McNay named September youth winner

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By Ryan Naus

When Adrienne McNay saw the opportunity to help children, she jumped at the chance.

McNay volunteered to help with “Hay Read”, a program where second graders from across the county went to Grant County High School for a night of activities that revolved around this year’s book, “Five True Horse Stories.”

She planned on helping to run the daycare for younger children and researched activities and games the youth would enjoy. McNay and other students entertained the children with coloring, Halloween music, Styrofoam spider balls, a fake pond where they could fish for apples and horse races.

“I’m into children and it was a lot of fun,” McNay said. “I was asked to help and I volunteered because I’ve always been interested in children. My mom calls me a ‘Mother Hen’.”

For her work and dedication, McNay was named the Youth Performance Award winner for September.

McNay, a sophomore at Grant County High School, is the daughter of April Whalen of Sherman and Bobby McNay of Pendleton County.

Her class schedule includes Spanish II, English II, Parenting, Child/Human Development, Intermediate Algebra, Biology and U.S. History.

She lists her favorites as parenting or child/human development because she wants to get into the medical field and she believes those classes are helping her prepare for the future.

Pat Conrad, McNay’s teacher for Parenting and Child/Human Development, nominated her for the award because of her enthusiasm for Hay Read and work ethic in class.

“Adrienne jumped on board and went home at night and did tons of research,” Conrad said. “She went above and beyond, but in class, she’s always going the extra step. She performs her best every day and I’ve come to expect that from her.”

Since she enjoyed participating in Hay Read, McNay plans on helping out with Operation:Imagination, a program for children in the Grant County school system where they have a book read to them and participate in other games and activities.

After high school, McNay hopes to attend Northern Kentucky University with the plan to one day become a pediatrician.

(The Youth Performance Award is co-sponsored by Performance Pipe and the Grant County News. The public is encouraged to nominate a deserving student. For more information on how to nominate a student, call 824-3343.)