MC Elks Students of the Year

MOUNT CARMEL - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Mount Carmel Lodge 356 recently announced the Mount Carmel Area Elks Students of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.

Student of the Year

Student of the Year is senior Luke Duceman, a son of Chris and Dot Blase, of Mount Carmel, and Rich Duceman, of Aristes.

Luke is the president and drum major of the marching band and is in the symphonic, jazz and pep bands. He is the vice president of the chorus and takes part in the spring musical. He is an anchor, reporter and assistant editor of the news reporting class at school. Luke is president of the Spanish Club and was Haunted High student advisor.

Outside of school, Luke works as a waiter at May's Drive-In in Ashland, and is a musician at Knoebels Amusement Resort. His honors and awards include PMEA District Eight Band, PMEA Region Four Band and the PMEA District Eight Jazz Band. He also participated in the Susquehanna University Honors Band. Duceman was awarded the Mount Carmel Area Marching Band Rookie of the Year and Outstanding Musician awards in past years, and was awarded the Outstanding Musician Award and the Robert Sowa Dedication Award this year. He was a previous Elks Junior Student of the Year and is in the National Honor Society.

In his free time, Luke enjoys listening to, playing and writing music, singing, reading, writing and spending time with family and friends. His future plans are to attend Susquehanna University to major in music education.

Junior Student of the Year

Junior Student of the Year is sophomore Luke Darrup, a son of Julie Darrup, of Kulpmont, and Joseph Darrup, of Mount Carmel.

Luke is on the distinguished honor roll, is in the National Honor Society, and is president of the sophomore class. He is a past winner of the Junior High Pride Award and both Elks Teen of the Month and Elks Junior Student of the Month awards. He also has the distinction of placing first at the post level and second at the district level in the VFW's Voice of Democracy writing contest, and third place in the Patriot's Pen contest in past years.

Luke plays the saxophone in marching, symphonic, jazz and pep bands and is a band librarian. He is also part of the Interact Club, senior high chorus, competes in Odyssey of the Mind, and both altar serves and lectors at Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel. Luke is an anchor and reporter for the school's morning news, MCALIVE, and participates in the school musicals, this year, portraying leading male Emmett Forrest in "Legally Blonde."

Luke works at Knoebels and enjoys music, video games and learning new things. His favorite sports teams are the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Dodgers. Besides the saxophone, he also plays piano and drums. After high school Luke plans on attending college to enter the medical field.

Teen of the Year

Teen of the Year is Carl Darrup, a son of Jim and Anne Darrup, of Mount Carmel.

Carl's activities include marching, symphonic, jazz and pep band. He is president of the freshman class and is in the Interact Club and Odyssey of the Mind. He is also an altar server at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Carmel.

Carl is a former Elks Student of the Month and Junior High Pride Award Winner, and is a distinguished honor roll student in addition to being a part of the National Honor Society.

Carl likes to listen to music, read, play the baritone and guitar, and support the girls' soccer and basketball teams. His future plans are to attend a four-year college.

Junior Teen of the Year

Junior Teen of the Year is seventh-grade student Ava McGee, a daughter of John and Elizabeth McGee, of Mount Carmel.

Ava is on the junior high cross country and basketball teams, plays AYSO soccer and participates in gymnastics and Odyssey of the Mind. She is a previous Merit Award winner and is on the distinguished honor roll.

Ava's interests include art and spending time with her friends and family. She intends to pursue a career in the medical field in the future.