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April Tompkins County Distinguished Youth Award

Abigail Jackson being presented the awardThis month's winner, as chosen by the Tompkins County Legislature, is Abigail Jackson. Abby is a senior at Charles O. Dickerson and a senior Criminal Justice student at TST BOCES’ Career and Tech Center.

Abby is deserving of this award due to her strong work ethic, classroom leadership, volunteerism and personal and professional integrity.

Abby’s classroom work in the Criminal Justice class is impeccably done and morally sound. When responding to homework hot topics that involve the current criminal justice system climate, Abby is careful to research both sides of an issue with an objective spirit before defending an opinion one way or the other. Once she has gathered sufficient evidence and information, she makes her statement and backs it up with the resources that she used to form her opinion. This integrity often causes her to have a less popular opinion and yet she is resolute - no easy task for a teenager but commendable, for sure.

Outside of earning High Honor Roll and membership to the National Honor Society at school, Abby works as a waitress at Ron Don’s Village Pub in Trumansburg and participates in Varsity Soccer and Softball and with the Ithaca Police Department’s Explorers program.

In her spare time outside of school, work and sports, Abby volunteers as a coach in a youth basketball program called Youth Hoops, volunteers at Special Olympics fundraisers and sponsored events, Cops Kids and Toys and the Groton Food bank.

It is no doubt that Tompkins County has and continues to benefit from such a remarkable young person; she is on track to be an even larger asset to our community as she pursues a career as a future law enforcement official, serving and protecting our community.

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