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Young Writers Trust Names a Finalist
Hartford Courant (Connecticut) 
Copyright 2005 The Hartford Courant Company
May 4, 2005 Wednesday

The IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young WritersTrust has named Rockville High School sophomore Molly Laflesh, daughter of Thomas and Barbara Laflesh of Vernon, the 2005 prose finalist for Tolland County.

Laflesh was awarded a $1,000 prize for her short story, ``Blue Eyes and Jolly Ranchers.''

Other Rockville High students who were recognized for their literary work were Catherine Rogala, Michelle Mauer, Amy Grigg, Courtney Kurban and Elizabeth Bologna.

Amanda Ardel, daughter of Craig and Lourdes Ardel of Coventry and a junior at Coventry High School, is a 2005 recipient of the Japanese Exchange Program Scholarship sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Inc. and the Kikkoman Corp.

Devorah Donnell of Manchester was among three students to receive the YMCA of Greater Hartford/United Technologies Corp. Youth Citizenship Award in ceremonies at the Hartford Hilton Hotel.

Making the presentations at the 153rd annual meeting of the YMCA of Greater Hartford were Laura R. Estes, chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, and Jay Kuhrt of Simsbury.

The awards recognize volunteer service by teenagers and are made in memory of Wesley A. Kuhrt, who was a senior vice president at UTC.

Donnell is a senior at Manchester High School and a founder of the high school's ACTIONS Community Service Club. She also is a four-year participant in the school's student support center and has volunteered for Christmas in April, Kids 4 Kids, and Camp Ramah in Palmer, Mass. She is valedictorian of her graduating class.

Jason Gottier of Ellington has been named treasurer of Phi Beta Lambda at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.

Gottier is a sophomore studying business management.

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