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Midlakes Senior Earns Community Achievement Award

Samantha Peacock, a resident of Phelps and senior at Midlakes High School, is the November recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Peacock will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The College will select five monthly winners during the 2012-13 academic year. Emma Karaman of Sherburne was the September recipient while Emily Good of Lockport was honored in October.

Peacock was nominated for the award by Chris Tillman ’97, a school counselor at Midlakes.

“Samantha is an active member of our school and community and works tirelessly to help make our area a better place to live and learn,” said Tillman. “The impact of her presence on our community is too deep to measure, and there clearly will be void next year when she’s away at college.”

Peacock, who plays soccer and lacrosse for the Screaming Eagles, shares her talent and passion for athletics with youngsters in the Little Dribblers basketball program. She is also a Spanish mentor at Midlakes Primary School.

She has volunteered at a local animal shelter since she was a middle school student and helped make the Ontario County Fun at the Farm day “a success by helping with the preparation and implementation of the event,” said Tillman.

Peacock, who also lends her time and talents to her church, has spent many hours helping raise funds for school organizations. She volunteered at the school’s open house, served as volunteer manager for the wrestling team, and worked the Breakfast with Santa event.

“You don’t typically see someone Samantha’s age that is so selfless with a desire to help others,” said Tillman.

Said Peacock: “Nothing but good comes from volunteering. It’s rewarding to see how appreciative people are.”

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/