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County Comment/Youth Of The Month Awards Presented

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners presented Community Partnership Youth Meritorious Awards to three young people in its meeting on May 18.

Heidi Stumper won High School Youth Meritorious Award (YMA) for the month of March 2004, Laura Canfield won Middle School Youth Meritorious Award for March 2004 and Morgan Smith won the Youth Meritorious Award for April 2004.

Commissioner Dori Nipps presented the award to Heidi Stamper, of Heritage Academy, daughter of Milton and Karen Stamper of Hagerstown.

A senior at Heritage, Heidi excels in art and is very active in softball, soccer, volleyball and basketball, where she has broken school records for rebounds in a single game. She has served as co-captain of the Basketball and Volleyball teams in her senior year.

Outside of school Heidi enjoys her Family Devotions, bike riding, and going to sports events. She has assisted with Good News Camp and the After School Girls’ Bible Study. Heidi has traveled on several mission trips including a trip to Haiti in the summer of 2002.

Commissioner Bill Wivell presented the Middle School YMA for March to Laura Canfield, daughter of Scott & Theresa Canfield of Clear Spring.

An eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, Laura has been on the distinguished honor roll many times since elementary school, and is president of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Laura has received numerous Spelling, Reading, Math and Attendance Awards and was first-place winner in the Washington County/Dairy Queen “Waste Not: Make Washington County’s Landfill Last Longer.”

She has participated in the Destination Imagination Team for two years and went the Global Competition in Tennessee where they placed 8th in the “Tripicity” problem. Laura has performed in the Escapade’s Theater production of the “Wizard of Oz”, has played soccer for several years and also enjoys skiing and swimming. Laura is also a member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clear Spring and a member of the children’s choir. She has assisted with the rose sale for Muscular Dystrophy at the Tall Cedars of Lebanon annual Spaghetti Supper since the age of 4.

Commissioner John Munson presented the YMA for the month of April to Morgan Smith, an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, daughter of Donald and Debbie Smith.

Morgan has demonstrated to her teachers, counselor and administrators a very hard working and learning attitude. She has been on the honor roll and is currently taking several merit classes.

A member of the All County Chorus for the past two school years, Morgan has served her community by assisting the 4H in many projects. She is also involved on the Year Book Staff and a member of the Huyett’s 4-H Club.

As part of the 4-H program Morgan gives demonstrations about animals and milking demonstrations. Morgan enjoys her horses and horseback riding, she attends Two Top Fellowship Church in Mercersburg and is active in the teen classes there.

YMA winners receive a Commissioners’ Proclamation and a savings bond from the Community Partnership.

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