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Colfax student Allison Yingst receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Allison Yingst, senior at Colfax High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer services with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Mr. John Dachel (7-12 Principal) nominated Allison for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Allison has been actively involved in her school community throughout her high school career. She has participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, student council, Spanish Club, Science Club, forensics, volleyball, prom committee, letter club, track, choir, show choir, Carebears, drama, golf, and dance. In almost every instance, Allison has belonged to these organizations all four years of high school. She has won the leadership award for Dance and currently is the captain, co-captain, president, or vice president of every organization to which she belongs.

Allison believes in being a leader and leading by example. She has attended every leadership seminar that has been offered in order to further her leadership skills. She volunteers tirelessly in her community. It would literally be pages to write about all her activities, so I will just highlight a few. Allison volunteers as a tutor in the special education classrooms and for ESL students. She has gone to New Orleans to work with children in the wake of Katrina. She has worked dance and volleyball clinics. Allison has volunteered as a leader for the Summer Saunters hiking program. Allison has helped host blood drives and participates with the Science Club with local water testing.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnerships with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Stangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility though volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scouts councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross Chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengths school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

Congratulations, Allison!