Sunday, October 15, 2000

Giving, self-sacrifice distinguish Tristate teens

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        They are examples of concern, self-sacrifice and achievement. And 11 of them will be rewarded this week with trophies and $500 scholarships.

        Thirty-three high school seniors are finalists for the 12th annual Golden Galaxy Awards. The students were selected from 271 nominees from more than 50 Greater Cincinnati high schools.

        Winners in 11 categories will be announced Wednesday at the College of Mount St. Joseph, where each will receive a trophy and a scholarship.

        Matt Mastin, of Covington's Holmes High School, is a finalist in the vocational/technical category.

        “The most important activity I participate in would have to be teaching computers to people in my commu nity,” he said. “Computer skills are becoming a necessity in almost every job today.”

        CharKeita D. Anderson, of Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, is a finalist in music.

        She uses her vocal talents to “minister” to others and hopes to become a high school teacher. She is a skilled sign-language inter preter and has volunteered at Hillcrest Juvenile Facility in Roselawn, where she sang before 300 of the incarcerated teens.

        “As I ministered to those teens, I realized I wanted to move them with my voice,” she said. “That night confirmed what I'd suspected. I want to influence teens. I'm going to become a secondary teacher.”

        Previous winners have founded writing clubs, tutored and worked with children in low-income neighborhoods, and used foreign-language skills to translate for foreign-born nursing home residents.

        The contest is sponsored by the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, The Enquirer and WKRC-TV (Channel 12).


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