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2007 Westmoreland Outstanding Young Citizens

| Sunday, May 13, 2007

Emily Anna

School, grade: Greater Latrobe Junior High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Carol and Chuck Anna Academic achievements: Distinguished Honors, Straight A's, Gifted Program, Superintendent's Award. School activities: Newspaper Editor, volleyball, Math Olympiad, National Physical Fitness Award. Community contributions: Girl Scout, helped set up Overly's Country Christmas, coach 4th grade volleyball, Charter Oak Church Food Bank. Goals: "Attend college, pursue a career related to English and live in a large city."

Breanna E. Appleby

School, grade: Greensburg Central Catholic High School, 10 Age: 15 Parents: Thomas and Mary Beth Appleby Academic achievements: Highest Honors, 4.02 GPA, Honors Placement Courses, President's Award for Academic Excellence, Academic Department Award in Religion. School activities: Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition. Community contributions: YWCA Sportswomen Team of the Year, altar server Our Lady of Grace Church, Twin Lakes Art Festival volunteer, West Point Little League, Summer Bible Schools, babysitter. Goals: "Attend college after graduation and play softball at a college level."

Joseph Quinn Appolonia

School, grade: Indiana Area Senior High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Janice and Terry Appolonia Academic achievements: Honor Roll. School activities: Homecoming King, Mr. IHS, Key Club, MVP Varsity player-Junior Year, PIHL Player of the Month, Athlete of the Week, Varsity hockey captain. Goals: Attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Business Education Teacher. I hope to continue my hockey career at IUP.

Bradford W. Bailey

School, grade: Hempfield Area Senior High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Boice and Susan Bailey Academic achievements: PHEAA Certificate of Merit-SAT Test, National Honor Society, AP Calculus AB Test-maximum score of 5, National Latin Exam-earned Maxima cum Laude, Hempfield Enrichment Program, Scholar Athlete Banquet. School activities: Cross country team, Rifle team, peer tutor, Mathletes, Christian Youth Group, Junior Classical League. Community contributions: Boy Scout Eagle Award, ""Know Sweat"" Service Project, Impact Nashville Service Project, Church Youth Group student leader, ""Random Acts of Kindness"" Projects, YMCA Croquet Tournament volunteer. Goals: "Attend Grove City College to major in either Math or Science field."

Erica Beitel

School, grade: Ligonier Valley High School, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Eric and Donna Beitel Academic achievements: Honor Roll, Spanish Honor Society. School activities: Air Force Junior ROTC-1st Lt., Exhibition Rifle Team, AMVETS Award, Cadet of the Quarter, SADD, Class Committee, AFS, basketball, softball. Community contributions: Girl Scout-Senior Gold Award, Cadette Silver Award, 145 Community Service Hours, Outdoor Odyssey Mentor, Civil Air Patrol-Wright Brothers Award, Citizenship Award. Goals: "Attend college at Eckerd majoring in Marine Biology. Get a job at a research center in Florida or Hawaii."

Megan Beresford

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Tom and Marianne Beresford Academic achievements: Class rank: 1/476, 4.45 GPA, WPIAL Scholar Athlete Scholarship nominee, Outstanding Young Citizen, Honors, AP Classes, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Scholar Athlete Scholarship nominee, Six-year Academic Banquet, Women in Science Award. School activities: National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Hempfield Enrichment Program, Writing and Peer tutor. Community contributions: American Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer, Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship nominee, Gymnastics Level 8 State All-Around Champion and Level 9 State Qualifier, Diving captain and 4-time letterman, Santa Breakfast volunteer, track and field. Goals: "Attend University of Pittsburgh to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy."

Mark Bevilacqua

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Elizabeth and David Bevilacqua Academic achievements: Honor Roll. School activities: Library Assistant, VP of schools television show, Stage Crew, ITS, track, cross country. Community contributions: Church Youth Group and Youth Group Planning Committee, Young Marine Unit. Goals: "Attend the Naval Academy and become an engineer. I hope to become a Navy Pilot and eventually work for NASA."

Anna Bevington

School, grade: Franklin Regional High School, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Lisa and Rich Bevington Academic achievements: Highest Honors with Distinction, National Honor Society. School activities: Marching Band, Concert Band, President and Founder of the FR American Red Cross Club, Rotary Interact Club Secretary, Spanish Club, Caring Team, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America. Community contributions: American Red Cross Youth Group, VBS teacher, Christmas in Salem Crossroads Pilgrimage volunteer, Delmont Apple and Arts Festival volunteer, Student of the Month. Goals: "I plan to study Hospitality/Tourism Management and Spanish."

Zachary Blahovec

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 11 Age: 16 Parents: Alan and Lisa Blahovec Academic achievements: Consistent Honor Roll, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Scholarship, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Who's Who Among American High School Students-Sports Edition, Hempfield Enrichment Program. School activities: Peer Mediator, Class Treasurer, Outstanding Young Citizen, Student Leadership Committee, football-2 year letterman, volleyball-1 year letterman, Pitt Elite Junior Olympic Volleyball Team. Community contributions: Youngwood Junior Fireman, Manor Church volunteer, Community Youth Group, CUMC Vacation Bible School-Activities volunteer, Cystic Fibrosis Run/Walk Annual Participant, Bowl-A-Thon for Charity. Goals: "Attend a college or university and major in Physical Therapy and/or Sports Medicine."

Matt Bohince

School, grade: Penn-Trafford High School, 9 Age: 14 Parents: Mel and Jean Bohince Academic achievements: High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, 3.9 GPA. School activities: German Club, Ski Club, Marching Band, Concert Band. Community contributions: Star-ranked Boy Scout, annual spaghetti dinners, Lions Pancake breakfast fundraisers, local Food Bank, Trafford Recreation Board Auction fundraisers, Trafford Leo Club Treasurer (Junior Lions), BUSTED Program, bowled to benefit blind. Goals: "Perform with Marching Band at Disney World, plan to go to Sea Base in Florida with Boy Scouts, plan to receive Eagle Scout rank and become president of Trafford Leo Club. Attend college."

Devin Boyer

School, grade: Greater Latrobe Jr. High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Chuck and Diane Boyer Academic achievements: Distinguished and High Honor Roll. School activities: Cat Crier writer and editor, Science Olympiad at California State University-1st place-meteorology, Concert Band, French Club, GOAL student. Community contributions: Boy Scouts-Life Scout, troop guide and Order of the Arrow, altar server, youth ministry and musician, Ultimate 4JC Teen Program. Goals: "Attend Penn State University as a Meteorology major."

Regina Brinza

School, grade: Greensburg Central Catholic High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Peter and Maria Brinza Academic achievements: Academic Quiz Team, Captain Reading Team, National Honor Society, Class rank: 13/130, 2010 SAT score, 4.1 GPA, offered scholarships to St. Vincent, Seton Hill, Allegheny, Honors & AP Courses. School activities: Editor-in-Chief School Newspaper, Editor Literary Magazine, Girls' Bowling Team Captain, County Chorus. Community contributions: Greensburg-Hempfield Library volunteer, St. Paul Parish-cantor and choir, altar server, Youth Group, Bowl for Kids' Sake, Campus Ministry cantor, Madrigals & Chamber Choir, Marching Band announcer and banner carrier. Goals: "Attend St. Vincent College to major in English and Public History."

Kristie Ella Bruner

School, grade: Mount Pleasant Area High School, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Ted and Laura Bruner Academic achievements: Presidential Classroom Scholar, Student of the Month, National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Excellent Honor Roll, AP Courses. School activities: Student Council President, Interact Club President, Class Officer, Yearbook Sports Editor, Students Against Destructive Decisions President, Pysch Club Secretary, baseball manager, Varsity track, soccer, Homecoming Court. Community contributions: Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren Youth Group Treasurer, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Youth Soccer Camp instructor, Recreation softball, Blood Mobile worker, Toys for Children Drive. Goals: "Attend York College to earn my Bachelors Degree in Science of Nursing with a minor in Psychology."

Brittney Nicole Camlin

School, grade: Harrold Middle School, 7 Age: 13 Parents: Dennis and Margie Camlin Academic achievements: Highest Academic Achievement Award, Enrichment Program-Gifted Students, Distinguished Honor Roll, Honors Courses. School activities: Concert and Symphonic Bands, Seton Hill Flute Choir, Honors Chorus, County Chorus, Swim team-lettered, student tutor, Jr. Webmaster, Apple Bee Pond Puppets. Community contributions: Hempfield Aqua Club Co-captain, Calvin United Presbyterian Church-volunteer with fundraising projects, Big Brothers/Big Sisters-received award for exemplary efforts with Annual Bowl-for-Kids' Sake, Greensburg Croquet Club Tournament. Goals: "Continue academic excellence and extra-curricular interests through high school. Earn a Doctorate degree in medical field, use my knowledge and expertise to improve health and lives of others."

Nathan Campbell

School, grade: Latrobe Junior High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: David and Debbie Campbell Academic achievements: Distinguished Honor Roll, High Honor Roll. School activities: Student Council VP, basketball team captain, 40 Developmental Assets Leadership Program. Community contributions: Westmoreland Manor and Fulton House volunteer, Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition-local, district, regional winner, Teener League All-Star and Old Timers Baseball announcer, Little League All-Star coach, Latrobe Little League All-Star. Goals: "Staying active in Latrobe area and maintain 4.0 GPA through high school. Attend a quality college on either an academic or athletic scholarship and plan to major in Athletic Communications."

Christian Clarke

School, grade: Greensburg Central Catholic High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Michael and Karen Clarke Academic achievements: Academic Quiz Team, American Legion Award, State and County MathCounts participant, Gold and Silver Pin Winner-Math Olympiad, Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair Presentation Award, PA Junior Academy of Science 2nd place winner. School activities: Cross country JV, basketball team, WCMEA Junior High County Chorus. Community contributions: Mother of Sorrow's Boys volleyball team, St. Barbara's Parish Cross bearer and Senior High Youth Ministry. Goals: "I am interested in attending four years of college and majoring in either Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, or Architecture."

Elizabeth M. Coleman

School, grade: Indiana Junior High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Don and Nell Coleman Academic achievements: Indiana Co. Principals' Spelling Bee winner, People to People Future Leaders Summit at Johns Hopkins University. School activities: Student Council Secretary, cross country-lettered, Varsity cross country-lettered, track and field-lettered, Presidential Physical Fitness Award, Forensics Team, English Festival, Chorus, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Science Olympiad, plays, musicals. Community contributions: Church Youth Group, altar server, cantor, choir member, dance classes, YMCA Girls' Softball, Relay for Life, Summer's Best Two Weeks Camp Counselor, The Pittsburgh Project. Goals: "Attend a four-year college majoring in Nursing."

Christian Comm

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 9 Age: 14 Parents: Joe and Linda Comm Academic achievements: Honors Curriculum, 98.4% GPA. School activities: Marching, Stage and Concert Bands, Spring musical, Choir, Show Choir, Honors Choir, lead in Aladdin, Jr. and various plays and musicals. Community contributions: Church involvement, acolyte, and Youth Group. Goals: "My major career considerations are architecture, teaching and video production."

Maria Crawford

School, grade: Blairsville High School, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Rich and Donna Crawford Academic achievements: Best Spanish 2 Student, High Honor Roll. School activities: Class Secretary, Relay for Life Team, LeadAmerica Camp, volleyball team, Student Council, Yearbook. Community contributions: Rebuild homes in VA, wrap Christmas presents for patients Torrance State Hospital, Mission Under the Bridge, Santa's elf at The Debra House Shelter for Women, West Penn Hospital Junior volunteer, Forbes Regional Hospital volunteer, active in 2 churches. Goals: "Attend a college and major in Special Education/Visually Impaired. Obtain my Master's in Rehabilitation and work with the blind, teaching them how to function at the highest level possible."

Julia DeFabo

School, grade: Greater Latrobe Junior High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Francis and Lynn DeFabo Academic achievements: American Legion Auxiliary Department of PA School Award, Distinguished Honor Roll, 4.0 GPA, AMC10 Math Competition, AMC8 3rd place winner, Continental Math League Award. School activities: Varsity tennis team-earned Varsity letter, starting Dollars for Darfur Campaign, Student Council, Editor of newspaper, track team captain. Community contributions: Junior Travel Tennis team at Greensburg Racquet Club, Adelphoi Mid-Winter Classic Tennis Tournament, employed at Greensburg Racquet Club, Latrobe Parks and Recreation Turkey Trot, Locks of Love. Goals: "My plans for the future are to just make a difference."

Amedeo S. DeFazio

School, grade: Greensburg Salem High School, 11 Age: 16 Parents: Charlene M. DeFazio Academic achievements: Who's Who Among High School Students, National Honor Roll, 3.8 GPA, Outstanding Young Citizen, Global Young Leaders Conference nominee. School activities: Band Drumline Section leader, Ski Club, Varsity hockey, wrestling team, track and field. Community contributions: Greensburg Rec. Baseball League, Westmoreland Hockey captain, USA Hockey official-Level 3, WPHL Hockey official, YMCA Flag Football coach, Developmental Hockey team volunteer. Goals: "Attend Penn State for Engineering or attend Law School."

Andy DeGory

School, grade: Indiana Area Senior High School, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Betsy and Stanley DeGory Academic achievements: Honor Roll, 3.4 GPA. School activities: Varsity football, basketball, track, 1st Team All-Greater Allegheny Conference Football Team, 1st Team All-Indiana Gazette Football Team, WPIAL 400 Meter Dash Finalist in track, Key Club Webmaster. Community contributions: Chairman for Shamrocks for Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser, Highmark Caring Program Fundraising. Goals: "Attend college, major in Political Science, and hopefully play football."

Hillary Marie Dzialowski

School, grade: Valley School of Ligonier, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Kenneth and Pamela Dzialowski Academic achievements: Fleming Award, National Youth Leaders State Conference, member CTY (Johns Hopkins Gifted Program), National Latin Exam Gold Medal, Honor Roll, Scholars List. School activities: Basketball MVP, School musicals-played Annie and Snoopy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), County and District Chorus. Community contributions: Black belt in Karate, Youth Deacon 1st Presbyterian Church in Irwin, 2 Mission Trips to Alabama for Katrina relief, Mission Trip to Wisconsin, IPOP in New York City. Goals: "Attend Greensburg/Salem High School, hope to play basketball, lacrosse and run track. I will try out for the musical. Will be a counselor-in-training at Pine Springs Camp."

Kassie Enos

School, grade: Ligonier Valley, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Robert and Diane Enos Academic achievements: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student of the Month-Athletics, Student of the Month-Lions Club. School activities: Student Council President, Students Against Destructive Decisions officer, AFS Secretary, soccer (lettered, captain, team MVP), basketball team (lettered and captain), Peer Mentoring, Mountie Mascot, Journalism Staff, Junior and Senior Class Committee. Community contributions: Hurrican Katrina Relief Trip-Mississippi, coach for U12 Girls Loyalhanna Soccer, Winter Special Olympics volunteer, after school tutor-Ligonier Middle School, Relay for Life, Bethlen Home volunteer, 1st runner-up in Miss Ligonier Scholarship Pageant. Goals: "Attend Gannon University to be in the Physician Assistant Program."

Jessica Errett

School, grade: West Hempfield Middle School, 7 Age: 13 Parents: Debbie and Scott Errett Academic achievements: 2 Honorable Mentions for my grades, 106% in Spanish. School activities: Cheerleader, help out with new kids and Guidance Office. Community contributions: Help at Manor Fish Fry, D.R. firefighter, Student Coordinator for Church Directory, member of Manor Presbyterian Church. Goals: "I would like to become a Vale Cheerleader, also a Fashion Designer. I would also like to write a book called "Girl Life Drama"."

Dustin Facchine

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Phil and Kasey Facchine Academic achievements: 4.31 GPA, Class rank: 8, 3-AP classes, Honor Roll, Academic Awards Banquet. School activities: Christian Youth member, coach and participant-Hempfield Rec. Basketball, Valley Green Country Club member, Recreational Baseball umpire. Goals: I have been accepted and plan to study Astrophysics at Penn State University.

April Falkosky

School, grade: Greensburg Salem Middle School, 8 Age: 14 Parents: Denise and Victor Falkosky Academic achievements: Distinguished Honor Student, 4.0 GPA, Johns Hopkins University CTY Program, completed 2 SAT tests, Who's Who Among Middle School Students. School activities: PTSA member in Middle School, USBC Sanction Bowling Leagues, Student Director of musical production, Band, GSHS Honor Guard, Yearbook Staff, District Band. Community contributions: Member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Goals: "Attend college for Teaching."

Jedd Matthew Ferris

School, grade: Christian Fellowship High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Paula and Chad Ferris Academic achievements: Honors, High Honor Roll, DAR Award, Most Christian Award, nominated for U.S. Military Academy, accepted into West Point Military Academy. School activities: Class President, Student Council, Worship Team Leader, Yearbook Committee, basketball, softball, flag football co-captain. Community contributions: Volunteer at Food Bank, volunteer work at Westmoreland Co. Fair (Agriculture Building), Worship Team at Church Youth Group. Goals: "I will be reporting to the United States Military Academy at West Point. I plan on majoring in Business Management and minoring in Foreign Languages."

Luke Fetkovich

School, grade: Greensburg Salem High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Marilee and George Fetkovich Academic achievements: National Honor Roll, USAA National English Award, PA Senate Distinguished Scholar Award, Who's Who Among U.S. High School Students, Presidential Service Award. School activities: Spanish Club, Analyst for Mock Trial Debate Team, Outdoor Odyssey Mentor. Community contributions: Latrobe Hospital volunteer, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral altar server, Facilitator for Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools, self-employed DJ Business. Goals: "Attend a four-year university and major in either Spanish or Video Production."

Megan Fick

School, grade: Hempfield Area High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Scott and Traci Fick Academic achievements: Excellent Honor Roll, Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition Team-1st place. School activities: Marching and Concert Bands, Interact. Community contributions: Appalachia Service Project Trip member, Church Nursery volunteer, Girl Scout Silver Awardee, Church Youth Group. Goals: "I hope to go on a Mission Trip to Costa Rica in the near future and become a Special Education teacher."

Carl L. Flowers III

School, grade: Derry Area High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Carl and Cynthia Flowers Academic achievements: Academic Excellence Society Award, Who's Who Among American High School Students, French Honor Society, Distinguished Honors, Perfect attendance. School activities: Marching Band, musicals, Teens for Christ Club, Ensemble, Chorus, Honors Choir, County Chorus, District Chorus, Region Chorus. Community contributions: Latrobe Rotary Student of the Month, U.S. National Honor Student Award winner. Goals: "Attend Seton Hill University four-year program and major in Business or something in the field of Computers."

Michael J. Garritano

School, grade: Indiana Area Senior High School, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Dr. Frank and Cindy Garritano Academic achievements: Honor Student, 3.6 GPA. School activities: Football-lettered, basketball, track-lettered (received Gold and Bronze Medals), Indiana Co. Track Meet, qualified for West Central Coaches Track Meet in Altoona, Key Club Executive Board (raised money for The Caring Program). Community contributions: Summers Best Two Weeks Camp-Graystone Presbyterian Church, member of St. Louis Church. Goals: "Attend a four-year college and possibly major in Elementary Education. Would like to eventually work as a school administrator. I would also like to raise and support a family."

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