Top teen volunteers lauded

DeKALB – Three teens were honored by the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary as TAGS of the Year. The winners, each in their fourth year of service in the Teen Age Group Service, or TAGS, program, are Kerry Campagna, Brigid Crawford and Theresa Nguyen.

“This is the first time we have awarded three TAGS of the Year,” TAGS coordinator Sally Brotcke said. “From the first year of their volunteering, there was something very special about all three of these girls. They have all worked special events, assisted with desk trainings, helped lead panel discussions, and instructed in unit trainings. All three of them have always been ready and willing to help out with extra duties beyond their regular shifts.”

Winston Simpson, a second-year TAGS volunteer from Indian Creek High School, received the Above and Beyond Award. He accumulated almost 400 hours of volunteer time over two years. “Above and Beyond is really an understatement when it comes to Winston,” Brotcke said. “Winston has worked not only during his regular shift, but also for special events, for the accounting department, for the business department, and has volunteered on almost every holiday for the past two years. His work is done skillfully, efficiently, and always accompanied with a smile.”

Three volunteers were recognized with the Top Hours Award: Matthew Browder, Indian Creek High School, who served 87 hours; Abby Pahnke, Genoa-Kingston High School, who served 94 hours; and Winston Simpson, Indian Creek High School, who served 266 hours.

Students complete their service with TAGS when they graduate from high school. Fifteen volunteers graduated. They were each presented with a book titled, “Friends” – fitting, Brotcke said, since so many have become close friends.