St. Mary’s Dominican High School Senior Meredith Larriviere has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Larriviere is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Larriviere. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. This fall, Dominican nominated Larriviere for national honors in recognition of her volunteer service.
“Meredith is a young woman of integrity who serves her community and works for justice,” wrote Dominican’s Principal Carolyn Favre in her nomination of Larriviere. “She cares deeply about others which is evident by her volunteer work with the Rebuild Center at St. Joseph Church. She has also emerged as a peer leader through her involvement in the Student Council, beginning in her freshman year and culminating in her senior year with her election to the Executive Board of Student Council as treasurer.”
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 the nation 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,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing the spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through 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.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high school, Girl Scout councils, country 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designed local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Commun8ty Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal imitative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.