Local Teen is One of Two Alaskans Honored for Volunteer Efforts

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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