Milton Student Receives Spirit of Community Award ; Cabell Midland Senior to Be Honored in Washington, D.C

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Milton Student Receives Spirit of Community Award ; Cabell Midland Senior to Be Honored in Washington, D.C


A Cabell County high school student from Milton and a Wood County middle school student from Belleville have been named top youth volunteers of 2014 by the national Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Katie Cowie, a 17-year-old senior at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, raised money for a variety of causes such as providing shelter for homeless families and helping women quit prostitution by making and selling "tie-knot blankets through her own nonprofit "Blossom.

"I cannot explain the love I now feel for those in my community, said Cowie.

Olivia Smith, a 14 year-old eighth-grader at Blennerhassett Junior High in Parkersburg, is a dedicated advocate for youth and adults with disabilities in her community by serving as a mentor and teacher and encouraging others to use respectful language when referring to people with disabilities.

"People shouldn't be judged by their disability but should be recognized as a person just like everyone else, Smith said.

As state honorees, Cowie and Smith will receive $1,000 each, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D. …

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