Student wins $5,000 for charity work


Manchester resident Jamie Ridgely has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Seventeen magazine for her work in the community.

The 15-year-old founder of Helpful Hands, a charitable organization, won second prize in the magazine's annual Volunteerism Awards. Ridgely began helping the needy when she was 9 years old by collecting food for the hungry. Now, the North Carroll High School sophomore and her staff of 10 volunteers have completed scores of projects, including feeding 75 families Thanksgiving dinner last year.

"We just do projects to help out wherever we can," she said.

This summer, she is putting together start-up kits for youths who might be interested in creating their own groups.

Ridgely was one of 3,000 young women nominated for the award. In addition to her scholarship, she received $5,000 to donate to the charity of her choice. She picked Carroll County Food Sunday, a Westminster food bank that has benefited from her donations.

Ridgely hopes to use her scholarship to attend Western Maryland College and medical school at the Johns Hopkins University.

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