Several Meyersdale Area Middle and High School students were named Remarkable Raiders for April. Students in grades six through 12 were selected based on the merits of academic performance, character, behavior, effort, good citizenship and attendance. Remarkable Raiders are recognized at the monthly meetings of the Meyersdale school board.
Middle school students named Remarkable Raiders are Emma Kretchman, Gavan Steinberg and Gavin Kalp.
Emma Kretchman, an eighth grade student, is the daughter of Jennifer and Joe Kretchman. She is a member of the student council and basketball, track and field and cross country teams. Following high school, Kretchman plans to attend college to earn a degree in interior design.
Gavan Steinberg, a seventh grade student, is the son of Katie and Danny Steinberg. He is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. Following high school, Steinberg plans to attend a Division 1 school to play football, baseball or basketball.
Gavin Kalp, a sixth grade student, is the son of Renee and Jeff Kalp. He plays football.
High school students named Remarkable Raiders are Ryan Sechler, Gracie Paulman, Matthew Diehl and Melanie Riether.
Ryan Sechler, a freshman, is the son of Janine and Mark Sechler. He is a member of the musical cast, marching band and plays for the baseball and basketball teams. Following high school, Sechler plans to attend college to major in environmental and civil engineering.
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Gracie Paulman, a sophomore, is the daughter of Brandy and Michael Paulman. She is a member of student council, Science Club and musical cast. She is a member of the Company at the Studio 7 School of Dance. Following graduation, Paulman plans to attend Duquesne University or the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in pharmacy.
Matthew Diehl, a junior, is the son of Matthew Diehl and Jennifer Diehl. He attends Somerset County Technology Center, where he is studying collision refinishing. He is a member of the student council and National Honor Society. He is also a member of the track and field and rifle teams. Following high school, Diehl plans to pursue a career in local law enforcement.
Melanie Riether, a senior, is the daughter of Lisa and David Riether. She is the president of student council, student council board representative, captain of the cheer squad, Science Club president, National Honor Society vice president, marching, concert and jazz bands and school musical. She was selected to attend district jazz, district chorus and regional chorus. She was awarded the Challenge Program: Community Service Award. She was an Outstanding Young Women Scholarship Program finalist and an Outdoor Odyssey mentor.Out of school, Riether enjoys volunteering and dancing at Studio 7 School of Dance.
Riether’s future plans include studying in a Pre-PA program while attaining a degree in respiratory therapy. She also plans to explore a minor in sign language or physics. She will be attending The Ohio State University.
Students from the Somerset Area School District competed at the National History Bee, National Science Bee, and International Geography Bee Regional Finals which were held May 7 at the Somerset Area School District. These events are academic competitions for elementary and junior high students that test the students’ knowledge of a wide range of history, science, and geography topics.
The students qualified to compete at the regional finals based on scores they attained on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam that they took in January after being top scorers in the school level bees. The Somerset students competed against students from the western Pennsylvania region at the regional finals.
Competing in the International Geography Bee were Olivia Hay, Alex Korns and Harper Zelenak. Olivia place third overall in grade 8, Alex placed second and Harper placed fourth in grade 5. Both Alex and Harper qualified for the national championships.
In the National History Bee, Olivia Hay, Allison Borek, Violet Henry, Alex Korns and Grant Miller competed. Olivia and Allison placed second overall in their respective grades and both qualified for nationals. Violet Henry placed third and Alex Korns placed fourth in their respective grades. Olivia Hay also competed in the National Science Bee and was the overall champion in grade 8, which qualified her to compete at Nationals.
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Soroptimist International scholarships
Soroptimist International of Somerset County has been awarding scholarships to deserving high school students for more than 25 years. The name Soroptimist means “best for women.” The service club members are business and professional women working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist presented three $500 scholarships this spring to seniors who plan to attend college, junior college, a trade or technical school. The applications received were judged on various criteria including well-rounded students, financial need, grades, extracurricular activities, references and a short essay. This year’s winners were Cassidy Mauger, Shade-Central City High School; Emily Oliver, Somerset Area High School; and Jade Williams, Somerset Area High School.
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Athletes of the month
Rebecca Slate and Cameron Snoeberger were selected the Boswell Jaycees Athlete of the Month for May.
They are both seniors at North Star High School.
Slate is the daughter of Crystal and David Slate, Boswell. She is enrolled in the honors and AP courses. She participates in musical, marching band and cheerleading.
Cameron Snoeberger is the son of Mantreda and Chad Snoeberger, Boswell. He also studies auto body at Somerset County Technology Center. He participates in wrestling, football and baseball.
This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Student achievements for May 19, 2022