Brookville Borough Junior Councilwoman Danielle VanSteenberg, center, receives a certificate of recognition from Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs president Jack Lawver for her work on the council. Present for the ceremony were, left to right, Brookville councilwoman Clarinda Darr, Brookville Borough Manager Dana Shick, Brookville Mayor Dick Beck, Lawver, VanSteenberg, her mother and father, Barb and Jim Vansteenberg and Brookville councilwoman Karen Allgeier.

By Randy Bartley J-D Editor

BROOKVILLE —Brookville Borough Junior Councilwoman Danielle VanSteenberg was honored Thursday evening for her service with the council.

Jack J. Lawver, president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, presented the Brookville Area High School graduate with an award for her two years of service on the council as a high school student.

“The association asks each president to have a message. My message to the members of our association is to know your resources,” said Lawver, who serves on the Brownsville Borough Council. “Our youth is our most valuable resource. The Junior Council program allows the youth of our communities an opportunity to participate in local government.”

“We were very fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Danielle VanSteenberg serving on our council,” said Dana Shick, the Brookille Borough Manager. “We wish her good luck in all of her future endeavors.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” said VanSteenberg. “It was totally unexpected.”VanSteenberg plans on attending Penn State University where she will major in political science.

The Junior Council Person (JCP) Program provides youth in your community with an opportunity to get engaged in borough government and develop leadership skills. It also allows borough officials to serve as mentors to students who will be future leaders in their communities.

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Since 2000, PSAB has been promoting and encouraging high school students to get involved in borough government by becoming a Junior Council Person. Since that time, hundreds of students have participated in the JCP Program in boroughs throughout the state.

PSAB recognizes Junior Council Person(s) by presenting a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award in recognition of his or her commitment to your borough.

The PSAB is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to serving 957 boroughs.

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