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Sophomore wins award for community service

Vasiliki Argeroplos, a sophomore at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, was recently named a Distinguished Finalist for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Maryland and won a President's Volunteer Service Award. The award is one of many honors Argeroplos has received for her work with Okay to Play, a nonprofit she started with her brother that uses proceeds collected from recycled electronics to fund toys, books and sporting goods for children in hospitals, orphanages and foster homes. The siblings founded the organization in 2010, after watching a documentary about children in foster care and noticing the lack of toys for the children in the program. Since starting Okay to Play, Argeroplos has raised $50,000 for the organization, distributed hundreds of toys to children in the United States, Afghanistan and Greece, and helped keep an estimated 2,000 used electronics out of landfills. Her next goal is to raise $100,000 to build a playground for a Baltimore-area foster home.

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Jasmine Harris-Williams named to spring 2014 chancellor's list

Jasmine Harris-Williams, of Owings Mills, was recognized at the Chancellor's List Students Program of Recognition, held at the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University, in North Carolina, March 24. At the event, Harris-Williams, a birth-kindergarten major and social work minor who will be graduating this year, was named to the spring 2014 chancellor's list at the university.

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