September 18, 2011

17th Annual Search Under Way for North Carolina's Top Youth Volunteers

State Honorees Receive Cash Awards, Medallions and Trip to Washington, D.C., for National Events

RALEIGH, N.C., Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Waxhaw and Winterville Youth Were North Carolina Honorees in 2011

Over the past 16 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to 2,722 middle and high school students across North Carolina for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify more young North Carolinians who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 17th year.

These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12.

"Since creating this program in 1995, we've been amazed every year by the stories of young volunteers and their outstanding acts of community service," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "We're delighted to honor these role models and hold them up as examples of how young people can change their communities for the better."

Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit . Applications must be completed by November 1, 2011, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 877-525-8491 toll-free.

Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for older students). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia -- one high school student and one middle level student -- as State Honorees on February 7, 2012. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 5-8, 2012. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.

Manasvi Koul, 18, of Waxhaw and Casey Sokolovic, 14, of Winterville were North Carolina's top youth volunteers for 2011. Manasvi, North Carolina's top high school youth volunteer, was honored for founding a nonprofit organization that educates people about becoming bone marrow donors, and persuading more than a hundred volunteers to assist with recruiting donors to register with the National Marrow Donors Program. Casey, North Carolina's top middle level volunteer, was recognized for conducting a campaign over the past five years to raise money to save endangered sea turtles and to educate others about the threats that these marine animals face.

"It's an honor to recognize these remarkable students and share their stories of selfless community service," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "These volunteers are the leaders of tomorrow, and they give us great hope for the future."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on community service, and has honored nearly 100,000 young volunteers at local, state and national levels since 1995. The awards program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India.

NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org .

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