Twenty-five students were chosen by judges from local colleges and universities to represent the best and brightest of NEPA’s graduating classes as part of The Times Tribune’s annual Scholastic Superstar program.
Hanalee Nichols plans to become a math teacher, and she’s already had her first students. During two internships with math teachers, Hanalee taught multiple lessons, including to students in eighth grade algebra.
Outside of school, the high-achieving student spent more than 200 volunteer hours helping at the Child Evangelism Fellowship camp, which has a goal for children to know Christ and for them to be strengthened in their faith.
“I am most proud of being able to serve in this ministry because God calls us to serve him and to spread the good news,” she said. “If you live a life seeking Christ in every aspect, you will feel blessed and have the ability to bounce back from any trial.”
Hanalee’s most rewarding activities include participating in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association festivals for band, orchestra and chorus.
She participates in the marching and concert bands and is the leader of the French horn/mellophone section. She has also played in the pit band for theater productions and is a member of the brass ensemble. As the alto middle/soprano 2 section leader in the choral program, she sings in the select chorus, women’s chorus and advanced vocal chorus.
“My teachers’ support along with multiple auditions helped me to overcome some fear in my life,” she said.
Hanalee is a member of the Tri-M Honors Music Society and is a past president and past vice president of the faith club/Revive, engaging in numerous community service projects.
She most admires her mother “because of her godly example and her hard work,” Hanalee said. “She shows countless positive traits such as kindness, forgiveness and even boldness.”
School: Tunkhannock Area
Parents: Ken and Deata Nichols
Plans: Attend Messiah College and study math education