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October 4, 2013

Spreading school spirit: 2 Bishop Carroll leaders motivate student body

EBENSBURG — Haley Krug and Brandon Martinazzi are the definition of school pride.

The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School students have taken the lead in not only promoting their school, but getting other students involved with the goal of creating a positive environment inside and outside of the school.

“We want students to love their school and be proud to be a part of Bishop Carroll,” Krug said.

The 17-year-old senior is student council president and has been active in a variety of school activities, including starting a sign language club her freshman year.

Most recently, Krug was instrumental in coordinating spirit week, which coincided with homecoming, and included students wearing themed costumes to school, a powderpuff volleyball game and homecoming dance.

“It just makes the whole school happier and excited, and that carried through the whole week,” she said.

Martinazzi said spirt week went over much better this year than in previous years because the whole school participated.

“Everyone had fun and I think we were able to make a difference,” the 16-year-old junior said.

Martinazzi, who serves as student council treasurer, was one of the leading forces behind getting the “Blue Crew” back up and running, which is a group of students that gathers together for sporting events to cheer on the Huskies.

“This used to exist but we wanted to give it a fresh start and make it something positive for the school,” he said.

Over 70 students, including those from local grade schools, gathered to tailgate before the Sept. 27 football game and then proceeded to fill the student section at St. Francis University’s DeGol Field.

The goal is to get the “Blue Crew” out to additional sporting events and even schedule bus trips to take students to away games.

“We don’t want to leave anyone out. This a good way for students who don’t play sports to get involved and be a part of the team,” Martinazzi said.

Teacher Joe Skura, who has both Krug and Martinazzi in his leadership development class, said they are highly motivated students.

He said Krug has been the go-to person in student activities throughout her four years of high school.

“She is a positive, hard-working young lady who always has a smile on her face and is always willing to do a little extra work,” Skura said. “Haley takes direction well, can think outside of the box and creatively and is a student leader.”

Skura added that Martinazzi works hard and goes above and beyond at everything he does.

“Brandon understands that he can make a change and have individuals follow him in the right direction with our student section and start something that we can all be proud of,” he said. “He is a driven guy who would do anything to help others be their best.”

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

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