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State Honoree

Leigh-Anne Mangone

New Jersey

Leigh-Anne Mangone, Thomas 0. Hopkins Middle School, Burlington Twp., comforts and cares for the elderly and organizes special holiday events for handicapped youth in her community. At a local nursing home, she combs hair, ties shoes, and helps the residents get to their social activities and medical appointments. And through the Elks Club, she has held Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Halloween celebrations for 87 handicapped youth. Mangone continues to work with both groups and hopes to bring them together at the nursing home to "make new friendships."

"Acceptance of yourself and others around you makes you more aware that everyone is different in some way."