Students of the Month

Loyalsock Township High School


Emily Niditch, daughter of Dr. Scott and Stacy Niditch, was the February student of the month, nominated by Loyalsock Township High School’s social studies department.

Niditch was the valedictorian of the class of 2013. She is highly active in her school and community and has been recognized at a variety of levels for her work and dedication to others.

In 2012, she was one of 19 Loyalsock students recognized by the college board as an AP Scholar. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Representative for Loyalsock in 2011.

In addition, Niditch was nominated for and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award Bronze Level for community service and she was the recipient of the Johns Hopkin’s Center For Talented Youth since 2005.

Niditch has been on the high honor roll for the past four years and her favorite subjects are math and the social sciences. She plans on attending a four year university majoring in economics.

Another strength of hers resides with the amount of community service she has undertaken over the past several years. She received a Gold Award for Girl Scouts that involved creating a health and fitness program using modern technology, like the Wii, at the Hillside Assisted Living Center.

She also received a Silver Award by doing a door to door breast cancer awareness program and fundraiser for Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center.

Niditch also has coordinated relief projects for Unicef, christmas baskets at the Salvation Army and a school-wide Red Cross blood drive as president of Key Club.

She is an avid tennis player and recently was one of a pair of players for Loyalsock who won the District IV doubles championship.


Senior Samantha Duck has been nominated by Loyalsock Township High School’s art department as Loyalsock’s student of the month for March.

She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Duck, and consistently has been on the honor roll and high honor roll throughout high school.

She excels in several disciplines, but her favorite subject is art. Specifically, she enjoys ceramics and glass, drawing and painting, advanced mix studio art and textiles.

Although she currently is undecided as to her post-secondary career options, she will undoubtedly pursue a future in visual arts.

When she is not focused on her academics, Duck enjoys hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and walking.


Jessica Kautz, daughter of John and Michele Kautz, was recognized by Loyalsock Township High School’s business department as the April student of the month.

Kautz has been a consistent member of the honor roll throughout high school and her favorite subjects are science and accounting.

She has been involved in multiple extra-curricular activities including Eco-Act, captain of the cheerleading squad, SADD and Key Club.

After graduation Kautz’s post-secondary plans are to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the physician assistant program.

Kautz enjoys teaching dance at the LKW Dance Center and working with the American Red Cross’s various blood drives. A life-long dancer, she performs with the LKW Competitive Dance Team.


Taylor Daskivich, daughter of Mark and Shelly Daskivich, was Loyalsock Township High School’s May student of the month.

Nominated by the physical education/health department, Daskivich is a member of the National Honor Society, a consistent member of the high honor roll and actively involved throughout high school.

Her favorite subjects include math, science and physical education.

She has performed well at the district and state level in varsity golf, basketball and track and field. In addition, she is a Cross-Age teacher and a flute player in the concert band.

Daskivich’s post-secondary plans are to attend West Chester University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She also will be playing on West Chester’s women’s golf team.

She also has been dedicated to serving others in the school and community. She has been a VolunTEEN at Susquehanna Health and participates actively in her youth group at St. Ann Catholic Church.

When she has time, she enjoys running and working out and especially enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Aaron Dabback, son of John and Ann Dabback, was Loyalsock Township High School’s June student of the month.

Nominated by the technology education department, he has been a consistent member of the honor and high honor roll.

He especially enjoys courses in multimedia, woodshop and English. He has been involved in wrestling and track and field, and also was the team captain for the track team.

Dabback’s post-secondary plans are to attend the United State Marine Corps Infantry.

One of his community service experiences included assisting the disaster in Staten Island, N.Y., when he participated in a Hurricane Sandy relief trip to Staten Island over Thanksgiving.

In his free time, he enjoys working out, running and spending quality time with his family and friends.