in the Steamtown Marathon, the Wayne County Food Pantry and her church youth group.
Athletically, Booths played basketball for one year and volleyball for four years, during which time she ascended to the rank of senior captain and achieved a place on the Lackawanna League All Star First Team two years in a row.
Such achievement, “... helps me bring my Wildcat pride back to you guys,” said Booths.
The young volleyball star plans to continue her athletic endeavors Wilkes University where she plans to study the sciences.
“...And I wont be far from home so I'll never lose my Wildcat pride,” she said.
Following Booths, the Board recognized Morgan Amorine, daughter of Ronald and Kim Amorine of Lake Ariel.
“Thank you for inviting me here tonight and recognizing my hard work and accomplishments throughout my high school career here at Western Wayne,” said Amorine.
“I'd like to first thank my parents for supporting me in everything I've chosen to do and provided me with everything I've needed to succeed and do my best.”
Academically, Amorine has garnered great success in her myriad honors and AP courses, achieving repeat placement on the Honor Roll and sitting for three years on the NHS.
“Throughout the seven AP and seven honors courses I've taken here at Western Wayne, no two teachers have helped me as much as Ms. Motyka and Ms. Masankay,” said Amorine.
“These two ladies have put so much energy into their job, more than anyone I've ever seen. In addition to teaching their students the content of their courses, they have taught us life skills and have prepared us more than anyone else for what is yet to come.”
Outside the classroom, Amorine has participated in the Community Attitude Towards Success (CATS) club for one year, SADD for three years, Envirothon for two and the National Art Honors Society (NAHS) for three years, where she has served as treasurer.
“I am also president of FBLA where I have competed in Anaheim California this past summer and will be competing in Hershey next week on the Parliamentary Procedure team,” said Amorine.
Additionally, she has been a part of the Hugh O'Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership program and the Junior Leadership Northern Poconos program.
She has also served on Student Council for two years and served on the Prom Committee her junior year.
Athletically, Amorine has been a member of the football, basketball and wrestling cheerleading squads for three years each.
She became squad captain for both the basketball and wrestling cheerleaders her junior year.
In the community, Amorine has volunteered her time assisting with the Steamtown Marathon, the Salvation Army, and the Wayne County Homeless Roundup.
She has also coached an elementary cheer squad her junior year and was a camp counselor at Canaan Christian Academy.
Amorine plans to continue her education at a four-year university where she will study nursing.
In congratulating both students, Board President Bernice Fiorella stated, “On the other side of excellence is hard work, and you have proven that. So keep up the good work.”