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PHS senior honored for community service

PRESCOTT - Nancy Olney, a senior at Prescott High School, earlier this month received a President's Volunteer Service Award, recognizing her volunteer service.

The award honors Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

"It has been a pleasure to see Nancy's level of commitment to her academic success, her leadership with Restorative Justice, and seeing her incredible contribution to the community. She is an excellent role-model to everyone," said PHS principal Stephanie Hillig.

The Prudential Spirit Community Awards program granted Olney's award on behalf of President Barack Obama. Prudential Financial sponsors the award in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize middle level and high school students across the U.S. for outstanding volunteer service.

School officials nominated Olney for national honors in the fall of 2014 in recognition of her volunteer service.

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

"Demonstrating civic responsibility through 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."

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. In addition to granting President's Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

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