17th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Selects Top Youth Volunteers in Each State
102 Student Volunteers Earn $1,000 Awards, Silver Medallions and Trip to Nation's Capital
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/12 -- This month, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards singled out America's most outstanding youth volunteers to reward their good work and hold them up as examples for all of us -- kids and adults alike.
Established in 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service and is run by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
This year's 102 State Honorees -- one middle-level and one high school student in each state and the District of Columbia -- each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., May 5-8 for several days of recognition events. Another 234 students were named Distinguished Finalists and will receive engraved bronze medallions at local ceremonies.
These young volunteers have helped communities at home and abroad with activities including:
"Through their selfless acts of service, these award recipients have greatly improved the lives of others," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "We hope their stories and their dedication inspire other young people to do the same."
During national recognition events in Washington, D.C. this May, the 102 State Honorees will tour the capital's landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. In addition, 10 of them (five middle level and five high school students) will be named National Honorees. These honorees will receive additional $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
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