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Spotlight on Youth

By Amelia Fisher, Columbian news assistant
Published: June 20, 2020, 6:00am
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Elisabeth Patnode.
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Woodland High School’s Elisabeth Patnode received the Silent Servant Student Award from the Peter R. Marsh Foundation, in recognition for her tireless hours of community service. Patnode has volunteered with the Love Street Playhouse since she was 8 years old.

“It’s basically my second home,” Patnode said. “I’ve been a part of Girl Scouts since I was little, and a big part of what they teach you is the value of volunteer work, so I’ve continued giving my time whenever I can as I’ve grown older.”

The award includes a $500 grant for Patnode to put toward her future. She intends to attend Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, where she will major in elementary education.

Marissa Morin, a senior at Columbia River High School, was selected as the recipient of the school’s Judy Herkert Memorial Scholarship. Morin was recognized for her commitment to giving back to her community by volunteering in the Vancouver Public Schools elementary school special education programs, her church and other organizations. The scholarship grants Morin $4,000 per year, contingent on continued academic success. Morin will enroll at Western Oregon University in the fall, with the goal of becoming a special education teacher and returning to work in Vancouver Public Schools.

Columbian news assistant