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Three students receive Youth Meritorious Award

October 20, 2009

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.

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o Emily Beach, a junior at Williamsport High School, was nominated by Pauli Lazor, who directs the Noland Village Boys & Girls Club extension, where Beach volunteers daily. Beach also helps with the Best Buddies program, through which she befriends mentally challenged children, Lazor said. She has a 3.78 GPA and was described by her teachers as a "dedicated and hardworking student," according to her nomination.

The students were selected for the Youth Meritorious Award by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families Community Outreach Committee.

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