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County Comment: Commissioners Present Youth Meritorious Awards

CUTLINE: Commissioners John Barr presents Youth Meritorious Awards to Stephani Frisby and Ryan Smetzer


County Comment
Commissioners Present Youth Meritorious Awards
by Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Washington County, Maryland

In its regular meeting on February 17th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners honored two local outstanding students for their academic achievement and service to the community.
Named as the Youth Meritorious winner for December 2008 was Stephani Frisby, Daughter of Stephen and Karen Frisby, an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School.
A member of the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll throughout middle school
Stephani received a President's Education Award in outstanding academic excellence and in instrumental music. Leadership Qualities include WEB Leader, assistant dance teacher for the Recreation Department, and a member of the All-County Band.
Stephani's Community Services include donating old clothes to the Goodwill and clothes and money to the Salvation Army,
She has been called an extremely hard working and responsible young lady. At Clear Spring, she has participated in many activities that have required leadership.
The January 2009 honoree is Ryan Smetzer, also an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School.
Son of Robert and Kori Smetzer, Ryan's scholastic achievement includes Honor Roll throughout middle school, receiving the Language Arts Achievement Award in 7th grade, and perfect attendance since 2nd grade.
He has exhibited leadership qualities as a Member of the Yearbook Staff, as a Student Government member in 6th and 7th grade and as Vice-President of his class as an 8th grader. Ryan has served as a Washington County Association of Student Councils Delegate, a Maryland Association of Student Councils Delegate and is a member of the morning announcement crew.
In the Community, he has participated in teen pregnancy prevention efforts through his participation in the Authentic Community Theatre's "Know Love Know Power" play, has volunteered to assist with several of his church events and Donated 50% of his childhood toys to the Salvation Army.
His teachers say that Ryan goes the "extra mile" in his school, work and community. He is an academic success and is well-liked by his peers.
County Commissioners' President John Barr made the presentations; both winners were nominated by Guidance Counselor Earl Meagher.


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