Live Oak Academy has named senior Hanna Malott of Buda, Texas, its top youth volunteer of the year. She is the daughter of Jerry and Marlo Malott.
The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
By selecting Hanna as its top youth volunteer, Live Oak Academy has advanced her application for state-level judging in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announce Texas’s top youth volunteers of the year on February 7, 2017.
Hanna has been involved in volunteer work since junior high school. She has accumulated more than 300 service hours since the start of the year. In addition to her work with the local Lions Club, she is currently active in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Organization and the Kyle Youth Advisory Council. Her most recent community service project helped to coordinate and register voters for the November presidential election resulting in a community increase of registered first-time voters.
As a local honoree, Hanna is now in the running to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community state honorees of Texas. State honorees each receive a $1,000 award and an all-expense, paid trip with a parent to Washington, D. C., for several days of special recognition events. Other state-level honorees will receive bronze medallions or certificates of excellence.
During May’s national recognition events in Washington, America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year will be named by a distinguished selection committee. Each of the national honorees will receive an additional $5,000, a crystal trophy for his or her school, and a $5,000 Prudential Foundation grant for a charitable organization of their choice.
“Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community 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.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents America’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service. Since 1995, the program has honored more than 115,000 youth volunteers at the local, state, and national level.