WILLIAMSPORT -- Three Williamsport students were honored Thursday night for accomplishments in and out of the classroom during a ceremony that Mayor James G. McCleaf II said will become an annual event.
Brett Weaver, Samantha Van Slyke and Graylon Wright were honored as part of International Youth Day, which is celebrated by the United Nations to recognize young peoples' energy, imagination and initiatives.
McCleaf said students who were honored as part of the International Youth Day event in town were selected based on academics and the work they perform in the community.
Among the speakers at Thursday's ceremony at Williamsport Town Hall was Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan.
Morgan said events like Thursday's are the one's she especially enjoys, and she emphasized showing students the importance of leadership and teaching them strategies and techniques to master it.
Brett has taken on "mind-bending challenges" as part of the Destination ImagiNation competition, and he worked with an orientation program at Springfield Middle School in which incoming students are paired up with older students, said Bonnie Fletcher, a student intervention specialist at Springfield Middle School.