Student of the month: Maria Murphy Hollidaysburg Area High School

02/21/19 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Name/age: Maria Murphy, 17

Town: Hollidaysburg

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”