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 Each year the program honors students who go above and beyond for their community with $1,000, medallions, and a trip to our nation's capital. 

    Morrow led projects to restore two local cemeteries that had fallen into disrepair.
Efforts ranged from removing debris and repairing stones, to mapping names and
dates so that they could be included on a grave-finding website. Colton
recruited fellow Boy Scouts and adults to assist with the clean-ups, which
ended up uncovering six gravestones that had previously been buried. He will
receive an engraved bronze medallion for his impressive work. 

is proud to recognize these remarkable young people for using their energy,
creativity and compassion to bring meaningful change to their communities,”
said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We hope their stories
inspire others to consider how they can do the same.”

“These middle level and high school students have not only
improved the lives of the people and communities they’ve served – they also set
an important example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive
director of NASSP. “These honorees prove that you’re never too young to make a

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
affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network, 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. 

in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees – one middle level and one high
school student from each state and the District of Columbia – will tour the
capital’s landmarks, meet top youth volunteers from other parts of the world,
attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural
History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. On
April 30, 10 of the State Honorees – five middle level and five high school
students – will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2018.
    These National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 awards, gold
medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation
for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.  

the program began in 1995, more than 120,000 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,
Brazil and Poland. 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.

information on all of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees
and Distinguished Finalists, visit or



Colton Morrow in his Eagle Scout uniform


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