County Comment: Commissioners honor meritorious youth

CAPTION: Outstanding Youth Honored: L-R Alexandra Albert, Jeffrey Bennett, Taylor Williams, Robert Willis, and Kasey Jenkins



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

In its regular meeting on December 14th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners honored six outstanding students with Youth Meritorious Awards for November and December 2010.
Commissioners President Terry Baker presented the outstanding students with certificates of merit for excellence in academics and community involvement.
A middle school nominee for November, Grace Li, daughter of Xiaorong Yin and Mengyang Li is a 7th grade magnet student at Boonsboro Middle School. Receiving distinguished honors every marking period last year as a 6th grader, Grace is a fantastic example of stellar scholastic achievement. Besides excelling academically, Grace is also a part of the environmental club that works diligently to do its part to save the earth. She participates in recreational volleyball and basketball, is a member of the art club, math counts, merit orchestra, all county orchestra, Math 24, Language Club, and girl scouts. As a 6th grader, Grace also won the PTA Reflections Award of Excellence at the State level. She continues to raise the bar academically as well as be a positive role model for character for her peers at Boonsboro Middle School. Grace is an amazing asset to both Boonsboro Middle School and the community! Lauren McDermott, school counselor, nominated her.
Jeffrey Bennett is also a middle school nominee for November. Jeff, son of Lisa Bennett of Boonsboro, is an 8th grade student at Boonsboro Middle School. He is one of the top percussionists in the middle school band. Jeff earned a superior rating last year at the state solo and ensemble festival on his bell solo. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He is starting quarterback for the Boonsboro Titan team of the Washington County Junior Football League, plays Pony League Baseball and is a member of the Math Counts team at BMS. Jeff has demonstrated good leadership qualities in the percussion section of the band with his hard work to do well for the group. Michael Beeler, instrumental music teacher, nominated him.
Taylor Williams, daughter of Karen Williams of Keedysville is also an 8th grade student at Boonsboro Middle School. Taylor is an outstanding band student sitting first chair clarinet in the middle school band. She received an outstanding score at the state solo and ensemble contest last year on her clarinet solo. She is an active member of the United Church of Christ in Sharpsburg and participates in a singing part during the weekly service. She plays volleyball for the middle school team and also plays club volleyball (January-May). She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She also plays basketball and is a WEB leader (Where Everyone Belongs). Taylor works hard to do well in everything in which she participates and is a great leader in the band.
Michael Beeler, instrumental music teacher, nominated her.
Three students were named as honorees for the month of December.
Alexandra Albert is an 8th grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, and is the daughter of Brian and Susan Albert. Academically, Alexandra has been on the distinguished honor roll every marking period since entering middle school. She has been a member of student government since grade 6, is a WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leader and enjoys helping incoming 6th grade students adjust to middle school. Alexandra is active in raising money for Special Olympics, and is very active in soccer, basketball, and softball. Earl Meagher, counselor, nominated her.
Robert Willis, III, is a 12th grade student at Williamsport High School and is the son of Robert and Michele Willis. Robbie has been called an outstanding student who rises to the challenge of college-level work. Robbie is an enthusiastic learner who is fully engaged in class work at all times. He is a very strong student who has challenged himself by taking a very rigorous schedule. The different awards he has received the last four years including Shining Star, distinguished honor roll, French honor roll and National Honor Society, display this. He is very active in extracurricular activities at school and throughout his community. He has played a vital role in the SADD, Link Crew, Green Club, Interact Club, and SGA throughout his high school years. He has been in boy scouts since 2nd grade and recently attained Eagle Scout status. He has taken part in canned food drives and has helped clean up trash along the roadways. Nicole Ciccarelli, business teacher, nominated him.
Kasey Jenkins a 12th grade student at Boonsboro Middle School is the daughter of Garry and Diane Jenkins of Hagerstown. Teachers say Kasey demonstrates all the characteristics of the National Honor Society student: leadership, character, service, and scholarship. She has been a valuable member of NHS for two years, serving as the historian this year. She has gone above and beyond to help out with the numerous service projects they complete within the school and community, and she is presently working closely with the teacher in preparation for the induction of new members. Outside of school, Kasey works just as diligently in her dance classes. She is hoping to pursue a career in dance therapy.
Cynthia H. Ours, adviser for the National Honor Society chapter at Boonsboro High says, "Kasey is kind, pleasant, and well deserving of this award."