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Samantha Wilt, Northern Middle 8th Grader, Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

Last Updated on Feb 25, 2016 at 3:21pm |

Samantha Wilt, 13, of Grantsville, and a student at Northern Middle School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.  Northern Middle School nominated Samantha for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.
Karen DeVore, principal of Northern Middle School, says “Samantha Wilt is one of the busiest people I know.  She is always willing to help anyone in need and does so with a smile on her face. She is very deserving of this award.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.  “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate other to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates.  These schools and officially –designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging.  In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients.  Volunteer Activities were judged on criteria include personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.   
                   Pictured: Samantha Wilt and Karen DeVore, principal Northern Middle