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Six youths honored by County Commissioners

March 02, 2005

Six local students received Youth of the Month awards for November, December and January at Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting.

Korey Atherton, an eighth-grader at Clear Spring Middle School, and Whitney Schlimgen, a senior at Heritage Academy, received awards for November.

Korey, nominated by Earl Meagher, has been on the distinguished honor roll many times, according to a written statement.

She has been active with the Diabetes Awareness program and has met with U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md, about the program. She has lobbied on Capital Hill and collected more than 3,000 signatures for the program.

"Korey is cooperative, kind to others, and really cares about school," Meagher said in a written statement. "She is a highly-motivated student and is an outstanding citizen. Korey is a very outstanding student in many ways."

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She is the daughter of Terry and Kendra Atherton.

Whitney, daughter of James and Denise Schlimgen, was nominated by Harold Miles. She is an honor student with a 3.6 grade point average.

She has been active in volleyball, soccer and basketball, according to information provided by the county. She has served as editor for the yearbook and organized and run summer sports camps at Heritage Academy. She assists with the Toddlers class at Evangel Baptist Church.

"Whitney helps others, such as volunteering to work with younger team members in strengthening skills and helping other coaches out by doing the 'stats' when other statisticians are unavailable," Miles said in a written statement. "She's also given up study hall time to volunteer to help the custodian with duties. She's willing to help out whenever and however needed."

Olivia "Libby" Henry, a student at Boonsboro Middle School, and Curtis Jeremy Nilson, a student at Clear Spring High School, received awards for December.

Olivia, daughter of Richard Henry and Alyson Severance, was nominated by Joy Storms.

She is an honor student who has enrolled in several merit-level classes in sixth and seventh grades, according to a written statement. She's involved with Girl Scouts, baseball and soccer, the Twinkle Toes dance club, the yearbook and All-County Chorus.

Olivia has offered free pottery lessons to the community, during which children made pottery and were able to take their projects home. Her artwork was selected to be displayed at the Maryland State House in March 2004. Only 11 other students from Washington County had art selected, according to a written statement.

Curtis, nominated by Jamie Lackemeyer, is the son of Robert and Karen Nilson. He's a member of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship and helps his father with odd jobs, according to a written statement.

"He always steps up to the plate to lead the younger youth in activities or give them guidance to help complete an assigned task. Curtis exudes kindness as well as confidence when working with a group. He takes extra measure to make sure everyone is included when working on a project," according to the statement.

"Curtis is a joy to work with," Lackemeyer said. "He has a wonderful positive attitude, and is kind as well as helpful to everyone he meets."

Zachery O. Repp, an eighth-grader at Clear Spring Middle School, and Leanne Rock, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, received awards for January.

Zachery, nominated by Earl Meagher, has been on the distinguished honor roll his entire school career, according to a written statement. He plays basketball, baseball and soccer and is in the Boy Scouts.

Zachery, son of Joel and Krista Repp, has traveled on mission trips, teaches Bible school at his church and enjoys hunting.

"I hear many positive comments about Zachery from the staff at Clear Spring Middle," Meagher said in a written statement. "Because of his most outstanding honor roll achievements and his leadership responsibilities with academics, church and sports, I nominate Zachery for this award."

Leanne is the daughter of David and Lisa Rock. She was nominated by Curt Shetler.

Leanne has been on the honor roll since 10th grade and her activities include indoor track, Bible Club, choir, Student Senate, Executive Board and Youth Leadership at Hagerstown Business College, according to a written statement.

"It has been a great joy to have known Leanne Rock," Shetler said in a written statement. "I have watched her grow and mature as a performer and as a strong person. She is self-confident and self-motivated. Her classmates respect her, not only for her words, but also by her example."

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