Teen wins Lipton award

June 11, 1999|By BRENDAN KIRBY

William Stoner had no idea who would win the annual Sir Thomas Lipton Award, but he got a clue it must be him when the Boys & Girls Club executive director talked about how the recipient overcame his fear of public speaking.

Stoner, 13, gave a presentation about the Washinton County Boys and Girls Club to the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club last month and appeared on Maryland Public Television on behalf of the club last week.

"At first, I was afraid when I had to talk on the TV," said Stoner, who lives at the Frederick Manor apartments and is a charter member of the Boys & Girls club chapter there.

Stoner, an E. Russell Hicks Middle School student, said television was not as scary as he first thought.

"You didn't even notice everyone was there. It was just like talking," he said. "I thought I was going to have to read off something. I just got to say what I wanted to say."


Jim Deaner, the club's executive director, presented Stoner with a statue of Lipton at an awards cermony Friday evening at the Frederick Manor facility.

Deaner compared Stoner's courage to that of Lipton, a sailor and founder of Lipton Tea.

"He showed a sense of courage and determination that the Boys & Girls Club exemplifies," he said.

Deaner said it is rare for a club member so young to win the Lipton award.

"In the past, it's been a lot of high school kids. But this year, we felt William was stepping forward. He was our choice," he said.

Deaner said Stoner helps other Boys & Girls Club members with many of the activities. For instance, he turns on the computers and helps other kids get started on computer programs.

The club, which serves about 5,000 youths in Washington County, relies heavily on a core group of kids to make activities run smoothly, Deaner said.

"William's one of the kids we count on the most," he said.

Stoner's TV appearance aired on "Safe Night," which was last Saturday. On "Safe Night," a national Boys & Girls Club event, kids spent the night at the club's locations at Frederick Manor and Pennsylvania Avenue.

They played in all-night sports tournaments and practiced resisting tempations of drugs, alcohol and premature sex.

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