Eberly honored with community service award at Heritage Academy

June 24, 2012
  • Stephanie Stamper, right, Heritage Academy teacher and community service coordinator, presents Stephanie Eberly with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
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Stephanie Eberly, who will be a junior at Heritage Academy in the fall, received the 2012 Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level.

Stephanie, the daughter of Roger and Jeanne Eberly of Clear Spring, earned the distinction by completing more than 700 hours of community service.

Stephanie has been involved in service activities at her church, her school and with Convoy of Hope.

She has spent more than 600 hours volunteering at Star Equestrian Center in Hagerstown since October 2009.

She averages five hours a week helping take care of the horses and helping developmentally disabled children and adults learn to ride.

“The best part would have to be watching the disabled riders progress in their riding skills,” she said.

“Riding horses really helps them, and they seem to enjoy it.”

When she is not at Star, Stephanie stays busy with school activities. This past year, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club.

She maintained a 4.0 grade-point average every marking period and received the Distinguished Honors Conduct Award.

She has been a cheerleader, class treasurer and member of the yearbook staff. Stephanie hopes to continue volunteering at Star for the next two years.

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