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UNITED: Napotnik, Stewart named seniors of the month

by RICHARD MAX NAPOTNIK JR., Gazette Student News Reporter on February 28, 2014 10:40 AM

ARMAGH — Max Napotnik Jr. and Josh Stewart were chosen as seniors of the month for February at United High School. Both of these students have positive attitudes, participate in school activities and have specific career goals.

Napotnik’s goals are career-driven and he participates in several school organizations that are related to these goals.

This year, Napotnik has been involved with both student council and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

He has participated in several events for student council including the Make- A-Wish “hat days” fundraising campaign and the senior citizens’ Thanksgiving banquet.

In addition, he scored first in the business law category at the FBLA regional conference.

After high school, Napotnik plans on going to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has already been accepted. He hopes to receive a bachelor’s degree in business management and possibly attend law school after that. His main career goal, however, is to be involved with politics.

When asked why he wished to pursue a career in politics, Napotnik said, “I have a lot of good ideas on how to improve government and, in turn, improve people’s lives, as well.”

When asked how it felt being named senior of the month, he replied, “I was surprised to gain the award, especially since I’m usually the one who writes these articles.”

Molly Flanagan, social studies teacher, was asked what she thought of Napotnik receiving the award and said, “Max is a student who is hardworking, aware of the world around him and understands the importance in being politically active. His hard work and drive for success will carry him throughout his life. I see great accomplishments in his future.”

United’s other senior of the month, Stewart, is known for his positive attitude toward school and for his participation in basketball, cross country, track and Drama Club.

He has been a member of the high school basketball team for four years, he has been involved in cross country since 2010, and he has participated in track since 2008.

Stewart is especially proud of being involved in Drama Club and has been a part of the club for four years.

The productions that he has been involved with include “The Music Man Jr.,” “A Country Christmas Carol” and “The Mouse That Roared.”

For now, Stewart plans on attending IUP to earn a bachelor’s degree in theater. This goes along with his interest in working in the arts and eventually becoming an actor.

When questioned about why he decided to pursue an acting career, Stewart replied, “I decided I wanted to get into acting after my first year in Drama Club. I found out that it was fun and interesting to perform in front of people.”

When asked what his reaction was to being named senior of the month, Stewart responded, “Being named senior of the month makes me feel honored and proud of who I am.”

He also gave advice to other students, saying, “Be who you really are and don’t be afraid of what others think of you.”

Thomas Whitcomb, chemistry teacher and cross country coach, further added, “Josh is a great student who is hardworking, individualistic, good-hearted, is involved in things that will further his goals and overall is a really great kid.”

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