Washington Co. students win Youth Meritorious Awards

November 18, 2008

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr presented Youth Meritorious Awards to four local public school students Tuesday.

  • Lily Anna Mackley, a sixth-grader at Smithsburg Middle School, is the daughter of Erich and Catherine Mackley. She was nominated by Luanne Murphy and Barbara Gift.

    For her birthday, in lieu of presents, Lily raised $120 to sponsor a needy third-grader in Guatemala. Lily was born in Guatemala and was adopted by the Mackleys when she was 6 months old.

    Lily also plays the viola and lacrosse, and participates in cheerleading. She is a member of St. Anne's Youth Alive.

  • Leah Harrell, an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, is the daughter of Clyde Harrell and Rhonda Tatum-Harrell.

    Leah received STAR awards for chorus, social studies and family consumer science, as well as top academic achievement awards in social studies and English in sixth and seventh grades.

    Leah has been a member of the middle school student council all three years and currently serves as student council president.


She was a delegate to the Maryland Association of Student Councils Convention in 2007 and 2008 and attended the Maryland Leadership Workshop in 2007 and 2008.

Leah participated in a telethon for the Parent Child Center and acted in two public service announcements -- "Stranger Danger" and "School Bus Safety."

  • Morgan Pettner, an eighth-grade student at Clear Spring Middle School, is the daughter of Randy and Leigh Pettner. She was nominated by staff member Earl Meagher.

    Morgan received the President's Award for Educational Excellence signed by President George W. Bush. She also was nominated for the Women of Tomorrow Award by the Maryland Commission for Women 2008.

    Morgan is the treasurer for the Clear Spring Middle School Campus Life Club, held a bake sale and donated all proceeds to the Washington County Humane Society and voluntarily shovels neighborhood driveways for free during the winter.

  • Christopher Bradford, a 12th-grade student at North Hagerstown High School, is the son of Norman and Pamela Bradford. He was nominated by staff member Carol Kreykenbohn-Barnhart.

    Christopher participates in the International Baccalaureate program, is a STARS recipient in math and Spanish and is a member of the National Honor Society.

    He tutors for the Calculus Club, is the secretary of the Key Club and is a member of the Link Crew.

    Christopher volunteers as a mediator with the Washington County Community Mediation center and traveled with a church youth group to Costa Rica to help build houses and serve as an English tutor.

    -- Joshua Bowman

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