WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., recently announced the Mid-Shore recipients of his 2019 Public Service Award.

The Van Hollen Public Service Award is designed to commend a high school senior who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to community or public service. Students who embody this commitment are dedicated to making a positive change that will benefit their community, state or nation. Van Hollen announced more than 125 recipients throughout Maryland.

“It’s important that we recognize students not only for their academic and athletic successes, but also for their work in the community,” Van Hollen said.

“Each of these students has demonstrated their commitment to serving our communities, and I am proud to honor their hard work and dedication,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the great things the future has in store for these young leaders, as they continue their efforts to make an impact.”

Local recipients of the Van Hollen Public Service Award are Samantha Robertson, a graduate of Wye River Upper School in Centreville; Hannah Scott, a graduate of Kent Island High School in Stevensville; Ryan Daniel Freeman, a graduate of Sts. Peter & Paul High School in Easton; Rebecca Gibbons, a graduate of North Caroline High School in Ridgely; and Davis Newcomb, a graduate of Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg.

The Van Hollen Public Service Award is awarded to students who display a deep sense of dedication to public service, take meaningful personal initiative, and bring an innovative and fresh approach to improving the lives of others.

The senator’s office invited local schools to nominate students who embody these guidelines and nominated students receive a Congressional Citation. The Van Hollen Public Service Awards program was launched in 2004, when the senator served in the House of Representatives and has since been expanded to encompass the entire state.

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