To be named Teen of the Week, a local student has to exemplify the best of the best. The student has to excel in and out of the classroom and show a strong dedication to making the community around them better.
Trinity High School senior Jack Bucher displays all of this.
Bucher boasts a 4.01 GPA while taking multiple advanced placement classes.
“I definitely take grade pride in my academics,” Bucher said. “That’s always first. I work very hard to try to get the very best grades that I can.”
Beyond his high GPA, Bucher’s academic achievements include being named to the Foreign Language Honor Society for Spanish, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, a member of the All-Academic Team and being on the Academic Honor Roll for 11 quarters.
If his successes ended there, Bucher would be an exceptional student. But academics aren't the only aspects at which he excels.
He also is a multi-sport athlete with varsity letters in basketball and track and field, where he is a school record holder for both the 1-mile run and the discus throw.
Bucher is also a rising captain on the three-time district championship basketball team.
“We’ve won three straight district championships, and I am very proud of that,” Bucher said. “We’re going for a fourth this basketball season. I’m very lucky to be part of a great team, and I’m hoping we can finish off my high school career with another win.”
Bucher also has completed more than 80 hours of community service, has received a drama award for best actor, is a Black History Month essay winner and is a member of multiple extracurricular groups like Spanish club, business club and Peers Actively Listening.
Bucher highlighted the PALs student-led mentoring program as a favorite of his high school tenure because it gives him an opportunity to help underclassmen transition into their new school.
“I like doing a lot of things,” he said. “I kind of feel weird or like I’m being lazy if I’m not doing a lot of things like this. I like to be involved and to always have something to do once I’ve finished a task.”
The son of Richard and Meredith Bucher, of Carlisle, he said he owes his success to the motivation and tutelage of his parents.
“They’ve always been on me to get stuff done, to not be late on any of my work, to be an overachiever,” he said. “The term they always used was ‘don’t be a one-trick pony,’ and they’ve certainly made sure I wasn’t one. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now.”
Bucher said he hopes to follow in his parents’ footsteps and serve in the U.S. Army after college.
He is currently hoping to get into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or the Merchant Marine Academy to study international business.