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County Comment: Commissioners honor meritorious youth

County Comment
Commissioners honor meritorious youth
By Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners honored two outstanding middle school students with the Meritorious Youth Award in its January 10th meeting.
The honorees are Alison Keelan of Western Heights Middle School, and Grace Ramacciotti of Clear Spring Middle School.
Alison Keelan, an 8th Grade Student at Western Heights Middle School is the daughter of Thomas and Kristin Keelan and was nominated by School Counselors Nick Mowen and Dana Pentoney.
Her Counselors say, "Alison is an outstanding eighth grade Western Heights student. Her attitude in school is infectious. She is enthusiastic about learning; is polite and respectful to students and faculty members alike and is always smiling. Her attendance has been exceptional earning Perfect Attendance in seventh grade. Since sixth grade Alison has been enrolled in all Merit classes and has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll multiple times. By the end of her eighth grade year she will have earned high school credits for Spanish, Algebra and Geometry. Alison is the Vice President of the National Junior Honor Society at Western Heights, plays trombone in the band, and is an active member of the Where Everyone Belongs (W.E.B.) team."
Alison's additional activities include being a member of the 2011 Northwood swim team, an active participant in the Youth Alive program at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, and a two-year teammate on the Western Heights Intramural Volleyball Team.
Grace Ramacciotti, an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School, is the daughter of John and Linda Ramacciotti, and was nominated by School Counselor Earl Meagher.
Her Counselor writes, "Grace is an eight grade student at Clear Spring Middle School and a member of student government. Academically, Grace has been on the honor roll her entire school career, and is a positive role model. Outside of school, Grace helps her father coach soccer and helps with volleyball. She also helps with PTSA fundraisers. It is a pleasure to have Grace at Clear Spring Middle. She is a kind person to all students. She is the All-American middle school student."
The County Commissioners, through the Office of Community Grant Management, award the Youth Meritorious honor to students who exemplify excellence in the classroom, at home and in the community.

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