* Monica Francis, 14, of Columbia.* School: Centennial...


October 12, 1992

* Monica Francis, 14, of Columbia.

* School: Centennial High.

* Why Monica was chosen: This summer, she worked as a therapeutic camp volunteer, helping physically and mentally disabled children age 8 to 12. This fall, she will be a therapeutic aide on overnight camp outs and day trips.

Monica became interested in helping special-needs children as an eighth-grader at Harpers' Choice Middle School, where she participated in the Jobs Program. Participants volunteer at schools and day-care centers for children and senior citizens. Monica was an aide at Cedar Lane School, where she befriended a student named Latoya.

Monica's comments: "We became really good friends," she said of Latoya, who is disabled. "She definitely influenced my decision to participate in the summer camp."

Goals: She wants to study special education, psychology or rehabilitation in college and to work with children.

To make a nomination, call Sherry Joe, 418-8031 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Nominations also may be faxed to 418-8016.

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