Board honors outstanding students

The Wayne Highlands School District (WHSD) Board of Directors recognized the scholastic achievement of three outstanding seniors at the February board meeting held Tuesday, February 18.

Jared Bochnovich, Tara McLaughlin and Isabella Watson were lauded for their academic excellence, which has garnered each of them repeated placement on the Honor Roll and membership in the National Honor Society (NHS).

They each rank among the top ten percent of their class.

First recognized alphabetically, Bochnovich is the son of Peter and Amy Bochnovich of Cherry Ridge.

In addition to his high academic performance, Bochnovich is also a dominant figure in many sports.

He was a member of both the jr. high and varsity track and field teams, and lettered in both soccer and tennis.

Looking ahead, Bochnovich plans to attend a four-year college after graduation to major in chemistry and Spanish.

Second recognized, McLaughlin is the daughter of Rod and Keri McLaughlin of Beach Lake.

Willing to put her scholastic prowess to the test, McLaughlin was a participant in the American Mathematics Contest.

A budding leader, McLaughlin is the Vice President of Student Council, whose communityminded interests have made themselves evident through her participation in Interact Club and the Youth Group at White Mills Community Church.

Athletically, McLaughlin lettered in varsity soccer and is a member of the Hornet unified track & field team.

She was also a member of the freshman basketball team.

Following graduation, McLaughlin plans to study biology at Palm Beach Atlantic University while minoring in Spanish.

Third recognized, Watson is the daughter of James and Jonell Watson of Dyberry Township.

A service-minded individual, Watson is a member of Student Council, the Interact Club and is a Youth Mission Team member at Central United Methodist Church.

In addition to being a member of NHS, Watson is also the Blood Drive Committee Chair.

Watson is also a musical maestro, playing in the HHS marching band, a member of the inaugural Harmony Bridge Project, and a member of the Chamber Choir.

Her reach in the performing arts extends to her participation on the hair and makeup crew in the last four HHS musicals: Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

After graduating this June, Watson plans to attend Marywood University as a pre-physician assistant before ultimately moving on to Marywood's physician assistant program.

Article and Photo Courtesy of David Mazzenga of The Tri-County Independent