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 and SADD and is 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."

Weng 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. MOUNT CARMEL -

The Mount Carmel Area Board of Education Merit Award winners for March were announced at the April school board meeting.

The recipient at the high school level is senior Thomas Moser, a son of Thomas and Brenda Moser, of Natalie. Moser is a member of the track and cross country teams, National Honor Society and the Tech ED club. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hunting, fishing and riding ATVs. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Natalie Fire Company. Moser was nominated Keith Fourspring, idustrial arts teacher, who said "Tommy is a very consistent worker, always has a positive attitude and will aid other students on assignments if they are struggling. He is trustworthy, dedicated and works safely at all times."

After high school, Tommy plans to attend a four-year college to study criminal justice.

The Merit Award winner at the elementary school level is sixth-grade student Zane Zlockie, a son of Joel and Carleen Zlockie, of Mount Carmel. He was nominated by his language arts teacher Michaelyn Reichwein, who said, "Zane is an outstanding student who is always striving to do his best."

Outside of school, Zlockie participates in sports year-round. He plays baseball for the VFW, participates in gymnastics for Lewisburg and is going into his seventh season of wrestling. He is a distinguished honor student and scored advanced on all his PSSAs.