The Chester Lioness Club recently presented its 2016 scholarships.
Mikayla Cochrane of West Morris Central was one recipient.
Mikayla is a very active student, a scholar, athlete and an active volunteer to her high school and community. She is president of the student council, past president of her class in her freshman and sophomore year and a member and captain of the varsity field and track for spring and winter teams, and a member of the cross country team, Project Peace, Future Educators of America and the Math League just to name a few.
Mikayla is an International Baccalaureate candidate in English, history, calculus and physics. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and has been on the high honor roll throughout her high school career. She was nominated by her teachers and received the Wellesley College Book Award based on strong academics and school and community service.
Being a volunteer is nothing new for Mikayla. In her church she has served as an altar server, CCD aid, .being an assistant coach for the Long Valley track program gave her the opportunity to share the skills she has learned while actively being a part of her schools track team. In school she and her group removed invasive species of plants on campus and replaced them with native plants. Posters and brochures were made to help the students and faculty aware of the dangers to the environment.
Mikayla organized fundraisers to help SAVE, an animal shelter, by creating “Cans for Change” putting a soup can at the front of the church asking for change. The monies collected helped change the lives of many animals. She participated in Relay for Life, Reach, Main Street Philanthropy, Senior Neighboring Assistance Program, visiting local retirement home giving them companionship and family interaction. As a member of the History Club she participated in the veterans’ clothing drive and card making.
Mikayla has been accepted to Bucknell where she plans to major in biology or animal behavior, with a dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Another recipient was Zachary Baker of West Morris Central.
Zachary is looking forward to continuing his education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a major in biology. At West Morris Central, he was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, and the high honor roll throughout his high school career. He is an International Baccalaureate candidate and a Merit Scholar.
Zachary has been a member of the West Morris Central swim team, track team and lacrosse team. He has been active as a member of Reach, Project Graduation, Highlanders for Humanity and Future Business Leaders of America.
His involvement in community service projects include volunteering at the Long Valley and Chester Middle School Science Fairs, participating in the New Jersey River Watchers Organization taking chemical and physical assessments of NJ rivers to determine stream health, as well as participating in a state wide study where he analyzed NaCl levels within rivers. He attended Visual, Biological and Chemical River Training offered by the Musconetcong Watershed Association. He served seniors in the community by volunteering lawn service and snow removal to those in need.
Zachary is an avid swimmer and captain of the Varsity swim team. He is a Red Cross certified senior lifeguard working at both the Hackettstown Community Pool and Panther Valley Country Club where he was promoted to head guard last year. He was also in charge of testing the water daily and providing a safe environment for the swimmers.
He enjoys salt water fishing, hiking, swimming and camping. Zachary lives with his mom and brother in Long Valley His ultimate goal to become a doctor.