Lending a hand earns Thornton recognition

Student achiever

October 30, 2002

The student: Katherine Thornton, 11

School: Clarksville Middle

Special achievement: She won the Arc of Howard County's "Students Helping Students" award for youngsters who help their disabled peers.

How she won the award: While in elementary school, she helped a classmate who used a walker. "I helped retrieve her lunch ... take notes and carry her books around. I didn't really know her that well, but I seemed to be in a lot of classes for her, so I just kind of thought it would be the right thing to do."

How did it feel to win? "I wasn't really expecting to be recognized. It felt good to be recognized because it let me know and that young people can reach out to other people [with disabilities]."

Her other interests: She is an officer of the Fulton 4-H Club. "I'm the historian, and so I kind of keep track of what the club does. I do dairy with jersey cows, photography and gardening." Her family has a barn where they keep the cows and two miniature horses.

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