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UNITED: Students chosen for honors

by ALYSSA DECKER, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 07, 2012 11:00 AM

ARMAGH -- Six outstanding students have recently been honored at the United Junior/Senior High School. Shawn Lichvar and Nicole McCloskey were chosen as November's seniors of the month. Michelle Bloom and Christian Matava were chosen as the Nov. 8 Grade Pride recipients, and Jordan Penrose and Matthew Stephens were chosen as the Dec. 8 Grade Pride recipients.

Lichvar's dedication and work ethic can be seen in the clubs and organizations in which he participates. Lichvar is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where he serves as president, he is a member of student council where he serves as a homecoming chairperson, and he is also active in the running club. Outside of school Lichvar is a volunteer for Proclaim TV.

After high school Lichvar plans to attend college and major in engineering with a minor in pre-law. Lichvar was "honored" to receive the senior of the month award. When asked about his future plans, Lichvar said that he, "got accepted to the colleges he applied to (but hasn't) chosen which one to attend yet."

McCloskey's hard work and dedication can also be seen in the activities and organizations in which she participates. McCloskey is a member of National Honor Society where she serves as president, and she is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She has been active in majorettes for 11 years and currently serves as a captain, and she has also been a homecoming committee chairperson for student council and is active in the student council's community holiday party. After high school McCloskey hopes to attend Penn State to become a math teacher.

When asked how she felt about being selected as senior of the month, McCloskey said, "I am very honored and surprised I was chosen."

When asked what she is doing now to prepare for her future, she said that she, "applied to Penn State and UPJ, and I'm still waiting to hear back from them."

When asked how she felt about being selected for the 8th Grade Pride award in November, Bloom stated, "I felt awestruck. I was very appreciative that others thought so highly of me, and I felt a sense of accomplishment that I was recognized for my work in school." Bloom participates in basketball and soccer and writes for United's school newspaper, the Blue & White Star. Matava, the other recipient of the 8th Grade Pride award in November, answered that he, "was happy about being selected."

December's 8th Grade Pride award recipients also feel honored to have received this recognition.

Penrose, who participates in concert band, marching band, chorus, drama club, Bible club and the environmental club said that "it's really cool that I was picked for this!"

Stephens, a basketball player, also said he "feels good about being picked."

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