Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Photo Cap: Commissioner John Barr presents Youth Meritorious Awards to Rachel House and Alexa Mills.

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Washington County Public Health Officer Earl Stoner, and Melissa Lewis, Program Manager for Prevention Services of the Health Department, received this proclamation, designating January as Cervical Health Month in Washington County for 2008, from Commissioners' President John Barr. The proclamation cited the need for regular screening for cervical cancer in women, because 12,000 to 14,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. In 2008 in Maryland 190 women will be diagnosed with the disease and if detected early the survival rate is near 100%. Women should take regular Pap tests to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. The Commissioners encouraged all women in Washington County to become aware of the risks and the preventative measures a regular screening program can provide.
Commissioners' President John Barr presented the Youth Meritorious Awards to outstanding students in area middle schools for the months of November and December, 2007. The Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families Community Outreach Committee makes the selections based on Academic and community leadership criteria.
The Middle School award winner for November 2007 is Alexa Mills, an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School, daughter of Charles and Krista Mills. Alexa is an outstanding student who has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll many times throughout her school career. She received the S.T.A.R.S Award in 6th grade for Science and in 7th grade for English. She also received a Leadership Award from the National Alliance for Autism Research in 6th grade. She enjoys sports and has participated on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams during her time at Clear Spring Middle School, and is also a member of the school band. Alexa has participated in the Autism Walk and other efforts to raise public awareness about Autism. Alexa was nominated by Guidance Counselor Earl Meagher.
The Middle School honoree for December, 2007 is Rachel House, an 8th Grade Student at Clear Spring Middle School , daughter of Stephen and Mary House. Rachel is an outstanding student and citizen who has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll and the recipient of academic and community awards many times throughout her young life. She has been an active participant in the Student Government and is serving as President this school year. She also serves as the second vice president middle school representative for the Washington County Association of Student Councils. Rachel was nominated by Guidance Counselor Earl Meagher.