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Teen is proud of her Morgan County roots

November 22, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Hilary Kirsten Trump is not one of those students who can't wait to leave Berkeley Springs.

Three generations of Trumps were born in Morgan County, as well as six generations of McBees on her mother's side, she said.

Hilary, 17, a senior at Berkeley Springs High School, grew up learning it was important to find a role in your community.

"This is my home and I want to take care of it," she said. "I love it here."

She is excited about going to college next fall, but she said she will be glad to get back home.

Born July 1, 1992, Hilary joined a family that has been part of Morgan County for more than a few generations.

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And if her life takes her someplace else, "I'll transfer taking care of another community," she said.

Hilary's career interests are vast, including psychology (she really enjoys her advanced-placement psychology class), teaching children, and earning a law degree and possibly going into politics.

She wants to attend West Virginia University, and she plans to take the necessary general and elective courses first before honing in on her career path.

Hilary's favorite class is civics and she wishes the high school had a debate team.

"That's why I like Teen Court," she said.

Hilary is one of the trained Teen Court attorneys who participate in the legally binding alternative system of justice offered to nonviolent crime offenders in grades seven through 12.

"Hilary was very instrumental in helping with the success of Teen Court from day one," said Charlie Willard, coordinator of Morgan County Teen Court. "She recruited other kids to participate, and she is an excellent teen attorney."

Willard said Hilary also serves on the Teen Court Board. She was chosen by community leaders who serve on the board to represent Berkeley Springs High School because she is the most active high school student in the program.

"It's her maturity that sets her apart," said Candice Pennington, a counselor at Berkeley Springs High School. "She follows through and she follows directions."

Hilary is willing to voice her opinion on matters that are important to her. A writing assignment on political topics was done in English class, and the topic she was assigned was abortion. Hilary wrote a paper on the anti-abortion side.

Her grandmother, Mary Lou Trump, liked the paper so much that she gave it to a church member and it ended up being printed in a church newsletter, Hilary said.

After reading her paper in the newsletter, Hilary was invited to be the youth speaker at a recent Berkeley Springs right-to-life dinner.

She said her father, Conrad Trump, coached her on speechmaking to ensure she spoke slowly and emphasized certain points.

"I'm definitely very lucky and very blessed," Hilary said. "All of my family has the same beliefs and everything they say has rubbed off on all of us younger ones. Even though they disagree on some political issues, they do agree on the same moral issues."

Hilary said when she was younger, she did not understand why she could not do some of the things other children were allowed to do.

"My mother (Kim) kept saying, 'When you get older, you will understand,'" she said.

Hilary hopes to have children some day, and she hopes she does as good as job as her mother.

"She set the bar very high," she said.

Hilary works in the high school administration office and plays on the high school's volleyball team, she said.

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