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UNITED: Outstanding seniors recognized in January

by RICHARD MAX NAPOTNIK JR., Gazette Student News Reporter on February 07, 2014 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — Laken Pudliner and Brett Ramer were selected as January’s seniors of the month at United High School.

Pudliner and Ramer are both hardworking, dedicated to their respective sports, have great attitudes and are involved in both in-school and out-of-school activities.

Pudliner is best known for her involvement in sports. She has been part of the cheerleading squad for five years and is this year’s captain.

Another sport that she has been a part of and has stood out in is track.

For six years Pudliner has run for the track team and has won awards for her athleticism.

She was the Indiana County 100-meter hurdle champ in 2013 and has broken United’s 300-meter hurdles record.

After high school Pudliner plans on going to Penn State Altoona and has already been accepted there. After two years, she hopes to then transfer to the main campus in State College. Pudliner plans on being a veterinarian.

“I have wanted to be a veterinarian ever since elementary school. I’ve grown up around animals all my life and really enjoy working with them,” she said.

When Pudliner was asked how it felt being named senior of the month, she responded, “It is really an honor.”

Kathy Jones, teacher, was asked what she thought of Pudliner getting the award and said, “Laken is a great girl. She is hardworking, considerate of others, and strives to do her best. (She is) career-goal-oriented and she has a great personality.”

Ramer is known for his involvement in organizations both within the school and in the community.

He has been an active member in student council for four years and his main focus in that organization has been aiding the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

He has helped organize “hat days/dress down days” for the students, faculty and staff.

The proceeds from these events go to the foundation.

This year, with Ramer’s help, United raised $432 for the foundation.

Ramer is also involved with several out-of-school activities as well. He is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association and a member of the Wildlife Leadership Academy.

Ramer plans on attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania after graduating.

His intended major is ecology, conservation and environmental biology, and he hopes to get a job as a wild-life biologist.

When asked why he decided to get a job in the environmental field, he explained, “I have always liked the outdoors and wildlife, even as a kid. I think for the moment that this is a great career choice for me.”

When asked what his reaction was to being awarded senior of the month, Ramer responded, “I feel really privileged to receive this award. It’s nice to see that students can gain acknowledgement for their hard work.”

Randy Rearick, science teacher, was asked what he thought of Ramer being recognized this way and said, “He’s a great kid. He is hardworking, always tries his best and is going into a career that he really enjoys. Overall, he definitely deserves the award.”

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