MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Area Merit Award winners for February have been announced and recognized at the March meeting.
The high school winner is ninth-grade student Mackenzie Zerbe, a daughter of Harry Richard Zerbe and Sherri Lee Brown, of Mount Carmel.
Mackenzie was nominated by news reporting teacher Diane Rumbel, who said, “Mackenzie is well deserving of this award. She is generous and caring of others, very responsible and takes pride in her work.”
Mackenzie is a distinguished honor roll student, a member of the marching and symphonic bands, school musical and is a writer, reporter and anchor for MCA Live. She is a Camp Cadet graduate and a talented writer, placing first in the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest, second in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest and received an honorable mention in the Catholic Daughters essay contest.
Mackenzie is involved in Girl Scouts and volunteers at the “Wanna Be Pet Rescue.” She enjoys reading, writing, gardening and listening to music. Mackenzie plans to attend college to study biology and psychology, and possibly work as botha writer and an animal behaviorist or rehabilitator.
The elementary school winner is sixth-grade student Ava Chapman, a daughter of Jack and Michele Chapman, of Mount Carmel.
Ava was nominated for the award by her teachers Mrs. Geist, Mrs. Scicchitano and Ms. Reichwein. Ava is a distinguished honor roll student and is involved in many activities. She plays basketball for the Lady Red travel team and the Back 2 Back team in the Ralpho Township league. She’s also a member of the North United Union Strikers 06 travel soccer team.
Ava plays saxophone for the elementary band, competed in Odyssey of the Mind for two years and is a Mount Carmel Area Elementary representative for the PMEA District 8 Elementary Chorus Festival. She is also a helper in kindergarten classrooms.
Mrs. Sciccitano had this to say about Ava’s achievement. “Ava is very kind and often tries to help the student who feels left out or is feeling down. Ava is a leader and a great role model for all students. She is very friendly and always has a smile on her face.”