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County Comment: Commissioners present youth meritorious award

CAP: Youth Meritorious Awards for September and October (L-R) Elizabeth Mott, Collin Willhite, Catherine Hawfield, Anna Gerringer

County Comment
Commissioners present youth meritorious award
By Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer

As part of its regular meeting on November 8th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners honored four county students as Meritorious Youth for the months of September and October 2011.
Honored for September were Catherine Hawfield of Boonsboro Middle School and Elizabeth Mott of Clear Spring Middle School. Honored for October were Collin Willhite of Clear Spring Middle School, and Anna Gerringer of Springfield Middle School.
Catherine Hawfield, an 8h Grade Student at Boonsboro Middle School is the daughter of Robert and Cindi Hawfield.
Catherine was nominated by Guidance Counselor Lauren McDermott who said, "Catherine is a fantastic 8th grade student at Boonsboro Middle School. Throughout her middle school career, Catherine has always been present on either the honor roll or distinguished honor roll. She participates in both merit chorus and merit orchestra, and plays volleyball and basketball in the community. Catherine loves to ride horses and draw, is currently working on writing a book and wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. Catherine is a kind and caring student at Boonsboro who displays her good character, leadership and scholastic achievements on a daily basis. She is a great candidate for the youth meritorious award."
Elizabeth Mott, 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School is the daughter of William and Susan Mott of Clear Spring.
Elizabeth was nominated by Guidance Counselor Earl Meagher who said, "It is a pleasure to write a recommendation for Elizabeth Mott for the Youth Meritorious Award. Elizabeth is in her third year at Clear Spring Middle, is in all merit classes and has had all A's in elementary school. She is also a member of the school band where she is first chair/section leader in the clarinet section. Elizabeth is also active in community sports, playing soccer and basketball."
"When you review her accomplishments you will see she is an outstanding student. Her community service list is extensive. She has volunteered for R.E.A.C.H. Cold Weather Shelter, and has raised funds for Jump Rope for Heart," he said.
"As school counselor I hear many positive comments about Elizabeth from the school staff. Because of her outstanding community achievements, and her leadership responsibilities with academics and sports, I would like to nominate Elizabeth for the Youth Meritorious Award," Meagher said.
Collin Willhite
An 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School, Collin is the son of Jason and Mary Willhite of Clear Spring.

He was nominated by Guidance Counselor Earl Meagher who wrote, "Academically, Collin has been an excellent student during his middle school years. He has many leadership qualities, which include being a model chorus student and team leader for all the sports he participates in.
Aside from school, Collin volunteers at church each year to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. He also volunteers in the concession stand for Clear Spring Little League when needed."
"I would like to say Collin is well respected by staff and peers. As a counselor it is a pleasure to have someone like Collin in our school. He is very conscientious, kind, and highly motivated. I strongly feel that this outstanding all around student would be an excellent choice for Youth Meritorious Award," Meagher said.
Anna Gerringer is a 7th Grade Student at Springfield Middle School and is the daughter of Charles and Lisa Gerringer
Anna was nominated by School Counselor Jennifer Joyce who said, "Anna is an excellent 7th grade student at Springfield Middle School. She is currently enrolled in three merit level classes, and is also taking French class for a high school credit. She is involved in the band program as well. She is a very hard worker, always tries her best and her teachers say she is a joy to have in class. She is always trying to help others. I think she is a tremendous person and deserving of recognition for her hard work."
Youth Meritorious Awards are given to outstanding students in Washington County schools who demonstrate academic success and leadership in community activities. Winners receive a Certificate of Achievement and a $100.00 United States Savings Bond.

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