Three Washington County students were recognized last week with the Washington County Commissioners' Youth Meritorious Award for their academic and community leadership.
o Modibo Haidara, a senior at South Hagerstown High School, was nominated for the award by counselor Eric Evitts. As a Link Crew Leader, Haidara mentors younger students and new students as they adjust to South High. He also was chosen as a peer leader to help students struggling with personal issues, Evitts said. He has a 3.77 cumulative GPA and takes a number of Advanced Placement classes.
o Samantha Staley, an eighth-grader at Clear Spring Middle School, was nominated by counselor Earl Meagher. She has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout school and was selected for STAR awards in sixth and seventh grades, Meagher said. She serves as student government treasurer, excels in art, plays in the jazz band, and participates in soccer, basketball and softball, Meagher said.