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Students honored by county commission

April 25, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

Joel Bates and Megan Duckworth received the Youth Meritorious Award for April at Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting.

Joel, an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, has received distinguished honor and a place on the honor roll many times throughout middle school.

The son of Debra Rauer, Joel serves the community by helping at his mother's daycare, visiting nursing homes, picking up trash along the street and playing an instrument in church.

Joel is known for his kindness and his willingness to offer compliments, encouragement and help to his fellow students.

"Joel is a kind person to everyone he knows," wrote Clear Spring staff member Earl Meagher, who nominated Joel for the award.

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Megan, an eighth-grade student at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, has taken merit classes and earned distinguished honor and a place on the honor roll throughout middle school.

The daughter of John and Tina Duckworth, Megan volunteers her time helping her father with work and serving at her church.

Megan is an active leader in church, volunteering as a children's recreation teacher for vacation Bible school and leading a kindergarten disciples class.

A "very polite, energetic and interesting young lady," said E. Russell Hicks math teacher Kathy Kaper, who noted that Megan has been selected for the STARS program for two years.

Commissioners President John F. Barr presented Joel and Megan with the awards.

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