NO. R-118.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 Vermont Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners.

(H.C.R.69)

Offered by:  Representatives Bohi of Hartford, Carey of Chester, Kainen of Hartford, Gray of Barre Town, Hummel of Underhill, Koch of Barre Town and Symington of Jericho.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, youngsters as young as middle school students are demonstrating initiative and resourcefulness in developing and engaging in volunteer public service projects, and

Whereas, each year, a group of these special young persons is recognized for their efforts as Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners, a program administered by Prudential Financial, Inc. and the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals, and

Whereas, in 2003, two outstanding Vermont students were designated as the award’s recipients, Rachael Ladd of White River Junction and Ellen Neff of Chester, and

Whereas, Rachael, a senior at Hartford High School in White River Junction, was recognized for spearheading a fundraising project “Pennies for Pencils” which raised $1,600.00 to purchase school supplies for poor Ethiopian children, after which she traveled to Ethiopia, at her own expense, to distribute the materials and teach English, and

Whereas, she distributed jars for the pennies to area schools, produced a video, and wrote a curriculum to educate area students about Ethiopia, and

Whereas, Ellen, an eighth grader at Green Mountain Union High School, volunteers at a food and clothing bank for disadvantaged families, serves meals to senior citizens, and is an active member of her school’s service club, and

Whereas, she became a volunteer for the local food bank when she learned of the facility’s need for additional assistance and has commented on how her experience has taught her compassion for those in need, and

Whereas, each of these outstanding young women has been presented a $1,000.00 cash prize and an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. where they will meet with two students each from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and ten will be selected America’s Top Ten Youth Volunteers of the Year, and

Whereas, two other outstanding Vermont youth, Jessica Maurais, a senior at Spaulding High School in Barre, who raised funds to purchase a lightning predicting machine for her school, and Anna Telensky, a senior at Mount Mansfield Union High School, who coordinated the school’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs, were named distinguished finalists in the Prudential competition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates each of the 2003 Vermonters who have been named Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each student named in this resolution at her respective school.