Youth Appreciation Award: Respectful manner

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Michael Dougherty

Photo by Greg Bezanis

Being a good student doesn’t mean excelling at just schoolwork, as Michael Dougherty proves. The 12-year-old is a well-rounded young man with an aptitude for kindness, his sixth-grade teacher at Holy Spirit, 1845 Hartranft St., Kathleen Heffron said.

“Michael is a true gentleman in every manner of definition,” she said. “He is kind gentle and works extremely hard each day in class.”

The now-seventh-grader stellar work-ethic allows him to succeed, especially in his favorite subjects of science and spelling. He also has a great sense of humor, Heffron said.

“He even makes the teacher laugh often,” she said of the student who came from Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St., which closed two years ago. The resident of the 3100 block of Juniper Street’s role models are his family members. While he has respect for his family and teachers, that attitude also applies to his peers.

“I have also never seen him speak ill of anyone he interacts with academically or socially,” she said.

Apart from his gentle and hard-working qualities, Michael enjoys the sports any young man loves, including martial arts, partial-body karate, boxing and baseball. Michael, who last year made his confirmation at Stella Maris, 10th and Bigler streets, would like to become an artist.

“It is my distinct pleasure and honor to meet a young man of Mike’s caliber,” Heffron said.

Michael Dougherty will receive a $50 Visa gift card from ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, 29 Snyder Ave. If you are a teacher or full-time educator and would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215-336-2500 ext. 117 or e-mail

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1. Joann Mooney-Costigan said... on Mar 26, 2012 at 11:08AM

“Good for you Michael!! I hope you always stay the way u r. Congrats to Mom and Dad we just love hearing this stuff about our children lol. My Mother always told us "it's nice to be nice and it doesn't cost a dime" Congratulations again :)”

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2. Uncle Bob said... on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:03PM

“Mike, we are very proud of you...Love Uncle Bob & Aunt Donna”

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3. Aunt Barb and Uncle Tony said... on Mar 26, 2012 at 04:53PM

“What a great article Mike you shoud be very proud. Keep doin what your doin. Congrats to Mom and Dad. Love Aunt Barb and Uncle Tony”

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4. Cousin Sean said... on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:19AM

Keep up the great work. I'm going to show this to my own classroom.”

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5. Mom and Dad said... on Mar 27, 2012 at 09:00AM

“Way to go Mike, we are very proud of the young man that you've become. The sky is the limit son, Always reach for the stars and all your dreams will come true. I only wish that Nan and both Pops were here to share in this joy with us, but always know that that are watching over you.

We love you, and love love always!!

Mom & Dad”

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6. Cousin Cindy said... on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:13AM

“Congratulations Mike! You've grown into a fine young man! Keep up the good work and remember..........kindness and hard work will definitely show you the way. Reach for the moon, if you miss you will be among one of the stars!

Love, Cousin Cindy”


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