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Commissioners present Youth of the Month awards

March 20, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday 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. Each of the four students received a $50 savings bond.

Hannah M. Smith was named the Washington County Board of Commissioners Youth of the Month for September 2001.

Smith, of Clear Spring, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are John and Paula Smith.

She was nominated by guidance counselor Earl Meagher, who said she is a motivated student.

She is a member of the school band and on the distinguished honor roll.

Smith has volunteered during the summer months to work with mentally challenged people.

She is an active member of her church.

Sondra H. Lavigne was named the County Commissioners Youth of the Month for October 2001

Lavigne, of Hagerstown, is an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School. Her parents are Arthur and Amy Lavigne.

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She was nominated by guidance counselor Earl Meagher, who said she is an outstanding, highly motivated student.

She has been on the distinguished honor roll during her middle school years.

She is a member of All-County Chorus and the morning announcement crew.

She has been a member of the Girl Scouts and is involved with church activities.

Joel Footen was named the County Commissioners Youth of the Month for November 2001.

Footen, of Hagerstown, is a senior at the Washington County Technical High School. His mother is Demeta Matlack and his stepfather is Charles Matlack.

Footen was nominated by Charles Swisher, the assistant principal.

He is in the school's criminal justice program with the goal of becoming a federal agent. He ranks first in the senior class of 168 students.

He is president of the Student Government Association and a member of Washington County Association of Student Councils. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Maryland Honor Student honorable mention.

He is a member of the Adult Bell Choir at his church.

"Joel Footen is an exceptional young man. He strives to do his best and to be ... respectful toward other students and adults," Swisher said.

Jessica E. Meagher was named the County Commissioners Youth of the Month for December 2001

Meagher, of Hagerstown, is a seventh-grade student at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

She was nominated by teacher David J. Flowers.

Meagher participates in the homework club, the Black Eyed Susan Reading Club and has been on the honor roll.

In November, Jessica had 12 inches of her hair cut off to donate to the Locks of Love Foundation in honor of her grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer, Flowers said.

Jessica is a member of the Girl Scouts.

"Jessica's dedication to excellence, and her concern for the well-being of others is an inspiration to myself, as well as her classmates," Flowers said.

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