The North Pocono School District honored three students for December 2017.

Mikayla Haikes is the daughter of Michael and Susan Haikes. She has been taking accelerated and AP courses all throughout her high school career. She will have taken 11 AP courses by the end of her senior year and is currently enrolled in 5.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned high honors every quarter so far.

Mikayla has received honorable mentions in the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition for her artwork.

As a girl scout, she has earned her bronze and silver awards. She is a 4-year member of the North Pocono Girls’ Volleyball Team, where she was a captain her senior year. She has been taking dance for 14 years at the Carmel Ardito School of Dance and the Julie Ardito school of dance where she is now a dance instructor. Mikayla is a member of Student Council, SADD, Art Club, Ski Club, Mini-thon, and Mathletes, where she is Treasurer. She volunteers regularly at the NEPA Youth Homeless Shelter.

Mikayla is currently employed at Bill’s ShopRite as a cashier working 5 days a week, and she also teaches dance every week in Old Forge. After graduation, Mikayla hopes to attend the University of California Santa Barbara majoring in Actuarial Science.  

John Slater is the son of John and Kelly Slater, has maintained a challenging course load throughout his high school career, taking advantage of North Pocono’s rigorous academic offerings by taking 13 AP courses.

He currently takes 5 AP courses including BC Calculus and Physics 2. For success in these classes, John has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He has maintained high honor status throughout high school and is currently in the top 5 of his class. He finds time for many extracurricular activities despite his busy schedule, taking on leadership roles in many of them.

He is a Mathletes officer, National Honor Society treasurer, Student Council class treasurer, Interact Club vice president, a Students Against Destructive Decisions representative, FBLA member, and a captain of Science Olympiad where he has been a state competitor. In Science Olympiad, he has earned numerous medals at the invitational, regional, and state levels.

He represented North Pocono at the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference (HOBY) and was sponsored by the American Legion to attend Keystone Boys State, a leadership program last summer. He also attended a Bucknell engineering program this past summer and completed a Physical Geography Course at Lackawanna Junior College the previous summer. John volunteers his time tutoring students in Algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and trigonometry. He is currently employed by Pinewood Deli, where he has worked since 9th grade. After graduation, John plans to pursue his doctorate in astrophysics.

Shawnna Lamond is the daughter of Bill Lamond. By the end of her senior year, she will have completed 10 Advanced Placement courses. Even with this rigorous course-load, she maintains a 4.01 GPA, and is ranked 10th in her class. She has been in National Honor Society since her sophomore year, and has received high honors every quarter of her high school career.

Shawnna has been a member of the Science Olympiad Team since her freshman year, where she has competed on both the regional and state teams. She is also a member of the Cross Country team. She has run varsity for three years, earning her the title of captain for her senior season.

Shawnna volunteers at the VFW Post 5207. Since her father is a veteran, she has been volunteering since she was 5 years old. Through the years, she worked her way up from President of her unit, to the state-level Department of Pennsylvania Junior Girls President. Shawnna earned a spot in the prestigious Yale Young Global Scholars Program at Yale University over the past summer.

She was one of 200 students chosen out of 5,000 applicants. She spent 2 weeks at Yale University attending seminars and lectures involving Biology and Biomedical Sciences. After high school, Shawnna plans to study Biology with a focus in optometry, but she is still unsure of which college she would like to attend. She is currently interested in Yale University and Nova Southeastern University.