Largo High School senior Sean Schrader has been named a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

LARGO, FL — Largo High School senior Sean Schrader has been named a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his volunteer work with the YMCA of the Suncoast in Pinellas County.

Schrader has been volunteering at the YMCA since he was a student at Largo Middle School. volunteering for the after-school program and during the summer at Camp Lagoon in Indian Rocks Beach.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle 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, are eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Nominees were reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected state honorees and distinguished finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 24th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“These young volunteers learned and demonstrated that they can make meaningful contributions to individuals and communities through their service,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “It’s an honor to recognize their great work, and we hope that shining a spotlight on their service inspires others to consider how they might make a difference.”

“Each of these honorees is proof that students have the energy, creativity and unique perspectives to create positive change,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “We commend each of the 2019 honorees for their outstanding volunteer service, and for the invaluable example they’ve set for their peers.”

Since the program began in 1995, more than 125,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level.

SOURCE: patch.com