College students from throughout the county deserve achievement

Retassie, Mack are athletes for November

North Star High School selected Abby Retassie and Jeremy Mack as Boswell Jaycees Athlete of the Month for November.

Retassie is the daughter of Tony and Alyson Retassie, Boswell. She is a 12th grade dual student attending volleyball, basketball, pep club, varsity club, prom committee, and community arts club.

Mack is the son of Michele Mack and Jeremy Mack, Acosta. He is a 12th grade college prep student participating in the Archery Club, soccer, and hockey.

Diaz at Somerset Lions

Katrina Diaz

Katrina Anne Diaz, Peace, was named Somerset Lions Student of the Month in November.

She is the daughter of Heidi Diaz and a Somerset Area High School graduate. She is a member of the Forensics Speech Team, Color Guard, Musical and Spanish Club. She is listed in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

She is a mentor at Outdoor Odyssey and teaches Sunday School in St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Diaz plans to study pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has been taking dance lessons since she was five and has been playing the piano for six years. She hikes and enjoys kayaking.

Plunkard is a Soroptimist student

Taylor Plunkard

Taylor Plunkard, Windber, was awarded the Windber Area High School’s Soroptimist Volunteer Award.

Plunkard is the daughter of Misty Plunkard and John Plunkard. She is attending the Academic Course at Windber where she attends the SADD Club, the Yearbook Club as Secretary, the Health Science Club, the Student Council, the FCA, and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. She also plays college softball.

Plunkard achieved honorary rank in the ninth grade and a high honorary rank in the 10th grade.

She participates in the U19 girls’ national team Armstrong Arrows Hockey. She is a junior fire department volunteer with the Windber Area Fire Department, where she makes calls when they arrive. She helps the senior firefighters by getting them the tools they need and also by cleaning up any debris that is left over. She is also responsible for producing ID cards for each member.

Plunkard’s future plans are to go to the Naval Academy, where hopefully she would continue her education to become a pilot or something in the medical field. She enjoys neuroscience or psychology.

Plunkard’s hobbies are painting, drawing, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Walk-a-thon a success

The 4th annual Red Raider Walk-a-Thon was rated a success with the support of the community.  Elementary school students in the Meyersdale Area raised $ 14,688.57.  Among the participants in this year's walk are students from left: Marabella Wiltrout, Gabriella Sines, Stefan Engle, Michael Yacynych, Gavin Paulman and Tanner Ritchey.  Hosted by the Meyersdale Area Elementary Educational Boosters, this event raised more than $ 65,000 in four years providing special events, activities, and educational opportunities for students.

Character formation winner

The Cairnbrook Elementary Positive Behavior Support Committee announced the winners of character creation for October 2021.  They are from left, front row: Cohen Holsopple, Isabella Engle, Hadly Corle, Amilya Zarefoss.  Middle row: Taelyn Jimmo, Brody Baker, Harper Paul and Clara Blackburn.  Back row: Adilyn Weaver, Xavier Pagan, Chase Renner, Xavier Peake, and Avary Deneen.  The Cairnbrook Community Club and the PTA are helping with the program.

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