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BHS, SHS students honored for volunteerism

Brentwood High School Senior Carrie Deese, 17, was named one of six distinguished finialists in the state in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community awards for her support of Special Olympics of Williamson County.
Deese helped to raise $59,000 over the past three years with the annual “TelForce Group Charity Golf Tournament that she founded. 
Deese, who works closely with her father to plan the tournament, secured sponsors, helped with advertising, coordinated entertainment and food, and presented the funds to the Special Olympics. 
Madison Blackstock, 18, of Spring Hill, a senior at Summit High School, founded a service project through her school’s Interact Club that provided all 150 club members with $5, along with instructions to multiply the amount and donate it to a cause they deemed worthy within the community. 
Blackstock is now planning to expand the project, called “Living a Better Story,” beyond Tennessee. 
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 19th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). 
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for the local award.
These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. 

Posted on: 2/22/2014


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