MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Area Board of Education Merit Award winners for the month of September were announced and recognized at the October board meeting.
The recipient at the high school level is senior Brendan Boris, a son of Mike Boris, of Kulpmont and Lisa Boris, of Mount Carmel.
Brendan was nominated by Technology Education teacher, Mr. Keith Fourspring, who said, “I have known Brendan since he was in ninth grade and he has shown he is a hard worker, a positive role model, strives to do the best he can, and is a pleasure to have in class. He is a natural leader and I often put him in charge of projects that need to be done around the classroom. He is trustworthy, reliable and an asset to our school.”
Brendan is involved in many school activities. He played varsity football, basketball and track and field for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Tech Ed Club, a member of the 1300 SAT Club, and Latin and Pep Clubs. He was awarded the Elks student of the Month for October in 2016, and is a Rotary student of the Month.Brendan has volunteered at the Celebration of Special Athletes Event and helped to repaint the street signs in Mount Carmel. Brendan likes hunting, fishing, being outdoors and hanging out with his friends. He has not yet decided on a course of study, but plans to attend a four year college and be successful at all he does in life.
The recipient at the elementary school is sixth grade student Brayden Brinkash, a son of Mike and Beth Brinkash, of Locust Gap.
Brayden was nominated by his teachers Mrs. Giest, Mrs. Shicchitano and Ms. Riechwein for his motivation to help others, his kindness, and his model of Tornado Pride. Brayden is president of the elementary student council, treasurer of his sixth grade class and participates in Odyssey of the Mind. Brayden plays trumpet in the elementary school band, is a captain for the Cougars “B” football team, and is a baseball player for MCA Elite and the Locust Gap Civics. He assists with younger Locust Gap baseball teams as an umpire, coach, and concession stand worker. Brayden also plays basketball for the CYO and has been a long time elementary wrestler. He is an alter server at Our Lady’s in Mount Carmel.