Reitz Recognized for Volunteer Service
Ohio – Mariah Reitz, 18, of Greenville has been honored for her exemplary
volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts
of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack
Obama. Mariah participated in the Spirit
of Community program this year as a representative of Greenville High School in
Greenville, where she is a student.
earned her award through her community service efforts with Key Club at the
local and state levels. Mariah has
logged almost 300 hours of service including developing a county-wide homeless
awareness event, “Box City”. Mariah
serves as this year’s Key Club International Ohio District Secretary after
serving two years as Lieutenant Governor.
Mariah is also a member of SADD and National Honor Society while
maintaining a 3.97 GPA.
a quality student who takes initiative in pursuing her academic goals and in
executing the duties of her leadership positions,” said Ken Neff, Principal of
Greenville High School.
Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary
School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program
recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service
activities. More than 345,000 young
people across America have been considered for these awards since the program
began in 1995.
recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America
are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their
communities,” said John R. Strangfeld,
chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.
“In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service
activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute
to their community.”
civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of
life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all
young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
applications were distributed last September through all public and private
middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations,
American Red Cross chapters. YMCAs, and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After Local Honorees were named, state-level
judges selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of
Excellence recipients. Volunteer
activities were judged on criteria such
as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.
NASSP, based in Reston, Va., is the
preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school
principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders from across the
United States and more than 45 countries around the world. Prudential Financial, based in Newark, N.J.,
provides more than 50 million individual and institutional customers worldwide
with life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds,
investment management, and real estate services.