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Meredith Lawhead Honored as Distinguished Youth

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Meredith Lawhead Honored as Distinguished Youth

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Meredith Lawhead, age 14 of Ithaca, was honored as the latest Tompkins County Distinguished Youth, nominated by her mother, Heather Swift, for her "profound love for her community through her perpetual and continual volunteer service...using her time and talents in numerous ways." Highlights from Meredith's formal community service in 2009 include the following: Learning Web summer volunteer program; DeWitt Middle School mentor to incoming sixth graders; DeWitt Middle School food pantry collection; Alternative Gift Fair volunteer; ongoing service with the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes; Greenstar Cooperative Market; Ithaca Dragon Boat Club; Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival; Salvation Army bell ringer; member of the National Junior Honor Society and DeWitt Middle School honor roll. Beyond her formal community service, Meredith is also praised for loving care of her mother, family, and home after her mother's recent spinal surgery and "countless acts of service that are never recognized." The Distinguished Youth Award is cosponsored by A&B Awards and Engraving, Bangs Ambulance Service, Purity Ice Cream, and Cayuga Radio Group.