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Kristina Gorel has been selected as Carbondale Area’s “Scholar of the Year” by a committee of teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, based on her class rank, her scores in the SATs and her overall contributions to the Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School. She is currently ranked first out of approximately 86 students in the senior class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll. Gorel has been a participating member of PJAS for the past 6 years. She has also been an active member of Mock Trial for the past two years and voted best attorney during trial presentations. She was football cheerleading captain and president of FBLA as well as the FBLA region’s secretary. She is a member of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and she is a student ambassador for state Sen. John Blake. She is student council vice president. She was also a member of the soccer and track and field teams.

Gorel is the daughter of Andy and Rachele Gorel of Simpson. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in psychology with a focus in pre-law.