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Quakertown senior Kathryn Pakula named technical school’s Student of Month


Kathryn Pakula, a Quakertown Community High School senior in the Health Care Careers program, is recognized as April’s Upper Bucks County Technical School Student of the Month.

Pakula is a First Honors student and has received the Outstanding Level I and II award in her program. She competed at the SkillsUSA State Competition and placed second in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio. She is a Cooperative Education student employed by Ophthalmic Associates.

Melissa Konecky is her instructor and commented, “It is a pleasure to have Katie Pakula as a student. She is conscientious, hard-working, and dedicated. Katie competed in the SkillsUSA state competition in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio. She put many hours of work into her portfolio, which won her Second Place in the state competition. In class, she is friendly, upbeat, and always willing to lend a hand to a fellow student who needs peer coaching and support. Katie has been participating in the Co-op Program at Ophthalmic Associates in Lansdale and has performed so well that they would like to add an extra day to her program.

“Katie is responsible and has excellent communication skills, frequently assisting in tours of UBCTS and most recently speaking at the NTHS award ceremony. With the work ethic Katie has shown during this year; there is no doubt in my mind that she can achieve her goal and succeed in her chosen career path as a nurse practitioner. Katie’s attitude is always a positive contribution to the class, and it has been my pleasure getting to know her this year.”

Her mentor Samantha Almond, ophthalmic technician supervisor, stated that “Kathryn is a valued employee at Ophthalmic Associates in Lansdale. While she has only been with us for a short period, she is very responsible and hardworking. She can multitask and is always on time, ready, and eager to learn. I am pleased to say that I am delighted with Kathryn’s performance up to this point, and I believe Kathryn will strive here at Ophthalmic Associates and in the future.”

After graduation, Pakula plans to pursue a nursing or physician assistant career.

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