Exchange Clubs name Youths of the Year

May 28, 1998

The Exchange Clubs of Washington County recently honored two local high school seniors with $250 scholarships in their annual Youth of the Year program.

Under the program, candidates' academic records, community service and essays on a prearranged topic are examined.

This year the competition was divided so that one award, presented by the Antietam Exchange Club, went to a student in an academic program, while the other, presented by the Hagerstown Exchange Club, went to a student in a vocational-technical program.

The academic winner was Andrea Rae Higgins of Hancock Middle Senior High School. She has a 4.0 grade-point average.

She is involved in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which involves speaking to elementary school students about the dangers of substance abuse.

In addition, she has been involved in cheerleading, student government, music and the school newspaper. She also was class president.

Her winning essay discussed how teamwork and listening to many viewpoints can result in a better society.


She will attend Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa., and will major in communications, with the goal of becoming a television journalist.

The vocational/technical winner for 1998 was Melissa Marie Allen, a student at the Washington County Career Studies Center. Ranked second in her class with a 3.5 grade-point average, Allen is active in the student senate, is a Red Cross volunteer and is an officer in the Health Occupations Students of America.

Allen's essay described her desire to succeed in the nursing profession. She has been accepted at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va., for the fall semester.

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