TEEN OF THE WEEK
This teen is in a class all by herself BY WENDY S. CALDWELL, Correspondent
As the only student in the Twin Valley Bible Academy Class of 2013, Molly Scherneck is setting a strong example for her fellow students at the private school in Narvon.
"I hope I've been a role model to younger students because they can see I like learning," Scherneck said. "And that means I get good grades."
The 17-year-old is the daughter of Jack and Del Scherneck, Birdsboro. Her older brother, Sam, is a student at Cedarville University, and her sister, Emily, is an eighth-grader at Twin Valley.
"I started in public school, but my brother decided to attend Twin Valley Bible Academy and really liked it," Scherneck says. "I decided to come here, too. I really like the teachers."
The teenager is completing the application process for Calvin College and Bob Jones University. She plans to major in Asian studies and possibly teach English in Japan. "I have a good friend who was a missionary in Japan for a while, and we would always talk about how interesting the culture was," Scherneck said. "So I started taking private classes in Japanese to study reading, writing and listening comprehension."
Scherneck is a member of Open Bible Baptist Church in Mount Penn, where she sings with the choir and plays the violin for services.
The busy teenager served on a mission trip to Mexico City prior to high school.
"We stayed with missionaries and helped out with renovations at a church and doing (Bible) tract work," Scherneck said. "It was really cool to go because I got to see a place that's so different. Their graffiti was like artwork!"
The straight-A student says she enjoys her math courses, and she excels in the school's music program. She has played the violin since elementary school.
Scherneck placed sixth at the Accelerated Christian Education national competition last spring in the violin. She and her classmates placed third in overall music and first in hand bells.
She also participates in athletics as a middle hitter on the school's volleyball team, which competes in the Keystone Christian Athletic Association.
"I like to play, but I like to play for fun," she said.
Because Scherneck is the only member of her graduating class, she decided to join last year's seniors on a spring getaway to Williamsburg, Va., and Busch Gardens.
In her free time, Scherneck enjoys reading the novels of Diana Wynne Jones, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. She also likes spending time in her garden each summer, and hanging out with friends, playing board games and doing puzzles.