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State Honoree

Erin Michaelson


Erin Michaelson, 13, of Battle Creek Middle School in St. Paul, Minnesota, a member of her school community service club for two years, spends a great deal of her time visiting with the residents of a local nursing home. In addition, Erin also assists disabled students at her school by helping with school assignments and craft projects. Other volunteer projects in which Erin has participated include collecting food for a local shelter, handling household chores for elderly shut­ ins, and volunteering at her church. She has given 120 hours of service to her community since she was 11 years old. "I have learned that even though a person is disabled in one way, they are gifted in another," said Erin.