Four students presented with Youth Meritorious Awards

December 26, 2011
  • Those receiving Youth Meritorious Awards from the Washington County Board of Commissioners earlier this month are, from left, Alex Curca, Malin Brokstorp, Emily Ragland and Michael Bair.
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The Washington County Board of Commissioners presented Youth Meritorious Awards to four Washington County middle school students on Dec. 13 in recognition of their academic success and contributions to the community.

The awards went to:

  • Michael Bair, an eighth-grade student at Boonsboro Middle School.

Michael has made honor roll or distinguished honor roll every marking period of his middle-school career. He participates in cross country, art club, marching band and the youth group at his church.

Teachers and fellow peers report that he is a respectful, hardworking student who is kind to everyone, according to guidance counselor Lauren McDermott.

Michael is the son of Michael and Rebecca Bair.

  • Alexandru “Alex” Curca, an eighth-grade student at Western Heights Middle School.

Teacher Diane Musick described Alex as kind, polite and a leader among his peers. He is a WEB leader, a select group of eighth-graders who help new sixth-graders adjust to middle school. Last year, he was a student government homeroom representative.

He achieves high marks in all his academic classes despite the language barrier he has faced since coming to this country, Musick said. Alex became a U.S. citizen in September, she said.

Alex is the son of Corneliu and Daniela Curca.

  • Malin Brokstorp, a sixth-grade student at Northern Middle School.

Malin recently arrived in the United States from Sweden and is already making great strides in her education, English Language Learning teacher Leann Buchanan said. She works with an English tutor outside of school and has taken on the challenge of all merit-level advanced classes this year.

“She realizes the importance of education, which is admirable for such a young student,” Buchanan said. “Not only is she an excellent student, but is extremely polite and is appreciative of anyone that helps her.”

Malin is the daughter of Anders and Anna Brokstorp.

  • Emily Ragland, a seventh-grade student at Springfield Middle School.

Emily is a great student and hard worker, counselor Jennifer Joyce said. For the first marking period, she made the distinguished honor roll.  

She is enrolled in French class for high school credit and is an active member of the school’s art club.

Emily is the daughter of Jenny Ragland.

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