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Dylan Wangness played in both the football and baseball state championship games. He also runs track, and, at the print of this edition of The Catoctin Banner, was at the state championships in Easton, Maryland, for track as a sprinter, running the 4×2 with Layne Stull, Brody Buffington, and Joshua Glass. This team had the best time for Class 1A schools going into the state competition.
Dylan’s favorite high school memory is the football state championship game because football has always been his main sport. He said, “When I was younger and would watch Catoctin play, I dreamed of playing on that field. Then, when I actually got there [to high school], I thought it would be so cool to win the state championships. I got the opportunity to, and we did it.”
In school, he stayed on the honor roll and participated in the ROAR Club, Outdoor Club, and Crazies Club. He logged service hours at Rocky’s, team breakfasts, and Glory Days serving food. Dylan works seasonally at Scenic View Orchard in Sabillasville.
While at Catoctin, he’s attended CTC for HVAC and plumbing. He’s hoping to have a job in HVAC and plumbing after graduation. In preparation, he’s going to job fairs and networking. He’s also going to state championship for Skills USA for HVAC and plumbing in April.
In his free time, Dylan spends time with friends, plays video games, rides four-wheelers, and enjoys fishing and hunting.
To the community, Dylan said, “Thanks for supporting all the opportunities through four years of high school that helped me become the man I am today.”
Layne Stull feels his high school career accomplishments are winning the state championship in baseball, competing in state championships for track (despite not ever running track prior to his senior year and running the 4×2 relay), and maintaining good grades throughout high school, even in AP classes. He’s played football, baseball, and ran track for Catoctin.
He’s grateful for the little things in the high school experience like walking the halls with friends, sitting in the parking lot with friends, and just hanging out.
His hobbies are hunting, fishing, and playing paintball. He’s always worked on the farm, throwing straw and planting/picking crops.
After graduation, Layne plans to attend Hagerstown Community College, and eventually enter the police force with the ultimate goal of becoming a detective.
Layne’s message to the community is: “Tell everyone to keep on keeping on and never give up on whatever they want to do. Everything is achievable. I want to thank everyone in the community for being supportive to the school, me and my friends, and our athletic teams, of course.”
Wyatt Davis is the Catoctin High School Class of 2022’s salutatorian. Wyatt’s dream was to play football at Penn State, and he was accepted academically, but an injury to his foot during his sophomore football season led to foot surgery and two screws in his foot.
That was a brief setback for a determined Wyatt. While also playing basketball, baseball, and throwing shot put in track, he started training during his junior year to become a better offensive lineman in football. He trained and attended camps and recruiting events for exposure to college recruiters. His training paid off. He has committed to Shippensburg University to play football for the next four years.
Wyatt has participated in school clubs. He’s not just in the National Honor Society, he’s in the Spanish, Math, and Science Honor Societies, also.
His favorite high school memory was winning the football state championship as a sophomore. He said, “The community support and school support through that was unreal.”
He works on his family’s small beef cattle farm in Emmitsburg. Between that, football, 4-H, and FFA, you could find him volunteering often. After training for football as a customer with Hawg Performance, Wyatt serves as a mentor to Hawg’s 4th-6th grade youngsters.
Wyatt said, “I would like to thank everybody for their support with our athletic teams and for always believing in us even though times were rough. Everyone still came out and supported us. Thanks to all the people who pushed me to be in the position I am today.” He added, “I would like to thank God for all of the Glory of this event. He’s the real reason I’m in this position.”
Wyatt Davis, Dylan Wangness, and Layne Stull
Photo of the three friends after their last high school football game
Close friends, Layne Stull, Wyatt Davis, and Dylan Wangness started out playing flag football together in elementary school and continued playing sports together through middle school and high school. Layne took two years off from football but came back this past season, so all three seniors could play together. Dylan and Wyatt played the CHS football state championship their sophomore year. All three participated in state championships during their high school careers, even achieving more than one state championship in that time in other sports, baseball and track.