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UNITED: Bono, Mack honored for achievements

by RICHARD MAX NAPOTNIK JR., Gazette Student News Reporter on May 02, 2014 10:40 AM

ARMAGH — This April, Anthony “AJ” Bono and Kristen Mack were named seniors of the month at United High School. Both of these young adults do well in school, are involved in various activities both in and out of school, and have big dreams on the horizon.

Bono has a friendly demeanor and is very involved in United’s athletic programs.

Bono recently became a member of the baseball team, has been a valuable member of the golf team since 2010 and has played basketball for United since elementary school.

Bono wants to become a helicopter pilot after high school and plans on moving to Florida in August for flight school.

Bono acquired his taste for flying after his job shadowing experience as a co-pilot.

“At first, I never really would have thought about doing something like that, but after my job shadowing project, I just felt like it was something I wanted to do,” Bono said.

Bono was “surprised I got senior of the month, but it feels good to be recognized for my hard work,” he said.

Jerry Matava, social studies teacher, said that “AJ is a solid student and person in all aspects. From the classroom to the things he does outside of school, he is an all-around good person.”

Mack is known for her academics, love of travel and dedication to learning new languages.

She is also involved in her local church, where she has served as a member of the Black Lick United Methodist Church Missions Trip Committee for the last four years.

She has also helped plan several mission trips to countries such as Belize and cities like Detroit.

Mack will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania after high school.

While there, she plans on earning a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies with a minor in international business.

She hopes to teach English in several Asian countries such as Japan, China or South Korea.

When asked why she is pursuing these degrees, Mack responded, “I want to travel the world, experience new and exciting cultures, and meet many people!”

When asked what her advice was for other students, she explained, “Be yourself and try your hardest in everything you do.”

Upon hearing the news that Mack was named senior of the month, Darla Robinson, Spanish teacher, said, “Kristen definitely deserves the honor because she is academically conscientious and is very active in the community.”

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