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UNITED: Brendlinger, Torok selected for honors

by RICHARD MAX NAPOTNIK JR., Gazette Student News Reporter on April 04, 2014 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — Blake Brendlinger and Hayley Torok were recently selected for senior of the month honors at United High School.

Both students have positive attitudes, do well in school and have likable personalities.

Brendlinger is known for his musical abilities, his athletic interests and his “easy-to-talk-to” personality.

He is a skilled guitar player and is in the band Iron Wolf, where he is the lead guitar player.

Brendlinger is also involved in several sports at United. He has been a member of the basketball team since third grade and has been a member of the soccer team since 2012.

After high school, Brendlinger plans on attending ITT Technical Institute to study electronic engineering. When asked why he decided to go into this field of study, he replied, “I have always had an interest in electronics and how they work. It made sense for me to go into that kind of schooling.”

Brendlinger’s advice for future students is to “work hard and take pride in the things you do and are good at. There is always a reward for a substantial effort.”

Devon Brendle, woodshop and metal shop teacher, gave his opinion of Brendlinger receiving senior of the month recognition. “Blake is very deserving of this recognition,” Brendle said.

“He is a mature, caring and dedicated young man. I admire his ability to work alone or help others whether it is woodworking, music, or in school subject matter.”

Torok, also selected for senior of the month honors, is known for her positive attitude and her academic abilities. She is also involved with several activities, both in school and out of school. She has been a member of the cheerleading squad since 2010, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) since 2011, senior chorus since 2010 and Tri-M since the beginning of 2013. She was elected as a senior class officer.

Torok has also been involved in the Outdoor Odyssey program, in which she’s a mentor to young children, since 2012.

As of now, Torok plans on attending Clarion University to major in early education and special education. This goes hand-in-hand with her career goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

When asked why she wanted to go into the education field, Torok replied, “It’s my dream to teach and inspire others to do, dream and learn more.”

When asked what her reaction was upon hearing the news that she was a senior of the month, she responded, “It is an honor to be recognized as one of the outstanding seniors of United.”

Randy Rearick, science teacher, commented that “Hayley is a hard worker, a caring person and I believe that she will have success at both the college level and in life.”

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