Last week, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) issued a $1000 scholarship in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt to Mason Marie Clark, a 2018 graduate of the Wallenpaupack Area High School District, who resides in Hawley Pennsylvania with her parents Darron and Jamie Clark.

Mason was selected for her winning essay on recycling, which can be read in full at The scholarship honors the memory of Jake Burkhardt who loved life, his family, his community and the environment and worked with SEEDS as a high school student.

SEEDS board members, Mason, her mother Jamie Mason-Clark and Jake’s parents Michael and Carol Burkhardt were at the check presentation ceremony. Mason plans on attending Marywood University this fall to major in Communication Arts and Secondary Education Theatre. She has enjoyed being an active member of the WAHS Players, WAHS Players Council, Show Choir, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir, District Choir, Astronomy Club, Science Olympiad, Ambassador Program, National Honor Society, Prom Committee and Junior Leadership. Outside of her school extracurricular activities, she has been taking dance classes at Honesdale Dance Studio, studying piano at Black Bear Conservatory of Music, and voice lessons with Carol Diefenbach.

She was a co-chair of the Youth Advisory Committee, which encompasses many of her local school districts.

Mason is a Faith Formation Teacher for St. John’s the Evangelist Church in Honesdale, and in her spare time has participated in productions through the Delaware Valley Opera Company and the Ritz Playhouse.

She would like to especially thank SEEDS and the Burkhardt family for helping her make her dreams come true through their scholarship program.