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Holiday cheer for the troops

North High teen suggests sending support overseas

North High teen suggests sending support overseas

December 14, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Editor's Note: In this 12-part series that runs through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others.




Name: Whitney Colombo

Age: 17

Hometown: Hagerstown

Occupation: Student

Organization: Student Government Association, North Hagerstown High School

What do you do to make Christmas brighter? Whitney suggested that students collect items for a local soldier stationed overseas and his platoon. The North Hagerstown High School Student Government Association is collecting items to send to Sgt. 1st Class Randy Sprecher, a North Hagerstown alumnus stationed in Germany. Sprecher graduated in 1982.

"It's giving back to the school, supporting alumni and the military," Whitney said.

Students are collecting books, hand-held games, phone cards and money, she said.

Student government representatives also plan to write letters of support to Sprecher and his platoon. Whitney already wrote several.

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Why do you do it? Colombo got the idea after she saw a story about Sprecher in The Herald-Mail. On Friday, Nov. 23, 2006, The Herald-Mail published a short story in which Sprecher requested support for his men during the holidays. Many of the soldiers are single and have no family support, Sprecher said in an e-mail.

Many of Whitney's family members served in the military, she said.

"I'm always eager to support the military," she said.

Whitney participates in scholarship pageants and is serving as Miss Teen Mountain Maryland, she said. Community service is stressed by pageant organizers, and she tries to find ways to give back, she said.

How can others help? People may take donations to North Hagerstown High School.

Whitney said she hopes to send the packages this weekend.

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