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UNITED: Six chosen to receive student of the month honors

by ALYSSA DECKER, Gazette Student News Reporters on October 19, 2012 11:00 AM

ARMAGH -- Six outstanding students have recently been honored at the United Junior/Senior High School.

Kylie Wolfe and Cabot Bisbee were chosen as September's Seniors of the Month, and Sabrina Butler and Isaac Grove were chosen as October's Seniors of the Month. Nathan Brown and Johanna Knapic were chosen as October's 8th Grade Pride recipients.

Wolfe's work ethic can be seen in her academic pursuits as well as in all of the organizations in which she takes part. Wolfe is a member of Drama Club; National Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society, where she serves as vice president; Robotics Club, where she is vice president; marching band, where she is a section leader; jazz band; and the cross country team. Wolfe served as junior class president and is currently senior class vice president. She also attended district band and regional band. Wolfe participated in the IUP honors band in 2011 and the IUP honors jazz band in 2012. After high school Wolfe plans to attend college to study biomedical sciences.

Wolfe's kindness and dedication is noticeable to everyone she encounters. Mark Metil, a social studies teacher, stated that Wolfe is "kind, respectful, responsible, a gentle woman, and a scholar. She truly exemplifies the characteristics we want to see in all of our students."

When asked how she felt about being selected as senior of the month, Wolfe answered, "I'm honored because I think it's something special to be selected as the first female (senior of the month)."

When asked how she was preparing herself for her future, Wolfe responded, "I'm taking four AP classes and one honors class to hopefully reduce the credit load in college. I'm also working on applications for schools and scholarships."

Bisbee's hard work and dedication can also clearly be seen in all of the clubs and activities in which he participates. Bisbee is a member of National Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society, where he serves as president; French Club; Robotics Club; jazz band; the cross country team; senior chorus; and the track team. He is also a member of quiz bowl, and he competed in the IUP math competition. Bisbee also participates in the Boy Scouts of America, where he is the troop leader. He is also earning his Eagle Scout rank. Bisbee was a junior class officer, and he participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Bisbee plans to either enroll in the United States Naval Academy to study naval/marine architecture or go to a civilian college for architectural engineering.

Bisbee's hard work has been noticed by many teachers and staff here at United. Science teacher Mikel Balsley stated, "Cabot is a very dedicated individual who truly enjoys challenging himself."

When asked how Bisbee felt about being selected as senior of the month, he responded, "I feel good about it. I was surprised to be selected the first month."

When asked what he is doing now to prepare for his future, Bisbee replied, "I'm taking five AP classes, and I have applied to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. I plan to apply to other colleges, too."

Butler's persistent hard work is shown through the various activities and organizations in which she participates. Butler is senior class president, and she served as junior class vice president. She is the treasurer for Tri-M Music Honor Society as well as for student council. She has been a student council homecoming committee head for three years, has been a cheerleader for three years, and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Butler participated in the Relay for Life and Salvation Army bell ringing. After high school, Butler plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in nursing.

Butler's take-charge attitude is noticed by everyone she encounters. Music teacher Acey Gongaware stated that Butler is "one of the hardest-working people I know -- adults and students alike. She shows wonderful follow-through, accepts responsibility and does her best all the time."

When asked how she felt about being selected, Butler replied, "I am very honored and excited about being chosen!"

When asked about what she's doing now to prepare for her future, Butler stated, "Right now I am in the dual enrollment program at IUP, and I'm taking courses here at United that will help me as a nursing major."

Grove is also involved in numerous activities and organizations. He is sergeant-at-arms for the National Honor Society and is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is a member of the marching and concert bands and the track and field team, where he throws the shot put and discus. Grove is also a member of the county quiz bowl team and has participated in county and state Envirothons.

Outside of school, Grove is involved with Clothes of Many Colors (a local clothing bank) and the Boy Scouts of America, and he is a junior counselor for a church adventure camp. After high school Grove plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh to major in nursing. Grove also plans to bike across America for the American Heart Association.

Grove's kindness and willingness to do his best is seen by all students and staff, including math teacher Michael Lee, who stated that Grove has a "strong, dedicated work ethic."

When asked how he felt about being selected as senior of the month, Grove responded, "I am excited to be selected so early in the year. It shows me that my teachers think highly of me."

When asked what he was doing to prepare for his future, Grove answered, "I am trying my best to complete all the work that is thrown at me in a timely, well-done manner. I have Eagle Scout work, college applications and three AP classes to deal with, so I am plenty busy."

Finally, for the past 13 years, the teachers at the junior high have been recognizing outstanding eighth-graders with the 8th Grade Pride award.

October's winners are Nathan Brown and Johanna Knapic. Brown participates in junior high football and basketball, and he is currently enrolled in an honors geometry class. Knapic is a member of chorus and the Drama and Bible clubs. She plays volleyball and is an eighth-grade class officer. Knapic is also a contributing reporter for "The Blue & White Star," United's school newspaper.

The 8th Grade Pride award is given to students who are well-rounded, work hard in class and generally have a positive attitude. Each month, junior high teachers nominate and vote for one boy and one girl who exemplify these high standards.

When asked how receiving the award made him feel, Brown responded, "I feel good about it and proud."

Knapic was "actually a little surprised" that she was awarded the honor.

"There are lots of good people (in the eighth grade)," she said.

Both Brown and Knapic will receive certificates and have their photos featured on the junior high bulletin board.

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