Thursday May 16, 2013
Vermont’s top two youth volunteers of 2013, Neel Desai, 18 and Michaela Forgione, 12, both of South Burlington, were honored in the nation’s capital for their outstanding volunteer service during the 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Neel and Michaela – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), named Neel and Michaela Vermont’s top high school and middle level youth volunteers in February. In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events.