Two West Virginia Students Honored with Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards

May 24, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Two West Virginia students were recently honored in the nation’s capital earlier this month for their outstanding volunteer work. Katie Ridenour and Shilo Summers were among more than 100 other top youth volunteers from across the county who received $1,000 awards at the 2005 Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  

Ridenour and Summers, both of Marion County, were named the top high school and middle level youth volunteers in West Virginia in February.  

Ridenour prepared a program about diabetes symptoms, prevention and care, which she presented to schools, churches and community organizations. She also designed an awareness pin and organized a series of donation drives to raise funds for diabetes research and to provide camp scholarships for juvenile diabetes patients. In addition to her diabetes awareness work, Ridenour also organizes recycling and environmental preservations projects.  

Summers has researched and prepared a series of public-education talks and materials about training to work with and trust a guide dog. She also received donations of money and pet supplies for a Pilot Dog Association convention. She helped set up and facilitated convention activities and assisted owners with their dogs. She also persuaded public officials to install Braille signs in a government building.  

Conducted in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards were created ten years ago by Prudential Financial, Inc. to encourage youth volunteerism and to identify and reward young role models. Since then, the program honored more than 60,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.  

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