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The Danville News

July 7, 2014

Magazine honors future leader Finn

— DANVILLE — Sarah Finn got interested in politics when her dad first ran for Montour County commissioner.

“I remember working the polls supporting my dad when I was 6,” said Sarah, now 17.

Her dad, Trevor Finn, serves as chairman of the county commissioners.

A picture and information about Sarah appears in the June issue of Pennsylvania Borough News, the official magazine of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

Two other junior council persons, from Lackawanna County, were included in the “Shaping Futures” articles.

The magazine contacted Danville Borough Manager Shannon Berkey who asked Sarah to provide information about herself and a photograph for the issue.

“I was kind of excited. It’s a neat thing to be a part of,” Sarah said of serving as junior council person — a voluntary role she took on last October and will continue throughout her senior year at Danville High School.

She attends two council meetings a month and also votes but her votes don’t count.

“It’s a really interesting experience to be part of to see the dynamics of everything in a different perspective from how local government works,” the Danville resident said.    

“Everyone there has been very nice to me,” she said of council members.

When Sarah first started sitting around the council table, she was next to council member Betty Ann Moyer, “who was very welcoming to me and helped me a lot with everything,” she said.

Sarah will continue to be enrolled this fall in advanced placement and honors courses at Danville High School.

At school, she serves on the Student Government Association which runs activities such as the homecoming carnival and other events through the school year. She has been an SGA member since her sophomore year.  

When classes resume, she will be president of PLANET — the school’s recycling organization which she said has come a long way since being formed. She has been a PLANET member since she was a freshman.

The group recently worked with Superintendent Cheryl Latorre to install a new water fountain where bottles can be filled. “Hopefully they can continue to replace the old ones,” Sarah said.

A National Honor Society member, she has been a member of the Spanish Club since her freshman year. She was on the club’s directive board her junior year and will serve again on the board her senior year. Sarah is also a Drama Club member.

She played lacrosse since freshman year and started playing field hockey in seventh grade.

This summer, she is involved with weightlifting for lacrosse.

She also is working as a lifeguard at Kipps Run Swim Club in Riverside.

Sarah has been a junior firefighter with the Washies Fire Company since she was 14. She is qualified for exterior firefighting and hazardous materials awareness. When she turns 18, Sarah can take classes to qualify for interior firefighting. Her dad is also a Danville firefighter.

While she said politics is a viable option to study in college, the medical field also interests her. “There are so many options I would love doing,” she said.

Sarah hasn’t decided on a college yet, although Syracuse University is her favorite so far.

Her sister, Katie, is a pre-med student at Brown University.

Sarah’s mother, Betsy, teaches at St. Cyril Preschool and Kindergarten.

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.

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