County Comment/Youth Of The Month For October

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer


The Washington County Board of County Commissioners has honored an E. Russell Hicks Middle School student as Youth of the Month for October, 2003.

The Washington County Community Partnership brought the October Youth of the Month Meritorious Award to the Board, for presentation to Allison Grove of Hagerstown. Daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Grove, Allison is an eight-grade student at Hicks and was nominated by Ms. Kelly Klein.

Allison has excelled in her academic classes, appearing on the academic honor roll every marking period during the past three years, and has excelled in extracurricular activities.

For the last three years, Allison has been a key member in the E. Russell Hicks Middle School Chorus and has performed, with her classmates, with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, at the Washington County Chorus Festival and at the Maryland State Chorus Festival. Allison is currently a member of the 2003 Washington County All-County Chorus.

She serves as Vice-President of the Hicks Middle School Student Council, and is extremely active outside of school playing volleyball and soccer, cheering with the Hagerstown Thunder and taking piano lessons.

She has most recently served as a People to People Ambassador, traveling throughout Europe during the summer of 2003 and is now serving as a People to People Alumni Ambassador. Allison will once again travel abroad during the summer of 2004 to New Zealand and Australia.

Allison attends St. John’s Lutheran Church with her family. At church Allison serves regularly as an acolyte, volunteers in the church nursery, and participates in her youth group and youth choir. She volunteers at Somerford Assisted Living and participates in a local Girl Scout Troop.

Ms. Klein has said, “In my seven years as a teacher, I have never met such a talented, intelligent, dedicated, and responsible student.” In Presenting the award, Commissioners’ President Greg Snook cited Angela’s leadership, in school and in the community, as an example that all youth should admire.