MOUNT CARMEL - Olivia Bressi-Harman and Angela Weng were named Mount Carmel Area Board of Education Merit Award winners at the high school and elementary school levels, respectively, for February. The students were announced at the March meeting of the board.

Bressi-Harman, a senior, is a daughter of Charles Bressi and Kelly Harman, of Atlas. She is a member of the chorus, stage crew, Interact club, SADD, and treasurer for both Future Teachers of America and TV studio. She is a volunteer at God's Chuck Wagon and works at the Elysburg Gun Club. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Honor Society.

Bressi-Harman was nominated by her English teacher, Shanna Haden, for her effort and excellent grades in her class. Haden said, "Olivia strives above her peers in terms of academic writing and achievement in my class. She is a positive influence on those around her, promotes a true value of education and earnest learning, and models a proper volunteer for our school."

After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year college to major in political science and minor in Spanish. She plans to eventually attend law school.

Third-grade student Angela Weng is a daughter of Huo Peng Weng and Chang Rong Jang, of Mount Carmel. She was nominated for this award by her classroom teacher, Carissa Skavery, who said, "Angela is a dedicated and hard-working student, and a great role model to others."

Angela is an honor student and participates in her class. Outside of school, she takes piano lessons and enjoys reading and doing crafts. Her favorite school subjects are reading and spelling.