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Southmoreland student recognition program expanded

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Paul Paterra | The Independent-Observer
Students of the month in all classes will be recognized at Southmoreland High School with the help of local businesses. Pictured here, from left, are: Lora Ulery, of Huiffman's Auto Sales, Katelyn Grech, junior, and Kerri Livengood, Carson's Tavern. Second row, from left: Ronald Trubiani II, Southmoreland SPIRIT award winner, and Richard Hooper, freshman.
Paul Paterra | The Independent-Observer
From left, Samantha Lauffer was recognized as a junior student of the month and Brian Shaffer, senior, was recignized for perfect attendnace. Missing from the pictures is Davis Simon, Scottie Scholar for September.

As a method of recognizing good behavior and academic achievement, Southmoreland High School will have more students honored each month.

The school will continue to recognize seniors each month with the Scottie Scholar Program and the Southmoreland SPIRIT award, However, there will be members of each of the school's other three classes recognized.

“We're really trying to encourage positive behavior,” said Tawnia St. Amant, assistant principal. “Teachers can recommend students for doing something good or some type of academic achievement.”

So with that in mind, teachers of students in ninth through 11th grade are asked to submit the names of those students they might witness performing a good deed or achieving well in the classroom.

“We've received a great response,” St. Amant said.

Those names are dropped off in bins in the main office and then a drawing is held at the end of each month. The students whose names are drawn are the “Students of the Month” and are rewarded with a $25 gift card by a participating business.

Businesses that are participating at this point include: Huffman's Auto Sales, Carson's Tavern, Applebee's, Aeropostale and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Other businesses that may be interested in participating should contact the high school and ask for St. Amant.

Names of the honored students will be published on the district's website, the Scottie Channel and The Independent-Observer.

September's honorees are: freshman, Richard Hooper; sophomore, Samantha Lauffer; junior, Katelyn Grech, and seniors, Ronald Trubiani II, Davis Simon and Brian Shaffer. Hooper received a gift card from Carson's Tavern, while Huffman's Auto Sales gift cards went to Lauffer, Grech and Shaffer.

Shaffer was recognized with an attendance award as a drawing of a name of students with perfect attendance also will take place each month,

“We also want to recognize any student that achieves perfect attendance,” St. Amant said.

Trubiani was selected as the September Spirit Award winner, which was sponsored this month by Republic Services, and Simon was the Scottie Scholar for September, which was sponsored this month by The Stepping Stone.

The SPIRIT Award is sponsored by the Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce. One student each month is given the award who embodies Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Ingenuity and Tenacity.

The Scottie Scholar Program is sponsored by the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce. Students are recognized for various qualities such as service and leadership.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or