Students of the month honored

| Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

Several organizations and school districts have announced student of the month recognition for November and December.

• Kittanning Junior High School and the Worthington Lions have announced the Students of the Month for November. The students are chosen by the faculty at KJHS for their attitude, performance in class and overall work ethic. The students are seventh-grader Sierra Elaine Shankle and eighth-grader Kol Matthew Lazaroff.

Shankle is the daughter of Kathy and Ronald Shankle of Kittanning. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Atherton of Templeton and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Smith Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Shankle, all of Kittanning.

Shankle enjoys reading, music, playing cards, watching movies, riding her bike and working on her computer. She is on the distinguished honor roll at KJHS and she has won the Presidential Academic Achievement Award.

Lazaroff is the son of Chris and Lee Ann Lazaroff of Kittanning. He is the grandson of Al and Diane Fennell of Kittanning and the late Tony and Patricia Lazaroff, who were residents of Ford City.

Lazaroff participates in KJHS Football and Wrestling. He is part of the Kittanning Power Lifting Team and the EDGE Youth Group. He won first place in the 12-14 division of the YMCA Fall Classic 5K. He is on the distinguished honor roll at KJHS and is the 2008 Area III Wrestling Champion.

• The Elderton Lions Club and Elderton High School have chosen Scott Wright of Kittanning, son of Sue Wright and Jack Cumberledge, as the November Student of the Month. His grade point average is 3.8237. He is a member of the PE Club. His activities include the playing the snare drum in the marching band.

In his spare time he plays paintball with friends. He plays golf, baseball, and basketball. Wright's future plans include attending college at Penn State to major in engineering.

• The Apollo Lions Club and Apollo Area high School have chosen Tyler J. Andring and Kelly A. Hancock as Students of the Month for December.

Tyler J. Andring, son of Kenneth and Lynnette Andring of Apollo and his activities include Student Council, Spanish Club Envirathon, Quiz Bowl, Brain Drain, Math League, League of Historians, Armstrong County Conference on Workplace Excellence, football, basketball, track, baseball, Conservation Club, youth basketball coach and youth football camp coach.

His honors and awards include National Honor Society, President's Academic Award of Excellence, high honor roll, all high school, Allegheny Football Conference Scholar Athlete and Who's Who Among American High School Students. His future plans are to attend Duquesne University to receive a doctorate in pharmacy.

Kelly A. Hancock is the daughter of Raymond and Annette Hancock of Shelocta and her activities include National Honor Society, Math League, Spanish Club, Drama Club, volleyball. Her honors/awards include high honor roll, Seton Hill University Women in Science Scholarship, Interscholastic Mathematics League Award, Participant and Award Recipientat the Brain Drain Games 2008, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Outstanding Spanish III Student Award and Excellence in Spanish I Award. Hancock's future plans are to attend a four-year university to earn a degree in mathematics.

• The Ford City Lions Club has announced the Lenape Elementary School Student of the Month for November 2008. She is sixth-grader Lauren Pyle, the daughter of State Rep. Jeff and Michele Pyle of Ford City. She was chosen by her teachers because of her "excellant academic achievement, responsible behavior and positive attitude."

In school, she has achieved the "Lenny's Respectful Leader" award in second, third, and fourth grade. She has attended every "Good Kids" reward activity in fifth, having received less than five Decision Points for the year, and now in sixth grade. She has participated in the Science Fair, is a member of the school band and the chorus.

Out of school, Lauren's activities include cheerleading, dance, Girl Scouts, basketball, and soccer. She enjoys playing with her puppy, reading, playing the saxophone, and spending time with her family.

• The Rural Valley Woman's Civic Club has named Rebekah Baum as West Shamokin High School's Student of the Month for December. She is the daughter of Mark and Paula Baum of Templeton.

Baum is a member of the National Honor Society, LEO Club, Student Council, and serves on the Class Cabinet. She is a member of the Center Hill Church of the Brethren, where she participates in a number of church activities. She also plays softball for West Shamokin. Baum's future plans are to attend Carlow University and major in biology. She would eventually like to become a pediatrician.

• The Rural Valley Lions Club has named Alexander Wiegand as West Shamokin High School's Student of the Month for December. He is the son of Tim and Amy Wiegand of Kittanning. Wiegand is a member of the Archery Club and has been on honor roll and high honor roll all throughout high school. He won the Perfect Attendance Award in both his 10th and 11th grade years. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time. He works at DiMaio' Market in NuMine and is a member of the Pine Creek Baptist Church. Wiegand's future plans are to attend college for two years and get a job in the area of law enforcement, possibly with the state police.

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