The Mount Carmel Area Board of Education Merit Award winner for November at the elementary school level is third-grade student Blake Wise.

Wise is a son of Thomas and Tara Wise, of Mount Carmel. His grandparents are Mike and Patti Rovito, of Mount Carmel; Rosalyn Walter, of Elysburg, and Bill and Paula Wise, of Mechanicsburg.

Wise consistently makes honor roll, and his favorite subjects are reading and gym. Outside of school, Wise plays sports year round. He is a member of the Cougars football team, his school's basketball team and the VFW baseball team. He also enjoys MCA sporting events, playing outside and spending time with his family.

Wise was nominated by his classroom teacher, Katie Beck, and his physical education teacher, Amanda Stepenaskie.

"His unselfishness, willingness to help others and respectfulness, not only towards staff, but to other students, makes him a standout student. His ability to work with his peers and interact with both younger students and adults is amazing and truly beyond his years. Blake has a heart of gold and truly puts others' needs before his own," Beck said.