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Local teen is recipient of Nation Slovak Society's 2019 Youth Achievement Award

July 10, 2019
The Town Crier

The National Slovak Society (NSS Life) home office in Pittsburgh announced this year's recipient of their Youth Achievement Award went to Marlie Applegarth, a 2019 graduate of Springfield High School and a member of local NSS Assembly 731. Marlie was chosen from nominations received from across the United States. The award is based on academics, extracurricular activities, service to the community and the NSS.

Marlie maintained a 4.0 GPA, ranked #1, and was a valedictorian of her class. During her high school years, she was a member of the National Honor Society and was recognized as "Most Outstanding Student" in Advanced Algebra 1 & 2, Integrated Science, and AP History. She was in the "Academic Hall of Fame" and "All-A Honor Roll.

Marlie's contribution to her high school went beyond the classroom. She was a member of the Springfield High School basketball and softball teams, lettering in both. She was a member of the Science Club, the Float Committee, and the Prom Committee. She shared her leadership skills with younger girls at Softball Camp and coached children at Basketball Camp. She assisted children in the local elementary school Junior Olympics and kept score during their games. She worked the concession stands, sold tickets and ran the scoreboard at high school sports events.

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Marlie Applegarth, a member of NSS Assembly 731 based in the Poland Township/Lowellville area, has been selected as the recipient of the national Youth Achievement Award.

As a member of Assembly 731, Marlie has been actively involved with helping at different fraternal events sponsored by the assembly. She helped with scavenger hunts, East egg hunts, dances, Join Hands Day activities and Christmas parties. Marlie is a great role model to the younger members in the assembly. Assembly 731 is the NSS assembly in and surrounding the Mahoning Valley area and currently has over 1,080 adult members and 152 youth members.

In addition to the Youth Achievement Award, the National Slovak Society supports education is through its NSS Scholarship Program. The program was started in 1966 and named in honor of our founder - Peter Vitazoslav Rovnianek. NSS also awards Perpetual Memorial Scholarships to deserving youth to further their education. Marlie was a recipient of both the PVR Scholarship and the Perpetual Memorial Scholarship.

Marlie is the second child of Laurie and Tod Applegarth of New Springfield. She has an older sister, Josie, and younger brother, Tod. The family's home is situated on 57 acres which give them the opportunity to enjoy horseback riding, 4-wheeling, boating, skiing, and fishing. Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends often join the family for these outdoor activities. Sharing her time with family is a top priority to Marlie.



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