Clara Hershey of Colchester received a Merit Award in November at the state level of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the largest youth recognition program in the U.S. based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. Hershey attends Mater Christi School, a private Catholic PS-8 school in Burlington.

Kristian Labrie, of Colchester has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or related service project to earn his Eagle.

For his Eagle project, Labrie chose to build guitar shelves and install ukulele racks for the Colchester Middle School music program. The band room was unorganized before the project, and now it has a spot for everything. “Having lots of people come together to benefit the music program, a program I am extremely passionate about was extremely rewarding. This experience will stay with me forever,” Labrie said.

Labrie is a member of College Street Congregational Church and active in his church youth group. He is also active in the drama club, wind ensemble, jazz band, chamber choir, concert choir, nordic ski team and cross-country running team at Colchester High School where he is a senior.

Labrie will be recognized with a special Eagle ceremony at a future date

Members of Colchester Wrestling teams

In conjunction with the United Church of Colchester, members of the Colchester wrestling teams and their coaches brought Christmas to a local family in need on the night of Friday, Dec. 15. The boys brought a tree, decorations, food, clothing and toys. The Vermont Mattress Depot also donated very generous gift cards. Seen left to right above are (back row) Deacon Gary Ferris, head coach Scott McPherson, senior Justin Lafayette, (middle row) Noah Quigley, Jordan Lavoie, Cam Katon, asst. coach Jason Lavoie (front row) recipient Ken Sanders and his two sons.