Senior recognized for service

Courtesy photo Altoona Area High School senior Malia Schimminger was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Volunteer Service Award presented by AASD superintendent Charles A. Prijatelj (left) and AAHS principal Andrew Neely at the AASD Board of Directors meeting on March 13.

Malia Schimminger, a senior at Altoona Area High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Pru-dential Spirit of Commun-ity Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Altoona Area High School nominated Malia for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Malia has spent numerous hours in volunteer service as a student tutor, a coach for elementary level tennis for the Central Blair Recreation Commission, Team Altoona, AAHS Senior Citizen dances and coordination of food drives.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Associ-ation of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across Amer-ica are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strang-feld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.

“By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.