Cornelia Connelly School senior Laura Yu has been honored through the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program as a winner of the President's Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country and is presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Laura had volunteered 477.75 hours during high school, as of the November 2012 deadline to apply for this award. She recently received a letter from the President of the United States, recognizing her as a role model to young people.
More than 370,000 young people from across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.
"The recipients of these awards 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."