Thursday February 14, 2013
Neel Desai, 18, and Michaela Forgione, 12, both of South Burlington, were named Vermont’s top youth volunteers of 2013 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program honoring middle level and high school students for outstanding volunteer service.
As State Honorees, Neel and Michaela each will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., where they will join 100 other top youth volunteers from across the United States for four days of national recognition events. The program also recognized Samantha Wulfson, 17, of South Burlington as a Distinguished Finalist.
Desai, Vermont’s high school State Honoree, was honored for starting a nonprofit organization that provides free classes in basic computer skills to residents of his community, in topics that run the gamut from how to buy a computer to using social networks to connect with old friends.
Forgione, Vermont’s middle-level State Honoree, was honored for being an avid volunteer whose regular activities include helping to feed the hungry and visiting residents of a local nursing home.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. For more information, visit: http://spirit.prudential.com