PHOENIX – Twenty-two Phoenix Central School District students were honored recently for their volunteerism during the President’s Youth Service Awards ceremony.
The annual dinner and awards presentation, held at the Phoenix Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, recognizes students who complete 300, 500 or 1,000-plus hours of community service.
Student service efforts included volunteering at nursing homes, coordinating blood drives, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and working in soup kitchens.
“People are often remembered for many different things in a lifetime: their jobs, their wealth, their own personal achievements, etc., but there is no greater honor than to be remembered for the service you give to others,” said John C. Birdlebough High School Principal Thomas Bailer. “Remember that as you go forward in your life.”
In addition to presenting silver, gold and gold medallions, Bailer was joined by Superintendent Christopher Byrne, Board of Education President Earl Rudy, and elected officials in presenting Youth of the Year Awards to Cade Reed and Catherine Musumeci.
“You stand tall in the forest of mediocrity, where many are comfortable with just getting by, catering to their own needs and focusing solely on themselves,” Bailer said. “Your volunteer hours, achievements, ongoing community involvement and exemplary service work ethic should inspire all of us to do more!”
The honorees included Gabriella Allen, Ashley Carbonaro, Samantha Doupe, Shania Meaker, Kristine Rowe, Lauren Schmidt, Bradley Weldin and Paul Zogg (Silver Award, 300 hours or more); David Burgess, Abi Clark, Gianna DeRoberts, Alexa Hoag, Taylor Mattice, David Myers, Mariah Sheirer, Alexis Smith and Josh Van Gorder (Gold Awards, 500 hours or more); and Emilie Hilliard, Wendy Li and Ashley Margrey (Gold Medallion Awards, 1,000 hours or more).