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On April 30, 2008, Natalie Hansen, co-founder of NatWorld Magazine, was awarded the Extra Mile Youth Award for her work on the site. The following is a newspaper article from Post Register (Natalie is listed second to last).

Thursday May 01, 2008
Bonneville Co. students honored

    The Bonneville Youth Development Council honored 45 area students Wednesday night for outstanding service to their community. This is the sixth year the organization has recognized area students for their efforts through the “Extra Mile Youth Awards.”

    All youths are from Bonneville County.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    – Mikaela Nate donates her recess time to help students in class. Last year, she learned some sign language on her own so she could communicate with a fellow student.

    – Sylvia Belford always has a smile on her face. She made a card for one student and wrote him a poem about him having a bad week. She was concerned about him and wanted to make him smile.

    – Michaela Staley has volunteered for many projects, including the Domestic Violence Intervention Center, FAITH, The Haven, City of Refuge, school carnivals, The Salvation Army and Parents as Teachers.

    – Scott Jackson has been a member of the Business Professionals of America for two years. Scott’s Web application team placed first in the regional competition in Idaho Falls and first place at state.

    – William Foster is a member of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post and has participated in the DARE Haunted House and Shop with a Cop.

    – Tara Keeling assisted with the ninth annual National Women’s Art exhibit at Idaho State University. This show is in conjunction with a silent auction to benefit women in the arts and sciences at ISU.

    – Carly Krager volunteers at all her after-school basketball games, where she donates three or more hours per game. She also volunteers with the Bonneville Humane Society.

    – As president of Ben & Jerry’s Environmental Club, Joey Parker started a school recycling program, convinced the district office to recycle paper and cardboard and spearheaded a cleanup on school grounds.

    – Mike Murphy is a member of the Business Professionals of America and never has to be reminded to complete his projects. He makes certain all bases are covered and submits everything in a timely manner.

    – Shawntel Rosenberger collects canned food on her own to donate to the food bank and spends her weekends picking up garbage around neighborhoods and canals.

    – Yesenia Becerril is always helping with fundraisers at her school. She always has time to sit at the tables during student-led conferences to pass out refreshments and answer questions that the parents ask.

    – Dylan Ellsworth serves as head of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts honor society. He organizes its Adopt-a-Highway project and recruits youths to help the U.S. Forest Service build and maintain trails.

    – Alicia Collette is involved in several activities, including as a student body officer, on the honor society and the BPA. She has an innate ability to solve problems; she sees what needs to be done and does it.

    – Jade Carson is a basketball statistician at his school. When the program he used died and his school couldn’t buy a new one, he created a spreadsheet and did the entire season’s stats by hand.

    – After Samantha Storms learned about a national program called Rachel’s Challenge, she was inspired to bring it here. With the support of school administration and her Girls Federation advisers, she was able to.

    – Teleigh Martinez helps other students with their work during class while earning A’s for herself. She also volunteers at the Humane Society, The Soup Kitchen and the food bank.

    – Kendall Nebeker has participated in many Boy Scouts activities. He’s a varsity scout and a den chief. He has done many service hours, including finishing a room for the Idaho Falls High School wrestling team.

    – Jennifer Brookover is a member of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post and volunteers for the DARE Haunted House and for many flag presentations at DARE graduations.

    – Tiffany Ragan volunteers at all her after-school basketball games, where she donates three or more hours per game. She’s been volunteering at the local Soup Kitchen and a retirement community since age 6.

    – Megan Cousin is involved in many extra-curricular activities, including as a student body officer, on the honor society and in the Business Professionals of America.

    – When Joshua Middleton’s school held a food drive to benefit the local food bank, he stood outside of Albertsons on Broadway to encourage customers to donate to the food drive.

    – Kaylee Robinson always helps with lunchtime duties, even if she doesn’t get a chance to eat herself. She helps with concessions during basketball games, where she often stays past 10 p.m. to help clean up.

    – Deanna Reed loves horses and is a member of Miracles Inc., which teaches disabled individuals to ride horses and train them for equestrian events in the Special Olympics.

    – Kory Christensen is a leader in the Venture and Scouting Program. Last October while on a Venture Crew dive, he helped save the life of a fellow diver who had a heart attack.

    – Ryan Rapp has been involved in numerous service projects, including one in Juarez, Mexico, where he helped paint bedrooms and built forms for concrete foundations at an orphanage there.

    – Brandon Edgley has been a part of multiple service projects for cleanup and beautification of roads and parks in our area.

    – As president of her school’s Service Club, Jenna Carson has led several projects, including a food drive, a Thanksgiving dinner drive and a trash pick-up project.

    – Ashley Leatham has done numerous service projects, including helping with a skit, caroling for canned goods, gathering supplies for FAITH and helping Habitat for Humanity.

    – Hailey Weatherby is an active member of the Honor Society, always helping with its activities and fundraising projects. She also did a presentation on why you should never use methamphetamine.

    – Nic Westfall had not even met his new neighbors when the first snowfall hit. Yet from the first flake, and every time since, Nic has used his snowblower to clear their driveway.

    – Tyler Hutten always volunteers for service projects and activities at his school. This winter, he shoveled driveways for his neighbors. He did this for no pay and without being asked.

    – Jason Klingler is very involved with student government at his school. He volunteered with its recent Soup-er Bowl canned food drive and has taken a struggling student under his wing.

    – Michael Pack serves others without any need for recognition. He donated $45 of his own money for Jump Rope for Heart, then gave all the prizes he won to his siblings.

    – Zoe Creed loves journalism. None of the other students in the class had the drive, dedication or determination that Zoe did. She works hard to research and write hard-hitting news stories.

    – Chantel Silvas helps at her school with an after-school reading program three days a week to assist other kids who are behind in their reading scores.

    – McKenna Hamberlin is the student council president at her school. She organized a food drive this year and is working on a fundraiser to help a fellow student who recently had a lung transplant.

    – Diane Isom is a volunteer peer mentor at an elementary school where she spends time with kids who need extra support. She also volunteers for various service projects.

    – McKinzie Walker is very dependable, and when given a task or job to do, she does it with a smile on her face. She recently represented her school at the National BPA Convention in advanced interview skills.

    – Alex Cartney has participated in monthly multicultural club activities. He embraces diversity, encouraging people to learn tolerance, diverse cultural points of view and supports minority groups.

    – Jaxon Hunter enjoys helping with the Cub Scout program. Jaxon is a life Scout and has completed his Eagle project, in which he painted a local school’s football stadium.

    – Briana Montgomery often goes to school early to assist teachers with whatever they need. She has a 40-year-old neighbor with Down syndrome whom she has befriended.

    – For the past two years, Sharlee Anderson has been part of her town’s youth committee. She has helped paint a basketball court, remodeled a library and set up for activities at the community center.

    – Breylan Young is dedicated to working with a girl who has Down syndrome. She helps this student with counting, addition, the alphabet and songs, and has different ways of trying to teach her those skills.

    – Natalie Hansen and her brother run a professional Web page for students and teachers to encourage learning. It is an upstanding site that promotes intelligence and curiosity.

    – Despite being new to her school, Faith Logsdon has helped with bulletin boards, filing papers and music, and organizing costumes. She also helps with setting up sound equipment, chairs and stands for concerts.

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