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Latrobe Hospital volunteers win scholarships

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:42 p.m.

Four high school seniors, each with more than 200 hours of volunteer service to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, were recently awarded $6,000 in scholarship funding from the Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society.

The recipients are David Henderson Jr., Agora Cyber Charter School; Hadley Simpson, Greater Latrobe High School; Brittany Crowley and Megan Crowley, Ligonier Valley High School.

The awards were presented during a ceremony in the hospital for the student volunteers and their parents. Since the scholarship program began in 1984, the aid society has awarded more than $200,000 to encourage the pursuit of health-related or other professional careers.

David Henderson Jr. is part of the care team on the hospital's third floor. His time is spent visiting with patients and seeing to their comfort, as well as helping the clinical staff by restocking supplies. A member of the swim and track teams at Greater Latrobe High School, the 17-year-old is active in the Latrobe United Methodist Church youth group, where his father is the pastor, and part of the denomination's youth ministry team in Western Pennsylvania. The son of David and Theresa Henderson of Latrobe will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He plans to study aeronautic engineering.

Before the hospital's conversion to electronic medical records, Hadley Simpson spent her volunteer time assisting medical information management with patient chart processing. Now the 18-year-old can be found at the hospital information desk assisting visitors each Sunday.

Musically inclined, the daughter of Todd and Robin Simpson of Latrobe plays in Greater Latrobe's bands, sings in various choral ensembles and performs in school musicals. She will be attending Grove City College to study education.

Brittany and Megan Crowley are the 18-year-old twin daughters of Jan Zellers of Cook Township and Joe Crowley of Ligonier Township. Honor students and accomplished athletes in soccer, track and field, they participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from peer mentoring to theater guild and clubs that help struggling students exceed academically and socially. They volunteer at St. Michael's of the Valley Food Pantry and support the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup in Ligonier Valley as well as Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer care.

Megan Crowley is assigned to the fourth-floor surgical patient care team at the hospital, while Brittany Crowley has joined the progressive care team on the fifth floor. Both girls provide support to staff, visitors and patients.

Megan Crowley is headed to American University to study justice; Brittany Crowley will be attending the University of Virginia, majoring in psychology.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Latrobe Hospital, call 724-537-1024.