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County Comment: Commissioners Present Youth Meritorious Awards

PHOTO CAP: Meritorious Youth L-R Commissioner Barr, Lily Anna Mackley, Leah Harrell, Morgan Pettner, Christopher Bradford

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

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners presented Youth Meritorious Awards to four outstanding students in the regular meeting of the Board held on November 18th.
For September, 2008, Leah Harrell, an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School, daughter of Clyde Harrell and Rhonda Tatum-Harrell, was nominated by counselor Earl Meagher.
Leah has achieved distinguished honor and honor roll many times throughout middle
School, has received STAR Awards for Chorus, Social Studies, and Family Consumer Science, and earned the Top Academic Achievement Award for Social Studies and English in both 6th and 7th grade.
She has demonstrated leadership potential as a Student Council member in 6th grade, Student Council Treasurer in 7th grade and Student Council President in 8th grade, was the Washington County Association of Student Councils Delegate to the Maryland Association of Student Councils Convention in 2007and 2008, and attended the Maryland Leadership Workshop in 2007 and 2008
Her community service has included Telethon performance for the Parent Child Center and as an actor for the Public Service Announcements "Stranger Danger" and "School Bus Safety"
Leah has been termed "a very highly motivated and hard working young lady that puts forth tremendous determination in her schoolwork."
Lily Anna Mackley, 6th Grade Student at Smithsburg Middle School is the daughter of Erich and Catherine Mackley and was nominated by teacher Luanne Murphy and counselor Barbara Gift as Youth of the Month for September 2008.
Her nomination stated that Lily "deserves to receive the Youth Meritorious Award because she is a most kind-hearted young lady. She generously forfeited her birthday presents in order to sponsor Veronica Parr from Guatemala. In lieu of presents, Lily requested money for Mayan and she contributed $120 towards Veronica's education, her school uniform, books, and supplies. Veronica, age 11, a third grader, lives with her parents and her six siblings. The family income is $18 per week. Lily, too, was born in Guatemala when, at the age of six months, was adopted by Cathy and Erich Mackley. It is Lily's comfortable life in the United States which prompted her to graciously share her abundance with a fellow Guatemalan. Lily has already received donations to continue to sponsor Veronica. Lily has participated in the Los Amigos camp program since she was five years old. Los Amigos supports internationally adopted children and their families. Lily's two sisters were adopted from Canada and Guatemala. Through Los Amigos, Lily has friends from every corner of the world."
She has been described as an excellent Merit sixth grade student at Smithsburg Middle School whose musical talents include the viola. She enjoys lacrosse and cheerleading and is an active member of St. Anne's Youth alive.
Morgan Pettner, an 8th Grade Student Clear Spring Middle School is the daughter of Randy and Leigh Pettner, and was nominated for the Middle school award for October by counselor Earl Meagher.
Her Scholastic Achievement has included distinguished honor and honor roll many times throughout middle school. Morgan received the President's Award for Educational Excellence signed by President Bush, was nominated for the 2008 Women of Tomorrow Award by the Maryland Commission for Women, and has received awards in Math, Band and Language Arts
She has shown Leadership as Treasurer for the Clear Spring Middle School Campus Life Club
Community Services have included holding a bake sale and donating all the proceeds to the Washington County Humane Society, and voluntarily shoveling neighborhood driveways for free during the winter months.
Morgan has been called an academic success, as well as a highly civic minded student who is well-liked by her peers.
Christopher Bradford, a 12th Grade Student at North Hagerstown High School, son of Norman and. Pamela Bradford was nominated by counselor Carol Kreykenbohm-Barnhart
Christopher's Scholastic Achievement includes participation in the International Baccalaureate Program, having been a STARS Award recipient in Math and Spanish, and a Member of the National Honor Society
He has shown Leadership through Tutoring for the Calculus Club, serving as Secretary of the Key Club, and as a member of the Link Crew.
Christopher volunteers as a Community Mediator with the Washington County Community Mediation Center and traveled with church youth group to Costa Rica to help build houses there and serve as an English tutor.
He has been called a superb young man who is a leader as well as a learner in the classroom.
The Youth Meritorious Awards are sponsored by the Commissioners and the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families Community Outreach Committee and honor students who have proven to be outstanding members of the community through academics, leadership and service to citizens.

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