Search is on for Hawaii’s top youth volunteers

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is searching for Hawaii’s top youth volunteers of 2016.

The annual national awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Now through November 3, middle level and high school students are invited to apply for 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The top middle and high school volunteer in every state each receive $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C. for several days of national recognition events. State-level runners-up receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

In Washington, 10 National Honorees are named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees earn $5,000 personal awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 Prudential Foundation grants for charities of their choice.

All middle and high schools, as well as local chapters of Girl Scouts, 4-H, American Red Cross, YMCA and HandsOn Network, can select local honorees for state-level judging.

To learn more about this year’s call for applications, click here.

Hawaii’s top youth volunteers of 2015 were Alexandra Skrocki, 18, of Honolulu and Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Lihue.

Alexandra, Hawaii’s top high school volunteer, has hosted an annual “Back to School Teen Party” in her backyard for the past four years to welcome new students from military families to her community and ease their anxiety about starting at a new school.

Kaytlen, Hawaii’s top middle level volunteer, is an avid volunteer in her community who logged more than 300 hours last year by working with kids as an assistant teacher at the Aloha Dance Studio, serving as a junior leader at the Kauai County Parks & Recreation summer enrichment program, and more.

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