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Boonsboro High's Barrett, Kaetzel awarded Ellis scholarships

July 06, 2009

Two Boonsboro High School graduating seniors received the Joseph M. Ellis Scholarship Award.

In honor of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Ellis created the scholarship for students at Boonsboro High School who exhibit an exemplary community service record.

Each applicant must be passionate about service, and be able to articulate the benefits they receive through the use of their time and talent.

Historically, only one $500 award is made each year. However, two applicants were equally deserving, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis made the decision to award both. The winners were Ryan Barrett and Karley Kaetzel.

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Barrett participated in many of the same service activities that Joey Ellis enjoyed. He is a student that not only "looks good on paper," but appears to be "laying the foundation for a life as a community servant and leader." He will major in business at Loyola.

In her application, Kaetzel was able to "articulate how a specific service project directly influenced a career choice. Her explanation of the personal benefit she received from peer mentoring was moving and heartfelt."

Kaetzel will begin her education at Hagerstown Community College and hopes to become a youth counselor.

For information about the scholarship or to find out how to establish a scholarship fund, contact the Community Foundation at 301-745-5210.

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