Orange youth wins Governor’s Medallion Award

May. 10, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Local nonprofits honored outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Center’s annual Key Volunteer Recognition Luncheon April 29.

Ten Key Award nominees from Orange County won the Governor’s Volunteer Service award.  The Governor’s Medallion Award recognizes the “top 20” volunteers in the state.  For the third year in a row Orange County boasts a Governor’s Medallion winner.

The Orange County Governor’s Medallion winner is Noah Johnson (Youth Category). 

Noah serves his community through Orange County’s Teen Court program run by Volunteers for Youth.  Noah, a high school student, volunteers as a defense attorney in alternative court proceedings for young people who have committed misdemeanor offenses.  Noah motivates and mentors other volunteers and respects the formalities of the court.  His encouragement and comfort indicate that he understands better than most what a scary process this can be for defendants and new attorneys.  Without his guidance, many Teen Court defendants would be unprepared for the tough questions that the prosecution asks.

Ten county winners are selected and sent to the Governor’s Office --NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

The Orange County Winners are:

Deborah Blake, Perseverance in Volunteerism -- Paws4Ever

Christal Cerrone, Individual Category -- Augustine

Greg and Uma Chuga, “The Chugas”, Family Category -- Duke Auxiliary

Sheryl Forbis, Outstanding Mentor Category -- Augustine

Charles and Patsy Harrison, Family Category -- SECU Family House

Noah Johnson, Youth Category -- Volunteers for Youth

John and Kathy Mihalek, Family Category -- Carolina Tiger Rescue

Patricia Poret, Individual Category- Chapel Hill -- Carrboro City Schools

Ambika Viswanathan, Youth Category -- KidzNotes

Chapel Hill Fire & Public Safety Puppet Program, Group/Team Category