Inspiring children and helping those in need are Dunmore senior Isabella Zeller’s goals in representing her school in 2020-21 as Miss Buck.
Daughter of Aimee and Larry Zeller, Dunmore, the new Miss Buck of Dunmore High School was humble, but excited when she learned about her new role as a senior.
“I am so excited to be able to serve as a role model for younger children,” she said. She is also following in the footsteps of her mother who served as Miss Buck during the 1994-95 season.
Isabella, 17, is an honor student with a 3.3 academic average at Dunmore. She is a member of the French Club, TACT and has been a basketball cheerleader for the past eight years, serving as co-captain this year.. She is a three-year member of the Dunmore tennis team.
Isabella, modest in nature, said her best academic subject is English. She wants to study Elementary and Special Education at West Chester University after she graduates from Dunmore in 2021.
She talked about her goals as Miss Buck. “I want to inspire young children and be a good role model. I hope to inspire young children to be twirlers. I want to help those in need.”
And her future goals? “I want to go to West Chester and become a special education teacher. I want to help young children with special needs.”
Isabella said she loves twirling and learned to twirl under the direction of the prominent Sherry Rubino Nicolais, Dunmore. She has been a twirler for the past 10 years.
The Dunmore senior said her parents taught her well. “My parents always taught me to be kind to those in need.”
Isabella’s number one mentor in life is her grandpa, Thomas Carr. “My grandpa has always been a very hard worker,” she said, “He teaches me to never give up on anything. I learned about the value of hard work from him. He is retired, but worked for Dunmore Roofing and drove for UPS. He worked hard for everything he has in life.”
Isabella said she kept busy during the COVID-19 pandemic by practicing to become Miss Buck and preparing for the upcoming season.
She is proud to represent Dunmore High School as Miss Buck. “Dunmore High School has provided me with lifelong friends,” she said. “The bond you make with your classmates here is so incredibly strong and unbreakable. Dunmore has made me the person I am today.”
Isabella is an active participant in “Tomorrow’s Leaders of Today.” Her favorite musical artist is Harry Styles. “I like him because he treats people with kindness,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to my senior year and beyond,” she said. “I want to be a good role model for my school and set a good example for young children. I have great classmates and friends here at Dunmore. It is just a great experience.”
The Leadership Lackawanna teen program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently celebrated the end of their year with a virtual session via a Zoom meeting. Leadership Lackawanna’s seven-month TLT program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors and provides real-world experiences in the areas of philanthropy, non-profit organizations and community service.
The 2020 TLT class, including Isabella Zeller and Calvin Zhang, both from Dunmore High School and Ryan Huester and Norah Kelly both from Holy Cross High School will celebrate their accomplishments with an in-person graduation at a later date.
Shown front row, from left: Kaitlyn Seechock, Lindsay Grzyboski, Binnie Patel, Shaylyn Chilek, Morgan Faist, Molly Dougherty, Camdyn Lewis, Noelle Prisco, Sophie Petraitis, Taralyn Reilly, Gianna Giumento, Morgan Siefring, and Mary O’Brien.
Second row: Elizabeth Schieber, Maura Sherry, Isabella Zeller, Dunmore High School; Paige McConlogue, Sara McCormack, Sarah Siddiqui, Ryan Huester, Holy Cross High School; Bayley Grizzanti, Henry Lin, Norah Kelly, Holy Cross High School; Alissa Koniszewski, Sophia Williams, Maggie Reppa, and Emily Laabs.
Third row: Jacob Stankowski, Calvin Zhang, Dunmore High School; Cabre Capalongo, Celeste Orchard, Luke White, Emma Yusavage, Andrew Stark, Zack Kovalchik, and Harry Johnson.
Back row: Sydney Vachino, Ashley Hamilton, and Maddie Lucas.