LAHS senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
O’Neill, 18, is a member of Los Alamos County 4-H and the youngest certified member of the National Ski Patrol in Los Alamos, where she has volunteered for the past four years. She administers first aid, transports patients and enforces ski area rules. O’Neill also is a mentor in the Young Adult Patroller Program to encourage youth to get involved in the program.
“The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.
“Prudential commends each of these young volunteers for using their creativity and compassion to bring positive change to their communities,” Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangefield said. “We hope their stories inspire others to consider how they can make a difference, too.”
Since the program began in 1995, more than 115,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil. In addition to granting its own awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program also distributes President’s Volunteer Service Awards to qualifying Local Honorees on behalf of President Barak Obama.