County Comment: Youth Meritorious Award Presented

County Comment
Youth Meritorious Award Presented
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

In its regular meeting on December 12, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners recognized outstanding high school and middle school students with "Youth Meritorious" awards.
The Community Partnership for Children & Families Community Outreach Committee selects students to receive the Youth of the Month (YOM) awards, based on scholastic record and community involvement.
Brittany Eberly of Heritage Academy was selected as high school YOM for November 2006. Middle school students included Lynsay Gipe from Springfield Middle School for November 2006 and Praphawade "Unn" Klinsrisak from Clear Spring Middle School for December 2006.
Brittany Eberly, daughter of Roger and Jeanne Eberly, is a senior at Heritage, where she serves as senior class president. A member of the National Honor Roll, and Who's Who among American High School Students, she has been awarded the Excellence in Chemistry and Pre-calculus Award and the International Foreign Language Award.
Brittany's leadership qualities have been demonstrated by service as a student council representative, and junior class president, in addition to being senior class leader.
She has performed 40 hours of volunteer community service, has been a sports camp volunteer, and a member of the Mexico Missions Team.
She has been called a strong leader and positive role model for other students.
Lynsay Gipe, a 7th grade student at Springfield Middle School, is the daughter of Sean and Roxanne Gipe.
Lynsay has been on the Honor Roll numerous times, achieving an 80% or higher grade in all her classes. She scored at the advanced level for reading in grade 6, and is currently in a Merit Language Arts class.
Lynsay is running for student government representative for her 7th grade homeroom this year and helps teach Sunday school to younger children at her church.
Through her church, Lynsay participated in a fundraising walk to raise money to benefit hurricane Katrina victims. She has also helped raise money to purchase school uniforms for children in Africa, and has participated in a Bowl-athon to help raise money for school supplies for children in Columbia.
Her teachers say that Lynsay has been very helpful at Springfield Middle School by helping new students learn their way around the building and find their classes. She has befriended new students to help them adjust to a new school.
Praphawade "Unn" Klinsrisak is an 8th grade student at Clear Spring Middle School and is the daughter of Calvin and Somwang Johnson
She is a member of the Clear Spring Middle Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll, and received the S.T.A.R.S. Award for Math and Spanish. Achieving perfect school attendance in K though 7th grades, Unn was runner-up in the Spelling Bee in grade 6
Leadership qualities include being a morning announcement crew member in grades 6 through 8, a member of the Yearbook staff, Jet Skiing lead driver for 6 years, and Jet Skiing captain for 2 years
In the community she mows a neighbor's lawn for free, plows snow, picks up trash on sidewalks and helps clean and take care of Camp Harding County Park in Pectonville.