Meet Miss Buck: Danielle Decker

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior Danielle Decker looks forward to taking on the role as Miss Buck this coming school year.

“I look forward to representing Dunmore High School as Miss Buck,” she said. 

“I will respect the honor of being Miss Buck by helping the kids in the community, my classmates, and being there for everyone in the school.”

Daughter of Joseph and Evelyn Decker, Danielle, 17, has a 3.2 academic average. Her best subject is math. She hopes to study nursing at Wilkes University in the fall of 2022.

“I was honestly shocked, honored, and excited all at the same time when I heard the news about being named Miss Buck,” said Danielle. “To me this is a huge honor to represent my class and Dunmore High School as Miss Buck. It is going to be great to be a role model for younger kids.”

Danielle keeps busy with a variety of clubs at Dunmore High School. She is a member of the marching band, art club, book club, chorus, drama club, health careers club, and yearbook staff. 

She has three older sisters are Mary, Jessica and Amy and a brother, Christopher.

The aspiring nurse talked about her goals as a Dunmore senior. “I want to live my senior life to the fullest and do as much as I can,” she said. “I p recruit more twirlers to get into the district band. I want to be kind to and enjoy my friends and family. And I want to represent and honor the title of Miss Buck and be a strong role model to the younger kids.

“I am so honored and cannot wait for this senior year. Dunmore High School is amazing, especially the teachers and students.”

The new Miss Buck talked about her future aspirations. “I want to become a registered nurse and help people with health problems like my dad who has a heart condition, diabetes, and an amputated foot. That is my future goal. I would love to be able to help someone like my dad.”

Danielle said she enjoys music and would like to see Avirl Levine, an alternative rock artist, in concert.

She said her parents taught her so much. “My parents told me you cannot judge a book by its cover. Always respect people.¬†They told me to always respect people’s boundaries. Be kind to everyone because you don’t know what they are going through.”

Bucks’ Senior Lineman Remembers Grandfather when on Gridiron

By Steve Svetovich

When Dunmore senior lineman Danny Schmidt is on the football field, he knows someone is watching over him.

His late grandfather Michael Freund, who died at age 73 in 2018, will always have a special place in his heart.

Son of Beth and Joe Schmidt, Danny is a four-year member of the Dunmore football team.

He learned about Dunmore football at an early age from his late grandfather.

“My grandfather meant so much to me,” Danny said. “He taught me about football.

“My grandfather took me to every Dunmore football game since I was six-years-old. He was always with me at the games.

“He just did so much for me. He taught me about loyalty and to work hard all the time. He always told me that if you do something, do it right, Danny recalls. “And he always said to do unto others as you would want done unto you.”

The tough, hard-working lineman said his mom has also always been a positive force in his life.

“She tells me to keep working hard and keep your head down. Be kind to others.”

Danny, 17, has a 90 academic average. His best subject is history.

He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see classic rockers Motley Crue in concert.

The senior standout talked about what it takes to excel as a lineman in high school football.

“You need to be accountable to your teammates, work hard, and show up every day,” he said. “You need to be a good teammate. It is all about teamwork.”

Tough-minded and strong-willed, Danny said he knows Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale well and has learned a lot about football and life from him. “I have been working with coach McHale since I was 10-years-old,” he said. “He taught me to always be accountable and work hard. He taught me about dedication. Coach McHale taught me a lot over the years.”

The dedicated senior scholar-athlete said he is undecided about where he will attend college, but is leaning towards East Stroudsburg or Temple University. He is undecided on a college major and is hoping to play college football if the opportunity presents itself.

Danny said his future goal is a simple one. “I just want to be a success in life.”

The personable senior said his hobbies include fishing, working out, and hanging out with friends.

His goal this year is a big one. “Winning a football championship here at Dunmore is always the goal,” he said.

Danny loves Dunmore football and is looking forward to his senior year.

“Everybody is accountable here on our team,” he said. “There is nothing better than Dunmore football. It is like one big family.

“My senior year at Dunmore is going to be great. There are a lot of friends I am close to here at Dunmore. We will have a good run. Our football team will have a great run. Dunmore High School has been terrific to me, I love Dunmore.”

Danny can’t wait to get out on the gridiron for his senior year.

His late grandfather will be looking down and beaming with pride.

Dunmore Senior Kam Reyes Exudes Confidence in Team 

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior running back-safety Kam Reyes always looks at the bottle as half full.

And it is that kind of confidence that helps make him a leader on the football field for the Dunmore Bucks.

“Coach Kevin McHale expects confidence from his players,” said the talented senior. “A district championship and run at a state title is always expected. That is how we do things here at Dunmore.”

Son of Tahnee Brown, Kam, 17, is a three year member of the Dunmore football team. He played wide receiver in the COVID-19 shortened season of 2020 when the Bucks were 3-2. He did carry the football one time for 22 yards. 

Kam is a four-year member of the Dunmore baseball team. He also played basketball in his freshman and junior years and will perform as a senior this year.

Kam said his best subject is history. He hopes to study history and education at West Chester University in the fall of 2022. 

Despite his great talents, Kam remains humble. “My mom taught me that,” he said. “She believes it is important to always be humble.” 

Kam talked about what it takes to excel at safety in high school football. “You need to be able to know how to read an offense and what kind of plays they come out with,” he said. 

He expects to make a smooth transition from wide receiver to running back this season. “To be a good running back,” he said, “you need to be confident in yourself. You don’t have to be the biggest back to hit a hole. I do not expect any problems at all.” 

The hard-working senior said he has learned so much from coach McHale. “He teaches us how to do things in a specific way, the right way. He wants us to always work hard and show confidence.”

Kam said he enjoys listening to rap music and would like to see rapper AAP Rotke in concert.

He is looking forward to his senior year at Dunmore.

“I love it here at Dunmore,” he said. “It is super fun to be on the field with all your buddies and do what you love to do.”

The three-sport athlete talked about his future. “I expect to do big things in Dunmore’s name,” he said. “I will always say I am from Dunmore. I am very proud of that.

“I want to become a teacher. I want to help kids learn and become better people in this world.”