10 Palmerton Area High School seniors given recognition by Exchange Club
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Exchange Club recognized 10 Palmerton Area High School students who are considered to be well-rounded. They are, front, left to right: John Achtermann, Brandon Smale, Sierra Miller, Vanessa Evans, Alexandrea Sestok; back row, left to right Karl Pielmeier, Lydia Anthony, Steven Semmel, Kelsey Hay, Michelle Rickert.
"We love being recognized for our accomplishments," Karl Pielmeier, a Palmerton Area High School senior, told all those who attended the Palmerton Exchange Club's Student Recognition dinner.
Each year the Palmerton Exchange Club recognizes 10 Palmerton Area High School seniors in 10 subject areas, who are considered the most well-rounded students.
"Each department chooses a student who would represent that department the best, by their respective teachers," said Rich Desocio, a PAHS guidance counselor.
Anna Strohl, Palmerton Exchange Club president, said it was a pleasure to recognize these students.
"Years ago they had their choice of a dictionary or a thesaurus. This year each student will receive a certificate and a flash drive. Times are changing and we're trying to change with them."
Vicki McHugh, a PAHS guidance counselor, said it was a great pleasure to be there "and to have our students recognized. This is a great class." She then introduced each one of the recipients. After receiving their certificate and gift, each one briefly spoke about themselves, their school activities and future plans.
This year's students are:
*Karl Pielmeier, English-FBLA president, Mock Trial team president, Environmental Club, Leo Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, a swimmer who has qualified to compete in States, leaning toward attending Georgetown University to major in International Relations
*John Achtermann, Math-Editor of Chief of school newspaper and literary magazine, National Honor Society, FBLA, Student Council, in gifted program, four years of track, six years of cross country, wants to major in psychology and earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.
*Michelle Rickert, Social Studies-National Honor Society, Leo president, Environmental Club, Student Council, FBLA, basketball and softball teams, works at Memorial Park Pool and plans to study neuroscience at Moravian College.
*Kelsey Hay, Science-National Honor Society, Class Vice President, yearbook president, captain of basketball team and track, Environmental Club, Student Council, FBLA and plans to attend University of Pennsylvania, majoring in biology while a member of its track and field team.
*Alexandria Sestok, Spanish-Mock Trial, Student Council, Environmental Club, National Honor Society, County band, Jazz band, Concert band, 4H Money Busters Club president, plans to attend Moravian College and major in chemistry.
*Steven Semmel, Business-National Honor Society, FBLA, member of track and football teams, Grid Iron Club Vice President Aquashicola Vol. Fire Co. firefighter, Boy Scout working toward Eagle Scout, a National Youth Leadership Forum alumni and plans to attend Gettysburg College.
*Sierra Miller, Technology-Captain of the softball team, treasurer of school newspaper and plans to attend Lehigh Carbon Community College to major in occupational therapy.
*Vanessa Evans, Art-National Honor Society, field hockey captain, wrestling manager, track, Environmental Club president, Student Council secretary, Leo Club, FBLA and plans to major in health administration at Temple University.
*Lydia Anthony, Music-Senior class president, chorus and drama club president, band, Student Council, FBLA, Travelers Club, Field Hockey captain, tennis, Bach and Handel Chorale, County Band, County Chorus, District 10 Chorus, Region 5 Chorus, volunteers for Special Olympics and Muscular Dystrophy Association, plans to major in music therapy at Berklee College.
*Brandon Smale, Industrial Arts-Carbon County 4H Livestock Club, received 4H Community Service Award, Boy Scout and plans to attend Delaware Valley College to major in agriculture science and animal sciences.