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Students honored at awards luncheon

June 04, 2007|by JANET HEIM

HAGERSTOWN - A handful of Washington County public school students received the red carpet treatment May 22.

The students were honored at the Commissioners' Youth Meritorious Award and Community Partnership Character Counts! Award Year-end Luncheon.

The catered luncheon at Elgin Station Community Center in Hagerstown brought together 26 students and their families, as well as those who nominated the students for the monthly awards throughout the school year.

They were nominated for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service, said Tom Kline, project coordinator with the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families.

Each of the students walked across the red carpet as they went to the podium to accept their awards.

All five county commissioners and County Administrator Gregory Murray attended.

Commissioners President John F. Barr presented each of the middle and high school students who received the Commissioners' Youth Meritorious Award with a certificate and graphing calculator.

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Carolyn Brooks, a board member of the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families, presented the Character Counts! Award, which went to elementary school students. Recipients were presented with a certificate and a copy of the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

"This is to recognize our youth, to praise their accomplishments," said Patsy Campbell, Community Partnership board member. "Kids are important. They are our future. We want to help them strive for their goals."

Maura James, a Boonsboro High School senior, said the award had special meaning for her.

"This award is a special award to me because it is strictly for my service. I'm most proud of my work in the service club (at Boonsboro High)," Maura said.

She encourages other students to get involved in the community, and in high school to "try a little bit of everything. Find out where your passion or niche is and continue that the rest of your life."

Tyler Barrow, a fourth-grader at Williamsport Elementary, said he thinks he was chosen for the Character Counts! award because he's nice to others and pays attention in class. He said the award meant a lot to him because such an award wasn't offered at the school he attended in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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