Ell-Saline Senior gets national award

Published On: Mar 29 2014 07:27:06 PM CDT

Ell-Saline's Morgan Scheibler keeps pretty busy. She is a student-athlete who plays sports all year round, but she has also managed to rack up about 1,200 community service hours since her freshman year of high school.

"It was just a way to make a difference and help other people," Sheibler said.

All of her accomplishments have earned the Congressional Award. Scheibler estimates less than 200 teens get this award a year. It is given to award initiative, service and achievement.

"I never thought I'd get this level of recognition for it," Scheibler said.

Scheibler will fly out to Washington DC in June to receive her award. She will even get to go on the field for a baseball game.

Scheibler's long community service resume included baking for Hospice and volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and her church. Scheibler has even set up her own program, Operation Gratitude. She sends cookies and other treats to American soldiers over seas.

"It's really cool to get the letters back and sometime they send pictures and everything," Scheibler said. "It's just good to see the smiles and how it really helps them raise their spirits that day."

Scheibler has gotten a scholarship to study mass media at Butler Community College next year.