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NO. R-83.  JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the 2005 Vermont Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners.

(S.C.R.15)

Offered by:  Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Offered by:  Representatives Bohi of Hartford, Allard of St. Albans Town, Evans of Essex, Heath of Westford, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Myers of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, O’Donnell of Vernon, Parent of St. Albans City and Reese of Pomfret.

Whereas, the Prudential Financial Corporation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals honor outstanding secondary school students, on an annual basis, whose school or community volunteer projects merit special recognition as examples of outstanding civic initiatives, and

Whereas, nominating institutions may include any public or private middle or high school in the United States, Girl Scout councils, county 4‑H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, Camp Fire USA councils, and volunteer centers, and

Whereas, judges from each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico then select two state, district, or commonwealth honorees who receive a $1,000.00 cash award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in a national competition for further recognition, and

Whereas, the same jurisdictional judges also select two distinguished finalists who are awarded engraved bronze medals, and

Whereas, the two Vermont Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees for 2005 are Stephen Brown of Essex Junction, a senior at Essex High School and Marsha Merriam of Wilder, an 8th grader at Hartford Memorial Middle School, and

Whereas, Stephen, who transferred to Essex High School as an 11th grader, created a school television newsmagazine, entitled “Buzz Vibe,” that chronicles school and community events and has served as a unifying activity for the entire student body, and

Whereas, in his role as the program’s managing editor, Stephen taught himself how to operate the school’s professional television production equipment, recruited a 20‑person student crew, and organized all aspects of the show’s production and presentation, and 

Whereas, Marsha serves as an infant and child care volunteer at the Green Mountain Children’s Center, and

Whereas, her volunteer activity has an unusual motivation, her mother is imprisoned, and Marsha sought out an activity that would let her mother know that she is doing good things and that would make her mother happy and proud, and

Whereas, Marsha’s special goal is to give the youngsters the love that she is missing from her life, and

Whereas, in addition to her many hours of work at the children’s center, she serves as a mentor to younger students at her school’s Teen2Teen Program, and

Whereas, one of the Vermont Distinguished Finalists for 2005 was Julianne Cyr of St. Albans, a senior at Bellows Free Academy‑St. Albans, and

Whereas, while serving as a page in the United States Senate, she joined with her student colleagues and helped to raised $3,000.00 in cash and $10,000.00 in donations for the creation and shipment of care packages to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and

Whereas, Devon Sparks of Guilford, a junior at Brattleboro Union High  School, was another Vermont 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist in recognition of his role as a volunteer technology educator, and

Whereas, this project has included presenting technology workshops at the local library, assisting teachers and students at his school with computer problems, and building a community computer network using used and outdated parts, and

Whereas, each of these outstanding Vermont student winners in the 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards competition merits special commendation for their volunteer initiatives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate each Vermonter designated as a 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community Award State Honoree or Distinguished Finalist, 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.



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