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Giving Your Best: Lillie Jackson

By Jennie Montgomery

How's this for a 17-year-old's resume: Relay for Life youth team captain... candy striper.... church missions team... and Vacation Bible School (VBS) music director?

No wonder Lillie Jackson is this month's Giving Your Best winner!

Lillie has been involved with Relay for Life of Edgefield County since whe was very young. She's also been a star fundraiser.

But her abilitly to do good isn't limited to dollars: Lillie initiated a children's book drive for kids in rural Kentucky... collecting over 2,100 books, and 45 book bags!!

Jennie Montgomery shows us why the rising high school senior is quite a "Distinguished Young Woman."

Lillie Jackson explains what it takes to win a scholarship pageant.

"You have to have scholastics, you have to have a talent, you have to have self-expression and be well-rounded in all these areas."

Meet Miss North Edgefield County Distinguished Young Woman, Lillie Elise Jackson.

"I won almost $2,000 in scholarships!"

Money she'll put to use in college, where she hopes to become a pediatric oncology nurse. It's her love for children in general that earned Lillie the Giving Your Best award, for organizing a book drive for poor children in Kentucky.

Janice Cleveland was a counselor on that life-changing summer mission trip to Appalachia.

"She gives 100% or more of her time and has just loved children so much, and when she sees other children that are truly lacking in food and clothing, like they were in Kentucky, it really pulled at her heart."

Lillie says she remembers loving how books sparked her imagination as a child.

"My heart just told me to raise books for them because I knew they didn't have anything and their reading rate was so low. I just wanted to do something for them and at least help them maybe one day in their life."

And help them she did! The book drive raised 2,000 books, twice Lillie's goal!

Lynn Rearden nominated Lillie for the award.

"People need to see how a young person can be involved as a volunteer, and how good they do! Adults get recognized all the time, but it's our young people- and they're the ones that are gonna lead our world."

Lillie's well on her way as a member of HOSA, the math team, marching band, Beta Club and National Honor Society, to name a few.

Lynn, a two-time cancer survivor, has been impressed with Lillie's fundraising efforts for Edgefield County's Relay for Life events.

"She's an all-around remarkable young lady. We'll see great things from her,I think so!"

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