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Two CNHS Seniors Selected as National PAL Youth of the Year Winners

Ally McGowan and Ben Long Ally McGowan and Ben Long, both seniors at Colts Neck High School, have been recognized as the National PAL Female & Male Youth of the Year, due to their dedication and commitment to the Howell Township Police Athletic League and the community of Howell.

The awards are presented annually to honor outstanding youth volunteers who have made extra significant contributions to their PAL and their community during the previous year. This is the first time that two youths from the same PAL chapter have won this prestigious award in the same year. National PAL has over 350 chapters from all across the United States and Nigeria.

For the past six years, both Ally and Ben have demonstrated their commitment to helping others by leading through action. They both have served over a thousand hours of community service during this time bettering the lives of others. Some of the exemplary ways these two served others include: preparing food and feeding the homeless weekly, raking leaves, shoveling snow in the senior citizen community, working with students with special needs, assisting the town with community cleanups, delivering presents to sick children on Christmas morning, and helping younger students to become future leaders at Youth Leadership Conferences.