Local Teen is One of Two Alaskans Honored for Volunteer Efforts

Posted: May 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

Two Alaskan Students were honored in the Nation’s capital for outstanding volunteer service at the 18th annual Prudential Spirit of Community awards.

18-year-old Shaylee Rizzo of Kenai, a Senior at Nikiski Middle/High School, started the public service campaign, “Missy the Moose” to raise children’s awareness of the dangers of cars hitting moose on Alaska’s Highways…


Rizzo:“And I want to reduce these numbers because I don’t want any more of my family and friends in these accidents.”


13-year-old Samuel Allred of Wasilla, an 8th grader at Raven Correspondence school was also honored for his “Project Comfort,” which makes travel-size pillows and distributes them to children’s hospitals across the country to provide comfort to sick children.

102 of America’s top youth volunteers were selected from close to 30-thousdand applicants, and each received $1,000, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C.  The Prudential Spirit of Community awards are presented in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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