VARDEN—Members of the Western Wayne School District Board of Directors recognized the achievements of outstanding senior, Bryce Urian, Monday night at their September business meeting.

Urian is the son of Donna and Kevin Urian of Waymart.

“First off, I'd like to thank the board for the honor of being recognized tonight,” said Urian, addressing the board.

“I'd like to thank my family for always supporting me and being there. If they weren't with me every step of the way, I wouldn't be where I am right now.”

A passionate and dedicated scholar, Urian has participated in 11 advanced placement and AP courses including honors level English, Geometry, Inquiry Biology (with Lab), Chemistry (with Lab), Algebra 2, American Literature and Precalculus, and AP Chemistry, Physics 1 and 2 (all with Labs) and Calculus.

“Academics have always been a big part of my life. I love challenge. I love learning. I love school.”

Such dedication has led to the young scholar's membership in the National Honors Society for three years.

Urian said it was sophomore year in Ms. Masankay's class, “...when I realized my love for Chemistry.”

Masankay “... really encouraged me to get outside of my comfort zone and learn what there is to learn. I realized I love chemistry and I'm very passionate about it.”

Urian's extra curricular activities divide his time between participating in the marching, jazz and pit bands, and the Video Game club at Western Wayne High School.

“I've held the position of President and Vice President for Video Game Club,” said Urian. “And I've been Secretary for two years in the band and was the brass section leader last year.”

Looking ahead, Urian informed the board “I plan to attend a college for four years in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, I haven't quite decided yet.”

Congratulating Urian for his rigor, Board President Bernice Fiorella stated, “With the classes that you have taken and are continuing to take, and then you add those extracurricular activities, it's amazing what you are doing.”

Lauding all the achievement witnessed at the school board meetings, the president added “when we come every month and students are recognized, it's quite impressive.”