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PURCHASE LINE: Evergreen club names Boyer Youth of the Year

by By APRIL BOYER and NICOLE PHILIPS, Gazette student news reporters on January 17, 2014 11:00 AM

PURCHASE LINE — As a start to 2014, Evergreen Boys and Girls Club is proud to honor their Youth of the Year. A few months prior, senior April Boyer was nominated Youth of the Year at the regional level. After her competition in Indiana, the judges determined that she would continue to the state level in February in the Pittsburgh area. Details have not yet been finalized.

Over the past few weeks, Boyer completed the rest of her EBGC portfolio. This consisted of filling out a packet, gathering letters of recommendation and refining the speech on what the club means to her.

[PHOTO: Dan Small, district director of the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club of Indiana, congratulated senior April Boyer on advancing in the Youth of the Year program. (Christy Tiger/Purchase Line High School)]

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She also had to get a copy of her transcript and complete an essay explaining the importance of a college education. Typed and cursive handwritten versions of these responses were required for submission.

Shanda Buterbaugh, an English tutor at EBGC, had to submit a narrative about Boyer’s life story. Within this, she had to explain how April applies leadership at club, school, in the community and at home. A line from the narrative says, “April can always be counted on to help with activities inside the club. She is reliable and responsible in directing meetings, informal gatherings and supervising younger members.”

Last month, EBGC held a holiday dinner at Purchase Line. At the Dec. 12 event, EBGC members served a turkey dinner made by Purchase Line’s cafeteria staff to more than 300 people and held drawings for door prizes. Some of the club’s members stayed after school to help plan and organize the event.

Christopher McClead, a senior, said, “Setting up for the holiday dinner was fun because I got to hang out with friends. The work didn’t really seem like work.”

“The holiday (meal) is a good idea because you get to see different people from the community. It gives you a chance to connect with old friends,” said district director Dan Small.

Throughout the event, chances were drawn for MP3 players, board games and tote bags.

The dinner was free, but a bucket was left out for donations. Overall, they collected roughly $210.


Students in the Purchase Line National Honor Society went to the Indiana Mall to ring bells for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Dec. 19.

The students participate in this yearly as their way to give back to the community. The overall experience was nice and the students had a great day.

[PHOTO:  Amy Elling and Nicole Phillips, seniors at Purchase Line High School, collected money for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign Dec. 19 at the Indiana Mall through Purchase Line’s National Honor Society. Elling is the secretary of NHS and Phillips is vice president. (Submitted photo/Purchase Line High School)]

Senior Amy Elling, NHS secretary, said, “I enjoyed meeting different people, and liked knowing that people still give back to those in need.”

“I liked helping the community,” added senior Adam Farmery, the NHS public relations officer.

“I thought it was interesting to see how many people actually donate. Sometimes more people donated than I expected. It was a good experience,” said NHS vice president Nicole Phillips.

Senior Brooke Temchulla danced and rang her bell while senior Anna Harkleroad sang Christmas carols when they took their turn ringing bells.

“When Anna started singing, people would stop and listen and then they stopped giving us quarters and started giving us $5 bills,” Temchulla said.

The NHS members rang the bells from 1 to 3 p.m. outside various locations. For a break from the cold weather, the shifts were split into 30-minute intervals. During the time students didn’t have to ring the bells, they were able to finish up some early Christmas gift shopping.

“The Salvation Army is a community service oriented faith-based organization. As such, it helps many people in our community economically, socially and spiritually,” said Larry Peterson, science teacher and National Honor Society adviser.

“Proceeds from the kettle collection are used to buy necessary clothing, food and other vital life-sustaining items for our neighbors in need. Consequently, it is a valid and very rewarding community service project for our own PLHS students to volunteer to assist others in need. It helps remind us all that not everybody is as fortunate as we are,” Peterson said. 

[PHOTO: Gale Zoldak, executive program manager of the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club of Indiana, and senior Monique Deyarmin greeted guests and distributed raffle tickets for the door prize drawings. (April Boyer/Purchase Line High School)]

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