Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport High School’s top two students have very simple advice for those looking to get the most out of high school.
“Always put in 110 percent,” Valedictorian Lauren Wager said. “Budgeting time... the more involved you are the more you have to properly allocate time to academics.”
“Don’t be shy,” Salutatorian Jessica Monzyk said. “There’s so many clubs, councils ... get as involved as you can.”
While at Lockport, Wager ran track, played soccer and lacrosse. She was heavily involved with the school’s robotics team, the Warlocks, and served as co-president of the National Honor Society.
Wager did a lot of work with Upstate New York Transplant Services, especially with blood drives. On each of her birthdays over the past three years, Wager held a blood drive.
Monzyk was in the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the school’s Latin club. She also participated in PTSA, ran track and cross country.
Wager, 18, will attend University at Buffalo to study physics and pre-med.
Growing up, Wager’s interest in physics started with watching “The Universe,” a television documentary about space exploration and study. It features topics in cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics. Taking Frank Nappo’s college-level physics course was also influential.
As for her interest in the medical field, Wager said she was influenced by her mother’s experience as nurse and the television drama House.
Monzyk, 18, will be attending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for a six-year doctorate program in pharmacy. She plans to get into the research part of the industry.
Monzyk’s interest in chemistry led her to choose Albany and the pharmacy field. A friend of the family has been involved in the field, Monzyk said.
What Wager will miss about Lockport is the people she shared a playing field with.
“The connections that I made with people on my athletics teams,” Wager said. “Those were the people that I spent the most time with outside of high school and they ended up being some of my best friends.”
Monzyk said her teachers would be what she’ll remember.
“There’s so many teachers here who support your growth and make you want to do your best,” she said.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.