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Donna Lenox  holding her award.

Donna Lenox poses for a photo with her Jean & Paul Krauss Award certificate.


Donna Lenox, a Mental Health & Substance Abuse counselor at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School and an employee of Family & Community Services, was recently presented with The Jean & Paul Krauss Award for Professional Excellence in Service to Youth. The award was presented to Ms. Lenox by the Somerset County Youth Services Commission for being someone who has “selflessly given her time and talents to better the lives of Somerset County youth.”

According to the Somerset County Youth Services Commission, “The award is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Krauss and is given to someone who has been actively involved in providing professional services to youth in their different careers, either through direct contact with youth or through the development of programs and policies that have impacted on youth and their families. This award was developed by The Friends of Somerset County Youth in an effort to celebrate the contributions of Mr. & Mrs. Krauss and to provide an opportunity for other professionals to receive recognition of their efforts for the County’s youth that exceeds what is expected.”

At SCVTHS, Ms. Lenox has coordinated events for Substance Abuse Awareness Month, Anti-Vaping, LGBTQ/Pride Month, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Teen Suicide Prevention. Additionally, Ms. Lenox is the advisor for the Mind Matters Club and supervised the first ever SCVTHS county-wide Mental Health Fair.

Ms. Lenox spoke of receiving the award stating, “I am very honored to receive this award. I enjoy and look forward to continue working with the students.”


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