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UNITED: Top-notch students honored for achievements

by ALYSSA DECKER on February 22, 2013 3:00 PM

ARMAGH — Recently, four seniors were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our school and community. Gabby Fether and Seth Knapic were named January seniors of the month, and Dylan Adams and Maggie Slawson were named for February. 

Fether’s diligence and work ethic can be seen in the activities in which she participates. She is the senior class secretary, and she is involved in Tri-M Music Honor Society (where she serves as historian), student council and running club (where she serves as secretary).

Fether also participates in soccer, track and cross country. Outside of school, Fether is involved in her church youth group, where she is a youth leader, a vacation Bible school teacher and a youth janitorial assistant.

After high school, Fether hopes to attend Penn State DuBois for three years then transfer to the main campus of Penn State for her final year. She plans to earn a degree in wildlife management and technology.

When asked how she felt about being selected as senior of the month, Fether said, “I’m very excited! This means people recognize me for all my hard work and dedication.”

When asked what Fether is doing now to prepare for her future, she responded, “I have applied to several colleges and been accepted. I’m applying for scholarships so I will be ready financially.”

Mikel Balsley, science and math teacher, said that Fether “works very hard, and is the type of person who will never make excuses.”

Knapic’s persistent hard work can be seen by the various activities in which he participates.

Knapic is a member of the National Honor Society and the track and cross country teams. Outside of school Knapic is involved in the New Life Church youth group. After high school Knapic plans to attend college for chemical engineering.

When asked how he felt about being selected as senior of the month for January, Knapic said that he “felt happy that I’m recognized for what I do.”

When asked what he is doing now to help his future, Knapic responded, “I applied to colleges and got accepted to some. I take AP chemistry, AP calculus and AP physics.”

Balsley said that Knapic “takes it personally when he doesn’t get something right, which is actually good because it motivates him to work harder.”

Adams’ hard work can be seen through the various activities and organizations in which he participates. Adams is a member of the National Honor Society (where he serves as treasurer) and FFA (where he serves as chaplain). Outside of school Adams volunteers at a food bank where he helps pack the food. After high school, Adams plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania for mathematics.

When asked how he felt about being selected as February senior of the month, Adams said that he felt “honored.” When asked what he is doing now to help his future, Adams replied that he is “taking AP physics and AP calculus because I want to go into a math field.”

Kristie Good, agriculture teacher, said that Adams is “dedicated to his studies and works hard in FFA. He truly has the potential to go far in life.”

Slawson’s persistence and work ethic can be seen through all the activities in which she participates. Slawson is involved in student council (where she serves as president), Tri-M Music Honor Society, Bible club (where she is an officer), marching band (where she is a section leader), senior chorus and track and field.

Slawson is also a District 6 qualifier in the long and triple jumps.

She is captain of the volleyball team, where she holds the United record for career kills (1,157); a member of the Junior Olympic volleyball team; and participates in running club and women’s choir. Outside of school Slawson is involved with the Relay for Life and Salvation Army bell ringing.

She is also involved with the Lions Club volleyball clinic, where she serves as a coach for younger students and youth groups.

After high school Slawson plans to attend Lycoming College for history and archaeological studies while also playing volleyball. Slawson also hopes to further her education at the University of the District of Columbia for her graduate work then seek employment at the Smithsonian Institution.

When asked how she felt about being selected as senior of the month, Slawson said that she felt “very honored. It makes me feel so proud to know that with dedication, you can succeed in almost anything when you give it your all in and out of the classroom!”

When asked what she is doing now to help her future, Slawson said that she is “taking some AP classes, and I try to maintain above 85 in my other classes. I am also looking for outside scholarships from different organizations. Doing well in the classroom just opens the door for my athletics, as well. I know participating in athletics in college — whether it’s volleyball or track or both — that’s just a bonus!”

Molly Flanagan, social studies teacher, said that Slawson is “the kind of student you wish you had a classroom full of. She always works hard, completes assignments and participates actively in class discussions. I am not surprised at all about what she has accomplished academically and athletically. She can achieve anything that she puts her mind to.”

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