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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Jack Lisi Youth Awards honor eight

  • Young men and women who’ve overcome significant challenges in their lives and have inspiring stories to tell were honored over the last weekend at the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards.

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  • Young men and women who’ve overcome significant challenges in their lives and have inspiring stories to tell were honored over the last weekend at the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards.
    This year’s winners were Kelly Bray of Hammondsport, Roeshawn Daniels of Corning, Margaret Gray-Wyatt of Hammondsport, Corey Hale of Avoca, Brianna Lurcock of Prattsburgh, Brendan Murray of Bath, Celeste Mathews of Bath and Karen Smith of Corning.
    “Our winners have overcome major obstacles in their lives. There are experiences most of us have not faced and most likely never will,” said Dr. Stoner Horey, a member of the Jack Lisi Awards Board of Directors, in his remarks at last Friday’s banquet.
    In spite of that, Dr. Horey said, they “looked beyond their own difficulties to help others” and display “positive attitudes, fortitude, discipline and cheerfulness.” They do very well in school, hold down part-time jobs and have big plans for the future, he added.
    Each of the eight winners received a $1,500 college scholarship.
    The late Jack Lisi served as Steuben County Sheriff for 18 years, and was deeply involved in helping struggling youngsters turn their lives around. He was very active in the community, volunteering with numerous civic organizations, ranging from Boy Scouts to Cinderella Softball.
    Lisi retired as sheriff in 1987 and died in 1991. The youth award program in his honor began the following year. More than $150,000 has been given to the winners over the years to help them attend college or achieve other goals.
     
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