Tribute paid to county's top youths

November 22, 2006|by TARA REILLY

The top youths for September and October were recognized Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

Ryan Deal of Heritage Academy was the high school Youth of the Month for September, and Ross Reid of Clear Spring Middle School received the middle school honor.

Matthew Blair of Clear Spring Middle School and Maura James of Boonsboro High School were the middle and high school Youths of the Month for October.

· Ryan, nominated by Stephen Taylor, is a Who's Who American Scholar Award winner, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars, according to information provided by the county.


He is class treasurer and a teacher's assistant. He has also organized public relations for Heritage Academy and managed the school's Web site, according to the information. Ryan has volunteered as an I.T. administrator for Heritage Academy. He also served 133 hours of community service in his sophomore year and 130 hours during his junior year.

· Ross was nominated by Earl Meagher. He has served as a library aide, morning announcement crew member and orientation guide for new students. He also has been on the distinguished honor roll and honor roll in elementary and middle school, according to information provided by the county.

He received the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence while at Clear Spring Elementary School, is a member of the school band and chorus, participated in Jump Rope for Heart, made hygiene packets for the REACH cold-weather shelter, collected canned goods for needy residents and was in a Washington County Health Department commercial stressing the importance of immunizations, the information states.

· Matthew also was nominated by Meagher. He has been on the distinguished honor roll and honor roll, and has received awards for SRI achievement, national fitness, the Stock Market Game, social studies, science STARS, language arts and math. He's a member of the All County Honor Band, school band and school jazz band, and has been part of Destination Imagination, according to county information.

Matthew serves as co-captain of the Clear Spring Soccer Club, is an officer of Saint John's youth group, organized a study group at Saint John's, served as a tutor and is assistant patrol leader in his Boy Scout troop. He's also a member of the Williamsport Community Band and has participated in a number of community service projects.

· Maura, who was nominated by Sally Poole, is a recipient of the Presidential Freedom Scholarship for outstanding service to the community, according to the county information. She was nominated for the U.S. Senatorial Award and is a member of the National Honor Society.

She serves as president of the Service Club and is on the Student Council. Maura's community service work includes volunteering at Antietam National Battlefield, Reeders Memorial Home and REACH. She's also an altar server and cantor at Saint Agnes Church.

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