Mount Carmel Area Merit Award winners

Published: 5/19/2017 10:00 AM
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MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area board of education Merit Award were announced at the April school board meeting.

The elementary recipient is fifth-grade student Noah Shimko. Noah was nominated by his physical education teacher, Amanda Stepenaskie, who said, “Noah is a contientious honor roll student and works very hard to maintain that status. He is known to show his “Tornado Pride” throughout the school and comes in every day enthusiastic and excited to learn. He is always generous to other students and teachers and offers help without being asked. He gets his work done, always tries his best, takes the time to help other students around him and is a great role model for students.” Outside of school, Noah is committed to sports year round. He plays football for the Kulpmont Cougars, basketball for Holy Angels, is a member of the Shamokin Youth Basketball League (SYBL), plays baseball for the Kulpmont Cougars and basketball for the MCA Elite Travel Team. Noah is a member and alter server at the Holy Angels Church in Kulpmont. Noah is a son of Raymond and Michelle Shimko, of Kulpmont, and has two older siblings, Jacob and Emma Rae.

The winner at the high school level is senior, Kasey Rompallo. Kasey was nominated by her Technology Education II teacher, Keith Fourspring, who said, “I have known Kasey since she was in ninth-grade and she has shown that she is a hard worker, a positive role model, strives to do the best she can, and is simply a pleasure to have in this school. She excels in all aspects of my class and couples her artistic ability and visions with woodworking.”

Kasey is the treasurer of the Tech Ed club and a member of the Art Club. She has been a member of the Big Red Marching Band and jazz band for six years, band historian for two years and plays tuba in symphonic band, bass trombone for jazz band and acoustic guitar for the Holy Angels Church, Kulpmont. Kasey is a distinguished honor student and a member of the National Honor Society for the past six years. She was a finalist in the Odyssey of the Mind state and worlds competitions, and participated in Odyssey of the Mind for 10 years throughout her school career. Kasey was voted “Most Artistic” senior superlative for the Carmelite yearbook and was awarded the WVIA Artist of the Week in the art category.

In addition to school and activities, Kasey works at Spangenburg’s Drive-In. She enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, camping and playing bass guitar and ukulele, and recently headed up a quick jam band to play live music at this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta. Kasey is a daughter of Diane Rompallo and the late Stanley Rompallo, of Kulpmont. After high school she plans to attend Kutztown University to major in studio art.

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