April 14, 2011
Jennifer O’Neal of Tucson, Ariz., a member of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Sahuaro and a junior attending Catalina Foothills High School, will be officially presented with an engraved silver medallion to signify her selection as one of Arizona’s top two youth volunteers for 2011 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
The presentation will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 9:00 a.m. during a Girls and Women of Distinction Ceremony in the Grand Ramada Amphitheater at 3101 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, (520) 319-3159.
Jennifer is being honored for spearheading an effort to create a classroom at Diamond Children’s Medical Center to make it easier for young cancer patients to keep up with their school studies while undergoing treatment. Jennifer also will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join more than 100 other top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2011 at that time.
ABOUT THE AWARD: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle level and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. More than 5,000 Local Honorees were then reviewed by state-level judges, who selected State Honorees-one middle and one high school youth-plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia, based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
For more information on this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit spirit.prudential.com.