County Comment: Youth Meritorious Awards Presented
PH CAP: L-R, John Barr, YMA winners Benjamin Cornwell, Samuel Elwood
Youth Meritorious Awards Presented
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer
In its regular meeting ion November 6th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners' President John Barr presented Youth Meritorious Awards (YMA) for September and October 2007 to two outstanding middle-school students.
The September honoree is Benjamin Cornwell of Clear Spring Middle School. Benjamin is in the 8th Grade at Clear Spring Middle, and is the son of Howard and Teresa Cornwell.
Ben has been on the distinguished honor and honor roll many times throughout middle school, was a recipient of the STARS Award in 6th and 7th grade for Band, Language Arts and Spanish, served as a Student Council representative in 7th and 8th grade, and as a W.E.B Leader in 8th grade.
He has participated in Community Services through a food drive with Cub Scouts, environmental studies in Boy Scouts, as a Christmas caroler at Homewood Nursing Home with his church group, and assisted the REACH shelter with his church group.
Ben has been called cooperative, kind to others, a highly motivated student and an outstanding citizen.
The October YMA honor goes to Samuel Elwood of Clear Spring Middle School, the Son of Todd Elwood and Shelly McIntire.
In terms of Scholastic Achievement, Samuel has been a member of the distinguished honor roll and honor roll many times throughout middle school, and received Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts Achievement Certificates in 6th grade as well as the Presidential Award for Physical Education in 6th and 7th grade.
His leadership qualities include being a Star Student Award in 6th and 7th grade, a W.E.B Leader in 6th grade, a captain of the Clear Spring Chargers Youth Football Team from 4th through 8th grade, and a Student Council member in 6th and 7th grade.
Samuel's community service includes Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringer in 7th grade, delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in need in 5th grade, and helping prepare lunches for a homeless shelter in 5th and 6th grade.
Samuel has been called a highly motivated and responsible young man that puts forth special effort in his schoolwork.
Youth meritorious awards are given to young people in the community who show outstanding leadership and community responsibility.