Since 1971, during the academic year the Waynesburg Lions Club, with the help of the WCHS faculty, recognizes 2 senior students each month based on the following criteria: academic standing, community service, school activities, character and sense of responsibility, performance (past & present). These students and their parents are invited to a club dinner meeting and given a certificate and pen/pencil set. From these 18 students, two are selected to be Students of the Year and at graduation are each awarded $1000 scholarship.

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Students of the Month for December

MaCottie Denjen and Ray Behm

MaCottie Denjen is the son of Cottie and Nikki Denjen of Waynesburg. He has carried a 3.6 GPA into his senior year. At WCHS MaCottie has been a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society, The Physics Club and is a four-year letterman of the Golf Team. MaCottie is the President of the graduating Class of 2020.

Outside of school MaCottie enjoys golfing, hunting and hanging out with his friends. During the summers he spends a lot of time with children. MaCottie lifeguards, teaches swim lessons, and umpires baseball games.

His future plans are to attend West Virginia University and major in biochemistry.

Ray Behm is the son of Clay and Jennifer Behm of Waynesburg. He has earned a 3.98 GPA through his high school career. Ray is a member of the Ski Club, Student Council, and has served as a creator, host and editor of the Raider Rundown show through his TV workshop class. Ray has served as the vice president of the Spanish Club and FBLA. He is also the treasurer for the National Honor Society and the senior class.

Ray has racked up the awards at WCHS. He is a 4x golf letterman, 2x track and field letterman, and a soccer letterman. He has been selected All-County for golf. Ray’s FBLA teams have twice been regional champions and qualified for the state competition in hospitality management.

In his free time Ray works as a referee for youth soccer and studies anything involving golf.

Ray’s future plans are to attend W&J college where he has already won a Thrive Merit Scholarship. He plans to major in Computing Information Studies and compete on the golf team.

Students of the Month for November

  Juliana Fowler and Myranda Rush

Juliana is the daughter of Dave and Stacey Fowler of Waynesburg. She has carried a 4.0 GPA into her senior year. Juliana is involved with the Alpha Beta Club, the National Honor Society and the Varsity Club.

Ms. Fowler is a very serious athlete. Juliana is a multiyear letterman on the basketball and track and field teams where she has also served as captain. She is a three time MVP of the Track and Field Team and has also qualified for the state competition in the long jump.

Outside of school Ms. Fowler is very involved in her church. She attends the First Christian Church of New Salem. She is an active participant in the church’s youth group and helps with the children’s ministry. She has also served as a camp counselor at Christian camps.

Juliana also enjoys traveling and playing her guitar.

Her future plans are to attend a four year college and pursue a degree in business.


Myranda Rush is the daughter of Dan and Melinda Rush of Waynesburg. She is very active in the school community. Myranda is a member of the Student Council, the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Spanish club. Throughout high school she has earned a 4.0 GPA.

Myranda is a three-year letterman on the softball team. She is a state qualifier for the FBLA competition. She has also earned the Chatham University’s Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award.

Outside of school Myranda stays very busy. She enjoys playing tennis with her friends and has held jobs house sitting, house cleaning and working the concession stand.

In the future Ms. Rush plans to become a high school math teacher.



   The Lions Club students of the month are

Emma Mankey and Keira Fuqua.

                Emma is the daughter of Greg and Rebecca Mankey of Waynesburg. She has carried a 4.0 GPA into her senior year.     

                Emma is a member of the National Honor Society, the Varsity Club, the Alpha/Beta Club and the Art Club. Emma loves to stay active, and sports are a huge part of her life. She is a multi-year letterman of the cross country, basketball and track teams. She has also served as the captain for the cross country and basketball teams for the past two years.

                Emma stays very busy outside the classroom as well. She is a member of the Waynesburg United Methodist church and participates in local youth groups. She also dances at InMotion Dance and Fitness.

                Emma also works part-time at Scotty’s Pizza and babysits. In her free time Emma enjoys drawing, painting, star-gazing, video games and hanging out with her friends.  In the future Emma plans to attend a four-year university and major in Pre-Medicine.

                Keira Fuqua is the daughter of Heather and Curtis Fuqua of Waynesburg. She has earned a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.               

                Keira is a member of the Alpha/Beta club, the prom committee and the Spanish club. She has served as the Spanish Club president for two years. Keira is a member of the Leo Club. Keira has been a member of the cross country and track teams and is a multi-year letterman on both. She was honored on the All-County track and field team.

                Ms. Fuqua is a member of upward bound and has taken college courses at Cal U through the program. Outside the classroom Keira works as a babysitter and at Casa Capri Pizza. Keira’s future plans are to attend PIA and pursue a career in aeronautical engineering.    


  The Lions Club students of the month are

Talia Teagarden and Brandon Tretinik.

                Talia is the daughter of Chad and Jennifer Teagarden of Waynesburg. She has carried a 4.0 GPA into her senior year. Talia is a member of the Varsity club, Alpha/Beta, the Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, the Leo Club, the Prom committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NHS and chorus. She is a cross country and track letterman.

                Outside of school Talia stays very busy as well. She is a member of the Jefferson Baptist church where she serves on the worship committee and teaches children’s church. Through the church she has traveled to the Dominican Republic on several mission trips. Talia has also logged over 100 Leo club service hours.

                Ms. Teagarden also enjoys working with children. She has worked as a camp counselor, babysitter and day care assistant. In her spare time Talia enjoys running, singing and playing the ukulele.

                Talia plans to attend a 4 year university and pursue a career in nursing.

                Brandon Tretinik is the son of Paul and Shauna Tretinik of Waynesburg. He has earned a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career. Brandon is a member of the varsity club, Spanish club, FBLA, the ski club, the aquaponics club, and the principal’s council.

                Brandon is a letterman on the football team. He has been awarded as an all-conference and all-county lineman. This season he is serving as the team captain. Brandon has also been a member of the Cinderella Ball, Homecoming, and Prom courts.

                Outside of school Brandon enjoys skiing, lifting weights and playing guitar. He has worked at Watters Pools and Casa Capri. Brandon attends the Pit Gas Missionary Church.

                In the future Brandon plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in mechanical engineering.


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