Lo­cal stu­dents win pub­lic ser­vice awards

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WASH­ING­TON — U.S. Se­na­tor Chris Van Hollen re­cently an­nounced three Mid-Shore re­cip­i­ents of his 2018 Pub­lic Ser­vice Award.

They are Natalie Southard of Colonel Richard­son High School, Isis Brous­sard of North Caro­line High School and Clint Michael Meekins Jr. of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School.

The Van Hollen Pub­lic Ser­vice Award is de­signed to com­mend a high school se­nior who has demon­strated a high level of com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity or pub­lic ser­vice. Stu­dents who em­body this com­mit­ment are ded­i­cated to mak­ing a pos­i­tive change that will ben­e­fit their com­mu­nity, state, or na­tion. Van Hollen is an­nounc­ing over 90 re­cip­i­ents through­out Mary­land.

Van Hollen’s of­fice in­vited lo­cal schools to nom­i­nate stu­dents who em­body th­ese guide­lines and nom­i­nated stu­dents re­ceive a Con­gres­sional Ci­ta­tion.

“Just as we rec­og­nize stu­dents who per­form well aca­dem­i­cally or ath­let­i­cally, stu­dents who are com­mit­ted to serv­ing oth­ers de­serve pub­lic recog­ni­tion and com­men­da­tion,” Van Hollen said. “Th­ese stu­dents have each shown ded­i­ca­tion to ser ving their com­mu­ni­ties, and I’m proud to honor their work. I look for­ward to see­ing the great things th­ese young men and women will ac­com­plish in the years ahead.”

The Van Hollen Pub­lic Ser­vice Award is awarded to stu­dents who dis­play a deep sense of ded­i­ca­tion to pub­lic ser­vice, take mean­ing­ful per­sonal ini­tia­tive, and bring an in­no­va­tive and fresh ap­proach to im­prov­ing the lives of oth­ers.

The Van Hollen Pub­lic Ser­vice Awards pro­gram was launched in 2004 when Van Hollen served in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and has since been ex­panded to en­com­pass the en­tire state.

NATALIE SOUTHARD

ISIS BROUS­SARD

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