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Clear Spring students win Youth Meritorious Awards

December 28, 2009

Clear Spring Middle School eighth-graders Jonathan Henesy and Zachary Robertson were awarded Washington County's Youth Meritorious Awards for their academic success and community leadership.

Jonathan, son of Timothy and Marianne Henesy, was nominated by guidance counselor Earl Meagher.

"Jonathan is an academic success, as well as a highly motivated person," Meagher wrote in his nomination, calling him a "perfect role model."

Jonathan has been on the honor roll and distinguished honor roll throughout his time in school, and is taking all merit classes, Meagher said. He has qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Talent Search because of his high scores on the Maryland School Assessment.

Jonathan enjoys sports, and has played soccer and basketball competitively for a number of years. He received the Best in Camp Award for the soccer and basketball camps he attended last summer, according to the nomination.

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Jonathan has shown interest in volunteering and community service by helping to paint and renovate his church. Additionally, he and a group of his peers raised $500 for the homeless during their participation in Project Citizen.

Zachary, son of Carl and Bev Witmer, was also nominated by Meagher.

Zachary has been on the honor roll and distinguished honor roll often, is currently taking all merit classes and spends time tutoring students after school, Meagher said.

Zachary has been involved in many sports, including soccer and baseball.

He has also performed volunteer work at the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Department, the Maryland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Institute and the Finksburg Library. He also participated in fund-raising activities for the Lombardi Cancer Center.

Teachers say Zachary shows great focus and motivation in all aspects of his life.

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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