MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - The Mount Carmel Area School Board announced Merit Award winners for March.

The elementary school winner is fourth-grade student Claudia Morris, a daughter of Lou and Gina Morris, of Mount Carmel. She is a consistent achiever of the distinguished honor roll and is described as a respectful, trustworthy, caring, cooperative and mannerly young girl.

She is a member of Gymstarz gymnastics in Sunbury and recently placed second in a state competition. She has also been involved with AYSO soccer, plays the piano, participates in the Anthracite Citizens Theatre every summer and also volunteers at high school track meets.

The high school winner is senior Marisa Montgomery, a daughter of Fritz and Lisa Montgomery, of Mount Carmel.

Montgomery was nominated by Diane Rumbel, who said, "I have had Marisa in my communications class as a seventh-grade student and for the past three years in news reporting. As an editor for MCA-Live, I depend on her. She is a talented writer and speaker and is interested in learning new things. She has written top-notch stories and helped produce and speak in many important video segments."

Montgomery is a distinguished honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. Her activities include the Interact Club, Peer Mediation, science and Spanish clubs, Future Nurses of America and Future Teachers of America. She is a varsity cheerleading captain, captain of her Powder Puff team and a cheer coach for the Jets C team. Montgomery has also participated in girls' varsity basketball. She plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing.