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York County Awards $1,000 Scholarships To Its Most Outstanding Teens

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YORK – There are all kinds of ways to achieve, so York County singles out its superlative students in four categories: courage, compassion, community service, and overall achievement.

The county’s annual Outstanding Youth Awards were handed out by the Board of Supervisors May 16. The four recipients each received a $1,000 scholarship from the county.

“This is one of our favorite things to do here,” said Board Chair Thomas Shepperd. “We are so very proud of all the York County students and this is one small way to show how proud we are.”

The Community Service Award went to Gavin Peters, who participates in the homeschool program run by Williamsburg Classical Academy.  He is captain of the school’s sailing team and teaches sailing fundamentals to younger students. He has also been part of the landscape team at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for six years, and has organized food drives for the House of Mercy.

He visits disabled veterans and the elderly at assisted living facilities during the holidays and has taught tactical hapkido to members of the military.

“Gavin is a gentleman who never says no,” said Jim Orband, the chairman of St. Joan’s landscape team. “He exemplifies a can-do attitude toward any challenge he faces.”

In the fall, Gavin will attend Belmont College, outside of Nashville, TN.

The Outstanding Youth Award for Compassion went to Elise Hoglund, a junior at York High School. Hoglund, the younger sister of adopted twin sisters who both have Down Syndrome, has been actively involved in supporting them and others by her involvement with the National Down Syndrome Society.

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