Oxford Area High School names valedictorian and salutatorian05/25/2021 11:01AM ● By Steven Hoffman
Oxford Area High School will hold its 141st annual commencement on the evening of Friday, June 4. Valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Nick Marker and Salutatorian is Turner Hannon.
Nick, the son of Lisa and Chris Marker, is a member of National Honor Society, serving as vice-president; Science National Honor Society, serving as president; National English Honor Society, serving as treasurer; and Spanish National Honor Society. With National Honor Society, he tutors younger students in conjunction with the Oxford Educational Foundation, and has helped organize a cancer research fundraiser and Red Cross blood drive at the high school.
With National English Honor Society, Nick joined chapter members to virtually read and discuss their favorite children’s books with students at Elk Ridge and Nottingham elementary schools. He also heads the chapter’s committee for tutoring high school students.
Nick is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America and the Helping Hands community service club; Interact, a high school community service organization of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club; and LEOs, a high school community service organization of Lions International sponsored locally by the Oxford Lions Club. He is Parliamentarian of the Class of 2021 and is a four-year member of the varsity cross-country and track teams.
As head lifeguard at the Jennersville Y, Nick is responsible for scheduling, training and providing in-service activities for the lifeguarding crew. He has worked at Rita’s Water Ice in Oxford for four years, with extensive responsibilities for operating the shop in Oxford Square.
Nick has been enrolled in Advanced Placement courses since his sophomore year, earning scores of 4 and 5 in all exams. He is currently enrolled in AP Physics 1, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A and English 12 AP.
After graduation, Nick will attend the University of Southern California to study architecture.
Turner, the son of Tricia and Tim Hannon, is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society. He is a four-year member of the high school’s team in the Chester County Academic Competition, competing on the varsity as a junior and senior, as well as a member of the OAHS team in the Chester County Quiz Bowl.
Since second grade, Turner has been a member of each of his school’s teams in the Chester County Envirothon. As a sophomore, he and the Envirothon team members were among several students and club members who planted approximately 450 trees on the school campus, creating a natural barrier to keep pollutants from seeping into Little Elk Creek.
Turner is currently enrolled in AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC and English 12 AP. He has previously taken AP Math for Economics and AP Environmental Science, scoring 5’s in both exams. He was the first Oxford student to take AP Calculus as a sophomore and scored a 5 on the exam.
Turner was named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. After graduation, he will attend Lebanon Valley College to study actuarial science.