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Cats Club Dedicated to Helping Community to Thrive

Maggy Langendoerfer, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2019

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Helping people in need:  That is what the Western Wayne C.A.T.S Club is all about. The most recent activity that the C.A.T.S club participated in was sending medical kits to kids in Africa. C.A.T.S Club is a club at Western Wayne that stands for community attitude towards success. C.A.T.S Club is all about volunteering and helping the community and that is exactly what they are doing. The club has done many community based volunteer work in the past and in the future. This organization tries to get the students of Western Wayne involved in the community they live in. They also try to get non-members to help the community and other people. Recently they hosted a blood drive in honor of English teacher Mr. James Rebar, who benefited from several blood transfusions before he tragically died of cancer. The club...

Students Host Blood Drive in Honor of Beloved Teacher

Students Host Blood Drive in Honor of Beloved Teacher

January 22, 2019

“Wildcats first down!” was announced for many years at Western Wayne home football games by the late Mr. James Rebar, beloved English teacher in the high school, who also served as the announcer for Wildcat football games.  Rebar lost a battle with cancer this past summer and his students decided to honor him with a blood drive on Friday, November 30 hosted at the high school. Senior Taylor Smith ran this event as her senior project.  Western Wayne seniors complete service-based projects as a step towards their graduation.  Taylor, who is interested in studying nursing next year, says...

Art Students Receive Recognition from Scranton Times

Art Students Receive Recognition from Scranton Times

January 21, 2019

          Creative pieces in charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink and many other mediums can be admired in art galleries across the globe or in nearby art classrooms at Western Wayne High School.           Many Western Wayne High School artists have been recognized as 2019 Artists of the Month by the Scranton Times.  The Times chooses students for this honor from artwork entries of students across Northeast PA.           One such student who is being honored as the January artist of the month is senior Maya Black.  She created a colored pencil, pen and ink, and water colo...

Veterans Day Opportunity to Honor One of Western Wayne’s Own

Mrs.Jessica McLaughlin, Public Relations Officer

January 21, 2019

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As a tradition for many years, Western Wayne administration, faculty, staff, and students joined together on Thursday, November 9 to celebrate veterans in the community with a special in-school event that featured music from the high school band and chorus, wise words from a veteran guest speaker, and this year the event had the added component of a special presentation of a high school diploma to a former student that was 50 years in the making. Mr. Harry Howard Howell, a Navy Seaman from 1964 through 1971, attended the Lake Consolidated School before enlisting.  He would have received his diploma in 1966 but life had other plans.  Howell went on to earn his GED at sea in 1967. He grew up in Wayne County and returned to the area after his time in the military.  He was honorably discharged in 1971 and returned...

Western Wayne Students Teach Science at Elementary School

Western Wayne Students Teach Science at Elementary School

January 21, 2019

Learning about what types of materials protect against ultraviolet light and figuring out what elements on Mars cause it to not sustain human life sound like topics for college students to tackle in their courses.  However, Western Wayne students at the Evergreen Elementary School are getting a head start on understanding scientific questions of this nature through their work with Western Wayne High School chemistry students. The week of October 22 was National Chemistry Week and in honor of this week Ms. Maria Masankay, high school chemistry teacher, and some of her lab technicians came to...

Western Wayne High School Students THINK ENERGY!

Western Wayne High School Students THINK ENERGY!

January 21, 2019

On October 29th Western Wayne High School Students in grade 9 experienced the THINK! ENERGY Innovation Program. This program is an interactive, hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for each participating student and teacher. The program teaches the importance of energy, natural resources and environmental resources, and gives each participating student’s family energy-efficient technologies to install at home. Students and Staff in the high school received innovation kits on October 29th. The kits included four LED light bulbs, shower timer, a water conserving shower hea...

Yearly Tradition of Spanish Dancing Fun for Students

Mrs. Jessica McLaughlin, Public Relations Officer

October 31, 2018

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  Learning rhythms, beats, steps, and choreography isn’t just  work for celebrity guests on Dancing with the Stars, students at Western Wayne High School have a yearly tradition of learning Spanish dancing as a part of their curriculum each fall. Local dance instructor and studio owner Vince Brust works with the Western Wayne students to teach a variety of traditional Spanish dances such as tango,merengue, mambo, and salsa among others. The students had a few weeks of sessions with Mr.  Brust before debuting their new dance skills for other students during the day on Friday, Oct. 12, in Western Wayne’s newly renovated high school auditorium. Students performed a variety of the dances they learned for their classmates. They did a choreographed dance with multiple partners and a cha-cha among other ...

Seniors Recognized as WVIA Artists

Mrs. Jessica McLaughlin, Public Relations Officer

October 28, 2018

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Creating surreal art and performing with renowned foreign composers are just two of the accomplishments of the Western Wayne seniors chosen to be one group of WVIA artists of the week for fall 2018. Both Melody Gershey and Katherine Moore have been named artists of the week. Melody for her visual art work and Kat for her work with performance art. Melody’s interest in art stemmed from time spent with family members like her grandmother sharing the same talent. Inspiration for one of Melody’s oil paintings “Autumn Impressionism” came from a piece her grandmother had created. “I just picked up painting from a young age,” Melody explained.  “I enjoyed seeing my family’s art and found it came naturally to me as well.” Melody said that five of her pieces will be featured for WVIA in the...

Western Wayne Fashion Students Develop Creative Projects

Mrs. Jessica McLaughlin, Public Relations Officer

October 28, 2018

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Repurposing men’s blazers, designing long skirts, and creating entire themed fashion collections are just some of the tasks that Western Wayne fashion teacher Mrs. Colleen Carmody has her design students working on this year in the high school. The students recently took a field trip to Joann Fabrics to get materials for some of their upcoming fashion projects.  Carmody explained that one such project involves students repurposing men’s blazers. “The students basically recycle the men’s blazers by making them into something more fashionable,” Carmody explained.  “They create women’s jackets out of the blazers that feature brocades, satin, chain belts, and/ or other elements.  They also dart the jackets on the inseam to make them more form fitting.” Senior fashion student Erin Murphy explained...

Senior RJ Clemens Earns Recognition as Outstanding Student

Senior RJ Clemens Earns Recognition as Outstanding Student

October 28, 2018

Western Wayne Administration has recognized Robert Joseph Clemens as an outstanding student.  RJ is a senior who has been highly involved in Western Wayne’s academic clubs and music programs all four years of high school. RJ is a member of National Honor Society, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Technology Student Association, Political Science Club, Scholastic Team, Spanish Club, Envirothon, Band, Drama Club, musical theater, and the Reading Team. RJ greatly enjoys his science classes at Western Wayne and plans to pursue a science major at either Temple University, Rutgers University...

Homecoming, Long Awaited Tradition and Exciting Time for Court

Homecoming, Long Awaited Tradition and Exciting Time for Court

October 27, 2018

Following in a tradition that has been established over the past few years, the Western Wayne School District invites the community to attend to its annual homecoming game this Friday, September 28 and accept the challenge of helping others.  Along with coming to cheer on the students, they ask that spectators bring donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items for a drive that will benefit those in need in Wayne County. The Western Wayne Homecoming Game against Lakeland will begin at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Homecoming Court about a half hour before kick-off. The...

District to Focus on Pride in Differentiation for 2018-19 School Year

District to Focus on Pride in Differentiation for 2018-19 School Year

October 27, 2018

“On the outside, always looking in/ Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?/ ‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass/ Waving through a window,” are the lyrics Western Wayne Senior R.J. Clemens sang at the first day of teacher in-service for Western Wayne faculty, staff, and administration on Wednesday, August 22. R.J. sang “Waving Through a Window” from the 2017 Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen at the request of administration as a closing piece of a presentation on Pride in Differentiation which is the district’s focus for the 2018-19 school year.  The song...

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