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Logan County Board Recognizes Students for Community Involvement

[January 07, 2008]  The Logan County Board recently recognized September, October and November Student of the Month Award recipients. Board member Pat O'Neill presented certificates to each student present before the Logan County Board at the November board-of-the-whole meeting.

O'Neill explained that he recently started the program in order to recognize young people in the community. He included some of the reasons the various students were chosen.

September's award went to Melissa Bishop, a senior at LCHS. She's been involved in Future Business leadership, Big Brother/Big Sister of America, helped organize fundraisers for a vest for the police dog and a shed for the Logan County Animal Control, and has helped out at the shelter. She is the daughter of Rod and Jen Bishop.

October's awards went to Joli Boerma and Arielle Alley.

Boerma is a senior at Hartsburg-Emden. She's been a multiyear and top participant in diabetes and Alzheimer walks. She is the daughter Jim and Jonetta Boerma.

Alley is a senior at LCHS. Her activities include health fair, Earth Day, balloon fest, blood drives, Zonta turkey dinners, glass drives and other activities. She is the daughter of Broderick and Crystal Alley.

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Jacob Harnacke and Bridget Hyde, both LCHS students, shared November's award.

Harnacke is disciplined, works hard and has been focused on giving back to the community. He supports youth football, was chosen homecoming king and displays good leadership in any sport he plays, including on the football field. He's a good role model for youth, O'Neill said. Jacob's parents are Jerry and June Harnacke.

Hyde was not able to attend due to a basketball game she was playing in. She is the daughter of Toby and Amy Hyde.

These students were selected from 102 nominations. The students were selected not only for their academic success, but all are involved in community service, which is a large focus of the award, O'Neill said.

Tyler McKinney was also recognized for his recent achievement of Eagle Scout rank. McKinney is a Boy Scout with Troop 122 in Mount Pulaski. McKinney's main project was the installation of a flagpole at the Chestnut-Beason Park in October 2006.

Logan County Board Chairman Dick Logan thanked McKinney for his community service and presented him with a certificate of congratulations.


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