Mississippi's Top Two Youth Volunteers Selected in 13th Annual National Awards Program.
Two Clinton students earn $1,000 awards, engraved en·grave
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Honors also bestowed on other top youth volunteers in Mississippi
U.S. Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel to co-chair judging panel that will pick 10 National Honorees in May
JACKSON, Miss. -- Abigail Hardin, 17, and Katie Pinkard, 12, both of Clinton, today were named Mississippi's top two youth volunteers for 2008 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The awards program, now in its 13th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is a United States educational advocacy organization consisting of secondary school principals. To promote excellence among middle school and high school students, NASSP founded and still sponsors the National Honor (NASSP NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals
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Abigail was nominated by Jackson Academy in Jackson, and Katie was nominated by the Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi in Jackson. As State Honorees, each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees - one middle level and one high school youth - from each of the other states and the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2008 at that time.
Abigail, a senior at Jackson Academy, wrote a book to teach children to accept those who are different, and then used it to lead group discussions with more than a thousand schoolchildren schoolchildren school npl → écoliers mpl;
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schoolchildren school across Mississippi. Abigail, who was born with a port-wine birthmark birthmark, pigmented maldevelopment of the skin that varies in size, either present at birth or developing later. Birthmarks may appear as moles (melanocytic nevi) that vary in color from light brown to blue, and are either flat or raised above the surface of the on her cheek, said, "I remember many nights of crying and begging for answers as to why I had this 'defect' on my face." As a result, she said, "I became more sensitive towards others' feelings as I did not want to hurt them in ways that I had been hurt."
Since she loved to write, Abigail decided to author a book that would encourage children to focus on the similarities among people rather than their differences. She consulted with 14 teachers and a child development specialist before writing her book, entitled "Look At Me, I Am Just Like You." She then found an illustrator and "tested" her manuscript on teachers and children of all ages. Abigail has read her book to children in schools all over the state, and led group discussions on the issues it raises. She also is coordinating a new volunteer program in which students at her school read the book to children in the waiting rooms of the state's largest children's hospital. In addition, Abigail has established a nonprofit foundation that has raised $4,000 to fund new projects that advance her message of tolerance. "I believe if we can help children see each other's value at a young age, we will see less loneliness, racism, suicides and bullying in forthcoming generations," she said.
Katie, a sixth-grader at Lovett Elementary School, made 132 personal care bags for abused and homeless women staying at shelters in her area. Katie recently learned how to sew in Girl Scouts, and wanted to put her new skill to good use. "God wants us to use our talents and skills to help others," she said. "I thought sewing the drawstring bags would allow me to help women make their lives a little better."
Katie first made calls to four local shelters to determine if the bags were needed, and received enthusiastic responses. She purchased fabric and sewed together 132 drawstring bags by herself. Katie then visited hotels and casinos in the Jackson and Vicksburg areas and asked for donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash mouthwash /mouth·wash/ (mouth´wosh) a solution for rinsing the mouth.
A medicated liquid for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased mucous membranes. , and other personal care items. Finally, Katie filled the bags with the collected items and "encouragement pamphlets," and delivered them to the four shelters. "The women in these shelters are usually at a low point in their lives," said Katie. "I hope that this small gift will let them know that people do care about giving them some hope."
In addition, the program judges recognized four other Mississippi students as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion:
Lynice Higgins, 17, of Hazlehurst, a senior at Hazlehurst High School, organized an annual "Teen Awareness Campaign" to teach teenage girls about healthy lifestyles and community service. The campaign, which Lynice has conducted for three years, focuses on topics such as eating disorders, skin care, breast cancer, self-esteem issues, and volunteering.
Eden Johnston, 17, of Mount Olive, a senior at Simpson County Academy in Mendenhall, has been sewing bibs for elderly veterans and lap pads for overactive o·ver·ac·tive
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o young children since 2004 in a project she calls "Sew Love." The bibs help veterans at the State Veterans Home in Collins maintain a sense of dignity while eating, while the weighted lap pads help children in Head Start programs sit still during speech therapy. Eden also has helped increase awareness about the dangers of cardiac arrest, and raised $500 to purchase a cardiac defibrillator for her school.
Richard Cooper Kennard, 17, of Starkville, a junior at Starkville High School, created "Project Armstrong" when he was in eighth grade at Armstrong Middle School to provide snacks and cleaning items for families staying at a local Ronald McDonald House while their children undergo treatment for cancer. Richard continues to coordinate the project today, and has helped donate thousands of items in addition to cooking and serving hot meals for the families.
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"Over the past 13 years, we've seen an incredible number of young Americans who have selflessly devoted their time and energy to helping others in their communities," said Arthur F. Ryan, chairman of Prudential Financial. "The volunteer work of this year's honorees is as inspiring as any we've seen, and we are honored to recognize the amazing contributions they've made to their neighborhoods, cities and nation."
"Congratulations to this year's state winners in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards," stated Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "The hard work and determination that these students have exhibited in trying to make a difference in the lives of others is remarkable."
All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. chapters, YMCAs and Volunteer Centers, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award this past November. Nearly 4,500 Local Honorees were then reviewed by state-level judges, who selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
While in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees will tour the capital's landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History For the museum in Manhattan, see .
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The 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 on May 5 by a prestigious national selection committee. 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.
Co-chairing the national selection committee will be U.S. Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and Arthur Ryan of Prudential. Also serving on the committee will be actor Richard Dreyfuss; Alma Powell, chair of America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth; Michelle Nunn, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Points of Light & Hands On Network The Hands on Network is a non-profit volunteer organization focusing on community service that is based in Atlanta, Georgia. About
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In addition to granting its own awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program will be distributing President's Volunteer Service Awards to nearly 2,800 of its Local Honorees this year on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation was created by President George W. Bush in January 2003 by executive order. Its mission is to encourage volunteerism and to recognize the contributions Americans make through service and civic participation. . The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The program is part of a broad youth-service initiative by Prudential that includes a youth leadership training program administered by the Points of Light & Hands On Network; a free booklet of volunteer ideas for young people offered through the Federal Citizen Information Center; and a Web site featuring profiles of outstanding youth volunteers, volunteer tips and project ideas for students, an electronic newspaper on youth volunteerism, and more (www.prudential.com/spirit). The Spirit of Community Awards program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Ireland.
For information on all of this year's Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit www.prudential.com/spirit, or www.principals.org/prudential.
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