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SHERIFF DART ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 YOUTH SERVICE MEDAL OF HONOR

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — 359 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, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. The event will take place in Building M just off the 111th St. entrance to the campus.

In addition to the minimum of 100 service hours, applicants were required to submit essays about their experiences. Examples of service from this year’s winners include volunteering in homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, and rehab centers; organizing 5k walks; building houses for the poor; forming not-for-profit organizations; and leading mission trips across the globe. The cumulative community service time among the 359 winners surpassed 40,000 hours.

This year’s distinguished youth speaker is Nikole Crane. Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, Nikole made, packaged, and sold lip balm and donated the profits to Smile Train, an organization that fixes cleft lips and palates in developing countries. Along with raising awareness for Smile Train, Nikole raised over $3000 for the charity, which provided 12 surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates. A Riverside native, Nikole is currently a senior at Trinity High School in River Forest.

2014 Youth Service Medal of Honor Winners

Alsip

Arlington Heights

Barrington

Berwyn

Bridgeview

Brookfield

Burr Ridge

Calumet City

Chicago

Countryside

Des Plaines

Elmwood Park

Evanston

Harwood Heights

Hickory Hills

Hillside

Hodgkins

Hoffman Estates

Inverness

Justice

LaGrange

LaGrange Park

Lemont

Midlothian

Mount Prospect

Norridge

Northbrook

Northlake

Oak Forest

Oak Lawn

Oak Park

Orland Hills

Orland Park

Palatine

Palos Heights

Palos Hills

Palos Park

Park Ridge

River Forest

Riverside

Roselle

Sauk Village

Schaumburg

Skokie

South Barrington

Streamwood

Summit

Tinley Park

Westchester

Western Springs

Worth

 
 
 
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