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Medical Center Auxiliary honors teen volunteers at awards ceremony
The Medical Center Auxiliary honored its teen volunteers at an appreciation dinner in July.

The Medical Center Auxiliary honored more than 100 teen volunteers at an appreciation dinner in July at the Brenau Downtown Center.

A total of 140 teen volunteers from 27 schools were accepted into the 2016 Summer Program, and they have donated 4,834 hours to service at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s hospitals in Gainesville and Braselton.

Dot Dusenberry, president of The Medical Center Auxiliary, presented The Andrew J. Dockery Teen Volunteer of the Year Award and a $1,500 scholarship to Indira Islas. Islas has volunteered since 2013 and given more than 1,000 hours, a record in the history of the Auxiliary’s teen volunteer program. She graduated from Gainesville High School and plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall to begin working on her career goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Carley English, a rising senior at Chestatee High School, who has volunteered 50 hours, won the Auxiliary’s creative writing contest that encourages teens to write a short essay about what their volunteering experience has meant to them.

The Medical Center Auxiliary also sponsors a T-shirt design contest. Teens were asked to use the theme “Teen Volunteers: America’s Future Leaders” to create a unique design. All teens received a shirt with the winning design as a gift from the Auxiliary. First place was awarded to Ben Nguyen, a rising junior at Flowery Branch High School, who has volunteered 45 hours.

Sixty-two volunteers received awards for completing 30 or more hours of service. Also honored were three teens who gave more than 200 hours of service: Islas (1,000 hours), McNeely Rockwell (300 hours) and Emily Dufty (200 hours).

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