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Paynesville Press - March 9, 2005

Seniors honored for community service by Lions

By Michael Jacobson

Seniors Jeremiah Gleitz and Samantha Moser were recently given Lions Service Awards for February for their community service and volunteer efforts.

Each year, the Paynesville Lions Club recognizes eight seniors at Paynesville Area High School for their volunteer work, both at school and in the community.

lions award Moser said she was surprised, honored, and very happy to receive the award. Volunteering is important, she continued, because "it makes me feel good when I help someone who is not as fortunate as me."

Seniors Samantha Moser and Jeremiah Gleitz were recognized for their community service and volunteer efforts by the Paynesville Lions Club with its Youth Service Award for February.

Gleitz, the son of Kami and Lonnie Gleitz, is a peer tutor, student aide, and sound and video operator at school. He has done the sound for Homecoming and Sweetfest coronation and for the one-act play and has been involved with other school plays.

At Crystal Hills Assembly, he belongs to the youth group. And through his church, he has taken mission trips to the Dominican Republic and to Guatemala.

Next year, he plans to attend Alexandria Technical College and pursue a degree in law enforcement. Moser, the daughter of Joe and Roxie Moser, is a peer tutor and student aide at the elementary school and the middle school. She also plays basketball and volleyball, plays in the band and in the pep band, works on the yearbook and the school newspaper, and was chosen as Sweetfest Queen last month. Her favorite memory from her service work is helping a second grader learn to read and do math.

At St. Louis Catholic Church, she is a mass server and helps with church breakfasts.

Next year, she plans to attend Normandale Community College and study radiology.

So far this year, seniors Amanda Bruntlett and Erica Wander were honored with Lions Service Awards in October, and seniors Stephanie Louis and Katie Nelson were honored in November.

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