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Liberty’s Melissa Blue honored as one of nation’s top volunteers

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Liberty High senior Melissa Blue has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her outstanding volunteerism.

“Even at a young age, Melissa has deep understanding, compassion, passion, and drive to look beyond herself to serve others,” said Issaquah School District superintendent Steve Rasmussen. “She is making the world a better place for us all.”

Melissa spent two years while at the American International School in Israel volunteering to conduct research into environmental hazards to encourage farmers to reduce the use of pesticides. As a volunteer with the Global Awareness Initiative and Action group, she worked with five other schools across Israel and was named the student director of the program.

The Spirit of Community Awards, co-sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is a nationwide program that recognizes young people who are making a difference in their communities through activities such as combatting bullying, raising money for to battle disease and impoverishment, and supporting troops, veterans, people with disabilities, and many others. The awards represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer services.

This year, there were 102 State Honorees selected as well as 234 Distinguished Finalists.

“Through their volunteer service, each of these young people has made his or her mark on at least one person, school or community,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “When you consider the collective impact of each of these individual acts, it’s clear that young people can be a major force for good.”

More information about the awards: http://spirit.prudential.com

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