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Area teens train for leadership rolesSeventeen Montana students attended the third annual American Cancer Society Camp Speak Out! at Menucha Conferencing Center in Corbett, Ore.

The students were chosen to participate in the leadership training camp because of their past involvement in school and community activities and their willingness to be an advocate for the American Cancer Society and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

Cheir Stoker, camp director, said the teens are expected to return to their local communities and help with tobacco prevention and school health advocacy activities throughout the coming year.

Some of the teens from The Gazette’s circulation area are Tiffany McLaughlin and Rebecca Roller, from Billings Skyview High; Carli Clayton and Kyla Samuelson, Dawson County High in Glendive; Nicole Brodeur, Havre High; Bob Williams, Huntley Project High in Worden; Cassandra Schuber, Red Lodge High; and Kristin Emily Moore, Joliet High.Reed Point senior wins national scholarshipAriel

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Overstreet, a senior at Reed Point High School, is one of nine national winners of a 2001 Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship.

She will receive a $25,000 award in the category of Science, Business & Technology. Ariel was one of almost 10,000 students applying for Tribute Award scholarships this year.

She combined her writing and artistic abilities to become a national first-place winner in NASA’s Student Involvement Program, a national winner in NASA’s Intergalactic Art contest, state winner in the National Science Olympiad and finalist two years running in NASA’s Future Aircraft/Spacecraft design competition.Flamingos help teens raise money for missionYou’re driving down your perfectly predictable rural American street casually glancing at the manicured, bright green lawns when a maze of magenta catches your eye.

A flock of 20 bright pink lawn flamingos is planted in your neighbor’s front yard. Your neighbor has fallen victim to the ultimate humiliation — being “flamingo-ed.”

The pink, plastic birds are being used by the Harvest Church youth group as a fund-raiser for their upcoming trip to Mexico.

Teens and parents, all from Billings and Lockwood, are heading to Mexico in August for a missionary trip.

In preparation for the trip, the teens are examining cultural differences and looking at the fact that, not only does a language barrier exist when you enter a different country, but many cultural differences will be experienced.

For example, in some other countries, people believe that when their photos are taken a piece of their souls are taken also, so they would find it rude and offensive if you took a random picture of them. In another country, little things that we take for granted and don’t think anything of could be of utmost importance in their culture.

The flamingos will help pay for the trip. Residents can arrange for the youths to decorate someone else’s yard with the flamingos for $1 per flamingo, with a minimum charge of $10 — or buy insurance to guarantee that your yard won’t be covered with the magenta birds for $5 a week or $20 a month.

To buy flamingo insurance or arrange a “flamingo-ing,” call Jon Switzer at Harvest Church, 259-5648 ext. 101. — Kate Gilbert, for The Gazette

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