Two Howland High School students nominated for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Lewis and Altawil

Howland High School has named Katrina Altawil and Victoria Lewis its top youth volunteers of the year.

The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  By selecting Altawil and Lewis as its top youth volunteers, Howland Schools has advanced their applications for state-level judging in the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announce Ohio’s top youth volunteers of the year on February 4, 2020.

As the co-president of HHS Serves, Katrina Altawil was a leader in the Stuff the Bus canned food drive.  Not only was she in charge of collecting items and encouraging participation, she was also responsible for the overall organization of the collection, including making meeting times after school to sort cans, communicating with local businesses to utilize their empty boxes, collecting cans gathered at elementary buildings via principal communication and being the liaison between the food pantries and the club.

Victoria Lewis works with the 6th grade band students every Tuesday for her National Honor Society Individual Service Project. She also delivered Mobile Meals her sophomore and junior year.

As Local Honorees, Altawil and Lewis are now in the running to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees for Ohio.  State Honorees receive a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for several days of special recognition events. Other state-level honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.  During the national recognition events in Washington, American’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year will be named by a distinguished selection committee. Each of these National Honorees will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship, a trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 Prudential Foundation grant for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Since 1995, it has recognized more than 130,000 youth volunteers at the local, state and national level.


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