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Monday, November 22, 2010— More than 200 high school students will receive the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor tonight as recognition for volunteering more than 100 hours to their community and others in the last year, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday.

The ceremony, now in its 23rd year, will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at McCormick Place West.

This year’s youth speaker is Danielle Dalton of Lemont. She attends Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts. She created a not-for-profit group in her hometown, “Cakes For A Cause” which provides cakes for special occasions for those who are struggling financially.

Also among those being honored is Elesha West, of Park Forest, who volunteered for 320 hours while in Croatia. She travelled there with church members to conduct street ministry activities, including putting on puppet shows and performing dance routines, all in an effort to open a church there and increase membership of churches they had previously established.

The Youth Service Medal of Honor will also go to Tony Delany, of Palos Heights, and Jeremy Maske, of Palos Hills, who each volunteered an average of 48 hours a week for the last year with the Palos Park Police cadet program. They each spent 2,500 hours doing senior citizen well-being checks and helping with traffic control at village events, among other activities.

Students will be recognized from Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Berkeley, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Broadview, Brookfield, Burbank, Burr Ridge, Calumet City, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Country Club Hills, Countryside, Des Plaines, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Glenview, Glenwood, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Hickory Hills, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Homewood, Indian Head Park, Inverness, Justice, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lyons, Markham, Matteson, Midlothian, Mt. Prospect, Niles, Norridge, North Riverside, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palatine, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Park Forest, Park Ridge, River Forest, Riverside, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, South Barrington, Summit, Tinley Park, Westchester, Western Springs, Willow Springs, Wilmette and Worth.

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