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Darby Sween honored for Volunteer Service by National Program

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Orono Senior, Darby Sween has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth volunteers nationwide for outstanding volunteer service.

The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.

Darby has been very involved with the St. Jude Teen Gala which is a teens-only event that fundraises for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Over the past four year she has raised over $5,500 and has been a key player in planning the event.  Darby has also spent time volunteering with Feed My Starving Children and she assisted in building the Susan E. Lurton Dog Park.  Darby is also an active volunteer within Orono Schools, she assists at the high school’s blood drive, helps at the Book Fair, she helped to restore the IS Library, she was a tour guide to 8th grade parents at the high school, and helped with the Unified Basketball Tournament.

She is a club leader of the high school’s service club, Youth In Action, she is a member of Letters of Love, a Link Crew and Mentorship Program coordinator, and the chair of the Gratitude Committee on the School Senate. “Volunteering is my passion and I am very honored to receive this award!”

In its 25th year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.  The program is presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP).

“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO Charles Lowrey.  “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.:

“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, country 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light Global Network members.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominates Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging.  IN addition to granting Certificates of Excellence, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists.  Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.