Class of 2015 Valedictorian, John A. Ponnett III
John Ponnett III is the son of Stephanie Ponnett and John Ponnett, Jr. both of Middletown. John has been a four-year member of the High School Band Program, participating in the marching, concert, and jazz bands. John has furthered his passion for music as a two-year member of the PMEA District 7 Concert Band, a one-year member of the District 7 Jazz Band, and a four-year member of the Dauphin County High School Concert Band. He served as MAHS Band President during his senior year and earned the John Philip Sousa Band Award for his dedicated service to the program.
John is also active in Middletown Area High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, which he helped to found in 2013. Serving as President this year, Ponnett attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Hershey for the second consecutive year. As Treasurer of National Honor Society for the past two years, he has been proud to make the High School shine in Middletown through committed community service.
John also had the privilege of participating in the MAHS senior internship program. John was placed in the Dauphin County Tax Collections Office to work alongside of tax collector Janis Creason. Initially Ms. Creason was a bit hesitant to take on a high school student. But it didn’t take her long to realize she had been assigned a uniquely gifted and high-capacity student. After witnessing John’s capabilities, she assigned him the task of creating a Small Games of Chance primer. Several recent amendments to the Small Games of Chance law had necessitated the need for an at-a-glance primer so staff members and the public could keep track of the new regulations. John did such an excellent job of creating the primer that it is now being utilized by the District Attorney’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office and is posted on their websites for public use.
In the fall, John will be attending Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business as a member of the Schreyer Honors College. He intends to pursue a degree in either Finance or Management.
Class of 2015, Joshua Robert Alcock
Joshua Alcock is the son of Robert and Paula Alcock of Middletown. Josh has been involved in many activities within and outside of the high school. He is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America Club, where he currently serves as Vice President. Josh is also a four-year member of the marching, jazz, concert and county bands, in addition to participating in multiple ensembles. Alcock is actively involved in his youth group at Camp Hill United Methodist.
Josh has been a very active athlete at MAHS. In the fall, he was part of the soccer team for all four years, and a member of the football team for the past two years. In the winter, he was a four year leadoff bowler for the Middletown bowling team where he finished several games with a perfect score of 300. In the spring, he was a member of the baseball team for all four years. Outside of school, Josh has played recreational soccer and baseball as well as playing legion baseball for one year. He also keeps busy by serving as a soccer referee.
In the fall, Josh will be attending Penn State University, University Park, where he plans to major in Finance. Josh hopes to be part of the PSU bowling team, and would also like to be a member of one of the Penn State pep bands.