Two W.Va. Students Earn Award for Volunteer Work

June 07, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two West Virginia students have been honored with the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer work.

Lauren Lanier, a 17-year old junior at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School in Mason County, and Kambria Price, an 11-year old fifth-grader at C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Jefferson County, were recognized at the nation’s capitol for their volunteerism.

Both Lanier and Price were among more than 100 other top youth volunteers from across the county to receive $1,000 at the awards ceremony and gala dinner reception held recently at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Lanier has been working on cancer prevention efforts for many years. Because of family and personal experiences with the disease, she organized bone marrow drives at her church that produced 100 people adding their names to the marrow registry. Lanier participated in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events that resulted in her team raising more than $86,000. She also researched and developed a speech regarding what transpires from the money raised by Relay for Life and she speaks throughout the state promoting bone marrow registration and to warn young people about melanoma.

Kambria has a full list of causes to which she devotes her efforts. She finds needs in local community organizations and gives her time and effort to help those causes. She contacts local charities every month to find out what they may need and then uses social networking and e-mail to give fellow community members the opportunity to donate. She even gives her own allowance money to buy additional items.

Along with the $1,000 gift, winners also received an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. The awards are conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Two winners are chosen from each state and Washington, D.C.

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