On December 21 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelly Loughery and Eric Obenschain as their students of the month. Kelly has been actively involved in the Twin Valley community and has been a part of six sports teams, three student organizations, and played an integral role in the developing the Raider Runway prom program at the high school. Kelly has been a member of Student Council her junior and senior years and was selected as the senior class treasurer for the 2016-2017 school year. Kelly also serves as the secretary for plastic recycling club. Kelly is also currently the morale chair for TVHS Mini-THON and is responsible for promoting upcoming events and fundraisers while also managing the club's social media accounts. Kelly was also given the opportunity to become a founding member of LINK, a student organization that works with faculty members to try and create a school climate that is inviting to all students, making Twin Valley a place where all students can feel welcome. This year, Kelly was named the first intern of the month at the high school for her work with Raider Runway. Additionally, the Twin Valley Community Education Foundation awarded Kelly the Rising Star award as a young member in the community who contributes through their professional and personal activities. Kelly plans on pursuing a career in the legal field and hopes to work with women who are in need of aid or counseling.
Eric Obenschain has been involved in different after school activities since he became a freshman, in addition to several sports teams. The main sport he participates in is the soccer team, while also being on the High School Varsity Track and field Team. His most memorable, non-athletic, groups that he is involved in are the National Honor Society (NHS), the German National Honor Society (GNHS), and the recently created LINK Program. Each of these programs aim to develop the community as well as bring awareness to their respective subjects: NHS to service before self, GNHS to keeping the German language alive in the United States, and LINK to developing self-awareness and to build a more welcoming, trusting community. Eric is not certain what his future holds for him; however, he plans on attending a university where he will hopefully study either mechanical engineering or Bio-medical engineering. Regardless of where he attends or what he majors in, Eric knows that his ultimate goal is to help people. He wants to help people who are less fortunate than he is, for he knows that there are many people who struggle and would do anything to ensure the future safety of their families.
November, 2016 - Carolyn Simmet and Darren Sipf
On November 16, 2016, the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Carolyn Simmet and Darren Sipf as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Carolyn and Darren were honored for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. Carolyn Simmet is involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities. She serves as the Vice President of both Student Council and History Club, and is a Captain of the Cheerleading Squad. She is also an avid member in National Honor Society, HOSA, Mini-THON, and the Twin Valley High School Heroes program. Carolyn has been honored with opportunities to become a stronger leader through programs like L.I.N.K. (Leadership In Networking Kids) and P.A.S.C (Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils) State Conferences. Aside from her extra-curricular activities, Carolyn has been a part of several mission trips throughout the states and recently has served in Haiti. After graduating high school, Carolyn plans on attending a four year university and double majoring in supply chain management and business analytics.
In Darren’s time spent at Twin Valley he has had an extraordinary experience. His achievements thus far in his high school career include; distinguished honor roll for three years, the video production 3 award, the physical education 11 award, played basketball, wrestling, and varsity football for four years. Darren has also participated in blood donation club, organ tissue donation club, recycling club and was a spirit captain for two years. Darren is extremely grateful to be so involved in a high school like Twin Valley. His future goals are to attend either Shippensburg or Bloomsberg University as an exercise science major. He plans on also playing football while attending school.
October, 2016 - Sophia Schiaroli and Anthony Troupe
On October 19 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Sophia Schiaroli and Anthony Troupe as their students of the month.
Sophia Schiaroli has made the most of her high school experience by actively involving herself in a variety of organizations throughout Twin Valley and committing her time to her academics. She was the president of the class of 2017 for her sophomore and junior years, the president of prom committee, and is part of the student council executive board as chairman of the fundraising committee. Sophia also participates in Mini-THON where she’s held both VP and Treasurer Positions. To serve her musically inclined side, she is Co-Activities chairman of Theater Arts Club and stars in both the fall workshops and the spring musical, where she recently played “Miss Gulch” in The Wizard of OZ. Her biggest contribution to the high school was her initiative to implement a recycling program within classrooms, and it has now become a legitimate student lead ‘Recycling Club.’ Most recently, she was selected to compete in the Berks County Outstanding Young Women scholarship competition and cherishes her experience. Sophia plans to pursue a career in a STEM field because she is fascinated by the sciences and hopes to attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Troupe is a senior at Twin Valley High School where he is involved in various extracurricular activities. He serves as the Vice President of both National Honors Society and Technology Student Association and is the chairman of Student Council’s Charity committee. He also plays football and is a member of the Twin Valley High School Heroes program. Over the course of his high school experience, Anthony is proud to have attended leadership opportunities such as the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and the 7th Congressional District’s Youth Leadership Summit. He also attended the Summer Engineering Institute at Lehigh University this past summer. After graduating high school, Anthony’s future plans include attending college and majoring in mechanical engineering.
September, 2016 - Maria Dioguardo and Jordan de Garay
On September 21 the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Maria Dioguardo and Jordan de Garay as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Maria and Jordan were honored for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. While at Twin Valley High School Maria has been a part of Ski Club, Twin Valley High School Swim Team, Chorus, Stage Crew, and Twin Valley High School Volleyball since 9th grade. Maria has joined Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Elementary Hero’s program, Prom Committee, and Select Chorus in 11th grade. Senior year Maria has been elected the president of Tri-M as well as the Senior Class President. Outside of school Maria is active in her church’s youth group, Spark, through the various volunteer works we do each year. Maria has also been a part of Morgantown Athletic Association Softball league since 2007, and the Twin Valley Summer Swim Team since 2011. Maria plans on going to college to major in Computer Science and minor in Criminal Justice, and hopes to get a job in Computer Forensics. Maria also plans on joining the Navy through ROTC.
Jordan took several history courses as well as law classes at Twin Valley and developed an infatuation for government. She hopes to study international affairs, political science, or go to law school, learn Arabic, and become an officer in the Air Force. Jordan plays soccer and lacrosse, but considers lacrosse her main sport. Additionally, I participate in CrossFit training at Corps Fitness in West Reading. They incorporate a lot of military-oriented workouts, and many of their members have served or are currently serving in the military. When Jordan is not participating in sports, doing homework, or finishing up projects for student council, she likes to hike, bike, hangout with friends, and experience new things as often as possible. As an adult, she hopes to pursue a job in government or law enforcement. Jordan plans on attending the USAFA, becoming an officer in the military.
May, 2016 - Marisa Lizins and Dalton Drahus
On May 18 the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Marisa Lizins and Dalton Drahus as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Marisa and Dalton were honored for their participation in numerous extra-curricular activities and excellent academic standing.
Marisa Lizins has been a member of the Varsity Soccer Team for the past four years, where she helped the team reach the Berks County Playoffs in 2013, and the PIAA District 3 playoffs in 2015. She has been a member of the Rage Soccer Club on the 97’ Athletica Team for the past six years. The team was the Super-Y North American Runner’s Up in 2012, and qualified for the North American Championship in 2013 and 2014. She has also been a member of the Varsity Spring Track and Field Team. She was a member of the team’s 4x800 meter relay, which placed fifth in the District 3 championships, and qualified for the state championships last spring. The relay also came in first place in the Berks County championships this spring. She has also been a three year varsity member on the Swim Team. She was inducted to the National Honor’s Society in her sophomore year, and has volunteered her time to various organizations in the community such as the Twin Valley Food Bank, Morgantown Village Library, Tel Hai Retirement Center, the Elementary Centers, and St. John’s Church. She also peer tutors her fellow classmates at Twin Valley. Marisa plans on attending University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the fall where she intends to double major in criminology and justice administration and mathematics. She will also be playing soccer at the varsity level for the school.
Dalton Drahus has been a member of various sports and clubs throughout the entirety of his high school career. He has been a member of the varsity lacrosse team for four years and took on the role as team captain for three of these years. In 2015 he helped take the team to Berks County Playoffs for the first time in the program's history. He has also been a member of 380 lacrosse club and Brine National team. In addition to lacrosse he has played soccer and golf for Twin Valley. As well as athletics Dalton spends a lot of his time in clubs such as Student Council, HOSA, and The National Honors Society. He was inducted into the National Honors Society in his sophomore year, and has volunteered his service at Tel Hai Retirement Center, Hay Creek Apple Festival, Twin Valley Food Pantry, and the Reading Hospital. This year he expanded his responsibilities becoming Tutor Chair for NHS. Dalton plans on attending Pennsylvania State University this fall where he intends on majoring in nursing. He plans on playing division one club lacrosse and joining a fraternity.
March, 2016 - Eliza Eames, Josh Folk, and Matthew Brownlow
On March 16, 2016, the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Eliza Eames, Josh Folk, and Matthew Brownlow as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.
Eliza Eames has been a Twin Valley student since kindergarten and since has found a passion for the arts, whether it be Irish dance, musical theater, or Shakespeare plays. She is ecstatic to finish her senior year by playing Dorothy in Twin Valley High School’s spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz”. Besides the spring musical, Eliza is involved in Tri-M, Senior Chorus, Twin Valley High School Heroes, and enjoys working with special needs children. Come fall, Eliza will be attending Shippensburg University majoring in Psychology, where she hopes to be enrolled in their honors college psychology program, and pre-law program. After receiving her B.S., Eliza plans to attend Tulane for graduate school, in which she aspires to attend law school and either become a District Attorney for Orleans Parish, or become a lawyer specializing in educational or family law. However, if she feels called to further pursue psychology, Eliza would like to become a clinical psychologist and work with special needs children in the school environment.
All four years of his high school career, Joshua Folk has participated in the chorus, select chorus, band, marching band, and orchestra ensembles. This year, Josh had the amazing opportunity to participate in both county and district chorus through a tryout. Josh is also currently a member of the Tri M (Modern Music Master) Honors Society and had served as the Vice President of the club his junior year. Josh is also involved with the theatre program. Josh is currently the president of Twin Valley’s Theatre Arts Club, interns as a student producer, and is part of the spring musical. Josh is also a member of the National Honors Society at Twin Valley and loves all of the activities that they do. He loves having the opportunity to serve his community and play water volleyball with the residents at Tel Hai retirement home. Josh is also very involved in sports and has played soccer all four years of high school as the goalie for the team. After High School, Josh plans on attending Elizabethtown College to major in Music Therapy. Once Josh graduates from college, he plans on finding a job and then later getting his Master’s Degree in Music Therapy.
Matthew Brownlow is Co-Activities Chair of Theater Arts Club and active participant in MiniTHON and National Art Honors Society. On a larger scale, Matthew has been involved in PA East Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar for the past three years. Being a part of Twin Valley’s annual musical production since his freshman year, Matthew has grown into a leader and aspires to assist with directing and choreographing in this year’s production of Wizard of Oz as he did in last year’s Footloose. Matthew has also managed to obtain a lead speaking role all four years and is proud to share his passion on the stage every year. Matthew enjoys spending time with others that share his passions and can be found throwing pottery on the potter’s wheel or looking into the newest breakthrough in emotional intelligence. After high school, Matthew will be attending Penn State University with the intention to dual major in neuroscience and fine arts.
February, 2016 - Evlynn Hofbauer & Weston Caley
On February 17, 2016, the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Evlynn Hofbauer and Weston Caley as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Evlynn and Weston were honored for their participation in numerous extra-curricular activities and excellent academic standing.
Evlynn has been dynamically involved in many clubs and activities. Just recently, she helped with a water transportation contest through the Women in Engineering at Twin Valley Middle School. As a member of Action Impact, she has raised money for children in Africa and helps run the yearly Fifth Quarter and 7am Wednesday morning Bible study in the High School fitness center. Every Friday night she participates in games and worship at Action Impact through http://www.action-impact.org. Evlynn is also in the Technology Student Association and Science Olympiad. She has written android and apple apps and is working to get an internship in cyber technology over the summer. In the fall Evlynn will attend Penn State University.
Weston has been involved in the pre-engineering honors program of Project Lead the Way. He also has been a part of the Technology Student Association and is currently an officer on the leadership team. Since his freshman year he has participated in TSA competitions, placing in both robotics and 3D Computer Aided Design qualified him for participation in national competitions. Weston was chosen as one of two representatives from Twin Valley for Berks Best Scholar contest in the area of technical/vocational. Being a member of both the National Honor Society and Conestoga Mennonite Youth group, Weston has volunteered at Twin Valley Food Pantry, tutoring in technical classes, helping with house renovations after the Bloomsburg Flood through Mennonite Disaster Service, repairing homes in low income areas in the Appalachia area of Kentucky, and regularly volunteering as a multimedia technician for the Children’s Ministry at Hopewell Christian Fellowship. After graduation Weston is looking forward to attending Letourneau University and becoming a mechanical engineer.
January, 2016 - Gabriell Baj & Alec Ranck
On January 20, 2016, the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Gabriell Baj and Alec Ranck as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Gabriell and Alec were honored for their participation in numerous extra-curricular activities and excellent academic standing.
Throughout Gabriell’s four years at Twin Valley High School she has been actively involved in many different clubs and activities. She played soccer her first 3 seasons and stayed on as a team manager after an injury sidelined her this year. As a member of Student Council, she has helped raise money for charities, designed activities to bring spirit to our school, and organized our school dances. She also helped our school's blood drive group coordinate with Miller Keystone. This gives her the opportunity to work side by side with phlebotomists to help donations run smoothly. This year she has also had the opportunity to work with our elementary students as a Twin Valley Hero. We visit the elementary schools and teach students important life lessons on growing as a student and an individual within the community. As a member of National Honor Society, Gabriell participates in service projects and tutors students. After graduation, she plans to attend Arcadia University to major in psychology.
Alec has been a four year varsity letter winner in football and a three year varsity letter winner in both basketball and baseball. In football Alec has been on the Berks County All-Academic Team in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Alec has also been a team captain in both football and basketball during his 11th and 12th grade years. Alec also received the Congressional Scholar-Athlete award in 11th grade. Programs that he is able to participate in at school are the Twin Valley Hero Program, Blood Donation, and History Club. Outside of school, he has volunteered for youth sports programs and collected Jared Boxes to be delivered to local hospitals. After graduation from Twin Valley, he plans to attend Susquehanna University in the fall to major in History Education. He also hopes to play football and baseball while there.