BROCKWAY – Ben Glasl and Sydney Manno may share the honor of being the top two students at Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School, but they have two distinct career paths planned.
Valedictorian Glasl will study finance and economics at the University of Pittsburgh, while Salutatorian Manno will complete a gap year program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts before graduating in theater.
Glasl said he is very excited to be going to Pittsburgh.
“The campus has that city feel that I want it to be, but it’s not too much in the city like it is on the outskirts,” he said. “It’s a good company from what I’ve heard.”
Glasl has many interests, but those interests revolve around numbers.
“I like to play around with numbers and am interested in the stock market,” he said. “I want to do stock research.”
Manno is very involved in the theater on Brockway and takes part in various dance events outside of school. She stops in Interlochen to pool her interests for college.
“Interlochen has a gap year program and there are a lot of cool art institutions there,” said Manno. “After my audition seasons this year, I evaluated where I wanted to be. You have to apply to so many schools and some of them don’t exactly suit me. I wanted to take the time to think about where I want to go. “
Manno said her time on Brockway prepared her to go out into the world.
“I’m grateful that I had the experience to consolidate what I want to do,” she said. “Tracey Dusch really catapulted me into my dreams when she ran the theater program on Brockway. It’s difficult here with things like theater, and it was very helpful to have someone like Ms. Shower in my corner. “
Glasl said he was grateful for his time on the Brockway and hoped to return one day.
“Brockway has many excellent courses, like the AP courses, and almost all teachers will help you if you need them,” he said. “It’s a great community. I could come back. “
The 2021 Brockway class held their graduation ceremony in the Varischetti Field.