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The Hidden Gem Of Meyers High School

February 20, 2019
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The Hidden Gem Of Meyers High School

“Steadfast Forever” are words that many Meyers students and alumni live by. “Once a Mohawk, always a Mohawk” seems to be the mantra that current and former students carry with them through their lives. It is no secret that Meyers is a family, and that after graduating, many students feel that their hearts still lie within the walls of E.L. Meyers High School. For Diane Lauer, the words “Steadfast Forever” mean more than they do to many others. Meyers’ current main office secretary, Diane Lauer, is a Meyers alumna, who graduated from the school in June 1968. When Mrs. Lauer was a senior, she was asked if she wanted to give up one of her sacred study halls to assist in the office. She said, “I did not hesitate to accept the offer!” Working in the office her senior year helped to prepare her for the business world and “was also an asset when submitting resumes for employment after graduation,” she said of the opportunity. Immediately after graduating from Meyers, Mrs. Lauer got her job at her very recent alma mater as the secretary and has not left since. She is only the second secretary to work in the school’s office, a school that was built in 1930. Mrs. Lauer has worked with 10 principals. Former principal Michael Elias says of Mrs. Lauer, “Mrs. Lauer has been a vital part of Meyers … Her knowledge of the workings of the school and the district itself are utterly unmatched.” Mrs. Lauer does her job so efficiently and quickly; it is almost as if it is second nature to her. She has been a secretary at Meyers for more years than almost every other faculty member in the building. Meyers, to her, is just an extension of her home. She has become very close with and has come to care very deeply for all of the teachers, administrators, and students she has worked with throughout the years. “Meyers High School is my second home. I always say the faculty is family, and I genuinely care for everyone,” she says. For 50 years, Mrs. Lauer provided a huge service to Meyers, but even before that, she was a Mohawk student. When she was a student, she was asked to choose her educational track. She chose the business course, and says that, “the education I received at Meyers prepared me for such a rewarding future.” As a student, she felt immense pride in her school, and even now, so many years after high school, the pride she feels for Meyers and Wilkes-Barre Area is immeasurable. If she could change where she is right now and what she has done with her life after graduation, she wouldn’t. She says of her career choice, “I have no regrets and would not change the decision I made when I received the call to apply for the secretarial job at my alma mater!” Mrs. Lauer has carried the Mohawk spirit with her through her whole life. For more than 50 years, E.L. Meyers High School has been her second home. Mrs. Lauer is the hidden gem of Meyers High School, and the school would surely be lost without her. Mr. Elias says, “I would venture to say that no one really knows — not even Mrs. Lauer herself — just how much she knows and does for all at Meyers.” She shows the true meaning of the Meyers’ saying, “Steadfast Forever,” and is the embodiment of true Mohawk spirit. On behalf of everyone whose lives you’ve touched at Meyers and for all the hard work you’ve done over the years, this is a ‘Thank you, Mrs. Lauer!’ Lydia McFarlane is a student at Meyers High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.