University High School of Science and Engineering Senior Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

University High School of Science and Engineering Senior Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Published on Mar 3, 2016

Ashley Peck of South Windsor, a senior at University High School of Science and Engineering, 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.  University High School nominated Ashley for national honors this fall in recognition of volunteer service.  Ashley is an active volunteer who coordinates University High School’s service with the Hartford Rescue Mission and who has also taken annual service trips to the Dominican Republic to serve the Haitian refugees in the sugar cane batey’s by providing medical care and supplies in addition to building homes for the refugees. 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes 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, “John Strangefeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.  “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others 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.  Schools and officially designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees whose volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

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