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Students named Youths of the Month

March 08, 2006

Eight middle and high school students from Washington County Public Schools were named Youths of the Month at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

The high school students to receive the honor are Senior Jermaine J. Cain and Senior Elizabeth Conner, both of South Hagerstown High School, and Bethany Trail from Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

The middle school students are eighth-graders Damara McDonough, Zachary M. Valko, Amanda Crowl and Hannah House, all of Clear Spring Middle School; and Mary Forsyth, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School.

Jermaine J. Cain, high school Youth of the Month for November, has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll for four years.

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He's a member of "Best Buddies," South High chorus, has been a member of his church's youth group, helps his mother clean Mt. Aetna School and volunteers to play the organ on Sunday morning at various churches.

Bethany Trail was December's high school Youth of the Month. She has been on the Honor Roll since ninth grade, the Distinguished Honor Roll in 11th grade, a member of the yearbook staff and Honor Club.

She volunteers at Rocky Gap with her father, sister and stepmother, cleaning the park, assisting the snack shack at the campground and with the light festival.

Elizabeth Conner was high school Youth of the Month for January.

She has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll, and is taking classes at Hagerstown Community College.

Some of the clubs she's involved with at South High include the History Club, Honor Club, Academic Team and National Honor Society. She's currently secretary of the Key Club. She has also assisted at soup kitchens, made baby blankets for impoverished families in Brazil and acquired more than 123 hours of community service.

Damara J. McDonough was September's middle school Youth of the Month.

Damara is a member of the school chorus and plays sports. She's on the Junior Olympic fast-pitch team, has served as vice president of the Junior Youth Fellowship at Salem Reformed Church, and has been a liturgist, usher and occasionally conducts sermons for children.

She's been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll since she began middle school.

Zachary M. Valko was October's middle school Youth of the Month. Zachary is a member of Hancock United Methodist Church, where he has been active in holiday concerts.

He's been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll, he's helped clean the town of Clear Spring, participated in a car wash for Hurricane Katrina victims and has helped feed the homeless.

November's middle school Youth of the Month was Amanda L. Crowl.

Amanda has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll and is a member of St. James Brethren Church, where she teaches Bible school during the summer.

She volunteers at Conococheague Elementary School, enjoys helping others, and "has demonstrated to her teachers, counselor and administrators a respect for adults as well as her fellow classmates," according to a statement provided by the Commissioners.

Hannah House was named middle school Youth of the Month for December.

Hannah has been on the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll and volunteers with Clear Spring Middle School's Blazer Homework Club as a peer tutor.

She has participated in the state's 4-H program and shows pigs, sheep, steers, chickens and capons at the Washington County Ag Expo.

Mary Forsyth was January's middle school Youth of the Month.

Mary has been on the Honor Roll, Distinguished Honor Roll and has participated in the Character Counts program.

She participated in the Physical Fitness Club at Boonsboro Middle School, the Teens Church Youth Group, assisted with the canned food drive at school and served food on Thanksgiving through her church.

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