B'ville: BVC names Teen Volunteers of the Year

Robert McCabe and Chloe Parker, graduating seniors at Baker High School, have been selected for the 2008 Marilyn Swete Memorial Teen Volunteer Scholarship.

Each year, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center selects the top teen volunteer from among submissions made by local students. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his or her community efforts.

"We are so glad that we were able to award two scholarships this year because it would have been hard to choose between these two outstanding young adults," said Lauri Bernstein of the BVC Board of Directors.

McCabe's volunteer service includes spending a week in New Orleans with his church group cleaning up and rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina; being a counselor at Junior Camp Good Days in Syracuse; mentoring students at both Elden and Durgee; Habitat for Humanity; and spending time helping charities such as volleyball marathon, multiple sclerosis and crop walks and phone-a-thons.

"Community service has made me the person I am today and I can't imagine what my life would be without it," McCabe said. "Nothing makes me happier than assisting others to accomplish things they never could have done on their own . . . and by helping people in need I learn valuable lessons that I will never forget."

Parker's volunteer service includes being a member of the Onondaga County Youth Court since 2003; being a chemistry tutor at Baker High School; Syracuse Rescue Mission; Sunday school assistant and teacher at her church; a 10-day mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she helped to clean up a playground and set up a medical clinic; a seven-day mission trip to Mexico where she helped to pour cement for the floors of an orphanage and two churches; and helping fundraising efforts such as Dollars for Scholars phone-a-thon, Paige's Butterfly Run, Vera House White Ribbon Campaign and as president of the National Honor Society helped to organize a Christmas toy drive.

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