A recent graduate from Roman Catholic High School and resident of the 2400 block of South Clarion Street, Andrew Banecker enjoys staying busy. On top of a rock-solid academic reputation, it’s the 17-year-old’s volunteer and outreach work that struck his nominator. The last two years in the National Honor Society is the tip of the iceberg – his involvement in the Ambassadors Program saw him representing his school at black tie dinners, Back to School Night, and parent-teacher conferences. As an active Big Brother, he worked with the freshman class during orientation (plus volunteering for his parish’s CYO working concessions). He also played an important role in the school’s Speak Up Program, which holds an event each year to discuss topics like bullying, suicide and addiction. Banecker also participated in Student Council, World Affairs Club, and the school TV studio.
With a 4.0 grade-point-average and a ranking of 19th out of 237, the Lower Moyamensing resident took on an ambitious work load with a senior year packed with four advanced placement courses and three honors courses. As a sophomore, Banecker achieved a near-perfect score on his National Latin Exam. Finance, it seems, is his passion and he’s been readying himself for a world of business by working at a retail shop, Boys Town Girls Town, for the past five years part-time during the school year and nearly 30 hours a week in the summer months. Wall Street is where he hopes to find himself and plans on attending Widener University to study finance (with a Widener Presidential Scholarship).