Honoring Broome County's women

By Erika Mahoney

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 8:55 AM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Women of different backgrounds and experiences gathered Wednesday to honor the achievements of one another.

For 36 years, the Broome County Status of Women Council has held a special dinner to recognize the work of women in Broome County.

Some of this year's award recipients include the past president of the Binghamton chapter of New York State Women, and a Vestal High School student who volunteers at Lourdes Hospital and in after school programs.

Both had words of encouragement for their fellow females.

"Believe in the person you are so that you can move forward within your community and not only help yourself but help the people around you," said Sandra Ceplo Johnson, of New York State Women.

"Get involved," Vestal High School student Lauren Pringle said. "Do as much as you possibly can because you don't realize how fast time flies and you don't want to go past the point of regretting not doing something."

Part of Pringle's award includes a college scholarship.

She hopes to become a pediatrician for children with developmental disabilities.