STAR and Science Awards 2017


The STAR Award, presented by the Bangor Area High School Alumni Association, recognizes either classroom achievement and/or contributions to the school district or society that go above and beyond the classroom.  The recipient may be someone who succeeds in an area outside of school or who goes beyond the realm of what is expected in school.  These students, who are nominated by their teachers, administrators, coaches or other interested parties, are chosen by a committee of alumni for this honor.  The award was first given in 2004 and has been given to at least one student every year since then.

Front Row: Amalia Abrahamsen; Allison Steinert; Mrs. Jeanine Brown, presenter for Amalia; Zakary Kozinski; and Anne Wallace

Back Row:  Mr. Eric Hahn, presenter for Allison; Mr. William Hobbs, Mr. Robert Hachtman, Mr.Joshua Thomas, all presenters for Anne; and Mrs. Betty Lou Kratzer, presenter for Zakary.

STAR Awards Recipients

Zakary Kozinski:
  Zak, a sophomore at BAHS, is a member and vice-president of the Northampton County 4H Club.  Through the 4H Club, Zak took on the job of raising a puppy with the hopes that it would become a seeing eye dog for a blind person.  He received a Labrador Retriever named Preston in 7th grade, dedicating an extraordinary amount of time to training him until his departure a year later.  Zak was informed that Preston was matched with a blind woman in Texas.  However, because of an issue with the dog in this placement, Preston was later returned to Zac and his family.  Zac is currently a member of the 4H Dairy and Market Swine Clubs.  In 2015, he raised two market goats and received ribbons showing them at the 4H Round Up at the Blue Valley Farm Show.  Last year he raised two dairy cows and two pigs for his projects and received numerous ribbons for showing them at both the Farm Show and the Plainfield Farmers Fair.  Last year, Zak received the Golden Pitchfork Award by 4H, which is given to a person who is always there to lend a hand.  At BAHS Zac is a member of the Ski Club and Environthon.  Zak enjoys being a farmer and is hoping to attend college to study agriculture.

Amalia Abrahamsen: Amalia, a senior at BAHS, is an intelligent, hardworking, enthusiastic young woman with many talents.  She is a natural leader who has assumed a very active role in the student body.  She is highly involved in extra-curricular activities at BAHS.  She is president of the SGA, vice president of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity soccer team, a member of the Spanish Honor Society, and a member of the class cabinet.  She is a 2nd grade volunteer teacher at Club 119:11, a weekend after-school program for elementary students affiliated with her church, where she is also a leader for the church’s junior high youth group.  She further assists others as a math tutor to two high school students and as a vocabulary/reading tutor to one elementary student.  She sees herself as someone who contributes to making school life a memorable experience for all students.

Allison Steinert:   Allison is a senior at BAHS, who has distinguished herself as an excellent musician and soloist in the school’s many bands and choirs.  She is the drum major in the marching band, president of the choir, and a section leader in both choir and band.  She played the lead role in “Beauty and the Beast,” has participated in Northampton County Chorus, Northampton County Band, PMEA District X Chorus, PMEA Region V Chorus, and made the PMEA All-State Chorus.  She has received the Daughters of the Revolution Award, and serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society. Allison will attend Susquehanna University and major in music with a vocal emphasis.  Her career goals are to become a music educator and performer.  She says she wants to be able to inspire and impact students’ lives with music as she has been inspired by her experiences at Bangor. 

About the Science Award

The Horvath Science Award, introduced in 2011, is given annually in honor of Dr. Bert Horvath and his wife, Betty Gregor Horvath, both Bangor graduates who have distinguished themselves in the field of science research.  This award recognizes an outstanding science student in the hopes of inspiring the recipient to continue to pursue a career in that field.  

Horvath Science Award Recipient 2017

Anne Wallace:  Anne Wallace is a junior who has excelled in science in high school. According to her teachers, she has a passion for science, is a member of several scientific clubs, and consistently outshines her classmates by mastering extremely difficult concepts in any discipline.  Anne placed 2nd in the Envirothon County Competition in 10th grade and received the Slater Academic Award in 11th grade.  Her many activities include membership in the Slaters’ symphonic and marching bands, serving as a youth leader in her church, and working at a horse farm.  She loves the outdoors and is interested in identification of trees, bird calls, plants, and wildlife.  Anne is also ranked number one in her class.  She has a specific interest in biology, biochemistry, and genetics and wants to pursue a career in scientific research.