(Washington, D.C.—March 24, 2015) North Bergen resident Karina Voronich, a senior at High Tech, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, on behalf of President Barack Obama, granted this award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Elaine Samman, President of Animal Life Savers, Inc., nominated Voronich for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service dedicated to the health and safety of domestic pets and her chairpersonship in the High School Division of Hudson County.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” says John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
In the past, Voronich has also received a 2012 Young Science Achievers Program (YSAP) grant, received Honorable Mention in the 2014 St. Joseph’s College Research Poster Session, and First Place in the 2014 Seton Hall Project SEED Poster Session.
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti adds. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”