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Students honored for academics, community involvement

April 24, 2011
  • Cassie Downs, Olivia Rowe, Dana Getka and Jessica Rivas were recognized April 12 by the Washington County Commissioners for excellence in academics and community involvement.
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Four local students were recognized by the Washington County Commissioners this month for excellence in academics and community involvement.

The winners of the Washington County Youth Meritorious Awards were:

  • Cassie Downs, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School

Cassie is enrolled in the World Language Magnet Program and has maintained honor-roll status all three years of middle school, school counselor Kristin Ganoe said. She is the flag captain of the school’s color guard and was selected for its Merit Orchestra and Merit Chorus groups.

Cassie has maintained her grades and a positive attitude despite losing her mother to cancer in November, Ganoe said.

“There are many adults that could not have come through this situation with the poise and grace that Cassie has shown,” Ganoe wrote in her nomination.

Cassie is the granddaughter of Melba Anderson.

  • Olivia Rowe, an eighth-grader at Clear Spring Middle School

Olivia has outstanding grades and good attendance in all merit classes, counselor Earl Meagher said. She also is involved in basketball and volleyball, and has been an American Red Cross volunteer since 2005.

“Olivia is a highly motivated and responsible young lady that puts forth special effort in her school work,” Meagher wrote in her nomination.

Olivia is the daughter of Todd and Ami Rowe.

  • Dana Getka, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School

Dana, an honor roll student, was described by music instructor Michael Beeler as a one of the top students on clarinet in her school’s marching and concert bands. She also plays in the school’s woodwind ensemble and has been nominated for the all-county middle school band.

Dana is a WEB leader, a member of the environmental club and an active member in her church, St. Ann’s parish. She enjoys tennis, snowboarding, playing the piano, reading, drawing and writing.

“She has a great work ethic and always works to do her very best, no matter what the subject,” Beeler wrote in her nomination.

Dana is the daughter of Kirk and Lisa Getka.

  • Jessica Rivas, an eighth-grader at Western Heights Middle School

Jessica was described by English Language Learner teacher Marie Martin as a hardworking, respectful and considerate student who always goes above and beyond what is expected.

Jessica elected, on her own, to stay after school to get help with assignments and do extra work, Martin said.

“There is nothing more important to Jessica than to do well academically so that she can become a professional and make her family proud,” Martin wrote. “I have no doubt she will achieve this.”

Jessica is the daughter of Juan and Maria Solano.

The students were selected for the awards by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families.

They were recognized by the Washington County Commissioners on April 12, and received certificates and $100 savings bonds.

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