Oregon Senior Earns President's Volunteer Service Award

OREGON (WIFR) -– Kathryn Speck, 18, of Oregon was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service to her community and country. The award, which recognizes Americans who have dedicated significant amounts of their time to volunteer service, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Speck was nominated for the award by Oregon High School in recognition of her academic rank (currently 2nd in the class), dedication to the community (over 400 hours of community service) and leadership.

Principal PJ Caposey noted, “Katy is a one-of-a-kind student that makes Oregon High School and the Oregon community a better place simply because of her presence. I am confident that she will have the same impact on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in her future communities. I am proud to have served as Katy’s principal.”

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 370,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of HandsOn Network. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.


OREGON (WIFR) -- Kathryn Speck, 18, of Oregon 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 presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Service Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Kathryn Speck participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Oregon High School in Oregon, where she is a student.

Kathryn Speck earned her award by excelling in terms of her academics and service to the community. Kathryn (Katy) was nominated by Oregon High School in recognition of her academic rank (currently 2nd in the class), dedication to the community (over 400 hours of community service) and leadership. Principal, PJ Caposey, noted, “Katy is a one-of-a-kind student that makes Oregon High School and the Oregon community a better place simply because of her presence. I am confident that she will have the same impact upon the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in the community which she resides in the future. I am proud to have had the experience of serving as Katy’s principal.”

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 370,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

“The recipients of these wards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community 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.”

Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After Local Honorees were named, state-level judges selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.

NASSP, based in Reston, Va., is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. Prudential Financial, based in Neward, NJ., provides more than 50 million individual and institutional customers worldwide with life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management, and real estate services.


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