Kathryn Speck, 18, of Oregon, Ill., was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service to her community and county. 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 second in the class), dedication to the community (more than 400 hours of community service) and leadership.
Principal P.J. 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.
From the March 13-19, 2013, issue