Missouri's top youth volunteers of 2013 were named last week by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Two Clayton School District students were named finalists.
The six Missouri's 2013 distinguished finalists are:
- Sophie Bernstein, Wydown Middle School, Clayton School District
- Slava Butkovich, Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs R-IV School District
- Sarah Casteel, Clayton High School, Clayton School District
- August Clark, Marquette Sr. High School, Rockwood R-VI School District, Eureka
- Nancy Fairbank, Central High School, Springfield R-XII School District
- Ryan Schweitzer, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro R-III School District
Each of the distinguished finalists will receive an engraved bronze medallion to be awarded at local ceremonies.
"The selfless contribution to ones local community is a gift," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "You don't always learn about the importance of 'giving back' inside the classroom. These students have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others and their communities."
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Created in 1995, this is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Click here for more information about the awards program.