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Ridgway's Students of the Month honored

June 16, 2011

Photo by Gian DeLoia – Third-grader Stephen Freeburg is presented with a certificate for Student of the Month from board member Lucy Bobby.

The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Third-grader Stephen Freeburg was selected as the elementary school Student of the Month for May. Stephen said he was very excited about receiving the award. His favorite subjects are math, spelling and reading. When he graduates high school he would like to become a third-grade teacher. Stephen's favorite teacher is Mrs. Simons because “she tells us the sentences and sometimes reads to the whole class.”
If Stephen could travel anywhere he would like to go to see the Statue of Liberty and climb to the top to look around. Stephen is a hard worker who always has a smile on his face and helps other children in the class. He has worked very hard to be where he is today.
Seventh-grader Tressa Harlan was selected as the middle school Student of the Month. Tressa's favorite class is math, because it is the subject that she is best at. Her favorite sports are football and hunting. Her goal is to go to college to become a veterinarian. Her thoughts on being selected as Student of the Month is that "it is cool."
Senior Selena Scarnati was selected as the high school Student of the Month. Some of her school activities include student council secretary, yearbook and youth group president. Her honors include Honor Roll as well as the Rotary Speech Contest winner. Her favorite class is AP [Advanced Placement] biology and calculus. Her plans after graduation are to attend a four-year college and major in biomedical engineering and then pursue further schooling for pediatric oncology. Selena's community service was spent on the mobile student kitchen, which served the homeless on the streets of New York City.
“This past spring we had four high school students that went to New York City and she was one of them,” said high school principal Heather McMahon-Vargas. “They went to New Jersey and everyday they prepared this bus and took it to different parts of the city and worked with those who were in need.”

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