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Youth of month awards presented

May 22, 2001

Youth of month awards presented



Youth Awards

Photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER

Staff photographer

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook honored five recipients of the Youth Meritorious Awards. Pictured are Snook and, from left, Holly B. Smoot, December 2000; Tracee Haupt, April 2001; Lindsay Shirk, March 2001; Kayla Canfield, January 2001, and David Courter, February 2001. more

The Washington County Commissioners on May 15 presented the most recent round of Youth of the Month awards.

The award is sponsored by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families.

The awards were previously sponsored by the Washington County Children's Council but that group was abolished by its board members in January. The May 15 ceremony was the first since the sponsorship changed.

Holly B. Smoot has been named the Washington County Commissioners Youth of the Month for December 2000.

Smoot, of Hagerstown, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are Ronald and Debora Smoot.

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She was nominated by guidance counselor Earl Meagher.

Smoot is a member of the all-county chorus, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has participated in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

She has been on the distinguished honor roll in grades six and seven.

She is also a member of the Salem Reformed Church.

Others describe her as a kind person and a model citizen, Meagher said.

Kayla Canfield has been named the Washington County Commissioners Youth of the Month for January 2001.

Canfield, of Clear Spring, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are Scott and Theresa Canfield.

Earl Meagher, school guidance counselor, nominated her.

She has demonstrated to her teachers, guidance counselors and administrators respect for adults as well as her fellow students, Meagher said.

She is an all-around student both academically and socially and has a great interest in sports, Meagher said.

She is described as a nice young lady, role model for her peers and a pleasure to teach, he said.

David Courter has been named the Washington County Commissioners Youth of the Month for February 2001.

Courter, of Clear Spring, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. His parents are Douglas and Barbara Courter.

Earl Meagher, school guidance counselor, nominated him.

Courter has demonstrated to his teachers, counselor and administrators a hard-working and learning attitude, Meagher said.

He has participated in all-county chorus and has been on the honor roll every marking period. He has served his community by performing drama at Western Maryland Hospital Center and Altera Nursing Home.

Lindsay Shirk has been named the Washington County Commissioners Youth of the Month for March 2001

Shirk, of Clear Spring, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are Edwin and Bonnie Shirk.

She was nominated by Earl Meagher, school guidance counselor.

Shirk is highly motivated and hard working, Meagher said.

She has participated in band and chorus and was a student of the month in the sixth grade. Shirk is a member of the Clear Spring U-14 soccer team. She is also a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and helps take care of her invalid grandparent's lawn and garden.

Meagher said he has noticed positive comments about her from students and staff.

Tracee Haupt has been named the Washington County Commissioners Youth of the Month for April 2001.

Haupt, of Hagerstown, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are Gregory and Tonja Haupt.

Earl Meagher, school guidance counselor, nominated her.

Haupt is a member of the school chorus and treasurer of the school senate. She has attended Christian Youth Conference at Purdue University and has been the emcee for Maugansville School talent show.

She has performed at the Maryland Theatre with a choir singing with contemporary Christian artist Steve Green.

Haupt has been described as a role model for the school, Meagher said.

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