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Local teens honored with awards, scholarships
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Lisa Geyer, left, chats with Allison Cape at the Gainesville Civic Center during the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Teen Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner on Thursday evening. Cape was one of three volunteer students awarded $500 scholarships for their efforts. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

The Northeast Georgia Medical Center held its 2012 Teen Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner on Thursday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The event honored 102 teens for their 5,000-plus hours of service, ranging from 30 to 800 hours each. They represent 27 schools and eight countries and worked in 24 different areas throughout the health system.

The top awards were three $500 scholarships presented to Hannah Shilling and Francis Chiefe from the Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Andrew J. Dockery Teen of the Year Scholarship to Allison Cape. They will be applied to the students’ colleges or technical schools this fall.

A total of 137 awards were presented, including 14 seniors who donated more than 3,200 hours. The graduating seniors honored were Chiefe, Cape, Schilling, Patricia Arroyo, Joy Brown, Sidney Brown, Jaymyria Etienne, Itzel Jimenez, Carolina Ortiz, Tamar Ricks, Yonnaka Ruono, Adrianne Smith, Jessica Smith and Yeni Taborda.

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