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Soroptimists honor single mother, high school students

Staff reports

Cynthia Ricketts, a single mother of three and Carson Valley resident, is this year’s recipient of the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley’s Women’s Opportunity Award.

Ricketts was given the $1,500 cash award during the Soroptimist luncheon on Tuesday. Ricketts will use the award to assist her with expenses in completing her associate arts degree at Western Nevada Community College and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism or English.

Abigail Sasser, a 17-year-old Douglas High School senior, is this year’s first place recipient of the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley’s Youth Citizen ship Award. Sasser was presented the $750 cash award Tuesday during the regular Soroptimist meeting at Two Guys From Italy restaurant.

Sasser intends to use her award to help defer costs of her freshman year at a college she will be attending next fall. Her plans are to major in communications. Youth Citizen ship Award is a Soroptimist International of the Americas program that recognizes outstanding contributions made by young people to their homes, schools, communities, countries and the world. It is a merit awards program and is not based on academic achievement. Sasser is now eligible for the region and federation-level awards, said Soroptimist Karen Winters.

Also honored at that same luncheon were second place winner Sarah Petite and third place winner Darci Deck, both of whom are also seniors at Douglas High School.

Leland Joe and Mike Patterson were given the student of the month awards for Douglas High School for December and January at the luncheon. Each student was awarded a certificate and $75. Students are nominated by their teachers.

Leland was given special recognition for his recent work in English class, and Mike was recognized for his extra and outstanding work in drama class, including work on the Kids on the Block program, a puppet presentation which teaches young children about disabilities and differences among people.

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