Student of the month: Maria Murphy Hollidaysburg Area High School
Name/age: Maria Murphy, 17
School/grade: Senior at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
Chosen for: Academic excellence, personality, athleticism, altruism, musical ability and being a great all around person
Accomplishments: Cross Country Co-captain, Senior Student Representative to the School Board, President of National Honor Society
Future goals: Attend college as a chemistry major and continue to medical school to become a pediatrician
Special recognition: 1st Award at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition (2018), Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award (2018), Challenge Program Academic Excellence Award (2017 & 2018)
Family: Parents Rita and Jim Murphy, sister Colleen Murphy, 20
Hobbies, community activities and interests: Cross country, softball, Special Olympics Bocce Ball, Student Council, playing piano and French horn, youth group
Most influential teacher: Mrs. Lynette Luke (10th and 11th grade chemistry teacher); She taught me to appreciate the challenges in her class more than loving what came easily to me.
Heroes: My mom, dad and sister are my heroes because they always set a good example for me and support everything I do.
Favorite quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer[caption id=“attachment_794021”