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Washington County students honored for academics, community involvement

December 26, 2010
  • Six local students were recognized by the Washington County Commissioners on Dec. 14 for excellence in academics and community involvement. Present to receive their awards were, from left, Alexandra Albert, Jeffrey Bennett, Taylor Williams, Robert Willis III and Kasey Jenkins. Not present was Grace Li.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY — Six local students were recognized by the Washington County Commissioners on Dec. 14 for excellence in academics and community involvement.


The winners of the Washington County Youth Meritorious Awards for November and December were:


November:


• Grace Li, a seventh-grade magnet student at Boonsboro Middle School
Grace received distinguished honors every marking period last year and participates in the environmental club, art club, Math Counts, merit orchestra, all-county orchestra, Math 24, Language Club, Girl Scouts, and recreational volleyball and basketball. As a sixth-grader, she won the PTA Reflections Award of Excellence at the state level. She is the daughter of Xiaorong Yin and Mengyang Li. She was unable to attend the Dec. 14 awards presentation.


• Jeffrey Bennett, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School
Jeff was described in his nomination as one of the top percussionists in the middle school band. He earned a superior rating last year at the state solo and ensemble festival on his bell solo. Jeff is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, is starting quarterback for the Boonsboro Titans team of the Washington County Junior Football League, plays Pony League baseball and is a member of the Math Counts team. He is the son of Chris and Lisa Bennett.

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• Taylor Williams, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School
Taylor was described in her nomination as an “outstanding band student,” sitting first-chair clarinet in the middle school band. She received an outstanding score at the state solo and ensemble contest last year on her clarinet solo. Taylor also sings at United Church of Christ in Sharpsburg, plays volleyball and basketball, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is a leader in WEB (Where Everybody Belongs). She is the daughter of Karen Williams.

December:


• Alexandra Albert, an eighth-grader at Clear Spring Middle School
Alexandra has been on the distinguished honor roll every marking period since entering middle school. She participates in student government, is a WEB leader, and plays soccer, basketball and softball. She is also active in raising money for the Special Olympics. She is the daughter of Brian and Susan Albert.


• Robert Willis III, a senior at Williamsport High School
Robbie was described in his nomination as “an outstanding student who rises to the challenge of college-level work.” Over the past four years, he has received shining star, distinguished honor roll, French honor roll and national honor society awards. He has participated in Students Against Drunk Driving, Link Crew, Green Club, Interact Club and student government throughout his high school career. Robbie has been in Boy Scouts since second grade and recently attained Eagle Scout status. He has also taken part in canned-food drives and has helped clean up trash along the roadways. He is the son of Robert and Michele Willis.


• Kasey Jenkins, a senior at Boonsboro High School
Kasey was described in her nomination as demonstrating all the characteristics of a National Honor Society student: leadership, character, service and scholarship. She has been a member of NHS for two years, serving as the historian this year, and was described by NHS Adviser Cynthia Ours as having gone “above and beyond” in numerous service projects. She also participates in dance classes outside of school and hopes to pursue a career in dance therapy. She is the daughter of Garry and Diane Jenkins.

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