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NO. R-86. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE 1999 PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD WINNERS FROM VERMONT.

(J.R.H. 66)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Blanchard of Essex, Colvin of Bennington, Fox of Essex, Ginevan of Middlebury, Heath of Westford, Jordan of Middlesex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Miller of Shaftsbury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Parizo of Essex, Pembroke of Bennington and Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, the Prudential Life Insurance Company and the National Association of Secondary School Principals annually present the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to young persons in all 50 states who have committed themselves to organizing and implementing a volunteer activity that has positively benefited their respective communities, and

Whereas, each of these award winners engaged in his or her selected endeavor without any personal motivation or desire to seek public recognition, and

Whereas, Brad Luck, a 17 year-old senior at Essex High School established the Essex Teen Center as a place where his contemporaries could gather for regular and special events, and

Whereas, Brad led a $45,000.00 fundraising drive, secured the location and was instrumental in developing a center whose innovative program schedule has attracted a visit from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and

Whereas, Patty Schultz, a 13 year-old eighth grader at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, has for the last two years volunteered as an instructor at a therapeutic horse-riding program, and

Whereas, through this activity, she has brought a bit of hope and a desire to succeed to many physically challenged children, and

Whereas, in addition to these two state finalists who will travel to a national award's ceremony in Washington, D.C., two other outstanding Vermont young persons were recognized as distinguished finalists in the awards' competition, and

Whereas, one of these finalists was Garrett Graff, a 17 year-old senior at Montpelier High School, who created the "492 Challenge" as an effort to motivate all the students in his high school to perform a weekly hour of community service, and

Whereas, the other distinguished finalist in Vermont is Jamaica Burns, a

17 year-old senior at Middlebury Union High School, who established an animal awareness club at her high school that works with the Addison County Humane Society to promote the proper treatment of animals, now therefore

be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly takes great pride in congratulating each of these outstanding young Vermonters who have been awarded a 1999 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brad Luck of Essex Junction, Patty Schultz of North Bennington, Garrett Graff of Montpelier and Jamaica Burns of Middlebury.